The 2019 national champion Baylor Lady Bears were poised to defend their title after a dominant regular season. Baylor players and coaches took home five Big 12 end-of-season awards after the team went 17-1 in conference play.
The NCAA isn’t releasing a bracket this year but at Swish Appeal we’ve decided to make one anyway, based on this formula created by our Zack Ward. Here’s a recap of one of the 64 teams who made the cut according to the Swish Appeal bracket:
No. 10 Baylor Lady Bears
The Baylor Lady Bears went 28-2 (17-1 Big 12) en route to their tenth consecutive Big 12 regular-season title. The Lady Bears were unable to defend their back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles or their 2019 national championship due to the cancellation of the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments.
The Baylor Lady Bears’ dominance continued into the Big 12 awards as they won five of them. Lauren Cox was named Big 12 Player of the Year, DiDi Richards was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Te’a Cooper was named the Co-Newcomer of the Year, Queen Egbo was named the Big 12 Sixth Player of the Year and head coach Kim Mulkey was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year. Additionally, five players were named to various Big 12-All Conference teams.
For the 3⃣rd-straight year & 5⃣th time overall, BU puts ️ players on Big 12 All-Conference Teams!— Baylor Lady Bears (@BaylorWBB) March 9, 2020
First-Team@imwithhoops NaLyssa Smith@lauren_cox15 Lauren Cox@TeaCooper2 Te'a Cooper
Second-Team@Deauzya DiDi Richards
HM@Juicy_landrum20 Juicy Landrum#SicEm pic.twitter.com/HY5WQBP3yo
Lauren Cox, Te’a Cooper, and Juicy Landrum were all drafted in the 2020 WNBA Draft, the first time in program history three players had been drafted in the same class.
What a night for the Lady Bears! For the first time in program history, Baylor has 3⃣ @WNBA Draft picks in the same class!— Baylor Lady Bears (@BaylorWBB) April 18, 2020
Go get 'em Lauren, Te'a & Juicy!#SicEm | #NextLevelBU pic.twitter.com/WRaS3yiGIp
Baylor’s regular season was a continuation of its dominance over the last decade as Coach Mulkey has been able to reload year after year. In losing three seniors and two graduate transfers, the Lady Bears will be starting over in 2020-21, but appear to be a promising group looking to continue the program’s dominance into the next decade.