It has been since 2006 that the Lady Tigers have made a Sweet Sixteen appearance. Under the new direction of coaching and basketball legend Kim Mulkey, they are looking to bring a NCAA championship back to the program.
After former head Coach Nikki Fargas who now serves as the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces stepped down to pursue her career outside of coaching, an olive branch was extended to Kim Mulkey of Baylor University.
In her 21 years as Baylor's Head Coach, she brought them 3 championships and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
With the same charisma and attitude, she hopes to bring that same fire from Waco to the Boot.
"All I know is that I can go out there and coach those kids I inherited and those kids that came with me and let's see what we can do together," Coach Kim said.
The team is eager to get to work, including returner and graduate point guard Khayla Pointer. Pointer is also the niece of former Head Coach Nikki Fargas who she played under for her 4 years at LSU.
There was no hesitation in her decision where she'd land when she decided to join her aunt.
"The decision wasn't hard at all I knew that at the end of the day she knew what goals I wanted to get to," Pointer said.
The 2021 All SEC first team and defensive player finished her senior season averaging 16.9 ppg and 4.1 in rebounds and assists.
As a kid watching Kim and then finding out she would now be coaching the women's team, was that driven factor that made her want to stay for a final year.
"Just to be able to play under her is something that's a true blessing," Pointer said.
The expectations as well as the energy that Coach Mulkey has for the girls coming into the season are different and the excitement is starting to boil over.
"We're gonna battle and we're gonna be a team that's always into dog fights," she emphasizes.
The Lady Tigers storm the PMAC November 9th, where they will take on the Nicholls State Colonels.