Junior forward Nina Davis and senior
point guard Niya Johnson will again be
focal points for the Lady Bears fast-paced
offense. Davis was named Big 12 Player of
the Year last year, averaging 21.1 points and
8.3 rebounds per game. Senior point guard
Niya Johnson set Big 12 regular season
records for assists (322) and broke her own
assist-to-turnover ratio record (4.13/1).
The Lady Bears will add another weapon
this season in junior guard Alexis Jones.
An electric passer and scorer, Jones sat out
last season following her transfer to Baylor
from Duke, where she was named Atlantic
Coast conference Freshman of the Year in
Coming into 2015-16, the Lady Bears are
working on a number of impressive streaks
they will try to extend for a sixth straight
season. The Lady Bears have won five
consecutive Big 12 regular season titles,
five straight Big 12 Tournaments and have
won 30 games or more as well in each of
the last five seasons.
Baylor's sophomore and junior classes
provide a strong core for the Lady Bears
alongside their three seniors, Niya
Johnson, Kristina Higgins and Chardonae
Fuqua. Once program youngsters, juniors
Nina Davis, Alexis Prince, Khadijah Cave
and transfer Alexis Jones and sophomores
Kristy Wallace and Dekeiya Cohen
will provide much of the scoring and
rebounding for the team.
Among Baylor's five incoming freshmen are
twin towers with an elite background. Both
Kalani Brown of Slidell, La., and Beatrice
Mompremier of Miami were McDonald’s
All-Americans in high school. They’ll also
provide height for the next four years:
Brown stands 6'7" and Mompremier is 6'4".
When the Lady Bears open Big 12 play at
Oklahoma State Dec. 30, they’ll have been
tested by 13 nonconference games and
two exhibition contests. Included in the
slate is a Preseason WNIT berth against a
strong field, contests against Cincinnati
and Michigan State in the Bahamas and a
game against Miami on a Florida road trip.