Baylor University women’s basketball team has claimed their third National Championship, beating Notre Dame 82-81. The Baylor Bears went into the tournament as the number one seed, being led by coach Kim Mulkey, who has been the head coach for all three of Baylor’s National Championship titles. This win has made Kim Mulkey the third coach ever to win three national championships, behind the late Pat Summitt who won eight titles at the University of Tennessee, and Geno Auriemma who has won eleven at the University of Connecticut. Mulkey is also the first woman in NCAA women’s basketball to ever win a national championship as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.
This win is the second that coach Mulkey shared with her daughter, Makenzie Marie Robertson, and comes after tragedy struck them one year ago. Last season, Robertson lost her newborn daughter after she was stillborn, leaving her and her mother devastated. This year though, coach Mulkey was able to celebrate her third title with her grandson Kannon, which her daughter gave birth to back in October.
The Bears suffered a major loss in the third quarter, with star player Lauren Cox suffered a leg injury that prevented her from entering back into the game. However, her fighting spirit resonated with her teammates, as they continued to fight until the bitter end, and their efforts paid off. Senior Chloe Jackson ended up getting the final blow, getting 26 points in her final game and scored with just under four seconds left in the game.
This win from the Baylor women represents the State of Texas well, as they brought home their title along with an NIT Championship title from the University of Texas at Austin men’s team, and a Runner Up National Championship run from the Texas Tech men’s team.
Claire Coburn is an Intern Writer for Pub Sports Radio.