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.
The Lady Bears (31-1) swept the Big 12 regular season en route to their eighth-straight Big 12 regular season title. The Lady Bear program is the only one to record a perfect regular season more than once in conference history.
Baylor then won three straight games to claim the Big 12 Championship title with a +27.7 scoring margin and +18.7 rebounding margin. Junior All-American Kalani Brown was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player merely days after being named the unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year.
In addition to Brown’s honors, Mulkey was named Big 12 Coach of the Year for the sixth time and Lauren Cox earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. Brown and senior Kristy Wallace were unanimous All-Big 12 first team selections, Cox earned first team accolades and senior Dekeiya Cohen received honorable mention accolades. The Big 12 All-Defensive Team included Cox and Wallace, while Alexis Morris was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team.