WACO, TX — The 2019 defending national champion Baylor Lady Bears are far from finalizing the 2019-20 schedule, but Monday the team learned that three games will be played over the Thanksgiving break in St. Thomas as a part of the 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.
Baylor will take on Washington State Thursday, Nov. 28 at 4:45 p.m. CT, will face Indiana Friday Nov. 29 at 4:45 p.m. CT and will close vs. South Carolina Saturday Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
The tournament, in its 20th season, will also feature UT Arlington, Louisville, Oklahoma State and Oregon as a part of the “Island Tournament” while Baylor’s bracket is named the “Reef Tournament. Baylor’s all-time record vs. the Mavericks is 18-3, the Lady Bears are 2-1 all-time vs. Louisville and BU won its only two matchups with South Carolina during the 2018-19 season.
Baylor last played in the Paradise Jam in 2008, going 2-1 with wins over Central Florida and Villanova while falling to Wisconsin.
The Lady Bears are coming off their third national championship in program history with a 82-81 victory over Notre Dame April 7. Baylor went 37-1 on the season and is just the third program to win three or more national titles in NCAA women’s basketball history.
Baylor will return 10 of 12 players from last year’s title team in 2019-20.