|Lady Bears Overseas
1:55 P.M. TUESDAY, Oct. 19, 2010
Editor's Note: Six Lady Bears are or will be playing overseas this year including Rachel Allison, Jhasmin Player, Angela Tisdale, Morghan Medlock, Abiola Wabara and Sophia Young. In this blog we catch up with up with Rachel, but check back often as we will talk with all of the former Lady Bears over the coming weeks.
Team name -Townsville Fire
City and country - Townsville, Queensland - Australia
What made you want to play overseas?
The simple fact that I have a few years of playing left in me and there are more opportunities for that overseas. Also, I wanted to be the one to decide when my career was over, not let an injury dictate that. I feel I have something to prove to myself.
How long have you played overseas?
I'm still in my first year of playing overseas, but I started in Australia in April in a different (lesser) league than the one I am in now.
What other countries have you lived in playing basketball?
This is my first experience living out of the country.
How long will you be abroad?
I would say for at least another two or three years, maybe longer.
What are you looking forward to most?
I am very excited about experiencing all of the different cultures and seeing another part of the world that otherwise, I may have never gotten a chance to see. I have made some GREAT friendships through basketball throughout the years, especially at Baylor, and that is continuing as I meet new people and new teammates.
What differences have you experienced playing basketball overseas?
Last time I was asked this question, it was the difference between high school and college. My answer, the physicality of the game. My answer again, the same!!! It's tough over here, and the worst part is... they're worse at NOT calling fouls than conference refs. :) It's an adjustment, as always, and you have to adapt. Then there are some technical differences: 24-second shot clock, 8-second backcourt, four 10-minute quarters, EXTREMELY extended 3-pt line, widened lane and, after five fouls in a quarter it's two free throws.
What will you miss most from the United States?
I joke about missing the prices in the US (way cheaper to SHOP back home) but in all honesty, I miss my family the MOST. I am very heartbroken about not being able to come home this year for Christmas, but after all, it's an experience and opportunity that I can't pass up.
Through two games, Rachel is averaging a double-double with 16 points and 10.5 rebounds a game.
Giving Back, Sophia Young Style
1:25 P.M. FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2010
Sophia Young has always been a giving person; she gives her all on the court and off the court as well.
The former Lady Bear standout and current star for the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars is active in the Alamo City both on the court and in the community. The four-time WNBA All-Star been sponsoring a child in Rwanda since her sophomore year at Baylor and actively supports charities in the San Antonio area and has now created her own charity event.
Young will combine her love for the children at Roy Maas' Youth Alternatives (RMYA) with her love for fashion, to present the first Stars `N Style Charity Fashion Show on Sat., Oct. 23, 5:30-7:30. The event will be held at the Antioch Community Center, 314 Eross St., in San Antonio.
Tickets to Sophia's charity event cost $25 in advance or $35 at the door. For reservations or advance tickets, call RMYA at (210) 340-8077.
"My reason for making this my charity is to help continue what the program is doing. I want to help teens get a chance to achieve their dreams and provide opportunities where they can live a successful happy life. Please help me help these kids. Together we can make a difference," said Young.
Young led the Silver Stars in scoring in 2010 with 15.3 points per game and ranked No. 3 in both rebounds (5.2) and assists (2.4). The two-time State Farm/WBCA All-American and 2006 Big 12 Player of the Year scored 2,480 points and hauled down 1,316 rebounds while at Baylor.
Start of Practice Begins Monday
10:25 P.M. SUNDAY, Oct. 11, 2010
Yes, basketball season is almost officially here! New NCAA rules allow women's basketball teams to utilize a 40-day window to practice 30 times prior to their first game, thus the first day of practice for the Lady Bears will be Monday, Oct. 11.
Generally practices are open to the public but since the first three days of practice will be in the Lady Bears' Practice Facility, fans will have to wait until Thursday, Oct. 14 to watch official practice. That's the first time they'll practice on the Ferrell Center floor.
Big 12 coaches expect the Lady Bears to field a good team this season as all 11 opposing coaches picked the Lady Bears to win the league. It marks the third time (2005-06 and 2009-10) the Lady Bears have been tabbed to win the conference crown.
Check back with the LBHH blog for video of interviews with players and Coach Mulkey regarding the beginning of the season.
RECAP: Welcome Back Supper
4:25 P.M. FRIDAY, Oct. 1, 2010
A record crowd of over 800 Lady Bear fans enjoyed the 11th annual Welcome Back Supper in the Ferrell Center hosted by the Tip Off Club.
Coach Kim Mulkey welcomed back Lady Bear fans and introduced the 2010-11 Baylor squad and the program's staff members, including new strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Heffner.
Baylor will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 12 against Florida International when it hosts the four-team World Vision Invitational. Joining Baylor and Florida International in the tournament will be Rice and Montana State.
Prior to the season opener, Baylor will play two exhibition games. On Nov. 1 it will take on St. Edwards University and on Nov. 5 it will host Texas A&M International. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.
For season ticket information, contact the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office call 1-800-BAYLORU or 254-710-1000 or visit BaylorBears.com. For the most current schedule information throughout the season, visit BaylorBears.com.