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Kim Mulkey expected to be elected into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Mulkey has won 3 national titles at Baylor University.
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Baylor's Queen Egbo (25) picks up coach Kim Mulkey after the team's NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. Mulkey won her 600th career game in Baylor's 77-62 victory over Texas Tech. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

WACO, Texas — Baylor Head Women's Basketball Coach Kim Mulkey is expected to be elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The announcement will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN.

Mulkey was also nominated as a player, and as a coach, this marks the second time she has been named a finalist while also being a finalist in 2018. When reached via text message, Mulkey told Sports Director Nick Canizales "Someone must be leaking info. Haha. Tomorrow at 11 on ESPN is the big day."

Mulkey remains as the only person to win an NCAA national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach. She has taken her Baylor Lady Bears to three NCAA championships (2005, 2012, 2019), four Final Fours, and she's won a combined 20 regular season and Big 12 tournament championships. 

She has earned seven National Coach of the Year Awards and seven Big 12 Coach of the Year honors in her time at Baylor. Since the 2010-11 season, Mulkey has led Baylor to the second-best winning percentage in NCAA women's basketball, trailing only UConn. 

The Lady Bears are 334-24 in that span for a .933 winning percentage while UConn is at .946. The separation after Baylor and Huskies is 55 percentage points lower with Notre Dame at .877.

Mulkey has won both an AIAW and NCAA championship as a player. But her true glory has come during her coaching career at Baylor, where she’s managed to win NCAA championships in three seasons, including the last one in 2019.

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