The Baylor Lady Bears are playing as well as anyone in the country right now, a big reason why they are the top-overall seed.
A big reason for their success is the anchors they have in the middle in Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown. Brown at 6’7″ and Cox at 6’4″ would be a big asset to any team, but when they are in sync they are nearly impossible to stop. Head Coach Kim Mulkey has coached her fair share of talented bigs and said she could never compare them against one another but Brown and Cox have a special connection.
“Kalani and Cox, you think are back to the basket post players, they are really not,” Mulkey said. “They can face up and shoot it. Their size is just bigger. They work so well together, because a lot of it is, they pass to each other well. They just work together well. They read each other well. They are friends. They like each other. Those kids, they are special.”
While Brown and Cox get a lot of the attention from the press and the opponent, this roster is chalked full of talent and they know if you focus too much on they have several x-factors that can step up, when needed.
“I would say Didi Richards,” Kalani Brown said, when asked who else could make the difference on Saturday. “A lot of people don’t give her recognition but her defense is outstanding, and I think she’s overlooked a lot.”
Lauren Cox echoes that sentiment but loves what NaLyssa Smith and Moon Ursin give this team off the bench.
“I agree with Kalani about Didi, and then Moon and NaLyssa coming off the bench, they kind of come in and give us a spark,” Cox said. “Moon can hit some outside shots. She plays really good defense and NaLyssa can get inside and make some moves and get us some offensive rebounds.”
Baylor and South Carolina tip at 1:00pm tomorrow from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.