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No. 4 Baylor WBB Hosts First Exhibition Game Tuesday

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Fourth-ranked Baylor women’s basketball hosts Emporia State on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. (CT) inside the Ferrell Center in its first of two exhibition contests.

Head coach Kim Mulkey begins her 17th season at Baylor with 10 letterwinners, including four starters, returning from last year’s 36-2 squad that won its sixth consecutive Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and made its third-straight Elite Eight.

Two-time All-American, Nina Davis (5-11, senior forward), and honorable mention All-American, Alexis Jones (5-9, redshirt senior guard), will lead the Lady Bears into the season. Davis, who averaged 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season, was tabbed 2017 Preseason All-Big 12 Player of the Year and named Preseason All-Big 12 first team. Jones, who averaged 15 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest a year ago was also named to the Preseason All-Big 12 first team.

Other starters returning for Baylor include sophomore post Beatrice Mompremier, who averaged 7.2 points and 6.1 rebounds, and junior guard Kristy Wallace, who averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest.

Sophomore post Kalani Brown also earned Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention recognition after being named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team and averaging 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds primarily off the bench last season.

Baylor’s freshman trio comes in as the top-ranked recruiting class, boasting No. 1 overall recruit Lauren Cox, No. 8 Natalie Chou and No. 40 Calveion Landrum. Cox, the 2016 WBCA High School Player of the Year and four-time USA Basketball gold medalist, was tabbed 2017 Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

Emporia State are ranked No. 3 in the D2Bullentin Preseason Top 25 and were picked to win the 2016-17 MIAA Championship for the fourth consecutive season. The Lady Hornets return three starters from last year’s squad, which compiled a 28-6 record and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, including All-American Kelly Moten, 2016 MIAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Kathryn Flott and 2015 MIAA Freshman of the Year Addie Lackey. Emporia State head coach Jory Collins, the first coach in program history to have six 30 win seasons in his first six years, begins his seventh season with the program.

Baylor will play its final exhibition game against Langston on Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. before its regular season opener against Houston Baptist on Friday, Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. It is a doubleheader with the Baylor men’s team, who tips off its season against Oral Roberts at 6 p.m.

Fans can listen to an internet broadcast via BaylorBears.com. Rick May and Lori Fogelman will provide play-by-play and color commentary. Live video is also available for Tuesday’s exhibition.

Season tickets can be purchased by calling the Baylor Athletics Ticket Office at 254-710-1000 or online at BaylorBears.com/tickets.

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