Baylor junior All-American Kalani Brown was selected as the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year for the first time in her career Wednesday. It is the eighth time in program history and third year in a row that a Baylor women’s basketball player has received the honor.
Brown was also named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team. Two more Lady Bears, sophomore forward Lauren Cox and senior guard Kristy Wallace, were All-Big 12 honorable mention selections by the league coaches.
Last season, Brown received WBCA All-American and Associated Press Honorable Mention accolades as well as being named unanimously to the All-Big 12 First Team and All-Big 12 Defensive Team. The post led Baylor in scoring (15.4 points per game), rebounding (8.2 boards per game), shot-blocking (2.0 blocks per game) and field goal percentage (.679) in 21.4 minutes per contest. Her field goal percentage led the Big 12 and broke Baylor’s single season record of .619.
Cox secured four Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors en route to unanimous Big 12 All-Freshman Team and Big 12 Sixth Man Award accolades. She averaged 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Cox scored in double figures nine times and led the Lady Bears in blocks nine times.
Wallace, who started all 37 games at guard for Baylor, led the team and finished second in the Big 12 in assists (5.6 per game) and steals (1.3 per game). Her 208 assists last season mark the fifth-highest single season total in Baylor women’s basketball history.
The Lady Bears begin official practice at 1:30 p.m. on Friday on the main court inside the Ferrell Center. After playing exhibition games against Tarleton State on Oct. 31 and against Washburn on Nov. 6, Baylor tips off the regular season against Lamar on Nov. 10 in Waco.