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Baylor's Griner suspended 1 game for punch

Posted: March 4, 2010 1:27 p.m.
Updated: March 4, 2010 1:18 p.m.

In this Nov. 22, 2009, file photo, Baylor's Brittney Griner runs back on offense and claps her hands after blocking a California shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif. Officials ejected Griner after the freshman punched Texas Tech's Jordan Barncastle in No. 14 Baylor's 69-60 win over the Lady Raiders o...

DALLAS (AP) - Baylor dunking sensation Brittney Griner will be suspended at least one game, and possibly longer, after punching an opposing player in the face.

Big 12 spokeswoman Joni Lehmann said Thursday that NCAA rules require Griner to sit out No. 14 Baylor's regular-season finale against Texas on Sunday because of a "fighting act" that led to her ejection. She says the league is deciding whether further disciplinary action is warranted.

The freshman punched Texas Tech's Jordan Barncastle after the two players tangled in the second half of Baylor's 69-60 win in Lubbock on Wednesday night.

Barncastle's father and former high school coach, Doug Barncastle, said his daughter's nose was broken. He declined to comment further.


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