DiDi Richards and Dijonai Carrington in the WNBA

DiDi Richards and Dijonai Carrington

The Baylor Women’s Basketball team may have been knocked out in the NCAA Elite Eight (due to the worst non-call ever if we’re being honest), but after earning their 11th straight regular season and 11th total Big 12 tournament titles and several individual player awards, the Lady Bears have lots to be proud of! Junior F NaLyssa Smith has been in the news most for the Lady Bears, drawing the Big 12 Player of the Year honor and most recently being named the United States Basketball Writers Association second-team All-American, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association first-team All-American, and winning the WBCA national player of the year Wade Trophy and the Katrina McClain award. But Smith isn’t the only WBB athlete making splashes in national news as former Gs DiDi Richards and Dijonai Carrington were just selected in the WNBA Draft yesterday. According to Baylor Athletics’ Jerry Hill (papa), “Thursday marked the sixth-straight year that at least one Lady Bears player has been drafted. Richards and Carrington were the 20th and 21st selections in Baylor history, respectively.” Richards was last year’s Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and she was selected by the New York Liberty in the second round as the 17th pick. Carrington grad transferred from Stanford this season and was picked by the Connecticut Sun in the second round as the 20th pick. Richards made news last October when she horrifyingly collided with fellow Lady Bears G Moon Ursin in practice, which left Ursin with a concussion and Richards temporarily paralyzed. She suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed her from the waist down and forced her to learn how to walk and play again. Less than a month after Richards was in the hospital, she was back in the gym practicing her shots and in March, she helped her team to the Elite Eight before exiting the game with a leg injury. Richards was named both WBCA and Naismith Defensive Player of the year in 2019-20 and was an All-Big 12 Defensive Team pick for three consecutive seasons. She finished her Baylor career shooting 50% (282-564) of her field goals and 63.8% (125-196) of free throws with a total of 879 points, 171 steals, and 528 rebounds. Carrington was an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick and she nabbed both the Big 12 Sixth Woman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards while at Baylor. Following her career between Stanford and Baylor, Carrington had 1,294 points and 685 rebounds. After her one year as a Lady Bear, Carrington shot 42.6% (135-317) of field goals, 28.5% (39-137) of 3s, and 72.3% (73-101) of free throws with a total of 382 points, 15 blocks, and 63 assists.

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