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BAYLOR22-1, 12-0 Big 12
Ranking: 3 - AP, 3 - Coaches
Last Game: Feb. 5, 2018 win vs. Oklahoma, 74-65
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 528-97 (18th Season)
BU Record: 528-97 (18th Season)
TCU16-7, 7-5 Big 12
Ranking: 24 - AP, 24 - Coaches
Last Game: Feb. 7, 2018 loss vs. Oklahoma State, 71-54
Head Coach: Raegan Pebley
Career Record: 220-229 (15th Season)
TCU Record: 64-54 (4th Season)
By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation
Third-ranked Baylor's reeled off 19 straight wins since a Nov. 18 loss at UCLA and has beaten its conference opponents by nearly 30 points per game in getting off to a 12-0 start in the Big 12. But, after surviving a stretch of five games in 12 days, coach Kim Mulkey and the Lady Bears (22-1, 12-0) spent Thursday "working on us" as they prepared for Saturday's 7 p.m. matchup at the Ferrell Center against the 24th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs (16-7, 7-5).
"It's been a long time since we could just go and for one entire practice fix some things and tweak some things," Mulkey said, "because you have to just get ready for the next game. But, we were able to do scouting report (Thursday), but then go on the floor and just work on some defensive stuff."
Considering they won their first eight conference games by an average margin of 31.8, the rest of the coaches are probably scratching their head, trying to figure out exactly what the Lady Bears have to "fix."
But, they have been pushed in three of their last four games, rallying from a six-point halftime deficit to win by 11 at 20th-ranked West Virginia (83-72); surviving No. 23 Oklahoma State's "best shot" in a 77-64 win at home; and then closing on a 10-2 run to pull out a 74-65 victory over Oklahoma on Monday night.
"When you get to February, you're probably going to have a month full of games like that, because everybody is playing for something" said Mulkey, whose team has a two-game lead on sixth-ranked Texas (19-4, 10-2) with six to play. "You're either playing to get into the (NCAA) tournament, you're playing to get a good seed in the tournament, you're playing to win a championship. Everybody has something to play for. I don't know if a close game is any better than a blowout game. Just win. And we've won some close ones this year."
Specifically, the Lady Bears were working on how defenses have taken away their high-low post game "all of a sudden," trying to avoid all the charge calls that have gotten them into foul trouble and making sure the post players are there when guards get beat off the dribble.
"Things like that, that you tend to get away from, because you don't stop and focus," Mulkey said. "You're just playing game after game after game."
This will be Baylor's fourth ranked opponent in the last six games, going back to the Jan. 25 matchup against Texas, and the Lady Bears will play only one more regular-season game against a team not currently ranked (next Saturday against Kansas). Texas, West Virginia and Oklahoma State certainly aren't surprise entries in the top-25 polls, but TCU definitely is. The Horned Frogs have had just one upper-division finish in their five years in the Big 12 and lost leading scorer AJ Alix as a grad transfer to Florida State after finishing ninth a year ago and 12-18 overall.
"I think it's just probably continuity," Mulkey said, referring to TCU playing its fourth season under head coach Raegan Pebley, who led the Frogs to back-to-back WNIT berths in 2015 and '16. "The coach has her recruits in there, she's been there a while now, they're doing things she's asked them to do, and they seem to be very comfortable."
Trying to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years, the Frogs reeled off a seven-game winning streak that included back-to-back two-point wins over then-No. 7 Texas at home and No. 15 West Virginia on the road. They come in with a two-game slide, though, losing the playback game with the Longhorns (92-65) and falling to Oklahoma State, 71-54, on Wednesday at home.
"I just see a very confident team," Mulkey said. "I see a team that just plays very hard, start to finish, and they're much more confident now, probably because they're comfortable with the system. But also, because they've beaten teams that they hadn't beaten in a while. When you have success, it just kind of snowballs."
Pebley has boosted her roster with a trio of Division I transfers in 6-1 sophomore guard Jayde Woods from Oregon, 5-10 guard Toree Thompson (9.4 ppg) from Ole Miss and 6-2 junior forward Amy Okonkwo (15.7 ppg, 5.8 rebounds) from USC, the team's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder.
But, they also have some homegrown talent with 6-3 junior center Jordan Moore f(13.8 ppg, 7.0 rebounds) from Round Rock, Texas, and 5-8 sophomore guard Amber Ramirez (11.1 ppg) from San Antonio.
Ramirez and 6-4 Baylor sophomore forward Lauren Cox (15.4 ppg, 9.6 rebounds) were teammates on the 2016 USA Basketball team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Chile.
"She's a shooter with a quick release, deep range," Cox said of Ramirez. "We're really going to have to guard her, because she'll come in there and she's like a spark for them."
Baylor counters with the post combo of Cox and 6-7 junior Kalani Brown, who is averaging a team-best 20.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. In Monday's game against Oklahoma, though, Brown had just 10 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes.
"Kalani is going to draw a lot of attention defensively," Mulkey said. "Sometimes, she draws it where people try to take charges and flop or whatever you want to call it. And then sometimes, she will get the attention where she sees two or three players when she touches the ball.
"It's something where you can say, `OK, instead of going to post on that side, let's go post over here where you're turning at a different angle and you're not getting that kind of call against you.' Maybe bring you high, just things like that."
Saturday's game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Southwest-Plus, with "Voice of the Bears" John Morris and former Baylor men's basketball coach Jim Haller calling the action.
The Lady Bears go back on the road to play No. 22/25 Oklahoma State before returning home to host Kansas next Saturday.
The No. 3/3 Baylor Lady Bears (22-1, 12-0) meet No. 24/24 TCU (16-7, 7-5) on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. (CT) inside the Ferrell Center.
Saturday's game will be available on FSSW Plus and FoxSportsGo with John Morris (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) on the call. 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.
WHAT'S IN A WIN
Baylor would be on a 20-game win streak.
The Lady Bears would have a 13-0 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.
Baylor would have at least 23 wins in the first 24 games of a season for the fourth-consecutive season, the seventh time in the last eight years and the seventh time in Mulkey's tenure.
The Lady Bears would have a 23-game win streak against TCU.
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.
IMPRESSIVE 20-WIN SEASON STREAK
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 22-1 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 TCU, 33-5, in the all-time series.
The Lady Bears own a 22-game win streak against the Horned Frogs.
In Waco, Baylor is 16-2 against TCU.
The Horned Frogs last defeated the Lady Bears on Feb. 28, 1990, 83-76, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Baylor has never lost to TCU in head coach Kim Mulkey's tenure (10-0).
NEW LINEUP IMPRESSES
Baylor's starting lineup of Kristy Wallace, Juicy Landrum, Dekeiya Cohen, Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown made their debut together at Texas Tech, guiding the Lady Bears to a dominant 90-44 victory and followed it up with a 74-65 win over Oklahoma.
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.
CAREER DAY FOR WACO NATIVE
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.
DOMINANCE IN THE BIG 12
Through 12 games, Baylor owns a dominant +27.8 scoring margin and a +19.4 rebounding margin against Big 12 opponents alone.
The Lady Bears have defeated each conference opponent by at least nine points and nine of the 12 by at least 22 points.
Baylor has compiled a 50.1 field goal percentage, 33.1 three-point field goal percentage and 73.6 free throw percentage in conference play, while holding opponents to 32.2 percent from the floor, 26.3 from long range and 62.8 from the foul line.
The Lady Bears lead the league in scoring offense (87.0), scoring defense (55.0), scoring margin (+32.0), field goal percentage (.512), field goal percentage defense (.314), three-point field goal percentage (.375), three-point field goal percentage defense (.278), rebounding offense (49.6), rebounding defense (30.6), rebounding margin (+19.0), blocked shots (6.7), assists (21.1), assist to turnover ratio (1.5), defensive rebounds (34.3), defensive rebounding percentage (.762) and offensive rebounding percentage (.435).
WALLACE TABBED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
AP POLL STREAK
Baylor women's basketball has been included in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for 283 consecutive weeks, which is second only to UConn, a team that has been ranked for 465-straight weeks. Notre Dame is third with 208 consecutive AP Top 25 rankings, followed by Maryland with 149 weeks and South Carolina with 107 weeks.
RECORD BY STARTING LINEUP
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 Juicy Landrum, forward Dekeiya Cohen, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown starting, Baylor is 2-0.
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 40.1 percent of the Lady Bears' offensive output this season, netting 803 of the team's 2,001 points this season.
The pair has also recorded 38.1 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts, pulling down 435 of the squad's 1,141 rebounds this year.
Against ranked opponents, Brown averages 21.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, while shooting 65.0 percent from the floor.
Cox, who missed Baylor's game at No. 8/7 UCLA, averages a double-double (14.8 points, 11.4 rebounds) against five ranked opponents faced this season. She also averages 3.2 blocks and 3.2 assists, while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and 91.7 percent from the foul line against Top 25 foes.
`Double Trouble' is responsible for 42.1 percent of Baylor's scoring and 40.1 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts against its six ranked opponents.
Through 12 conference games, the duo has accounted for 41.7 percent of the Lady Bears' offensive output and 41.8 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 23 of its opponents this season, boasting a rebounding margin of +19.0, which leads the nation.
In the last two seasons, the Lady Bears have outrebounded 58 of their last 60 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.
EXCELLING BEYOND THE ARC
Despite ranking 255th and 260th nationally in three-point field goals per game (4.9) and three-point field goals made (113), respectively, the Lady Bears are lethal beyond the arc.
Baylor leads the Big 12 and is 21st in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (37.5), nailing 113 of 301 attempts.
In Big 12 play alone, Baylor is shooting 33.1 percent from three-point land, making 51 of its 154 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 (48.6) and sophomore guard Juicy Landrum (44.4).
Landrum leads the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage and senior Kristy Wallace is ninth (37.7). Morris is not ranked because she does not meet category minimums.
AUSSIE SUCCESSFUL ON AUSTRALIA DAY
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.
RECORD BOOK REWRITES
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.
Through 23 games, the Lady Bears have limited 15 opponents to 10 points or less in a quarter 26 times in the 2017-18 season.
Baylor held four 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) and No. 19/20 West Virgina (8 points in the fourth quarter).
In Big 12 play alone, Baylor has kept opponents from scoring more than 10 points in 13 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).
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 (31.4) and defensive rebounds per game (34.0). The team is also second in scoring margin (+32.0), fourth in blocked shots per game (6.7) and sixth in blocked shots (155).
The Lady Bears have held opponents at or below their scoring average in all 23 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 17.7 points below their scoring average and Big 12 opponents to 19.6 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).
BROWN EARNS PLAYER OF THE WEEK DISTINCTION
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).
NATIONAL AWARDS RUNDOWN
Junior Kalani Brown is in consideration for three national player of the year awards and the nation's top center award.
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.
Brown was also named to the 2018 Citizen Player of the Year Watch List (national player of the year).
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, leads the nation in field goal percentage (.671), is 10th in field goals made (186) and 29th in points per game (20.2). She averages a just below a double-double, leading Baylor in points per game, field goal percentage and rebounds per game (9.7).
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 eight double-doubles, is averaging 15.4 points, 9.6 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 51.2 percent from the floor, 20.0 percent from three-point range and 69.6 percent from the free throw line.
Through 23 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 eight this season, including one against No. 16/14 Stanford (15 points, 15 rebounds) and another against No. 6/6 Texas (17 points, 10 rebounds), to bring her career total to nine.
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.
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 98 career games, Brown has scored 1,386 points, which ranks 15th all-time at Baylor. She is four points from surpassing Debbie Polk, who ranks 14th with 1,389 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 1,117 points. She is eight points from surpassing Mary Lowry, who ranks 26th all-time with 1,124 career points.
BIG GIRL GAME
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.
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 528-97 (.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.
HOME SWEET HOME
Baylor has won 71 of its last 72 games played inside the Ferrell Center, including 15 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.
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 528-97 (.845) record which ranks No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind Connecticut's Geno Auriemma (.882).
Kim Mulkey's 36 seasons as a player and coach have resulted in 36 postseason trips, including 35 to NCAA/AIAW Tournaments.
In 609 of 623 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 57.3 percent (528) of the program's 921 all-time victories.
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 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 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.
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.