Lady Bears ride emotional roller coaster to victory

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The Baylor Lady Bears are back on the mountain top after winning the program’s third national title on Sunday night against defending champion Notre Dame.

Much like the fans watching this game, the Lady Bears went on an emotional ride.

Going seven years between winning a national title is not really that big of a deal given the fact that Head Coach Kim Mulkey’s third national title ranks her at third of all time in the women’s game.

However, for a Baylor program that has been close in those seven years when the final buzzer sounded – the tears began to fall.

There was the elation of winning a titile for Mulkey with her daughter Mackenzie right by her side and with her son Kannon and husband Clay sharing the stage. Mulkey even got a Facetime from her son Kramer. But then there’s the knee injury to Lauren Cox which cost her the final quarter of her season. It was a lot to take in for the Lady Bears’ leader.

“My phone is put in my face,” Mulkey says. “It’s my son Facetime-ing me with all his Cardinals teammates. He’s screaming, they’re screaming, I’m screaming at him. Holly is pulling me to go on TV. There’s some things that are more important than an interview. He just needed to talk to his mom. So the tears kept flowing.”

One of the happy emotions was for freshman NaLyssa Smith, who played some huge minutes. You can view this story here.

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