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Baylor lands Plano native, UCLA transfer Owens

For the third-straight season, the Lady Bears will suit up with a transfer guard on the roster.
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WACO, Texas — For the third-straight season, the Baylor Lady Bears will have a transfer guard on the roster.

Baylor's women's basketball program announced Plano native and UCLA transfer point guard Jaden Owens signed a National Letter of Intent to play in Waco.

Owens was a highly-recruited player coming out of Plano West High School last year, ranked 14th overall and as the No. 3 guard by espnW's HoopGurlz. Her senior season at Plano West, she averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

During the 2019-20 season at UCLA, she was a freshman who came off the bench in 28 games for the Bruins. Averaging 9.6 minutes per game, she averaged 2.5 points, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals with a 1.8:1 assist-to-turnover ratio backing up All-Pac 12 point guard and WNBA draft pick Japreece Dean.

"I'm excited to welcome Jaden to Baylor University and the Lady Bears basketball team," Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey said in a statement. "Being a young lady from Texas, we are quite aware of the talent she brings to our program."

According to current NCAA transfer rules, Owens will have to sit out the 2020-21 season, but will have three years of eligibility reamining after.

As a high schooler, she earned two All-America selections, as she earned the honors from both McDonald's and Jordan Brand.

Her sisters were both college basketball players, too. Devri played for the University of Utah and Callie will be a senior for North Texas next season.

This marks the third-straight season Baylor has enrolled a point guard transfer. Chloe Jackson was the first under Mulkey when she did so ahead of Baylor's 2018-19 national championship campaign.

"Her experience is an added addition to our backcourt," Mulkey said. "I'm looking forward to working with her as soon as we can all get back together on campus."

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