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Spokesman-Review: Ole Miss’ Angel Baker has had NCAA Tournament success with Wright State

Angel Baker

Excerpt from the Spokesman-Review

Two years ago, Angel Baker had just led the Wright State Raiders to a surprising run to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

But her coach was leaving for a new job at Memphis, which was just the opening Mississippi coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin needed.

“I called her coach and I said, ‘Listen, is this kid going with you? What’s the deal?’” McPhee-McCuin said.

Told that Baker was ready for a bigger stage, McPhee-McCuin brought Baker to Oxford, Mississippi. A year later, Baker was Southeastern Conference Sixth Woman of the Year and the Rebels were back in the NCAAs for the first time in 15 years.

This year, Baker and the Rebels brought it up another notch as she led them to a third-place finish in the SEC and made the all-conference first team.

Her 15.5 points a game lead the Rebels and she adds 5.5 rebounds despite standing just 5-foot-8. Baker also shoots 45% from the field and is the top long-range threat (36%) on a squad that shoots just 29.4% overall.