The Baylor Lady Bears have climbed the mountain once again, giving Head Coach Kim Mulkey her third national title – ranking her third on the all-time list.
While the Lady Bears have been in the mix the last several years, a lot has transpired which has kept them from this moment. And just when it looked like it might again on Sunday night, this team fought back in a big way.
The Lady Bears have seen it all over the last seven years – great teams derailed by injury, bad bounces and just bad luck. But on Sunday night, they took their fate into their own hands and punched back.
“Yeah, they got hot that fourth quarter,” says Lady Bear Kalani Brown. “With everything going on, it’s easy to get rattled and fall apart. But we didn’t. We just had to hold it together.”
The roller coaster that was Sunday night’s national title game embodies the journey this team has traveled over the last seven years.
Perhaps no one has given more to this program than Brown. After all her trying, she finally checked off that last box in her Baylor career.
“It’s definitely going to be hard leaving Baylor,” Brown says. “But I left on a good note. I just want to thank Coach Mulkey for choosing me, because this is the best thing ever.“
Now with an eye towards the future, the Lady Bears are in good hands as NaLyssa Smith showed us on Sunday night.
Now that Baylor won the women’s national title, Texas Tech is trying to complete the Texas two-step on the men’s side – trying to be the first men’s basketball team from Texas since Texas Western to win a national title in 1966 as they take on Virginia.