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BAYLOR14-1, 4-0 Big 12
Ranking: 5 - AP, 5 - Coaches
Last Game: Jan. 6, 2018 win at Kansas, 83-48
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 520-96 (18th season)
BU Record: 520-96 (18th season)
Oklahoma7-8, 2-2 Big 12
Ranking: NR - AP, NR - Coaches
Last Game: Jan. 10, 2018 win at Texas Tech, 73-52
Head Coach: Sherri Coale
Career Record: 473-235 (22nd Season)
OU Record: 473-235 (22nd Season)
By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation
Baylor leads the nation in points per game (91.2) and rebounding margin (plus-18.3), but the number that could lead the fifth-ranked Lady Bears to an eighth consecutive Big 12 championship and a fourth Final Four is 30.7.
That's the national-leading field goal percentage allowed by Baylor (14-1, 4-0) going into a matchup against Oklahoma (8-8, 3-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
"I'll say it until I'm blue in the face: we guard people," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "We do score a lot of points, we score at all positions. But, so do a lot of other teams. What separates winners and losers in the tight games is who plays the best defense."
The thing is, Baylor's defense is so good that the Lady Bears haven't had anything close to a tight game, particularly in conference. They've won their first four league games by an average of 38.3 points and none by less than 30.
"We take a lot of pride in defense," said 6-foot-2 senior forward Dekeiya Cohen, who is averaging 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. "It's something we work on almost every day. Coach Mulkey takes a lot of pride in defense also, and she instills that in us, that you have to go out there and have heart, just defend people, guard people, not let them get the best of you."
With five double-figure scorers, Oklahoma will present one of the stiffest tests to date for the Lady Bears. Seniors Vionise Pierre-Louis (15.4 ppg, 8.1 rebounds), Maddie Manning (14.1 ppg) and Gabbi Ortiz (13.4 ppg) are joined by freshmen Shaina Pellington (12.5 ppg) and Ana Llanusa (11.6 ppg).
"You're going to see a typical team. They're going to shoot the 3 when open, and they're going to guard you in a man and play some zone against you," Mulkey said. "Playing Oklahoma is not going to be any different than any other team we play. We've got to take care of the basketball and our defense has to be really good, because they score a lot of points."
"It makes us a better team, particularly this year, because we only have nine in uniform," Mulkey said. "For Dekeiya to defend on the perimeter - and then I take her out and she relieves Kalani (Brown) or (Lauren) Cox and has to guard inside - she's done extremely well. I don't like that. I like to leave a kid at one positon, but Dekeiya's adjusted well."
The Lady Bears have one of the best post duos in the nation in Brown and Cox, who are averaging 21.5 and 15.1 points, respectively.
Mulkey said their comfort level has improved dramatically from last year.
"They can make mistakes now and realize they may not get taken out because we don't have the depth," she said. "That comforts you a little bit as a player, because you're not always looking over your shoulder. However, I think they push each other. We've got a team that we're going to compete out there when we go at it every day."
Baylor is in the middle of a three-game road stretch, which concludes with a matchup against Iowa State (8-9, 2-4) on Wednesday in Ames. The Cyclones snapped a four-game losing streak with a 66-54 road win on Saturday at Texas Tech.
NOTE: Former Lady Bear Chameka Scott, a part of the 2005 national championship team, is undergoing radiation treatments at MD Anderson again for cancer in her liver. "She just needs a lot of prayers," Mulkey said. "It's tough."
BACK FROM BYE WEEK
The No. 5/5 Baylor Lady Bears (14-1, 4-0) return from their bye week with a road contest at Oklahoma (7-8, 2-2) on Sunday, Jan. 14. Tip off is set for 1 p.m. (CT).
Sunday's game will be broadcast live on FS1 with Dave Raymond (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) calling the action. Fans can also listen to Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (analyst) on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and 1660AM and 99.1FM in Waco.
WHAT'S IN A WIN
Baylor would be on a 12-game win streak.
The Lady Bears would be on a 5-0 start to the Big 12 Conference season for the sixth time in the last eight seasons and the eighth time under the direction of head coach Kim Mulkey.
Baylor would have at least 15 wins in the first 16 games for the fourth-straight season and the 10th time in the last 12 seasons.
The Lady Bears would have a four-game win streak against the Sooners.
DOMINANT BIG 12 START
No Big 12 team has ever opened league play averaging a +38.3 margin of victory through their first four games until the 2017-18 Lady Bears.
Baylor topped Kansas State by 30 points on the road, Texas Tech by 48 points at home, Iowa State by 40 points at home and Kansas by 35 points on the road so far in the Big 12 season.
Last year's 2016-17 squad averaged a +37.0 margin of victory through its first four games, which was the previous conference record.
RECORD BOOK REWRITE
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.
MILESTONE ON THE HORIZON
With 996 points, senior guard Kristy Wallace is four points away from reaching the 1,000-career points mark. Averaging 10.5 points per game so far this year, she is on track to join the club at Oklahoma on Sunday. Only 34 players have scored more than 1,000 points in their Baylor careers, most recently junior Kalani Brown.
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 39.0 percent of the Lady Bears' offensive output this season, netting 534 of the team's 1,368 points this season.
The pair has also recorded 34.6 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts, pulling down 257 of the squad's 742 rebounds this year.
Against ranked opponents, Brown averages 24.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, while shooting 76.9 percent from the floor.
Cox, who missed Baylor's game at No. 8/7 UCLA, averages a double-double (14.0 points, 12.0 rebounds) against two ranked opponents faced this season. She also averages 2.0 blocks and 4.5 assists, while shooting 43.3 percent from the floor against Top 25 foes.
`Double Trouble' is responsible for 42.7 percent of Baylor's scoring and 28.9 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts against its three ranked opponents.
Through four conference games, the duo has accounted for 40.3 percent of the Lady Bears' offensive output and 35.8 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.
OWNING THE GLASS
Baylor has outrebounded all 15 of its opponents this season, boasting a rebounding margin of +18.3, which leads the nation.
In the last two seasons, the Lady Bears have outrebounded 50 of their last 52 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.
RECORD BY STARTING LINEUP
With guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Dekeiya Cohen, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown starting, Baylor is 12-0.
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.
Baylor and Oklahoma are tied, 25-25, in the all-time series.
In Norman, Okla., the Lady Bears trail the Sooners, 12-11, all-time.
Under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 21-18 against Oklahoma.
Baylor has won five matchups in a row and 14 of the last 15 against the Sooners.
The Sooners last defeated Baylor on, 68-64, on Feb. 25, 2015, in Norman, Okla.
SCOUTING THE SOONERS
Oklahoma enters Sunday's game with an 8-8 record overall and a 3-2 mark in Big 12 play with wins over TCU, 84-71, at home and Texas Tech, 73-52, on the road.
Vionise Pierre-Louis (15.4), Maddie Manning (14.1), Gabbi Ortiz (13.4), Shaina Pellington (12.5) and Ana Llanusa (11.6) average double figure scoring for the Sooners.
Pierre-Louis and Manning were both named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention team.
As a team, Oklahoma averages 78.8 points, 40.2 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 8.7 steals and 4.3 blocks per game.
The roster, comprised of three freshmen, one sophomore, two juniors and five seniors, is led by 22nd-year head coach Sherri Coale.
EXCELLING BEYOND THE ARC
Despite ranking 184th and 206th nationally in three-point field goals per game (5.7) and three-point field goals made (86), respectively, the Lady Bears are lethal beyond the arc.
Baylor leads the Big 12 and is fourth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (41.0), nailing 86 of 210 attempts.
In Big 12 play alone, Baylor is shooting 38.1 percent from three-point land, making 24 of its 63 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.
Four Lady Bears are shooting above 40 percent from beyond the arc, including freshman guard Alexis Morris (52.6), sophomore guard Juicy Landrum (45.8), senior guard Kristy Wallace (42.2) and sophomore guard Natalie Chou (41.2).
Landrum leads the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage, Wallace is fifth and Chou is sixth. Morris is not included in the rankings because she does not meet the category minimums.
The Lady Bears have limited 11 of their 15 opponents to 10 points or less in a quarter 17 times in the 2017-18 season.
Baylor held two ranked teams to single digits, including No. 20/22 Kentucky (6 points in the third quarter) and No. 16/14 Stanford (8 points in the first quarter).
In Big 12 play alone, Baylor has kept opponents from scoring more than 10 points in six 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).
The Lady Bears held a McNeese State to 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 (30.7), scoring margin (+37.1) and defensive rebounds per game (34). The team is also fifth in blocked shots per game (6.8) and sixth in scoring defense (54.1) and blocked shots (102).
The Lady Bears have held all 15 opponents at or below their scoring average 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 17.4 points below their scoring average and Big 12 opponents to 19.4 points below their scoring average.
The Baylor defense has kept seven 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 State (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 (held to 49, averaged 71.0) and Iowa State (held to 49, averaged 71.8).
Through 15 games, six of nine available Lady Bears have registered at least one double-double.
Junior Kalani Brown leads the way with seven double-doubles, which ranks second in the Big 12, and has a tallied 19 in her career.
Sophomore Lauren Cox has recorded five this season, including one against No. 16/14 Stanford (15 points, 15 rebounds), to bring her career total to six.
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.
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.
SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Senior guard Kristy Wallace is one of 30 candidates for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible, student-athletes must be a senior who excels in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition. Wallace, a health, kinesiology and leisure studies major, will graduate in May 2018. She has participated in Baylor Sports Ministry Mission Trips and is a team captain for the Lady Bears. Wallace is averaging 10.5 points, 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.
BIG 12 STAT LEADERS
The Lady Bears stand at the top of several team and individual statistical categories heading into the Big 12 Conference season.
As a team, Baylor leads the way in 15 categories, including scoring offense (91.2), scoring defense (54.1), scoring margin (+37.1), field goal percentage (.523), field goal percentage defense (.307), three-point field goal percentage (.410), three-point field goal percentate defense (.270), rebounding offense (49.5), rebounding defense (31.2), rebounding margin (+18.3), blocked shots (6.8), assists (22.8), assist to turnover ratio (1.8), defensive rebounds (34.3) and defensive rebounding percentage (.754).
Junior All-American center Kalani Brown is leading the conference and the country individually in field goal percentage (.723). She is also second in scoring (21.5), third in defensive rebounds (6.1), fourth in rebounding (8.8) and eighth in free throw percentage (.798).
Sophomore forward Lauren Cox is second in the Big 12 in blocked shots (2.4) and defensive rebounds (6.3), third in rebounding (8.9), fifth in assist to turnover ratio (2.1), eighth in offensive rebounds (2.6) and 10th in scoring (15.1).
Sophomore guard Juicy Landrum paces the league in three-point field goal percentage (.458), netting 22 of her 48 attempts in 15 games played.
Senior guard Kristy Wallace leads the conference in assist to turnover ratio (2.8), is fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.422) and sixth in assists (5.3).
Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen is second in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds (3.2), seventh in rebounding overall (7.5) and 10th in blocked shots (1.0).
CLIMBING THE CAREER SCORING LADDER
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 89 career games, Brown has scored 1,244 points, which ranks 23rd all-time at Baylor. She is 15 points from surpassing Bonnie Henson (1985-89), who ranks 22nd with 1,258 career points.
AP POLL STREAK
Baylor women's basketball has been included in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for 278 consecutive weeks, which is second only to UConn, a team that has been ranked for 460-straight weeks. Notre Dame is third with 203 consecutive AP Top 25 rankings, followed by Maryland with 144 weeks and South Carolina with 102 weeks.
NATIONAL AWARDS RUNDOWN
Junior Kalani Brown is in consideration for three national player of the year awards and the nation's top center award.
The 6-7 center was named to the Wendy's Midseason Top 25 list for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award on Jan. 11, 2018.
Brown has also been named to the 2018 Citizen Player of the Year Watch List (national player of the year), 2018 Wade Trophy Watch List (national player of the year) and the 2018 Lisa Leslie Award Watch List (nation's top center) this season.
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 seven double-doubles, leads the nation in field goal percentage (72.3), is 13th in field goals made (128) and 14th in points per game (21.5). She averages just under a double-double, leading Baylor in points per game and field goal percentage. She is second averaging 8.8 rebounds per game.
Sophomore Lauren Cox is in consideration for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award (nation's top power forward), presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the WBCA.
Cox, who has recorded five double-doubles, is averaging 15.1 points, a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game and a team-high 2.4 blocks per contest.
The 2017 Six Man Award recipient and Big 12 All Freshman Team honoree is shooting 52.7 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from three-point range.
HOME SWEET HOME
Baylor has won 67 of its last 68 games played inside the Ferrell Center, including 10 in a row.
Baylor has won 185 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.
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.
BIG 12 HISTORY
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.
THE MULKEY FILE
In her 18th season, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 520-96 (.844) record which ranks No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind Connecticut's Geno Auriemma (.881).
Kim Mulkey's 36 seasons as a player and coach have resulted in 36 postseason trips, including 35 to NCAA/AIAW Tournaments.
In 602 of 616 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 56.9 percent (520) of the program's 914 all-time victories.
CALL FROM THE HALL
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 520-96 (.844) 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 team and the 1983 Pan American Games team.
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.
BIG 12 PRESEASON AWARDS
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).
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 255-21 (.924) 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 14-1 in 2017-18.
In that same span, BU is 140-8 (.946) in Big 12 play -- 122-7 (.946) in the regular season and 20-1 in Big 12 Tournament play.
224 of Baylor's 255 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 417 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 26 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 nationally by ESPN Hoopgurlz and Prospects Nation.
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.
Since signing day, the entire 2018 signing class has been nominated for McDonald's All-American recognition.
Four players, DeCosta, Egbo, Scott-Grayson and Smith, were included on the 2018 Naismith Trophy Midseason Girls Basketball Watch List.
Baylor heads to Iowa State for a midweek matchup on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. (CT). It is the second meeting between the programs this season, as the Lady Bears bested the Cyclones, 89-49, in Waco on Jan. 3.