More Headlines

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.

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.

More Headlines

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.

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.