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Baylor Women's Basketball

Mulkey, Cox Highlight Big 12 WBB Postseason Awards

March 6, 2019

WACO, Texas – Five Baylor Lady Bears and head coach Kim Mulkey earned postseason honors from the Big 12, the league announced Wednesday. Mulkey earned her seventh Big 12 Coach of the Year honor while junior Lauren Cox was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season.

Baylor finished the regular season at 28-1 overall and ran the table in league play for the fourth time in school history with an 18-0 mark. The Lady Bears are ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press and WBCA/USA Today polls and enter this weekend’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship as the No. 1 seed.

Senior center Kalani Brown and Cox were each named to the All-Big 12 First Team. For Brown, it was her third selection to the first team in as many seasons. She averaged 15.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in the regular season in just 26.3 minutes of play. In addition, she led the Big 12 in field goal percentage at .621 and shoots a team-best 80.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Cox is a first-teamer for the second time go along with her Defensive Player of the Year award. She averaged 12.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 3.4 assists during the season. She shot 52 percent from the floor and thru games played March 5, she ranks 24th in the nation in assists-to-turnover ratio at 2.50:1.

Graduate transfer Chloe Jackson and junior Juicy Landrum each garnered All-Big 12 Second Team honors. Jackson averaged 11.2 points per game in the regular season while ranking second in the Big 12 in assists per game at 5.7. Landrum averaged a career-best 11.4 points per game, led Baylor with 50 3-point field goals made (.407 pct.) and is third on the team averaging 3.8 assists per game.

DiDi Richards joined Brown and Cox on the Big 12 All-Defensive team, which marks the first time in league history that three players from the same school have been on the team since the Big 12 began the award in 2006.

Richards finished with 35 steals on the season and has been tasked with the top perimeter player all season long on defense, helping the Lady Bears rank first in the nation in field goal percentage defense for the third-straight year.

Mulkey continues her dominance in the Big 12, especially since the 2010-11 season where the Lady Bears are 153-7 in league play and 303-23 overall. Baylor has the second-best winning percentage in the NCAA the past nine seasons at .929 under Mulkey’s direction. She picked up career win No. 550 this season and led Baylor to its 10th regular-season Big 12 title and ninth consecutive.

2018-19 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards

Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor (19th season at Baylor, 19th overall)

Player of the Year: Bridget Carleton, Iowa State, G, 6-1, Sr., Chatham, Ontario, Canada

Defensive Player of the Year: Lauren Cox, Baylor, F, 6-4, Jr., Flower Mound, Texas

Newcomer of the Year: Vivian Gray, Oklahoma State, G, 6-1, So., Argyle, Texas

Freshman of the Year: Chrislyn Carr, Texas Tech, G, 5-5, Davenport, Iowa

Sixth Man Award: Kari Niblack, West Virginia, F, 6-1, Fr., Leesburg, Fla.

** Unanimous Selection

All-Big 12 First Team (honors listed alphabetical by school)

Kalani Brown+^** Baylor C 6-7 Sr. Slidell, La.

Lauren Cox+** Baylor F 6-4 Jr. Flower Mound, Texas

Bridget Carleton+^** Iowa State G 6-1 Sr. Chatham, Ontario, Canada

Kayla Goth% Kansas State G 6-1 Sr. DeForest, Wis.

Peyton Williams Kansas State F 6-4 Jr. Topeka, Kan.

Vivian Gray** Oklahoma State G 6-1 So. Argyle, Texas

Jordan Moore TCU C 6-3 Sr. Round Rock, Texas

Sug Sutton Texas G 5-8 Jr. St. Louis, Mo.

Naomi Davenport% West Virginia G/F 6-0 Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio

Tynice Martin^** West Virginia G 5-11 R-Jr. Atlanta, Ga.

All-Big 12 Second Team

Chloe Jackson Baylor G 5-8 Gr. Upper Marlboro, Md.

Juicy Landrum Baylor G 5-8 Jr. Waco, Texas

Kristin Scott Iowa State C 6-3 So. Kasson, Minn.

Ana Llanusa Oklahoma G 6-0 So. Choctaw, Okla.

Amy Okonkwo% TCU F 6-2 Sr. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention

Alexa Middleton (Iowa State), Kylee Kopatich (Kansas), Christalah Lyons (Kansas), Braxtin Miller (Oklahoma State), Joyner Holmes (Texas), Danni Williams (Texas), Brittany Brewer (Texas Tech), Chrislyn Carr (Texas Tech).

** Unanimous First Team Selection (coaches cannot vote for own players, unanimous denotes voted first team by other nine coaches)

+ 2017-18 All-Big 12 First Team Selection

% 2017-18 All-Big 12 Second Team Selection

^ 2016-17 All-Big 12 First Team

> 2016-17 All-Big 12 Second Team

Big 12 All-Defensive Team

Kalani Brown Baylor C 6-7 Sr. Slidell, La.

Lauren Cox^** Baylor F 6-4 Jr. Flower Mound, Texas

DiDi Richards Baylor G 6-1 So. Cypress, Texas

Peyton Williams Kansas State F 6-4 Jr. Topeka, Kan.

Jordan Moore TCU C 6-3 Sr. Round Rock, Texas

** Unanimous Selection (coaches cannot vote for own players, unanimous denotes selected for team on other nine ballots)

^2017-18 Selection

Big 12 All-Freshman Team

Ashley Joens Iowa State G 6-0 Iowa City, Iowa

Christianna Carr Kansas State G 6-1 Manhattan, Kan.

Taylor Robertson Oklahoma G 5-7 McPherson, Kan.

Chrislyn Carr Texas Tech G 5-5 Davenport, Iowa

Madisen Smith West Virginia G 5-5 Greenville, S.C.

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Mulkey, Cox Highlight Big 12 WBB Postseason Awards

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Wow, neither Queen or N'lyssa on frosh squad. Their days will come! Proud of all the Lady Bears!
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Those frosh were all starters playing big minutes and roles where their teams needed them to score. Ours usually play limited minutes off the bench. Our fresh were excellent in their roles and will have the ability to make even bigger contributions to our Lady Bears soon. I hope they use this as positive motivation for our two tournaments ahead!
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Honestly Is have been shocked if we got anyone in the all frosh team just based on their minutes and use this year. Now I have NO doubt that multiples of them will be all-Big 12 in the future though!! Our future is indeed very bright!!
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New Comer of the year should have been Chloe.
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Didi was on the All-Defensive team but didn't even make Honorable Mention while Holmes and Williams were on the list?
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RSBear said:

New Comer of the year should have been Chloe.

I need to go to the chiropractor
I have shaken my head back & forth so much over this vote.

Chloe comes in and is woven into a new team as a point guard instead of a shooting guard.
And the Lady Bears are #1 in the nation plus 18-0 in BIG 12.

"Jackson assumed she would be in her regular role as a shooting guard while also helping out Morris at point. But in September, Morris was dismissed from the team, and Jackson was suddenly projected as the starting point guard.

"I had played point guard at LSU at crunch time, like when we really needed to score and I'd be coming off a screen," Jackson said. "But it was never like this, where I was directing the team. It was tough at first. I went from having somebody show me and being able to learn from, to, 'I don't have much time; I've got to get it.' I had to hurry and understand this, and I had about a month to do it in."

She had to make a transition on defense, too, going from LSU's zone to Baylor's player-to-player. Jackson had played the back of the zone and become adept at picking off passes at LSU, but now she'd need to pressure the ball much more. Her plate had become very full very quickly.

"She had to completely change her mindset, and she has done it extremely well," Mulkey said. "Her head was spinning early, but being an older player, she doesn't really get rattled.

"I can't say I'm pleasantly surprised, because I expected she'd succeed. What I didn't expect is how much I had to throw at her in a short period of time. We didn't see that coming."

- Mechelle Voepel, espnW, 1 Feb 2019
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I guess the lobbying for Carleton worked. She is a great player, no doubt, but Kalani is in a league of her own in the B12. Her FG%, despite being double or triple teamed often, speaks volumes.

Acosta, Queen, Smith and the other freshmen will see awards soon.
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