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Baylor WBB Player Preview: Senior/Juniors

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Looking at the Baylor Lady Bears roster, player-by-player, starting with the lone senior and juniors

Baylor Bears forward/center Kristina Higgins
Baylor Bears forward/center Kristina Higgins
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Sune Agbuke - Senior - #22

Sune is the lone senior on the squad this year, which speaks to the youth of this team while also gives excitement about the future. Her first two years with the team saw limited playing time (7.2 and 5.1 minutes respectively), but her junior year saw her promoted to starter and the playing time that usually comes with such a change (21.4). At 6' 4", our second tallest player, she plays forward / center and she averaged 5.9 points and 7.6 blocks per game last year. Mulkey said Agbuke is like "a wall back there," and she is vital to how the team game plans for defense. Against Notre Dame last year, she had nine defensive rebounds and totaled 12, providing strength and resolve in a game that was otherwise a rather disappointing loss. In the Big 12 championship game, she recorded 10 rebounds and managed to hold Asya Bussie to 6 points, who had 21 points in West Virginia's win at Baylor on March 2, 2014. While Agbuke is currently nursing a knee injury, look for her to continue to be an anchor for the Baylor defense and to be a key contributor upon her return.

Chardonae Fuqua' - Junior - #3

Chardonae is a forward (3) for Baylor. In her first two years at Baylor, she averaged 5.3 minutes play, 1.3 points, and 0.7 rebounds. Her best offensive performance came against San Jose State last year scoring 10 points in 13 minutes of play. In the exhibition game against Midwestern State, she was one of five players in double figures, scoring 11 points in 20 minutes. Continue to look for Chardonae to come in for relief throughout the year.

Kristina Higgins - Junior - #44

Kristina plays forward/center for Baylor. She played very little during her freshman year averaging 4.7 minutes, 1.6 points, and 1.3 rebounds per game. During her sophomore year she saw that bump to 12.9 minutes, 4.0 points, and 3.8 rebounds. At 6' 5", she is our tallest player. Last year she was the primary substitute for Sune Agbuke, coming in mainly to give Agbuke a rest. With Agbuke currently nursing a knee injury, look for her to start playing and contributing more. In the exhibition game against Tarleton state, she started and scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half. She commented after the game, "On Saturday, coach Mulkey challenged me to take advantage of the opportunity I've been given," Higgins said. "That's all I was thinking about. Do what you've got to do, and just score the ball."

Niya Johnson - Junior - #2

Niya is a returning guard for the Lady Bears. She is one of two players receiving pre-season awards from the Big 12, receiving an honorable mention for the All-Big 12 Team. We all love buckets, and Niya averaged 5.3 points per game last year. However, where Johnson really stands out is her generosity. Last year she ranked #9 nationally for number of assists per game (6.6) as well as leading all players in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.0. Since Baylor lost Odyssey Sims (28.5 points per game) and Makenzie Robertson (7.4 points per game), look for Johnson to step up and serve not only as the leader of the offense and feeding other players but also to be a key to finding at least some of the offense we lost through graduation.

Alexis Jones - Junior - #30

While Alexis Jones will not be able to play this year due to transfer rules, I wanted to at least mention her here. She transferred to Baylor over the summer from Duke where she was averaging 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists and was a starter for both her years at Duke. After sitting out this year, she will have two years to play two.