Sophomore forward Nina Davis scored 16 points to earn the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player honors for the second year in a row. Celebrating conference championships may be the norm for the fans in Waco now, but it’s still something new to Davis.
"We’re excited," she said. "Yes, this is the fifth year in a row, but we don’t have five rings. This is only like our second one of the season, so this is definitely an exciting time."
For coach Mulkey, who now has won six total Big 12 regular season and tournament championships, she wants to treat every title like it’s her and her program’s first.
"You have to remember that there are a lot of kids in that locker room, this is their first," she said. "It’s kind of like having children, your first child comes into the world, man, we’re out of our mind. And then the second one comes along and the third one comes along and we get a little bit, you know, lazier. I don’t want to be around people like that."
Davis was the star and the focus of the Longhorns’ defense, but she was just one of four Lady Bears who scored in double figures.
"She’s a player that just settles us, but we’re not the Nina Davis show," Mulkey said. "We’ve got a lot of kids that have some talent out there.
"I’ve played a lot more players this year than I ever have in 15 years because they’re basically demanding that from me."
With a No. 5 national ranking and a 30-3 record, Baylor is still projected by many to be a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Did a dominating Big 12 tournament effort do anything to change that?
"I’ve expressed myself many years on what I think is right and wrong, and I guess I’m like a fine wine, I’ve just realized keep your mouth shut, it doesn’t do any good, it probably pisses them off," Mulkey said. "I expect to host the first and second-round games at Baylor, I expect a great Baylor crowd, and let’s see how far we can take this thing."