Jordan Barncastle ready to move on
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There was no apology from Baylor's Brittney Griner to Texas Tech's Jordan Barncastle at Big 12 media day. In fact, the two didn't talk or even see each other.
Barncastle was on the receiving end of the punch from Griner that went viral last March. The 6-foot-8 dunking sensation broke Barncastle's nose after the two tussled in the lane during a game in Lubbock, Texas.
Griner, who was suspended two games, issued a general apology for her actions, but she hasn't told Barncastle directly that she's sorry.
"I have not crossed paths with her," Barncastle said Wednesday. "The Baylor team went in the early session this morning. Maybe by coincidence, maybe not, we were in the later session."
Big 12 spokeswoman Joni Lehmann said the conference did not intentionally schedule the two to appear at separate sessions.
"It's not even something we thought about," Lehmann said.
Barncastle hopes to become known for more than her scrap with Griner. She started 12 games as a sophomore, hit 80 percent of her free throws and averaged 6.3 points in conference play.
"As you can imagine, it's a pretty well-known event," Barncastle said of the punch. "I have not necessarily wanted attention, but, yes, I've received more publicity from that aspect."
Griner, who set a NCAA record with 223 blocks as a freshman, said she received a lot of support from her teammates and coaches.
"They were there for me," she said. "I couldn't have made it without them."
Barncastle, who wore a protective mask after the nose break, said she won't alter her playing style because of the punch.
"It's a physical game," Barncastle said. "I'm not going to change who I am or my game or any aspect because of something that happened in the past. I'm going to continue how I play and how I've been taught to play and the way it is supposed to be played."
The 6-foot-2 Barncastle was called for a foul on the play that preceded the punch. She sent Griner lunging toward the baseline as they battled for position. Griner took two steps toward Barncastle before landing a right hand.
Barncastle disagrees with those who think she was the instigator.
"The people I care about and matter to me the most, they know," she said. "Ultimately, that's all that matters. I don't really care what other people think.
"I know what happened and most people know what happened. To make me out to look like a bad guy is fine by me. I'm not really concerned about that. We're looking forward to the future. We're not really dwelling on the past."
Texas Tech plays Baylor Jan. 22 and Feb. 19.
"I'm not anymore focused on Baylor than I am K-State, Texas, OU or Missouri," Barncastle said.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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