Baylor’s women’s basketball program is removing the “Lady” from her nickname and will be known as the Bears, like the rest of the school’s athletic teams, it was announced on Friday.
Other school girls’ sports teams had carried the Bears nickname in previous years. Under new coach Nicki Collen, who took over in May when Kim Mulkey left for LSU, the women’s basketball team will now do the same.
“Baylor women’s basketball has cemented itself as one of Baylor’s most notable and celebrated programs,” the school said in a statement. “While the use of Lady Bears is still part of the program’s decorated history, in an effort to be more consistent with the current nomenclature of Baylor’s other 18 sports programs, the team will now be referred to simply as the Bears.
“This development is unique in that it creates consistency between Baylor’s teams while showcasing individual sport and the contributions of its athletes and coaches.”
The use of “Lady” with sports teams has been a divisive problem over the years, and many programs that used it in the 1970s, early in women’s varsity athletics, got rid of it. , some from the 1980s. The vast majority of colleges no longer use it for any of their female teams.
The only female Big 12 team that still uses “Lady” in their nickname is Texas Tech, which is called Lady Raiders. Oklahoma State uses Cowgirls for their women’s team because the men are the Cowboys.