Griner averaged 23.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 61 percent from the floor this season in leading the top-seeded Bears into the NCAA tournament's regional semifinals.
The Bears (34-2) were upset by fifth-seeded Louisville, which is preparing to face Connecticut in Tuesday's championship game in New Orleans.
Griner ended her collegiate career with most blocks (748) in NCAA history and as No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women's scoring list with 3,283 points.
Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins, Delaware senior Elena Delle Donne and Stanford junior Chiney Ogwumike were the other 2012-13 finalists.