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Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox have been named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 watch list. The Baylor duo earned spots on the preseason and midseason watch lists and are now eligible for the award and the Wooden Award All-American Team that will be announced during the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.

AUSTIN — The top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears led by as much as 21 in the third quarter, but the scrappy squad of Longhorns refused to fold. No. 14 Texas clawed back to within four points late in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Bears were able to make some key free throws and hold the Longhorns to one-shot possessions in order to leave Austin with a 74-68 victory Monday night.

In their first game at home as the No. 1 team in the country in six years, the Lady Bears put on a show. Baylor’s 96-37 win over Texas Tech marked the largest margin of victory in a Big 12 contest in school history.

It wasn’t the first time Texas Tech started its big lineup, but it was the first time since the second game of the season that the Lady Raiders trotted out 6-0 Zuri Sanders at the three, 6-5 Brittany Brewer at the four and 6-6 Erin DeGrate at the five when Baylor went to Lubbock to open its Big 12 slate.

STILLWATER, OKLA. — Chloe Jackson fell to the floor, then scrambled back to her feet in just enough time to get a hand on Ja’Mee Asberry’s shot. Jackson hustled to corral the loose ball, and then pushed things up the floor. As she dribbled to her left, the senior point guard passed the basketball to Lauren Cox, who was trailing down the center of the floor. Cox caught the ball in stride and pulled up to shoot a 3-pointer with the score tied at 48 and 9:18 remaining on the clock.

The number one — it’s Baylor’s ranking in the Associated Press Top 25, where it stands in league action, and also the number of times a Lady Bear has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week this season.

NORMAN, Okla. — Kim Mulkey said she was going to be as positive as she could. Her second-ranked Lady Bears had just topped Oklahoma on the road, 74-53, for their 30th-straight Big 12 road win. It marked the fourth time in seven conference games that Baylor topped its competition by at least 20 points.

Lauren Cox caught the basketball on the right block with her back to the basket. The junior took one power dribble and finished through contact for the bucket. While Cox was excited about the and-1, the video board inside the Ferrell Center later showed that there was much more to celebrate when she made that bucket as it marked Cox’s 1,000th career point.

Former Baylor point guard Alexis Morris is transferring to Rutgers where she will have 2.5 years of eligibility remaining and be able to play for the Scarlet Knights in January 2020.

Queen Egbo — a McDonald’s All-American, five-star recruit and seventh-ranked overall prospect by ESPN — wasn’t worried about signing with a Baylor program that touted an All-American tandem already at her position.

Kim Mulkey mentioned it multiple times in her postgame radio interview. Then, the Baylor head coach discussed it again with the media. She even backed up her words by showing her players a couple of scores in the Big 12.

FORT WORTH — Defense has always been a staple on a Kim Mulkey coached basketball team. Even though the change to playing four quarters instead of two haves happened fairly recently (2015) in women’s basketball, the Baylor head coach couldn’t think of another time that she’d seen what transpired on the court at Schollmaier Arena Saturday afternoon.

As 6-4 Lauren Cox and 6-7 Kalani Brown hit the floor together a season ago, the towering tandem was dubbed everything from “Double Trouble” to “Dynamic Duo” by media outlets and opposing coaches across the country.

New Year's Eve fireworks started early at the Ferrell Center: For the third time this season, No. 7 Baylor tied a school record with seven players in double figures.

STANFORD, Calif. — Baylor trailed by as many as 18 points with three minutes to play in the third quarter. By that time in the fourth quarter, the third-ranked Lady Bears had clawed their way back to within seven. But while the defense got some stops, Baylor couldn’t make the big bucket it needed down the stretch, as No. 11 Stanford held off the Baylor comeback for a 68-63 victory Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion.

From the moment the Baylor Lady Bears took the floor inside the Ferrell Center for the first time in almost a month, the thousands of grade-school students in attendance for “I’m Going to College Day” waved their green and gold pompoms in the stands and noisily cheered the team’s arrival.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina decided to challenge the Baylor perimeter players from the tip. Packing in the lane with their 2-3 zone, the Gamecocks focused on taking away the buckets by the All-American front court of Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox and forcing the Lady Bear perimeter players to make outside shots.

When Jennifer Roberts told her she needed only three more points, Chloe Jackson had no idea what she was talking about. Fourth-ranked Baylor was up big over Southern with the minutes winding down. Jackson already had 11 points, so Roberts wasn’t talking the senior point guard joining the double-digit club for the fourth time in as many games.

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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.