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Trio of Lady Bears Make Naismith Trophy Watch List

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Three Baylor women’s basketball student-athletes, sophomore post Kalani Brown, senior forward Nina Davis and senior point guard Alexis Jones, are included on the Naismith Trophy Women’s College Player of the Year Preseason Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday.

The list, which currently includes 50 players, will be narrowed to 30 student-athletes on Feb. 8, 2017. Davis appears on the award’s preseason watch list for the third consecutive year, while Brown and Jones make their first appearance. Baylor leads the Big 12 with three selections and is one of four teams to have at least three players in consideration for the award.

Through eight games, Brown leads the Lady Bears in rebounds (8.9) and field goal percentage (.719), and has posted one double-double, the second of her career. She is also averaging 14.1 points, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game off the bench. The preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection has already set new career-high marks this season in points (25), rebounds (19), assists (6), blocks (5), steals (3), field goals made (12), field goals attempted (15), free throws made (8), free throws attempted (9) and minutes played (29). Brown’s 19 boards against No. 9/9 UCLA on Nov. 14, tied for 10th on Baylor’s single game rebounds list. The Slidell, La., native has led the Lady Bears in points and rebounds three times and blocks twice this year, and picked up her first career Big 12 Player of the Week honor (Nov. 14) opening week.

Davis, the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, has started every game for Baylor this season. She is averaging 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals per game. The two-time consensus All-American has led the Lady Bears in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals once this year, and has netted double figures five times. Davis has the ability to take her game to another level at any time. Against No. 18/17 DePaul on Nov. 26, she registered six points, two steals and one rebound in a span of 17 seconds. She closed the contest with 16 points, four boards, and three steals. The Memphis, Tenn., native has also been recognized as a preseason Associated Press All-American and an All-Big 12 first team honoree.

Jones, an honorable mention All-American, is the starting point guard for the Lady Bears. She paces the team offensively, averaging 16.4 points per game and making 60 percent of her three-point field goal attempts. Jones distributes 4.9 assists, pulls down 3.6 rebounds and tallies 1.7 steals per game so far this season. She has led Baylor in steals four times, points three times, assists twice and rebounds once, including three 20-point games and one double-double, the seventh of her career. The Irving, Texas, native, has been named to the 2017 Nancy Leiberman Award Watch List, the preseason All-Big 12 first team and Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 29).

No. 4/4 Baylor returns to action inside the Ferrell Center on Thursday, Dec. 1, against Abilene Christian. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. (CT) and the game will be broadcast on FCS.

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