Baylor women's basketball team drops 'Lady' from team name

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The Baylor women's basketball team now will be just like the school's other teams.

Baylor is dropping "Lady" from the women's basketball team name and it will be known as the Bears, the same nickname used by the rest of Baylor's athletic teams, including the school's other women's teams that have gone to the non-gender specific nickname in recent years.

"Baylor women's basketball has solidified itself as one of Baylor's most remarkable and celebrated programs," the school said in a statement to ESPN. "While the use of Lady Bears is still very much a part of the program's decorated history, in an effort to be more consistent with the current nomenclature of the other 18 Baylor sport programs, the team will now be referred to as simply the Bears.

"This evolution is unique in that it creates consistency among Baylor teams while also highlighting the individual sport and contributions of its athletes and coaches."

In May, Baylor hired WNBA coach Nicki Collen as the new women’s coach to replace Kim Mulkey, who left to coach at LSU.

Baylor teammates hoist the trophy after defeating Notre Dame to win the championship game of the women's Final Four of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
Baylor teammates hoist the trophy after defeating Notre Dame to win the championship game of the women's Final Four of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

The use of "Lady" for women's college teams had been commonplace until recent years as programs across the country started dropping "Lady" from their nicknames.

Most colleges no longer use "Lady" for any of their women's teams. The only Big 12 women's team that still uses "Lady" as part of its nickname is Texas Tech, which goes by Lady Raiders. Oklahoma State uses Cowgirls for its women's team; the men are the Cowboys.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Baylor Bears women's basketball team drops 'Lady' from team name