Ranking: 3 - AP, 3 - Coaches
Last Game: Nov. 12, 2017 win vs. Coppin State, 100-54
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 508-96 (18th season)
BU Record: 508-96 (18th season)
Ranking: NR - AP, NR - Coaches
Last Game: Nov. 10, 2017 win vs. Hendrix College, 79-22
Head Coach: Sandra Rushing
Career Record: 508-305 (29th season)
UCA Record: 105-50 (6th season)
BATTLE OF THE BEARS
The No. 3/3 Baylor Lady Bears are back in action for the third time in the last five days with a Tuesday, Nov. 14, contest against the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears at 7 p.m. (CT) inside the Ferrell Center.
● Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on FCS with John Morris (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (color) calling the action.
● Fans can also tune in to Baylor Sports Network and IMG College, or ESPN 1660AM and 99.1FM in Waco. Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (color) are on the call.
100, NONE LESS
● Baylor opened the season with a 121-point performance against Lamar on Friday, Nov. 10 and turned in a 100-point effort against Coppin State on Sunday, Nov. 12.
● The Lady Bears have started the season with back-to-back 100-plus scoring efforts for the first time since 2013-14 and only the second time in program history.
● Through two games, Baylor leads the country in field goal percentage (.620), is second nationally in points per game (110.5), and is third in three-point field goal percentage (.600).
● Five Lady Bears are averaging double figures in scoring, led by junior Kalani Brown (25.0). She is joined by sophomore Natalie Chou (17.0), sophomore Lauren Cox (13.0), senior Dekeiya Cohen (12.5) and senior Kristy Wallace (11.5).
SUGAR BEAR RUNDOWN
● Central Arkansas, the two-time defending conference tournament champion, was picked to finish second in the Southland Conference behind Lamar in a vote of league coaches and sports information directors.
● Senior center Kierra Jordan, who averaged 13.4 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game last season, and senior forward Taylor Baudoin, who averaged 11.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last year, were named to the Preseason All-Conference second team.
● The Sugar Bears return five letter winners from last year's 26-5 squad, including two starters in Jordan and Baudoin.
● Sixth-year head coach Sandra Rushing leads the Central Arkansas roster, comprised of three freshmen, three sophomores, four juniors and three seniors.
BALANCED, TEAM EFFORT CONTINUES IN GAME TWO
Baylor continued its strong start to the season with a 100-54 win against Coppin State on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Five scored in double-figures, including junior Kalani Brown (24), sophomore Lauren Cox (12), sophomore Natalie Chou (12), sophomore Juicy Landrum (12) and freshman Didi Richards (10), to give Baylor its second consecutive 100-point game.
All 10 Lady Bears scored in the contest with each logging at least 12 minutes.
Brown registered her second consecutive double-double with a team-high 24 points and team-high 12 rebounds. It is her 14th career double-double.
STRONG SEASON OPENER
The Lady Bears opened the season with a dominant victory, 121-62, over Lamar on Friday, Nov. 10.
Baylor scored 100 or more points in a season opener for the second consecutive season and the fourth time in the last five years.
BU's 121-point performance marks the fifth highest single-game scoring output in program history.
Baylor is 36-8 (.822) all-time in season openers, 16-2 (.889) under head coach Kim Mulkey.
The Lady Bears are 26-2 (.929) in Ferrell Center home openers, 18-0 under Mulkey.
All 10 Lady Bears logged at least seven minutes in the contest, as six scored in double figures, including Kalani Brown (26), Natalie Chou (22), Dekeiya Cohen (16), Kristy Wallace (15), Lauren Cox (14) and Alexis Morris (12).
Brown (26 points, career-high 21 rebounds -- tied for ninth all-time in a single game at Baylor) registered her 49th career game in double figures, 14th game with double figure rebounds and 13th career double-double. She has scored 20 or more points eight times in her career.
Chou set career-highs in scoring (22) and rebounds (9) and matched her career-high in assists (6).
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).
Baylor women's basketball received a No. 3 ranking with 687 points in the USA Today Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll.
The Lady Bears have been included in the preseason Top 5 by the poll for the third season in a row and the sixth time overall. BU has been represented in the Top 10 in eight consecutive seasons. Connecticut received the top spot, followed by No. 2 South Carolina.
Baylor has been ranked in the Top 10 of the USA Today poll for 59 consecutive weeks, including 48 Top 5 rankings.
In the latest release of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Baylor remained at No. 3.
The Lady Bears have been ranked in the preseason Top 5 of the poll in each of the last three years and six seasons all-time. Connecticut was unanimously rated No. 1, followed by No. 2 Texas in the first installment.
With a No. 3 ranking in week two, BU has been included in the Top 5 of the AP poll in 30 consecutive releases and the Top 10 of the AP poll for 55-straight announcements.
BROWN UP FOR TOP CENTER AWARD
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) included Baylor women's basketball junior Kalani Brown on the 2018 Lisa Leslie Award watch list. The inaugural award, named after three-time All-American and 1994 National Player of the Year, recognizes the top centers in NCAA Division I women's basketball.
Brown, one of 20 on the watch list, paced the Lady Bears in scoring (15.4 per game), rebounding (8.2 per game), shot blocking (2.0 per game) and double-doubles (11) last season. Her team high .679 field goal percentage led the Big 12 and shattered Baylor's previous singles season field goal percentage record of .619. The Slidell, La., native was rewarded for her work on the court last year, securing WBCA All-American, Associated Press honorable mention, unanimous All-Big 12 first team and Big 12 All-Defensive team accolades.
Averaging just 21.4 minutes as a sophomore, Brown is averaging 25.0 points and 16.5 rebounds per game in 28.0 minutes per contest as a junior. Based on a vote of league coaches, Brown was tabbed 2018 Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and named Preseason All-Big 12.
COX NAMED TO KATRINA MCCLAIN AWARD WATCH LIST
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced on Thursday that Baylor women's basketball sophomore Lauren Cox is one of 20 watch list candidates for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award. In its inaugural year, the award is named after the two-time All-American and 1987 National Player of the Year and honors the top power forwards in women's NCAA Division I basketball.
The Big 12 Sixth Man Award recipient a year ago averaged 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, appearing in all 37 game with one start as a freshman. She has built a reputation as an inside and outside scoring threat, and a dominant shot blocker. Cox, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, was unanimously named to the 2017 All-Freshman Team after securing four Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors. In the preseason, she was recognized by league coaches as an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection.
Cox has started both games so far in 2017-18 and is averaging 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per contest.
The No. 2-ranked recruiting class of Alexis Morris, Trinity Oliver, Didi Richards and Moon Ursin made their Lady Bear debuts on Friday, Nov. 10.
The talented group of guards, called upon to contribute immediately with Baylor's smaller roster of 10, combined for 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists against Lamar.
Morris was a Jordan Brand Classic, Naismith Trophy and McDonald's All-American who led Legacy Christian Academy to four district titles and a state championship in 2017. She is a four-time Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools 3A Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year (Texas) in 2017.
Oliver was a three-time TGCA All-State selection and two-time TABC Girls' All-State 6A pick. She was named District 7-6A MVP and Fort Worth Star Telegram Player of the Year in 2016.
Richards, the all-time leading scorer (male or female) at Cypress Ranch High School with 2,251 career points, was a Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald's All-American. She was named TABC 6A Girls High School Player of the Year and received All-State accolades in 2017.
Ursin was the first player to ever secure three Gatorade Player of the Year awards in Louisiana. The two-time Miss Basketball led Destrehan High School to a 2017 Class 5A Championship with a perfect 35-0 record. She was named District 7-5A MVP three times.
HOME SWEET HOME WIN STREAK
Baylor has won 180 consecutive home games vs. non-ranked opponents, dating back to an April 4, 2003, homecourt loss to Auburn in the WNIT finals. BU is 218-4 (.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.
The Lady Bears have won 68 of their last 69 home games, and are 279-23 (.924) in Mulkey's tenure in the Ferrell Center.
MILESTONES ON THE HORIZON
Junior center Kalani Brown is 29 points away from reaching the 1,000-career points milestone. Averaging 15.4 points per game last season, she is on pace to join the club in five games.
Senior guard Kristy Wallace is 138 points away from reaching the 1,000-career points mark. Averaging 7.6 points per game last year, she should join the club 21 games into the season.
Only 32 players have scored more than 1,000 point in their Baylor careers, most recently now-professionals Khadijiah Cave (overseas) and Alexis Prince (WNBA, overseas).
THE MULKEY FILE
In her 18th season, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 508-96 (.841) record which ranks No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind Connecticut's Geno Auriemma (.880).
Kim Mulkey's 36 seasons as a player and coach have resulted in 36 postseason trips, including 35 to NCAA/AIAW Tournaments.
In 590 of 604 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 56.3 percent (508) of the program's 902 all-time victories.
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 243-20 (.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 2-0 in 2017-18. In that same span, BU is 136-8 (.944) in Big 12 play -- 118-7 (.944) in the regular season and 20-1 in Big 12 Tournament play.
212 of Baylor's 243 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 404 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 13 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.
Baylor is scheduled to face 10 programs, including Central Arkansas, UCLA, Penn, Kentucky, Stanford, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia, in a total of 15 games that made the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17.
Nine of those teams were represented in the preseason Top 25 polls, including No. 2/6 Texas, No. 7/8 UCLA, No. 10/9 Stanford, No. 13/15 West Virginia, No. 22/21 Oklahoma, rv/rv Georgia Tech, rv/rv Kansas State, rv/rv Kentucky and rv/nr Oklahoma State.
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 by ESPN Hoopgurlz), Jordan Madden (No. 58 by ESPN Hoopgurlz), Shanay Washington (No. 64 by ESPN Hoopgurlz) and Kimetria Hayden (unranked by ESPN Hoopgurlz) signed NLIs.
After week one, Baylor leads NCAA Division I teams in three categories, including assists per game (31.0), total blocked shots (18) and field goal percentage (.620).
The Lady Bears are also second in total assists (62) and in scoring offense (110.5), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.600) and fifth in total rebounds (106).
Junior Kalani Brown leads the country in total rebounds (33) and double-doubles (2), is second in defensive rebounds per game (13), third in field goals made (21) and fifth in rebounds per game (16.5).
Sophomore Lauren Cox ranks seventh in blocked shots (6).
Sophomore Natalie Chou ranks ninth in assist-turnover ratio (8).
The Lady Bears continue their season with their first road trip at No. 8/7 UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 18. Tipoff has been set for 3 p.m. (CT) and the game will air on the PAC-12 Network. Christian Miles (play-by-play) and Tammy Blackburn (color) will call the action. Baylor met the Bruins in Waco last season, defeating No. 9/9 UCLA, 84-70, and own a 7-2 edge in the all-time series.
RECORD-SETTING 2016-17 SEASON
Throughout the course of the 2016-17 season, which saw the Lady Bears win their seventh-straight regular season Big 12 title and reach the NCAA Elite Eight, Baylor set 26 records.
Against Winthrop on Dec. 15, 2016, the Lady Bears set school records for points (140), field goals made (58), rebounds (75), assists (42), blocks (17), first half points (77), largest half-time lead (59 points) and largest margin of victory (108 points).
The 140-32 win over Winthrop also broke the NCAA women's basketball record for margin of victory (108 points).
At Kansas State on Jan. 25, 2017, Baylor broke its ninth school record for largest half time lead in Big 12 play (30 points). With the 91-49 final victory, the Lady Bears handed the Wildcats their worst-ever home loss (42 points).
Redshirt senior Alexis Jones tallied the program's first-ever points-rebounds-assists triple-double against Oklahoma on Jan. 29, 2017 (24 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).
Baylor scored 1,533 points in the Big 12 regular season, surpassing Oklahoma's 2001 squad (1,514) as the highest scoring conference regular season.
In the Big 12 Championships quarterfinal win against Texas Tech, Baylor set a record for double-doubles (3), field goals made (41) and rebounding margin (28, 51-23).
In the Big 12 Championships semifinal, the Lady Bears saw four records fall. Junior Kristy Wallace distributed a championships and semifinal game record 15 assists. Redshirt senior Alexis Prince set semifinal records with an 87.5 (7-8) field goal percentage and 1.000 (4-4) three-point field goal percentage.
Baylor also set a Big 12 Championship semifinal record with a 94.1 (16-17) free throw percentage.
Wallace tied a Big 12 Championships series record with 27 assists in the three-game stretch.
Baylor set four national and seven program NCAA Tournament records in its first round victory over the No. 16 seed Texas Southern.
The Lady Bears set NCAA Tournament records for points in a game (119 -- regulation only, not overtime), margin of victory (89 points), rebounding margin (+41) and lowest opponent field goal percentage (13.8 percent).
Baylor bested its previous NCAA Tournament point total of 91 (vs. Illinois State on March 19, 2005; vs. Florida on March 22, 2004) with 119 points.
The Lady Bears pulled down 60 rebounds, four more than their previous record of 56 in an NCAA Tournament game (vs. Florida State on March 26, 2013).
Baylor dished out 35 assists for another NCAA Tournament school record, topping its previous high of 27 (vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016).
The Lady Bears shot a blistering 63.2 (48-76) percent from the floor to set new program records for field goal percentage (previously 58.9 percent (33-56) vs. Green Bay on March 27, 2011), field goals made (previously 37 vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016) and field goal attempts (previously 74 vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016; vs. Maryland on March 25, 2006) in an NCAA Tournament game.
Baylor matched its school record with nine made three-point field goals against the Lady Tigers. This has happened four times for the Lady Bears in NCAA Tournament games.
Baylor set a NCAA Tournament record through three games for margin of victory, besting opponents by a combined 163 points.