Baylor women set to open Big 12 slate in Kansas State | Baylor

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Kansas State center Ayoka Lee (right) grabs a loose ball as Baylor center Queen Egbo defends in the first half of her Big 12 game last season at the Ferrell Center.


Rod Aydelotte, Tribune-Herald


The Big 12 conference is the area of ​​Baylor women’s basketball to rule until they don’t.

But when Baylor starts the Big 12 on Sunday at Kansas State, things will be different for the program which is on an 11-year regular-season championship-winning streak from the conference. Kim Mulkey has made the Bears a dominant force in the league and she has enjoyed all of those league titles highly. Now it’s Nicki Collen’s turn to try and stay on top of the mountain.

For his part, Collen does not insist like that. The first-year Baylor coach appears focused on preparing his squad for the next phase of a long campaign.

“You sort of split the season into non-conference, conference and playoffs,” Collen said. “We’re through a stretch. I think (Wednesday night’s win over North Texas) was a good, dynamic game for us. We needed this game. Not having a match would have been really disheartening.

The No.10-seeded Bears (10-2) travel to Manhattan, Kans, to face a Wildcats team that has had a strong start to the season. Although Kansas State (10-2) hasn’t played for more than two weeks, their last outing was a good one as the Wildcats beat Oregon 68-56.

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