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Kim Mulkey leaves Baylor, takes over as LSU coach

The school announced the move Sunday. Mulkey, who won three national championships at Baylor, is a native of Tickfaw, Louisiana.
Baylor Bears head coach Kim Mulkey reacts to a call in the first quarter of a game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the women's Big 12 conference tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mulkey is the mother of LSU's Kramer Roberson.

BATON ROUGE, La. — BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hall of Fame coach Kim Mulkey has left Baylor to return home and take over the LSU women’s basketball team. 

The school announced the move Sunday. Mulkey, who won three national championships at Baylor, is a native of Tickfaw, Louisiana.

She helped Baylor win the 2019 NCAA championship, and the Bears lost in the regional finals to UConn last month. 

Mulkey replaces Nikki Fargas, who stepped down earlier this week.

In 21 years as the head coach at Baylor, Mulkey led the Lady Bears to four Final Fours, winning three national titles. 

Her teams reached the Elite Eight six times and the Sweet 16 on five other occasions.

Mulkey won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1984 and two national titles with Louisiana Tech University, one as a player and the second as an assistant coach. 

Mulkey was accepted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020.

 She is the only person in NCAA women’s basketball history to win national championships as a player and coach. 

Of all the Lady Bear players who have started and finished their career at Baylor, those student-athletes have a 100 percent graduation rate. In addition, Baylor has had nine 1st-round draft picks to the WNBA. 

The LSU Lady Tigers finished the 2020 season with a record of 20-10 and 7th in the Southeastern Conference. Their Head Coach, Nikki Fargas, stepped down April 15 after 10 seasons.

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