On Sunday evening, Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner set a WNBA record for most blocks in a single game. It was a fantastic defensive performance for the former Baylor star that led the Mercury to a win over the Tulsa Shock.
Griner hauled in eleven blocks, which edged the previous record of 10 that was held by Lisa Leslie (2004) and Margo Dydek (2001).
“I knew I had a couple of blocks, but I didn’t know how many,” Griner said, via Channel 8 in Tulsa. ”To do that is pretty big, now I guess I have to try to beat it.
“I had a (bad) game against Indiana. I had to come out and play good to help my team.”
The Griner performance did not go unnoticed by the Shock, and Tulsa Shock head coach Fred Williams acknowledged the standout showing from Griner and credited her for slowing down the Tulsa offense.
”We played hard,” Williams said. ”We’re working hard. Every possession we had in the second half came down to a stoppage. Phoenix shot well, made some things with Griner in the post-up game and made it awfully difficult for us to get to the rim.”
Phoenix is currently on a hot streak with wins in seven of their last nine games.