The Baylor Lady Bears basketball program announced the departure of three returning players from the 2016-17 squad. Sophomore guard Alyssa Dry, guard Alexandria Gulley, and sophomore post Beatrice Mompremier have all been granted their release by Baylor. Gulley will stay at Baylor, going on medical scholarship, while Dry and Mompremier will look to continue their basketball careers elsewhere.
Dry, a reserve guard for the Lady Bears, played in 31 games over her two seasons. She played sparingly in 2016-17 however. The bigger loss is 6-4 post Mompremier. A former McDonald's All American, Mompremier started several games early in the 2016 season, and was a key rotation player for the Big 12 champion Lady Bears. With Khadijiah Cave and Nina Davis graduating, Mompremier was expected to battle Lauren Cox for the starting position opposite center Kalani Brown.
A strong rebounder and defender, Mompremier gave the Bears athelticism and quickness at the center position. While her offensive game did not develop much outside of layups and put-backs, she was a key reserve the past two seasons off the bench mostly. She appeared in 32 games last year, averaging 8.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
With the loss of these three players, the Lady Bears are down to just 6-returning players. They have signed a class of 4 high school recruits as well, leaving them with 5 scholarship openings for the 2017-18 season. The Lady Bears will be led by junior Kalani Brown, one of the best post players in the nation late in the season. Kristy Wallace will return at point guard, while Natalie Chou, Cox and senior Dekeiya Cohen will possibly round out the starting lineup.
Calveion "Juicy" Landrum will battle incoming guards Alexis Morris, Cara Ursin, and Trinity Oliver along with wing Deauzya Richards. The quartet of signees will bring needed depth to the guard position for the Lady Bears, who struggled at times last year with senior guard Alexis Jones out with a knee injury. Morris and Richards are both McDonald's All-Americans and 5-star recruits for Kim Mulkey. The class is ranked 7th in the nation currently by Hoopgurlz.
The Lady Bears could be active in the transfer market as well, looking to bring in a player or two to sit out the season and contribute in 2017-18. Most of the top recruits in the nation have signed and made their choice, so the Lady Bears will have to scramble for depth in the post, with just Brown and Cox as true post players. Dekeiya Cohen might transition back to power forward after playing more at the wing this past season.
Baylor will go into the 2017 season looking to continue their dominance of the Big 12, but end a humbling streak of losses in the Elite 8.