Baylor women welcome Hawaii as NCAA tourney opens

  • Baylor forward NaLyssa Smith (1) shoots over Iowa State guard Ashley Joens (24) and forward Morgan Kane (31) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Feb. 28, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney, File)

  • Baylor forward NaLyssa Smith reacts after having an offensive foul called against her during the first half of an NCAA college basketball championship game against Texas in the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

  • Baylor head coach Nicki Collen, center, and fellow coaches sing the alma mater after their win over Oklahoma State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, March 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

  • Mississippi's Shakira Austin leaves the court after a win over Florida in an NCAA college basketball game at the women's Southeastern Conference tournament Friday, March 4, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Hawaii forward Amy Atwell (25) looks to pass near UC Irvine guard Hunter Hernandez (20) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big West Conference tournament, Saturday, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)

WACO, Texas — NaLyssa Smith, Queen Egbo and Caitlin Bickle got to Baylor together and were part of a national championship as freshmen in 2019. They all had a decision to make following an unexpected coaching change after last season.