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Baylor's Mulkey fastest to 600 wins

Field Level Media
20 Feb 2020, 02:05 GMT+10

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey hit the career 600-win mark on Tuesday night, needing just 700 games to do it.

She reached the milestone in fewer games than any men's or women's basketball coach in Division I history.

Her Lady Bears, who are ranked No. 2, defeated Texas Tech 77-62 in Lubbock, Texas.

Mulkey, 57, became Baylor coach on April 4, 2000, taking over a team that had 13 losing seasons in the previous 17 years, averaging 30 wins a season for 20 years. She has led the Lady Bears to three NCAA championships: 2005, 2012 and 2019.

"Thirty wins, 20 years, I can't comprehend that,'' Mulkey said after the win, per ESPN. "I'm thinking about the next game. The next championship. To put it in perspective, I'm humbled. But coaches don't stop and smell the roses really until they retire. How much I have left in the old tank, I don't know. But I'm not on empty.''

Legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp, who won 876 games in all, got his 600th win in his 704th game. UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma reached the mark in his 716th game.

Mulkey is a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2020.

The Lady Bears are 24-1 on the season and 13-0 in Big 12 play.

--Field Level Media

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