By Jeffrey Swindoll
The No. 6 Lady Bears stacked on more accolades to their Big 12 regular season title as the Big 12 individual awards came pouring in Wednesday.
Sophomore forward Nina Davis was named Big 12 Player of the Year. Head coach Kim Mulkey earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors for another successful season at the helm of Baylor women’s basketball. It was Mulkey’s fifth time winning the award.
Davis’ player of the year award marked Baylor’s fifth-straight season winning it, following in the footsteps of Brittney Griner (2011, 2012, 2013) and Odyssey Sims (2014). Both also won national player of the year awards in the same year of winning the Big 12 honor.
Davis and junior guard Niya Johnson unanimously earned All-Big 12 first team honors. Baylor was the only school to have two players named. Davis leads the conference in scoring (20.7 points per game) and double-doubles (10). Johnson leads the nation in assists and broke the Big 12 single-season record for assists.
Sophomore post Khadijiah Cave won the Sixth Man award as she played a critical role as the Lady Bears’ first substitute in the rotation. Cave provided invaluable support for senior post Sune Agbuke, who continues to struggle with a knee injury.
Freshman guard Kristy Wallace was one of five players in the conference selected to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. Agbuke was Baylor’s lone player named Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
Sophomore guard Imani Wright and Agbuke were both also given honorable mention.