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A year after inking the “Fierce Five,” the No. 1 signing class in the nation, the Baylor women’s basketball program signed another five-star recruit in Jordyn Oliver as part of Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. — In what was dubbed the ‘Showdown on the Rez,’ NaLyssa Smith sure put on a show. While the Lady Bears struggled to find their rhythm throughout the first half, with a plethora of turnovers and single shot possessions, the freshman forward kept plugging away. Behind Smith’s second straight double-double, No. 4 Baylor fought back from a double-digit deficit to top No. 23 Arizona State 65-59 at the Bee Holdzil Fighting Scouts Events Center.

Kim Mulkey was sitting at an AAU basketball game this summer when Charli Turner Thorne approached her. Turner Thorne, fresh off leading Arizona State to a 20-win season and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, had a proposition for the Baylor head coach about a potential match-up between their two teams for the upcoming season.

The Lady Bears showed off their speed and efficiency right from the tip. Once Juicy Landrum pulled in the basketball tipped by Lauren Cox, Landrum took it with her left hand all the way to the hoop where she finished with the layup for the and-1.

Kalani Brown makes her second-straight trip to ESPN’s Women’s College Basketball National Media Day Wednesday as the network previews the 2018-19 college basketball season with some of the top players and coaches from around the nation.

Kim Mulkey wasn’t looking at the score, a 110-45 victory over Langston Friday night inside the Ferrell Center. In the Lady Bears’ first exhibition contest of the season, the 19th-year Baylor head coach was focused on what she saw from her players.

Baylor women’s basketball, in association with the Tip Off Club, will play host to Lady Bears fans and prospective Tip-Off Club members at the Welcome Back Dinner Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ferrell Center.

Defending Big 12 champion Baylor women's basketball begins its season as practice officially tips off at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Whetsel Practice Facility.

ESPN will carry Baylor women’s basketball’s contest against UConn at 8 p.m. Jan. 3. A little over a month later, ESPN2 will show the Lady Bears’ road game at Texas Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.

Baylor women’s basketball was ranked third and fifth in preseason rankings by Athlon Sports College Basketball and Lindy’s Sports College Basketball, respectively. Each publication also placed senior Kalani Brown on its Preseason All-America first team with Athlon naming Lauren Cox a second-team selection. 

Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox received preseason all-America nods as Street & Smith released its annual basketball yearbook. The senior center was named to the First Team, while the junior center was named to the Second Team.

The television schedule for Baylor women’s basketball is almost complete as the Big 12 announced its women’s basketball national and regional Fox broadcast schedule Wednesday.

Sophomore guard Alexis Morris, one of the standout freshmen on last year’s squad, has been dismissed from the Baylor women’s basketball team, just six weeks away from the team’s first exhibition game. Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey released a statement that Morris has been dismissed “for a violation of team rules, effective immediately.”

TRIESTE, ITALY — Baylor sealed the sweep of its foreign tour in Italy with a 104-50 victory over the Muggia Select Slammers Saturday. The win made the Lady Bears 3-0 on their trip as Kalani Brown and Juicy Landrum poured in 22 and 21 points respectively in Baylor’s final contest overseas.

The Lady Bears got off to a superb start on their foreign tour of Italy with a 101-59 victory over Bosnia/Herzegovina national team Monday at the Stella Azzurra Sport Center in Rome.

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The Baylor women’s basketball team leaves for a nine-day Italian tour Saturday. The Lady Bears will play three exhibition contests Aug. 6, Aug. 8 and Aug. 11. Baylor will arrive in Rome Sunday and will tour the capital city along with stops in Florence, Venice, Trieste and Como.

The Baylor women's basketball team will play in the 2018 South Point Thanksgiving Shootout Nov. 23-24 in Las Vegas. The Lady Bears join Arizona State, Buffalo, Georgetown, Hartford, Louisville, South Dakota State and Southern Illinois for the tournament, which will be held at the four-star South Point Hotel and Casino.

Baylor women’s basketball will take part in ‘Showdown on the Rez,’ a neutral site matchup against Arizona State Nov. 11, 2018 at the Bee Holdzil Fighting Scouts Event Center on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Ariz.

Sophomore guard Natalie Chou has been granted a release and will transfer from the Baylor women’s basketball program. The announcement was made by Lady Bears’ head coach Kim Mulkey.

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.