- Kalani Brown
- Baylor University
- Salmen High School (Slidell, LA)
Six-foot, seven-inch Baylor Center Kalani Brown may not be native to the state of Texas, but she has done absolutely everything in her power to qualify as one of the greats in Texas Sports history. Her team-leading 22-point performance against a UConn team that many expect to compete for a national championship, helped the Lady Bears stun the Huskies; signaling Baylor's return to prominence.
Equally imposing on her opponents on both ends of the court, Brown was named to the Big 12 Conference all-freshman team after scoring in double digits on more than 20 occasions, including a 5-block outing versus Southern Mississippi.
This after being named to the Big 12 Conference commissioner's honor roll in her first semester.
A preseason honorable mention entering her sophomore season, Kalani Brown proved herself more than worthy of her spot on the Naismith Trophy Watch List, with a season worthy of a Big 12 first-team unanimous decision selection, a spot on the conference's All-Defensive Team, WBCA All-American, and AP All-American honorable mention honors.
In the 2018 season, Kalani mounted her most impressive collegiate season-to-date, earning a second WBCA All-American nod, after leading Baylor to a conference championship, a place on the Big 12 All Championship Team, a unanimous all conference first-team selection, and the league's Player of the Year award.
When the time comes to tally up this season's accomplishments, Brown will no doubt have her fair share; but few personal accolades provide the fulfillment of upsetting a juggernaut like UConn. In a game that could easily reshape the seasons, if not future of both teams, it was Kalani Brown who made the difference for the green and gold.
It's safe to say that one of women's basketball's most dominant figures has been uncaged, and the field will have to grin and bear it.