Baylor women’s basketball sophomore Kalani Brown and senior Nina Davis were honored by the WBCA with All-America accolades on Saturday evening.
Brown is one of 10 players nationally to be named to the 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team, while Davis is one of 42 players to receive a 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America honorable mention honor.
Brown, a first time WBCA All-American, is the 17th All-American in Lady Bear history and the 16th under the direction of head coach Kim Mulkey. In 2016-17, she paced Baylor in scoring (15.4), rebounding (8.2), field goal percentage (.679) and shot blocking (2.0) this season.
Brown, who recorded a team-high 11 double-doubles on the season and eight 20-point performances averaging 21.4 minutes per game, is second nationally in field goal percentage, 29th in blocked shots, 32nd in field goals made, 39th in rebounds and 48th in blocked shots. She played every game for Baylor, starting 26 games and coming in off the bench in 11 contests.
Brown was also named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and to the WBCA All-Region 3 team. She was a unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection and a Big 12 All-Defensive team honoree after earning three Big 12 Player of the Week awards this season. The Slidell, La., native also earned 2017 NCAA Oklahoma City Regional All-Tournament Team recognition
Through two seasons at Baylor, Brown owns the highest career field goal percentage (.647). She also ranks in the top 10 among sophomores in three categories, including rebounding (No. 3 – 305), blocked shots (No. 4 - 73) and points scored (No. 8 – 569).
Davis is a four-year WBCA All-American, earning first team recognition and a sophomore and junior and honorable mention accolades as a freshman and senior. Brittney Griner (2009-13) is the only other four-time WBCA All-American in Baylor history.
She made her mark on the Baylor program, ending her prestigious career second all-time in career field goal percentage (.572), starts (144) and free throw attempts (799), third in free throws made (552), fourth in rebounds (1,074) and field goals made (939), fifth in scoring (2,433) and field goal attempts (1,641) and tied for seventh in double-doubles (31). The Memphis, Tenn., native is one of six Lady Bears all-time to net 2,000 points, one of six to register 1,000 rebounds and one of five to tally 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
On Big 12 Conference career lists, Davis leads the way in games played (149), is second in starts (144), fourth in field goal attempts (939), fifth in free throw attempts (799), sixth in field goal percentage (.572), sixth in scoring (2,433), ninth in rebounding (1,074) and tied for ninth in free throws made (552).
In 2016-17, Davis started all 37 games for the Lady Bears, averaging 13.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. She shot .563 from the floor and .707 from the charity stripe. Davis led Baylor in the postseason, becoming the only four-year Big 12 All-Championship Team honoree in conference history and earning her third Regional All-Tournament Team honor for her efforts in Oklahoma City.
2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-Americans
Kalani Brown – Baylor, Sophomore, Center
Napheesa Collier – Connecticut, Sophomore, Forward
Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State, Junior, Guard
Chantel Osahor – Washington, Senior, Forward
Alexis Peterson – Syracuse, Senior, Guard
Kelsey Plum – Washington, Senior, Guard
Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut, Sophomore, Guard
Brianna Turner – Notre Dame, Junior, Forward
Gabby Williams – Connecticut, Junior, Forward
A’ja Wilson – South Carolina, Junior, Forward