Mulkey has a roster loaded with talented young players that makes her think about what John Calipari has with the No. 1 Kentucky men and his platoon system.
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.
Baylor (49-15) advanced to play fifth-seeded Florida on Sunday. The 13th-seeded Bears would have to beat Florida (52-12) twice to advance to the best-of-three finals.
Jordan Strickland hit a pair of two-run homers, Heather Stearns and Whitney Canion combined on a five-hitter and Baylor beat Florida State 7-2 on Saturday in a Women’s College World Series
Fifth-seeded Florida rolled to an 11-0 win over No. 13 seed Baylor on Thursday in the NCAA softball championship tournament’s opening round.
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.
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.
Brittney Griner’s unparalleled college career is over, earlier than expected and without another NCAA championship. Her place among the all-time best is secure.