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A pair of Baylor women’s basketball signees were named to the 2017-18 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Basketball Teams on Tuesday morning. Aquira Decosta was selected to the first team, while Queen Egbo was named to the third team.

Kim Mulkey, head coach of the Baylor women’s basketball program, was a finalist for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. However, Mulkey was not announced as a member of the Class of 2018 Saturday afternoon in San Antonio.

For the second year in a row, junior center Kalani Brown was named to the 2018 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team. She is the only representative from the Big 12.

Kalani Brown was named to the 2017-18 U.S. Basketball Writer’s Women’s All-America second team. The Baylor junior is the only player from the Big 12 to receive USBWA recognition. This is the 6-7 center’s first USWBA All-America nod, her fifth All-America award of the season and seventh All-America honor as a Lady Bear.

Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox received Associated Press All-America second team and honorable mention recognition respectively. It is the first career All-America honor for Cox, the sophomore forward, while it’s the fourth All-America nod of the season and sixth of her career for junior post Brown.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — From deciphering the difference between the (Louisville) Cardinals and the (Stanford) Cardinal — the first referring to the bird and the latter referring to the color — to admiring the dominance of Kalani Brown, there is plenty to follow in the next several days at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena.

Enter the paint at your own risk. Actually, put up a shot with Lauren Cox anywhere in the near vicinity at your own risk. Players who attack the rim with regularity hesitate with the Baylor sophomore on the court. Those who are used to banging in the lane while imposing their will become docile when the 6-4 forward is guarding them.

Kim Barnes Arico remembers the first time she met Kim Mulkey. It was 10 or 12 years ago, her daughter Emma had just been born and Barnes Arico was on the All-American committee when Sophia Young was voted an All-American.

Lauren Cox was on fire. Whether it be from her favorite spot at the top of the key for the 3-ball, or inside the paint with the occasional put-back bucket off an offensive rebound, the Baylor sophomore seemed unstoppable.

It’s not like they haven’t seen it before. Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox have faced plenty of double, and even triple, teams throughout the season. What does change, though, is where those extra defenders come from.

Kim Mulkey and Kalani Brown hadn’t checked yet, but they were sure they had a few text messages and missed calls on their phones. The Baylor Lady Bears had just been named the No. 2 seed in the Lexington Regional for the 2018 NCAA women’s basketball tournament. And the two Louisiana natives were extra excited to see that Baylor would open postseason play against Grambling at 6:30 p.m. Friday inside the Ferrell Center.

Kalani Brown received her third All-America nod of the season as she was announced to Sports Illustrated's All-American Team on Monday morning. The 6-7 center is one of five players on the team. She joins Megan Gustafson (Iowa), Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon), Katie Lou Samuelson (UConn) and A'ja Wilson (South Carolina).

Baylor women’s basketball was ranked No. 2 in the final release of the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday afternoon. It’s the highest final ranking for the Lady Bears since their No. 1 ranking in 2012 and 2013. Baylor has landed in the top five nationally for eight-straight seasons and 10 times overall under head coach Kim Mulkey.

Kim Mulkey said she quit trying to figure all that out years ago. Minutes after the celebration at center court as Baylor topped Texas for the program’s ninth Big 12 Championship title, the Lady Bears’ head coach was asked if she thought the win elevated Baylor to a No. 1 seed for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. What doesn’t need figuring out though, is how good this Lady Bears team is.

Kalani Brown was named to the 2018 USA Today Sports Women’s Basketball All-American second team. It’s the first All-American award of the season and third of Brown’s career. The Baylor junior received WBCA All-American and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2017.

OKLAHOMA CITY — There were questions about fatigue with three games in three days as second-ranked Baylor’s rotation was dwindled down to eight, maybe even seven with the padded cast on Natalie Chou’s left wrist. There were questions about the effect of Kristy Wallace’s injury she suffered a week ago. Without Wallace, who went off for 27 and 23 against Texas in the regular season, there were questions about how the Lady Bears would match up against Brooke McCarty and the Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship title game.

OKLAHOMA CITY — She’s fearless with a bit of confidence mixed in. There’s no challenge Alexis Morris runs from. It’s always fight, never flight for the point guard. So once Kristy Wallace went down with an ACL injury nearly a week ago, there were a few nerves but never any panic once Morris realized she would now be the starting point guard for the No. 3 team in the country.

Kalani Brown is one of 15 on the 2018 National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, players from the list are candidates for the Wooden Award All-American Team and the Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding women’s college basketball player.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Moon Ursin walked over with a huge smile on her face, while Dekeiya Cohen watched from the back. Natalie Chou danced on top of a locker, before hitting the running man on the floor, and the rest of the Lady Bears watched, some with their phones out to capture the moment. The glee inside No. 3 Baylor’s locker room didn’t have much to do with the Lady Bears’ 83-54 win over Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship.

Kalani Brown is one of five finalists for the 2018 Lisa Leslie Award. This is the inaugural year for the award that recognizes the top center in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. The award is named after the three-time All-American, 1994 National Player of the Year and a 2015 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Baylor senior guard Kristy Wallace suffered a torn ACL when she went down early in the second quarter chasing West Virginia’s Ashley Jones in the backcourt Monday night inside the Ferrell Center.

Lauren Cox is one of five finalists for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award which recognizes the top power forward in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. It carries the namesake of two-time All-American, 1987 National Player of the Year and 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.

FORT WORTH — A little over a week ago, Kalani Brown and Didi Richards wandered into the media room long before interviews were scheduled to take place. With grins on their faces, they mock answered different questions, some as themselves, some as their teammates, some as Kim Mulkey, before Richards decided Dekeiya Cohen needed to be in on the action. So the freshman FaceTimed her and the three of them just laughed and laughed.

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Lauren Cox is a 2017-18 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Women’s Basketball First Team selection. The Baylor sophomore is one of six players named to the District 7 first team and advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be voted upon. Cox is a first-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.

AUSTIN — Kim Mulkey has mentioned the play and the leadership of her seniors time and time again throughout this season. Kristy Wallace and Dekeiya Cohen don’t ask for much attention. Sure, they can light up a stat sheet, but their impact on and off the court can’t be quantified.

Kalani Brown was named the Big 12 Player of the Week after she averaged 20 points and 15.5 rebounds in Baylor’s wins at Oklahoma State and at home against Kansas last week. The junior pulled down a career-high 23 rebounds in addition to 20 points when the Lady Bears topped the Cowgirls in Stillwater. Her 23 rebounds are the highest single game total for all Big 12 players this season, the second-highest single game total in program history and the seventh-most recorded nationally this season.

In the third and final top 16 reveal by the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, Baylor was seeded fifth. With this final reveal, the committee also revealed which region each of the 16 teams would be in.

Kim Mulkey has five national championships and an Olympic gold medal. She’s been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year five times and has compiled a 531-97 record in her 18th season at Baylor to go with a 130-6 record as a player at Louisiana Tech. Mulkey is currently in eight different Halls of Fame and could add another to the list as she was announced as a finalist for the Naismith Hall of Fame.

Kristy Wallace is the epitome of tough. The senior point guard never backs down from the big shot, runs the offense on one end while being tasked with stopping the best opponent perimeter player on the other end and is the first to dive on the hardwood or into the crowd for a loose ball.

Three Lady Bears received 2018 Academic All-Big 12 awards on Thursday as Lauren Cox was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, while Natalie Chou and Kristy Wallace were each named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.

STILLWATER, Okla. — The offense was there for Baylor, as per usual, as the Lady Bears are second in the country in scoring offense (86.8) and field goal percentage (51.4). But Baylor’s defense reached another level. The Lady Bears — holders of the nation’s best field goal percentage defense (31.5) — stifled No. 21 Oklahoma State on its home court where it’s 13-1 on the season.

Raegan Pebley knows Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox are a tough matchup. The duo scored 23 and 16 points respectively against her TCU squad as No. 3 Baylor topped the Horned Frogs, 83-63, Saturday evening. But the TCU head coach didn’t want to solely focus on those Lady Bear bigs.

I remember it clearly. It was March 1995, and I was only four at the time, but I still recall sitting on the floor of our living room in Lubbock, watching in puzzled bemusement as my dad jumped and danced around the living room. Michael Jordan had just come out of retirement, and my dad was pumped.

TCU has never started this strongly in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs started 10-2 when they were in the Mountain West in 2010-11, but this year’s 7-5 start in the Big 12 is the best by the women’s basketball team since then.

Kalani Brown is one of 33 players included on the midseason watch list for the 2018 Wade Trophy. The Baylor junior is also included on the 2018 John R. Wooden Award Wendy’s Late Season 20 list, is one of 10 finalists for the Lisa Leslie Award and is in consideration for the 2018 Citizen Trophy.

Lady Bear basketball signees Aquira DeCosta and NaLyssa Smith are semifinalists for the 2018 Naismith National Girls’ High School Player of the Year award. Baylor is one of three teams to have two players included on the list.

If you haven’t watched this Baylor team, and only go by what’s on paper, you see a No. 3 national ranking and a team that’s one of the tops in the country in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense. You know about the front court duo, whether you’ve heard about them or just look at their stats. You see the Lady Bears have nine on their roster with a pair of seniors and a junior.

Coming off a big win at Texas Tech Saturday afternoon, No. 3 Baylor turns around quickly to host Oklahoma. The two programs have combined for 11 of the last 13 Big 12 regular season titles.

LUBBOCK — Juicy Landrum makes a half court shot in shoot around before every game. It wasn’t nearly that far away, but it was deep enough to capture some oohs and aahs from the crowd in Lubbock when she sank a 3-pointer at least a yard behind the line as the first quarter came to a close. That swish set the ground work for a huge game for the sophomore in her first career start as the third-ranked Lady Bears rolled the Lady Raiders, 90-44, Saturday afternoon inside United Supermarkets Arena.

Coming up with the formula to beat the Baylor women, opposing coaches have mentioned a myriad of things, from the necessity of a miracle (Iowa State’s Bill Fennelly) or perfection. Several of those coaches have mentioned the latter, most recently Oklahoma State head coach Jim Littell.

Kim Mulkey knew that Kristy Wallace’s point totals from a week ago — 27 against Texas and 25 against West Virginia — would be what stood out the most to people from the senior’s monster two-game stretch against back-to-back ranked teams. But for the Lady Bear head coach, it was Wallace’s performance on the defensive end that was most impressive about the reigning espnW National Player of the Week.

Linda Livingstone grew up going to Oklahoma State basketball practices with her brothers. Her father, Doyle Parrack, who was one of the biggest names in the state of Oklahoma’s basketball history, was a starter on Oklahoma A&M’s (now Oklahoma State) 1945 NCAA championship basketball team for legendary head coach Henry Iba before he became an assistant under Iba in the 60s.

Kristy Wallace was named espnW National Player of the Week after leading the way in Baylor’s 2-0 wins over No. 6 Texas and No. 20 West Virginia. Charlie Creme, Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel each vote to determine the honor, which is awarded every week of the women’s basketball season.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It wasn’t so much Baylor’s offense. After shooting only 32 percent from the floor in the first quarter, the Lady Bears lit it up the rest of the game, shooting 83 percent in second quarter, 65 percent in the third quarter and 50 percent in the fourth quarter.

Lauren Cox played every minute of Thursday’s Baylor victory over Texas. While the Longhorns threw five different forwards at the 6-4 sophomore and her 6-7 front court mate Kalani Brown, the duo couldn’t be contained.

As the “BU!” chants echoed throughout the Ferrell Center Thursday night, the third-ranked Lady Bears put on a show. Though it was Baylor’s first top-10 matchup of the season, the result was similar to what’s happened night in and night out all year long. Behind a dominant defensive performance and balanced offensive attack, the Lady Bears blew out yet another opponent, No. 6 Texas. The front court duo of Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox continued their dominance but it was Kristy Wallace that set the tone early in Baylor’s 81-56 victory over the Longhorns.

Kalani Brown was named the Big 12 Player of the Week after she totaled 58 points as No. 3 Baylor went 2-0 this past week with wins over Iowa State and Kansas State. It is her first conference weekly award of the season and the fourth of her career.

Chameka Scott, the former Baylor women’s basketball star who helped the Lady Bears claim the program’s first national championship in 2005, died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. She was 33.

It’s never been done before in the Big 12. Kim Mulkey has never seen it happen either. Nearly halfway into the conference schedule, it’s a known fact that the dominant duo of Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox is unstoppable offensively. Because both can face up to the basket and score as well as get work done with their backs to the basket, their offensive production has been overwhelming for the Lady Bear opposition thus far.

Bill Fennelly thinks the game is lost before it even starts some times. For Iowa State, according to the head coach, that happens most often against Baylor. Fennelly’s Cyclones opened up Wednesday night’s contest against the Lady Bears shooting 1-for-17 from the floor, the lowest scoring quarter in Baylor history by a Big 12 opponent.

Ranked fourth in the country in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls, along with being projected as a No. 1 seed by ESPN’s bracketologist Charlie Creme Thursday afternoon, the Baylor women’s basketball team can boast Top 5 credentials. So when the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Committee revealed its top 16 teams on Thursday, the Lady Bears’ spot was a surprise.

AMES, Iowa — It was 20 degrees outside in Ames, Iowa when No. 4 Baylor tipped off against Iowa State inside Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones didn’t shoot above the external temperature for the game until the second half as the suffocating Lady Bear defense wasn’t affected by the temperature or the nearly 900-mile trip north from Waco.

The first of three NCAA Division I women’s basketball committee top-16 reveals is slated for Thursday at halftime of the Tennessee at Notre Dame game that tips off at 6 p.m. on ESPN. These announcements include the top 16 women’s basketball teams in seed order, in addition to the top four teams assigned to their potential regional site as of that date.

The fourth-ranked Lady Bears — with their nation-leading margin of victory — hasn’t played from behind often this season. For only the second time, and first since November, Baylor faced a deficit after the first quarter of play at Oklahoma.

NORMAN, OKLA. — By the time Baylor tipped off at Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon, six different women’s basketball teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 had lost on the road. With a 4-0 start to Big 12 play by an average of 38.3 points and the nation’s leading scoring margin, no one inside the Lady Bear basketball program walked into Lloyd Noble Coliseum expecting the Sooners to hand over a victory on a silver platter.

Forward Aquira DeCosta (Sacramento, Calif.), center Queen Egbo (Houston, Texas), guard Honesty Scott-Grayson (Brick, N.J.) and forward NaLyssa Smith (Converse, Texas) were named to the 2018 Naismith Trophy Midseason Girls Basketball Watch List by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Thursday morning.

All five members of the 2018 Baylor women’s basketball recruiting class have been nominated for McDonald’s All-American recognition. NaLyssa Smith (Converse, Texas), Honesty Scott-Grayson (Brick, N.J.), Queen Egbo (Houston, Texas), Aquira DeCosta (Sacramento, Calif.) and Caitlin Bickle (Cave Creek, Ariz.) make up the nation’s top recruiting class.