Led by Hall of Fame coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor enters its matchup in the women’s NCAA Tournament against Iowa as confident as ever.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey is already talking about the NCAA Final Four that will be played two years from now in Dallas, about 100 miles from the Waco campus.
Nina Davis scored 17 points and Baylor won at home again in the NCAA Tournament, advancing with a 77-36 first-round victory over the NSU Lady Demons on Friday.
With Big 12 player of the year Nina Davis and national assists leader Niya Johnson, the fifth-ranked Lady Bears will open the NCAA Tournament at home for the fourth time in five years.
There is nothing unusual about Baylor going into the Big 12 women’s tournament already with a trophy.
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.