Four fans spend combined 100 years cheering on Lady Bears

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Four die-hard Lady Bears fans say they have 100 years of combined fan experiences following the storied program and they're reflecting on Kim Mulkey's latest spot in the history books as she clinched her 600th career win in Lubbock Tuesday night, reaching the milestone faster than any other Division 1 coach, men’s or women’s.

Four die-hard Lady Bears fans say they have 100 years of combined fan experiences following the storied program and they're reflecting on Kim Mulkey's latest spot in the history books as she clinched her 600th career win in Lubbock. (Staff photo)

Jan Nimmo, Karen Davis, Keren Crawford and Vickye White have followed the Lady Bears from the Ferrell Center to Oklahoma, Kansas and Italy, for about 25 years a piece.

All four have witnessed all three national championships in person, multiple Big 12 titles, and three of the four were in Lubbock as Mulkey was hoisted into the air by her players following her 600th win.

"It was amazing," Crawford said.

"It was awesome," Davis added. "It was exciting. I'm happy for Kim, happy for the girls and Baylor."

Both Vickye and Jan are past presidents of the Lady Bears' Tip-Off Club for fans.

Vickye said she began following the Lady Bears just as a member of the Waco community and really became interested around 1996 when the Big 12 was formed.

By the time Kim Mulkey got on scene in 2000, she was hooked.

"Growing up in Waco, Baylor has always been part of our family," she said.

"When they started the Big 12 Conference they had a resurgence in the women's sports so we could compete. It's a small team. Someone said 'do you have someone who plays?' and I said '13.' They are like family."

The four never miss a home game and travel to many away games, too.

Vickye is the only one who missed Lubbock because "I still have to work" she said, laughing.

One of the adventures over the years took the fans 5,600 miles away as the Lady Bears competed in Italy the summer of 2018.

They said watching the girls experience a different culture and different type of competition was the best part of the trip and they smile as they reminisce about the extraordinary experience.

"It was great for the girls," Nimmo said.

"The gyms were not air conditioned and it was hot but those girls didn't miss a beat," Davis added.

Nimmo said she hopes Mulkey understands that her fans do not take the crazy success for granted.

"I think Kim worries sometimes because she does so much, so often that we'll get complacent but it's always new, always different, always wonderful," she said.

"We know because we are close enough to the program and because of Kim's generosity in opening her practices. We can go see what it takes to get to that level which is hard and maintaining it is even harder."

The four say this year's squad is special and they've already got a certain date in April on their calendars for a certain road trip to New Orleans which happens to be the site of the national championship.

"Oh, we'll be there," they all said in unison.

"Of course, we'll be there."