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"Griner, 25, the former Nimitz and Baylor University center who now plays for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and for UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Russian Premier League, said it took years into her career before she could imagine becoming one of three first-time Olympians on the USA Basketball women's team, arguably the most dominant unit in any Olympic team sport with five consecutive gold medals. The women's team is a numerically perfect mix, with three first-timers, three second-time members, three members in their third Olympics and three - Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamia Catchings - in their fourth stint with USA Basketball. [...] as a rookie, she will have to become accustomed as the Olympic tournament begins to constant prodding from coach Geno Auriemma and from Taurasi, her Phoenix Mercury teammate, to step up her potential to dominate at both ends of the floor. 'By these exhibition games that we played where maybe I didn't give her all the time she", www.houstonchronicle.com