March 12, 2011
#3/3 BAYLOR 61, #8/8 TEXAS A&M 58
MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM KANSAS CITY, MO.
MARCH 12, 2011 ATTENDANCE: 4,250
Baylor is now 47-35 against Texas A&M, including 7-4 on neutral courts, BU has won the last eight games between the two schools.
Baylor wins to the Big 12 Championship third time (2005 and '09) and is 3-2 in such games. Baylor's 2005 win was also in Kansas City. BU has now won five Big 12 titles, two regular season (2005, 2011) and three postseason tournaments (2005, 2009, 2011).
Baylor becomes the fifth team to claim both the Big 12 regular season and tournament championships; Texas Tech (1998 & `99), Iowa State (2000), Oklahoma (2002 & '06), Texas (2003), Baylor (2005, '11).
Baylor, at 31-2, has won at least 30 games in two seasons under Coach Mulkey and six seasons overall. Four of BU's 30-win seasons came before the sport was recognized as an NCAA Championship sport.
Texas A&M's .071 (1-14) 3-point field goal percentage was an opponent season low.
Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent in 170-straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006 against Maryland.
Baylor is now 3-2 in title games and is 20-12 all told in Big 12 Championship games, including 19-8 under head coach Kim Mulkey.
The Lady Bears hauled down 50 or more rebounds (50) for the eighth time this season.
Baylor is 11-1 versus ranked opponents this season, including four top 10 wins and five wins over teams currently ranked in the top 10 (3-Texas A&M, Tennessee, Notre Dame).
Baylor has held 13 of its 33 opponents this season to below a .300 field goal percentage.
Baylor is 26-1 on the year when allowing 60 or fewer points.
Brittney Griner (31 pts.) has scored in double-figures in 66-of-67 career games, including all 33 this season. She also recorded her 22nd 20+ point performance of the season and 38th of her career and the third 30-point game of her career.
Griner (1,389 pts.) moved three spots to tied for No. 11 on BU career scoring chart, passing Angela Tisdale's (2004-08) 1,373 points and Jackie Reitier's (1980-84) 1,379 points. She is tied with Debbie Polk (1980-82) at 1,389.
Griner's 7 blocks marks her 35th game with five or more blocks.
Kimetria Hayden (10 pts.) recorded her 13th career and ninth of the season, double-digit scoring effort.