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Game 25
Feb. 13 | 7 p.m. CT | Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Okla.
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23-1, 13-0 Big 12
Ranking: 3 - AP, 3 - Coaches
Last Game: Feb. 10, 2018 win vs. TCU, 83-63
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 529-97 (18th Season)
BU Record: 529-97 (18th Season)


18-6, 9-4 Big 12
Ranking: 21 - AP, 25 - Coaches
Last Game: Feb. 10, 2018 win vs. Iowa State, 81-73
Head Coach: Jim Littell
Career Record: 144-75 (7th Season)
TCU Record: 144-75 (7th Season)

Game Notes - at Oklahoma State 

By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation

Since she's had to deal with numbers all year, playing as few as seven players and rarely rotating more than eight, Kim Mulkey can do the math.

Trying to win an unprecedented eighth consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship, the third-ranked Baylor Lady Bears (23-1, 13-0) have a two-game lead with five to play going into Tuesday's 7 p.m. matchup at No. 21 Oklahoma State (18-6, 9-4). If they win the next two, they can clinch an outright title next Monday night at No. 6 Texas (20-4, 11-2).

"You present it to them, but you don't rely on anybody else," said Mulkey, whose team has reeled off 20 straight wins. "You've got five games, here's where you are. You've got a two-game lead. You have to play three of the five on the road against very good teams. Let's finish this thing strong. If something happens and you don't win the Big 12 championship, you make sure whoever beats you had to play an unbelievable game."

The closing stretch includes road tests against the league's other two ranked teams, as well as matchups against two others receiving votes, TCU on the road and West Virginia at home.

Tuesday's game in Stillwater comes just 13 days after the Lady Bears had to pull away late for a 77-64 win over the Cowgirls in Waco.

Even with Baylor dominating the rebounding battle, 50-33, and finishing with a 50-18 edge on points in the paint, OSU was down by just four going into the fourth quarter and was still within striking distance until a couple late 3's by Natalie Chou.

Oklahoma State has two of the league's top four scorers in 5-9 grad transfer Loryn Goodwin (21.2 ppg, 5.5 assists) and 6-4 senior center Kaylee Jensen (18.6 ppg, 10.6 rebounds).

"Goodwin is a valuable part of their play this year," Mulkey said of Goodwin, who's playing for her fourth different college team after previous stints at North Texas, Butler and UTSA, earning C-USA Newcomer of the Year honors last season. "She plays a lot like Skylar Diggins. (Kristy) Wallace did a great job on here, defensively. Playing at their place will be a little bit tougher. She's used to those rims, but it's going to be a battle."

Baylor actually contained the "Big Two" in the first meeting, holding Goodwin and Jensen to 10 points apiece on a combined 8-for-30 shooting from the field. But, reserve forward LaTashia Jones hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points, 10 above her average.

"We can't let someone who doesn't score double digits come out and score double digits on us. That just makes us look bad," said freshman guard Alexis Morris.

Defending the high-scoring Goodwin is a tough enough task for Wallace, who averages 11.8 points and 5.5 assists. She played 40 minutes against the Cowgirls, shooting just 4-of-15 overall and 1-of-4 from outside the arc while limiting Goodwin to just 4-of-19 shooting.

"I also worry about fatigue. We ask a lot of Kristy," Mulkey said. "Kristy always seems to have to guard the best perimeter player, and then we ask her to score for us. If could give a little bit of help on Goodwin defensively, it would help us."

Chou has missed the last three games with a wrist injury, but sophomore guard Juicy Landrum has taken up the slack by knocking down nine 3-pointers and averaging 13 points over that stretch.

"Natalie's injury wasn't something that we felt just devastated our team," Mulkey said. "It was basically next man up. While we do miss her, and while we'd love to have her out there, we don't right now. Juicy was the first to get the opportunity. I think Moon (Ursin) and Didi (Richards) and Morris step in and do what's asked of them. Eight is enough. That used to be a TV show, right?"

Tuesday's game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Southwest-Plus, with Mike Wolfe and Bryndon Manzer calling the action.

Baylor returns home to host Kansas (11-13, 2-11) at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Jayhawks have dropped 10 in a row after a 2-1 start in league play and go to West Virginia Wednesday night.

The No. 3/3 Baylor Lady Bears head to Stillwater, Okla., to meet No. 21/25 Oklahoma State on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. (CT). It is the second meeting between the programs of the season.

Tuesday's game will be available on FSSW Plus and FoxSportsGo with Mike Wolfe (play-by-play) and Bryndon Manzer (analyst) calling the action. Fans can also tune in to Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (analyst) on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and 1660AM and 99.1FM in Waco.

• Baylor would be on a 21-game win streak.
• The Lady Bears would have a 14-0 start to the Big 12 Conference season for the fourth time in the last seven years and the fourth time under head coach Kim Mulkey. In two of those seasons, 2011-12 and 2012-13, Baylor ran the table in conference play, 18-0.
• Baylor would have at least 24 wins in the first 25 games of a season for the third time in the last four seasons, the sixth time in the last eight years and the sixth time in Mulkey's tenure.
• The Lady Bears would have a five-game win streak against Oklahoma State.

• Head coach Kim Mulkey has led the Lady Bears to 20-plus wins in all 18 seasons at the helm of the program.
• The 2017-18 squad is tied with its second-best start with a 24-1 record, second only to the 2011-12 team that achieved perfection with a 40-0 mark and 2012 NCAA Championship.
• Baylor has never had less than 21 victories in a season under Mulkey, a total which came in her first season with the program in 2000-01.
• In the last 17 seasons, the Lady Bears average 27.8 victories per season and have never lost more than 11 contests under Mulkey's direction (24-11 in 2002-03).
• In the 26 seasons prior to Mulkey's arrival, Baylor only recorded six 20-win seasons in 26 years.

• Baylor leads Oklahoma State, 39-11, in the all-time series.
• The Lady Bears have won four matchups in a row and 18 of the last 19 against the Cowgirls.
• In Stillwater, Okla., Baylor is 12-9 all-time against Oklahoma State.
• The Cowgirls last defeated the Lady Bears on Dec. 30, 2015, 52-45.
• Under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 33-6 against Oklahoma State.

• Baylor defeated then-ranked No. 21/21 Oklahoma State, 77-64, on Jan. 31 in Waco, Texas.
• Sophomore Lauren Cox led Baylor in scoring with 23 points, followed by junior Kalani Brown (19 points) and senior Dekeiya Cohen (15 points).
• Brown pulled down 19 rebounds to lead the team and record a double-double in 36 minutes played.
• Baylor outdid Oklahoma State in the paint, 50-18, in points off of turnovers, 8-2, and second chance points, 23-6. The Cowgirls scored 20 points off the bench compared to Baylor's three.
• The Lady Bears shot 43.7 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent from three-point land and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe, compared to the Cowgirls' 35.3 field goal percentage, 36.0 three-point field goal percentage and 63.6 free throw percentage.

• Baylor's starting lineup of Kristy Wallace, Juicy Landrum, Dekeiya Cohen, Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown made their debut together at Texas Tech and has guided Baylor to a 3-0 mark.
• All five starters scored in double figures against the Lady Raiders: Landrum (career-high 20 points), Cohen (career-high 19 points), Wallace (16 points), Cox (12 points), Brown (11 points).
• Wallace led the way for Baylor with 11 boards, registering her second double-double of the season and the third of her career.
• The group accounted for 86.7 percent of the team's offensive output and 75.9 percent of the rebounding effort.
• Against the Sooners, Cox impressed with a career-high 24-point effort to lead Baylor to its closest victory of the season.
• Cohen registered double figures with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Brown added 10 points and a team-high seven boards despite being in foul trouble.
• Against TCU, the starters accounted for 80.7 of Baylor's offense, netting 67 of the team's 83 points, and 71.4 percent of the rebounding effort, pulling down 30 of 42 boards..
• Brown led the Lady Bears with 23 points, followed by Cox (16 points) and Landrum (15 points). Cox led the way with 11 boards for her ninth double-double of the season.

• Through 13 games, Baylor owns a dominant +27.2 scoring margin and an +18.8 rebounding margin against Big 12 opponents alone.
• The Lady Bears have defeated each conference opponent by at least nine points and 10 of the 13 by at least 20 points.
• Baylor has compiled a 50.5 field goal percentage, 33.9 three-point field goal percentage and 73.4 free throw percentage in conference play, while holding opponents to 32.4 percent from the floor, 26.8 from long range and 62.5 from the foul line.
• The Lady Bears lead the league in scoring offense (86.8), scoring defense (55.3), scoring margin (+31.5), field goal percentage (.514), field goal percentage defense (.315), three-point field goal percentage (.377), three-point field goal percentage defense (.279), rebounding offense (49.3), rebounding defense (30.6), rebounding margin (+18.7), blocked shots (6.8), assists (21.4), assist to turnover ratio (1.6), defensive rebounds (34.2), defensive rebounding percentage (.759) and offensive rebounding percentage (.433).

Baylor women's basketball has been included in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for 284 consecutive weeks, which is second only to UConn, a team that has been ranked for 466-straight weeks. Notre Dame is third with 209 consecutive AP Top 25 rankings, followed by Maryland with 150 weeks and South Carolina with 108 weeks.

• With guard Kristy Wallace, guard Juicy Landrum, forward Dekeiya Cohen, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown starting, Baylor is 3-0.
• With guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Dekeiya Cohen, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown starting, Baylor is 17-0.
• With guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, guard Didi Richards, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown, Baylor is 1-0.
• With guard Alexis Morris, guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown, Baylor is 1-0.
• With guard Kristy Wallace, guard Moon Ursin, guard Natalie Chou, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown, Baylor is 1-0.
• With guard Alexis Morris, guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Dekeiya Cohen and center Kalani Brown starting, Baylor is 0-1.

• Sophomore Lauren Cox, a 6-4 forward, and junior Kalani Brown, a 6-7 center, were called `Double Trouble' by Hall of Famer and Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer and analyst LaChina Robinson posed the question, `are they the best 4/5 combination in women's basketball this year?, following Baylor's win over the No. 16/14 Cardinal.
• The duo accounts for 40.4 percent of the Lady Bears' offensive output this season, netting 842 of the team's 2,084 points this season.
• The pair has also recorded 38.3 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts, pulling down 453 of the squad's 1,183 rebounds this year.
• Against ranked opponents, Brown averages 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, while shooting 65.2 percent from the floor.
• Cox, who missed Baylor's game at No. 8/7 UCLA, averages a double-double (15.0 points, 11.3 rebounds) against six ranked opponents faced this season. She also averages 3.2 blocks and 2.7 assists, while shooting 51.4 percent from the floor and 92.9 percent from the foul line against Top 25 foes.
• `Double Trouble' is responsible for 42.8 percent of Baylor's scoring and 40.4 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts against its seven ranked opponents.
• Through 13 conference games, the duo has accounted for 42.1 percent of the Lady Bears' offensive output and 41.9 percent of the rebounding effort.
• Cox and Brown were named to Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and Preseason All-Big 12 teams, respectively. Brown was tabbed Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year.

• Baylor has outrebounded all 24 of its opponents this season, boasting a rebounding margin of +18.8, which leads the nation.
• In the last two seasons, the Lady Bears have outrebounded 59 of their last 61 opponents.
• The last time an opponent outrebounded Baylor was on Feb. 6, 2017, when Texas edged the Lady Bears, 38-37, on the glass.
• On Jan. 11, 2017, TCU matched Baylor's rebounding efforts as each team registered 38 boards.

• Through 24 games, the Lady Bears have limited 16 opponents to 10 points or less in a quarter 27 times in the 2017-18 season.
• Baylor held five ranked teams to single digits, including No. 20/22 Kentucky (6 points in the third quarter), No. 16/14 Stanford (8 points in the first quarter), No. 6/6 Texas (9 points in the second quarter), No. 19/20 West Virgina (8 points in the fourth quarter) and No. 24/24 TCU (10 points in the first quarter).
• In Big 12 play alone, Baylor has kept opponents from scoring more than 10 points in 14 quarters (at Kansas State - 10 points in the fourth quarter; vs. Texas Tech - 10 points in the third quarter; vs. Iowa State - 6 points in the first quarter and 10 points in the second quarter; at Kansas - 9 points in the second quarter and 7 points in the fourth quarter; at Oklahoma - 8 points in the second quarter and 8 points in the third quarter; at Iowa State - 2 points in the first quarter [lowest scoring quarter for a Big 12 opponent in Baylor women's basketball history]; vs. Kansas State - 9 points in the first and 9 points in the second quarter; vs. No. 6/6 Texas - 9 points in the second quarter; at No. 19/20 West Virginia - 8 points in the fourth quarter; at Texas Tech - 6 points in the first quarter, 7 points in the third quarter; vs. No. 24/24 TCU - 10 points in the first quarter).
• The Lady Bears held a McNeese State to less than 10 points in three of four quarters on the road, limiting the Cowgirls to nine points in the first quarter, seven points in the second and five in the fourth.
• Baylor leads the nation in field goal percentage defense (31.5) and defensive rebounds per game (34.0). The team is also second in scoring margin (+31.5), third in blocked shots (163) and fourth in blocked shots per game (6.8).
• The Lady Bears have held opponents at or below their scoring average in all 24 games as well. The only team to match its scoring average was Coppin State, which scored 54 points in its season-opener against Baylor to match its 2016-17 scoring average.
• Baylor has held opponents to 17.5 points below their scoring average and Big 12 opponents to 19.1 points below their scoring average.
• The Baylor defense has kept 10 teams 20 points or more below their scoring average this year, including Central Arkansas (held to 55 points, averaged 79.0), No. 8/9 UCLA (held to 82 points, averaged 102.5), North Dakota (held to 43 points, averaged 67.0), McNeese State (held to 34, averaged half of that at 68.0), Nicholls State (held to 43, averaged 69.1), Texas Tech (twice: held to 49, averaged 71.0 on Dec. 31, 2017; held to 44, averaged 64.1 on Feb. 3, 2018), Iowa State (held to 49, averaged 71.8), Oklahoma (held to 52, averaged 78.8) and No. 6/6 Texas (held to 56, averaged 84.7).

• Despite ranking 248th and 246th nationally in three-point field goals per game (5.0) and three-point field goals made (120), respectively, the Lady Bears are lethal beyond the arc.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 and is 18th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (37.7), nailing 120 of 318 attempts.
• In Big 12 play alone, Baylor is shooting 33.9 percent from three-point land, making 58 of its 171 attempts.
• Against Iowa State, Baylor sunk 12 three-pointers on 23 attempts, one off the program's single game record of 13 makes in a contest.
• Two Lady Bears are shooting above 40 percent from beyond the arc, including freshman guard Alexis Morris (51.4) and sophomore guard Juicy Landrum (45.2).
• Landrum is second in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage and senior Kristy Wallace is 12th (36.3). Morris is not ranked because she does not meet category minimums.

• Sophomore Lauren Cox led Baylor to victory in its tightest game of the season, 74-65, against Oklahoma on Feb. 5 to remain perfect in Big 12 play.
• The 6-4 power forward netted a career-high 24 points, making a career-high 12 field goals on 17 attempts in a career-high 40 minutes on the court.
• Cox has registered six 20-point performances this season and eight in her career.
• The Flower Mound, Texas, native is one of 10 finalists for the Katrina McClain Award, which honors the nation's top power forward.

• Earning her first career start at Texas Tech on Feb. 3, sophomore guard Juicy Landrum had her best game as a Lady Bear.
• She led Baylor in offensively for the first time in her career, netting a career-high 20 points. Landrum made a career-high eight field goals on a career-high-tying 10 attempts and matched her career-high with four three-point field goals made on six attempts.
• The Waco, Texas native also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds and distributed four assists in a career-high 33 minutes played.

• Baylor's Kristy Wallace was selected espnW National Player of the Week on Jan. 29 after playing a leading role in the Lady Bears' 2-0 week.
• The senior guard led Baylor in scoring in two games, netting a career-high 27 points against No. 6/6 Texas and pouring in 25 at No. 19/20 West Virginia.
• Wallace shot a team-high 66.7 percent from the floor and a team-high 62.5 percent from three-point range, accounting for all five made three-pointer for Baylor on the week.
• The Loganholme, Queensland, Australia native averaged 26.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, logging 39.0 minutes per game.
• Wallace has registered four 20-point performances in her this season and six in her career. She has led Baylor in scoring six times as a Lady Bear.
• Charlie Creme, Graham Hayes and Mechelle Voepel each vote to determine the honor, which is awarded every week of the women's basketball season.

• While her family roasted a pig at its cookout on the other side of the world, senior guard Kristy Wallace celebrated Australia Day on the court with an impressive performance against No. 6/6 Texas on Jan. 25.
• Wallace netted a career-high 27 points, pulled down seven rebounds and distributed a team-high four assists to lead the Lady Bears to victory.
• It was her fifth time leading Baylor in scoring in her career and her fifth career 20-point effort.
• Wallace also set a career-high with 11 made field goals.
• The Loganholme, Queensland, Australia, native shot .688 (11-16) from the floor and .667 (2-3) from three-point range against the Longhorns.
• Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.

• Baylor held Iowa State to two first quarter points, the lowest-scoring quarter for a Big 12 opponent in program history, on Jan. 17, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.
• Baylor broke its record for largest halftime lead against a Big 12 opponent, leading Iowa State by 36 points, 52-16, at the break on Jan. 3, 2018, inside the Ferrell Center. The previous record was a 30-point lead over Kansas State at halftime on Jan. 25, 2017, in Manhattan, Kan.

• Baylor junior Kalani Brown was named Big 12 Player of the Week for the first time this season and the fourth time in her career on Jan. 22. She was also named Citizen Naismith Women's Player of the Week for the first time, and to the NCAA Starting Five.
• Brown netted a team-high 25 points in minutes on the road at Iowa State, while adding nine rebounds, four assists and one block.
• Brown recorded a team-high 33 points and tied for the team lead with 19 rebounds against Kansas State. She is only the third player in league history to score at least 33 points and grab 19 rebounds in a Big 12 game and the first to do so since Feb. 25, 2007 (Oklahoma's Courtney Paris vs. Missouri).

• Junior Kalani Brown is in consideration for three national player of the year awards and the nation's top center award.
• On Feb. 11, Brown was selected as one of 30 players on the 2018 Women's Citizen Naismith Trophy Women's College Player of the Year late season team.
• On Feb. 8, Brown was included on the midseason watch list for the 2018 Wade Trophy. The list includes 33 players, which will be trimmed to four finialists in March.
• The 6-7 center is one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Lisa Leslie Award, which was announced on Feb. 2 by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the WBCA.
• Brown was named to the Wendy's Midseason Top 25 list for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award on Jan. 11.
• A WBCA All-American and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American in 2017, Brown was tabbed Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and named to the Preseason All-Big 12 First Team.
• Brown, who has recorded a team-high 11 double-doubles, is second in the nation in field goal percentage (.671), is 10th in field goals made (194) and 26th in points per game (20.3). She averages a just below a double-double, leading Baylor in points per game and field goal percentage and coming in second in rebounds per game (9.6).
• Sophomore Lauren Cox is one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award, which honors the nation's top power forward. The list of finalists was released by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the WBCA on Feb. 1.
• Cox, who has recorded nine double-doubles, is averaging 15.4 points, a team-high 9.7 rebounds per game and a team-high 2.8 blocks per contest.
• The 2017 Six Man Award recipient and Big 12 All Freshman Team honoree is shooting 52.4 percent from the floor, 20.0 percent from three-point range and 70.4 percent from the free throw line.

• Through 24 games, six of nine available Lady Bears have registered at least one double-double.
• Junior Kalani Brown leads the way with 11 double-doubles, which ranks second in the Big 12, and has a tallied 23 in her career.
• Sophomore Lauren Cox has recorded nine this season, three against ranked opponents (No. 16/14 Stanford, No. 6/6 Texas and No. 24/24 TCU), to bring her career total to 10.
• Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen recorded the first double-doubles of her career this season, one against Missouri State (10 points, 10 rebounds) and another against Texas Tech (12 points, 11 rebounds).
• Senior guard Kristy Wallace posted her second career double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) against No. 16/14 Stanford and added her third at Texas Tech (16 points, 11 rebounds).
• Sophomore guard Natalie Chou recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against North Dakota on Dec. 5 in just 25 minutes played.
• Freshman guard Didi Richards registered the first double-double of her career against McNeese State on Dec. 13 with a career-high 11 points and career-high 12 rebounds in a career-high 25 minutes played.

• Baylor has won 72 of its last 73 games played inside the Ferrell Center, including 16 in a row.
• Baylor has won 186 consecutive home games vs. non-ranked opponents, dating back to an April 4, 2003, homecourt loss to Auburn in the WNIT finals.
• BU is 221-4 (.982) in non-league home games under Kim Mulkey.
• Before its defeat by No. 11/13 Texas, 85-79, on Feb. 6, 2017, Baylor owned a 54-game home win streak overall dating back to March 2, 2014, when it lost to 11th-ranked West Virginia, 71-70.

• Junior Kalani Brown surpassed the 1,000-career point mark with 33 points at No. 8/7 UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 18.
• The Slidell, La., native is the 34th player to score 1,000-plus points for Baylor women's basketball and the first to do so since Khadijiah Cave, who graduated last spring and is playing professionally overseas, on March 4, 2017, in the Big 12 Championship opening round win over Texas Tech.
• Through 99 career games, Brown has scored 1,409 points, which ranks 13th all-time at Baylor. She is 66 points from surpassing Kacy Moffitt, who ranks 12th with 1,474 career points.
• With 15 points at Oklahoma on Jan. 14, senior guard Kristy Wallace surpassed the 1,000-career points mark.
• Wallace is the 35th Lady Bear to reach the milestone and currently ranks 27th in program history with 1,121 points. She is four points from surpassing Mary Lowry, who ranks 26th all-time with 1,124 career points.

• Baylor bigs Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox produced 65.3 percent of the Lady Bears scoring effort and 55.1 percent of the team's rebounding production in Baylor's win against Kansas State, combining for 49 points and 38 boards.
• Brown netted 33 points, her second 30-plus point game of the season and the third of her career, and grabbed 19 rebounds to record her eighth double-double of the season. Brown has recorded 19 or more rebounds three times in her career, and twice this season.
• Cox registered her seventh double-double of the year with 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds against the Wildcats, besting her previous total of 16 vs. Georgia Tech on Nov. 25, 2017.
• Brown and Cox are the first Big 12 duo to ever grab 19 or more rebounds apiece in a conference game.

• For the second year in a row, 18th-year head coach Kim Mulkey is in consideration for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach. She is the only female on the Women's Committee list of 15 as both a player and coach for the Class of 2018.
• The only basketball coach to win national championships as a head coach, assistant coach and player, Mulkey has compiled a 529-97 (.845) record at Baylor.
• Mulkey is No. 2 nationally among the winningest active Division I coaches and No. 3 all-time in winning percentage, surpassing the late Hall of Fame coach and her mentor Pat Summitt. She also owns the top win total in the Big 12 Conference.
• Mulkey, a five-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, has led Baylor to national championships in 2005 and 2012 and a Big 12 Conference record 16 league titles, including the last seven regular season and six of the last seven tournament championships.
• The Lady Bears, who have made 16 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, have advanced to the Elite Eight in each of the last four seasons.
• In her collegiate career, Mulkey led Louisiana Tech to a 130-6 record, two national titles and four Final Fours from 1980-84. The two-time Academic All-American graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech with a business degree.
• The All-American won gold medals with the 1984 U.S. Olympic and 1983 Pan American Games teams.
• Mulkey led Hammond High School to four consecutive state championships, a 136-5 record and finished her career with a then-national record 4,075 points. She earned all-district, all-state and All-America accolades all four years, while also graduating as valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
• Mulkey was the lone female named to the Louisiana Sports Writers top 25 athletes of the 20th century and listed by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 50 sports figures of Louisiana in the 20th century.
• Mulkey has been inducted to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, National High School Hall of Fame, Louisiana High School Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.
• She was named consensus National Coach of the Year in 2012 (WBCA, Naismith, Associated Press and USBWA) and USBWA National Coach of the Year in 2011.

• Baylor women's basketball has won a league-leading 16 Big 12 Conference titles, eight regular season and eight tournament championships.
• The Lady Bears claimed their seventh regular season conference championship in a row, finishing 17-1 last season. The lone loss came at home to Texas, 85-79.
• Baylor advanced to the Big 12 Championship game for the seventh consecutive season and the 11th time in program history last year with a semifinal victory over Kansas State, 88-71.
• The Lady Bears have won six of the last seven Big 12 Championship titles, falling to West Virginia last year to end their streak, 77-66.

• In her 18th season, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 529-97 (.845) record which ranks No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind Connecticut's Geno Auriemma (.883).
Kim Mulkey's 36 seasons as a player and coach have resulted in 36 postseason trips, including 35 to NCAA/AIAW Tournaments.
• In 610 of 624 games under Mulkey, the Lady Bears have held their opponent at or below 50 percent field goal shooting with only six of those efforts coming in the last 14 years.
• Mulkey has accounted for 57.4 percent (529) of the program's 922 all-time victories.

SEEING 20/20
• Against Lamar on Nov. 10, junior All-American Kalani Brown recorded the program's first 20-point, 20-rebound performance since March 26, 2013, when WNBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner registered 33 points and 22 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
• Brown accomplished the feat with 26 points (11-16 FG, 4-5 FT) and 21 rebounds (5 offensive, 16 defensive) in 32 minutes played.

• For the eighth time in program history and the third year in a row, league coaches selected a Baylor women's basketball player Preseason Player of the Year, junior All-American center Kalani Brown.
• Brown earned WBCA All-American and Associated Press honorable mention All-American accolades in addition to being named unanimously to the All-Big 12 first team in 2017.
• The Slidell, La., native led Baylor in scoring (15.4), rebounding (8.2), shot blocking (2.0) and field goal percentage (.679), despite averaging just 21.4 minutes per game last season.
• Sophomore forward Lauren Cox and senior guard Kristy Wallace were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention team.
• Cox, the reigning Big 12 Sixth Man Award winner, was named to the All-Freshman team after averaging 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game last year.
• Wallace, who started every game for the Lady Bears last season, led the team in assists (208) and was second in the Big 12 in assists (5.6) and steals (1.3).

SUSTAINED SUCCESS • The Lady Bears have made 12 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 16 overall. Those appearances have resulted in two national championships (2005, 2012), three Final Fours (2005, 2010, 2012), eight Elite Eights and 12 Sweet Sixteens. • Baylor has won seven consecutive Big 12 regular season and six of the last seven tournament titles. Overall the program has won eight regular season and eight tournament conference championships, most among all Big 12 programs. • Baylor is 264-21 (.926) over the past eight seasons, 34-3 in 2010-11, 40-0 in 2011-12, 34-2 in 2012-13, 32-5 in 2013-14, 33-4 in 2014-15, 36-2 in 2015-16, 33-4 in 2016-17, and 22-1 in 2017-18. • In that same span, BU is 147-8 (.948) in Big 12 play -- 130-7 (.949) in the regular season and 20-1 in Big 12 Tournament play. • 233 of Baylor's 264 wins since 2010-11 have been by 10 or more points, and only 14 times in that span has its winning margin been five or fewer points (most recently three, 70-67, at No. 6/8 Texas, Feb. 20, 2017). • In Baylor's last 424 games, only three opponents (Texas, .516; Stanford, .509; West Virginia, .500) have shot 50 percent or above. • Baylor's current string of holding its opponent to .500 or less from the field is 33 games. • BU's string is 103-straight games holding its foe to .500 or below from the field was halted by No. 11/13 Texas, which shot .516 for a win on Feb. 6, 2017. • In the 2012-13 season, the Cardinal broke BU's 217-game streak of holding an opponent to 50 percent or less shooting from the floor.

MULKEY SIGNS TOP RECRUITING CLASS • The Lady Bear 2018 class, comprised of forward Caitlin Bickle (Cave Creek, Ariz.), forward Aquira DeCosta (Sacramento, Calif.), forward Queen Egbo (Houston, Texas), guard Honesty Scott-Grayson (Brick, N.J.) and forward NaLyssa Smith (Converse, Texas), is ranked No. 1. • Each player owns a five-star rating and is ranked in the Top 30 overall by ESPN Hoopgurlz, solidifying Baylor's most talented class to date. The only other consensus top-ranked class in program history came in 2008-09, when Brittney Griner (No. 1 by ESPN Hoopgurlz), Mariah Chandler (No. 16), Jordan Madden (No. 58), Shanay Washington (No. 64) and Kimetria Hayden (unranked) signed NLIs. • Four players, DeCosta, Egbo, Scott-Grayson and Smith, were included on the 2018 Naismith Trophy Midseason Girls Basketball Watch List and honored as 2018 McDonald's All-Americans. • DeCosta and Smith were named semifinalists for the 2018 Naismith National Girls' High School Player of the Year award. The list includes 10 players from across the nation.

UP NEXT Baylor continues its Big 12 slate at No. 22/25 Oklahoma State on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The game tips off at 7 p.m. (CT) in Stillwater, Okla.



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