Lady Bears Chasing Championships, Not Wins

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The Baylor Lady Bears have racked up 19 wins this season on their way to a 9-0 Big 12 record.

They will look to make it an even ten, Big 12 wins on Wednesday when they welcome in 21st ranked Oklahoma State.

The Bears are second in the country in scoring margin beating teams by an average of 33.4 points per game. As they continue to tick-off regular season victories, Head Coach Kim Mulkey, and her players understand that it is about much more than that.

“You have kids in that locker room who don’t have a Big 12 Championship ring,” Mulkey said. “You have kids in that locker room who have won it, and they’d like to continue to win it. When you’re a competitor, you’re not playing to win games, you’re playing to win championships.”

Freshman Didi Richards said program tradition is a big reason why they came to Baylor and a big part of what drives them every day.

“I’m pretty sure most of the freshmen are here because of the history of winning,” Richards said. “We don’t want to be one of the first ones to not be able to show our rings off like everyone else did, because when we first got here, that’s the first thing we saw was them getting their rings from last year.”

After making quick work of Texas and closing strong against West Virginia, senior Kristy Wallace sent a strong reminder to the country that Kalani Brown, and Lauren Cox aren’t the only weapons for the Bears. Coach Mulkey said she has a smaller, but impactful group, that all play vital roles in this team’s success.

Everybody talks about Kalani and Cox, as they should,” Mulkey said. “But we recognize, that we’re not just Kalani and Cox. They go as our guards go. And we have a lot of perimeter players and role players like we have it’s fun, to watch them pull for each other.”

Wallace named the ESPNW National player of the week feels like her success is a product of everyone working well together.

“I think we are meshing, the team’s working well together, we get along off the court which is fun,” she said. “It’s just fun to be a part of a team that gets along so well with each other, and then can back it up on the court.”

The Lady Bears and Oklahoma State Cowgirls tip off at 6:30pm on Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center.

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