The walls in coach Kim Mulkey’s office are filled with pictures, banners and other memories from her 14 seasons with the Baylor Lady Bears, including two national championships, 11 other NCAA tournament appearances and 404 victories.
The loss ended the brilliant career of Baylor guard Odyssey Sims, who finished this season with 1,054 points – eight short of Jackie Stiles’ single season NCAA record.
The last time Baylor and Kentucky met, they played one of the most exciting games in the history of women’s basketball.
The Lady Bears have made it to the third round of the NCAA women’s tournament for the sixth year in a row. But there are still surely plenty of people surprised to see them back in the Sweet 16 this year.
Mulkey will serve a one-game NCAA suspension for criticizing the officiating after the last year’s Sweet 16, when the then-defending national champion Lady Bears were upset by Louisville.
Everything seems pretty much the same for perennial national power Baylor, with another Big 12 title and a No. 2 seed in hand headed into the NCAA women’s tournament.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey is purposely keeping her 10th-ranked Lady Bears close to home in nonconference play.
The NCAA has given Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey a one-game suspension for criticizing the officiating following her team’s loss to Louisville earlier this year.
The Lady Bears on Monday announced the additions of Prairie View coach Toyelle Wilson and Georgia Tech associate head coach Sytia Messer, starting next week.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey laughed at the idea. Then, after giving it a little thought, declared herself the winner of a mythical NCAA women’s tournament in which coaches played 1-on-1 to determine the winner of each round.
Baylor (34-1), in the NCAA round of 16 for the fourth year in a row, plays Louisville (26-8) on Sunday night in Oklahoma City.
Brittney Griner and top-ranked Baylor could have a few repeats while trying to repeat as national championship.