April 1, 2012
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#1/1  BAYLOR 59, #2/3  STANFORD 47
THE PEPSI CENTER DENVER, COLO.
APRIL 1, 2012 ATTENDANCE: 19,028
With tonight's 59-47 win over Stanford, Baylor advances to the NCAA Championship title game for the second time in program history, and will make its second appearance in the last seven years. Baylor won the 2005 national championship in Indianapolis and was eliminated by UConn in the 2010 national semifinals at San Antonio. It marks the second straight season a Big 12 Conference team will play for the NCAA crown, and the fourth time in the league's 16-year history.
Baylor is 27-9 in 11 all-time NCAA Tournament trips, all under Kim Mulkey, 2-1 in national semifinal games.
Baylor's 39-0 record is the best in program history and keeps Baylor as the only undefeated team in the NCAA Division I ranks.
Baylor's 39 victories extends its program record, bettering last season's 34 wins. BU became the third women's program in the NCAA era to win 39 games in a season, joining Tennessee (1998) and UConn (2002, 2009, 2010).
With tonight's Lady Bear victory, Kim Mulkey's career record improved to 337-79.
The Lady Bears own the longest active win streak (39) in NCAA Division I women's basketball.
Baylor is 77-4 in its last 81 games.
Baylor improved to 3-1 all-time vs. Stanford, including 2-0 on neutral courts.
Tonight's crowd of 19,028 was the fourth-largest ever to watch the Lady Bears play, following 28,937 for both the national semi-finals and finals in 2005 at Indianapolis and 25,817 for the 2010 national semifinal game in San Antonio.
Baylor and Notre Dame will meet for the second time this season on Tuesday for the national title, as the Lady Bears claimed a 94-81 homecourt win over the Irish in the 2011 WNIT title game, Nov. 20, 2011.
Baylor's senior class of Terran Condrey, Ashley Field and Lindsay Palmer is now 130-19 (.873) in their four-year BU careers.
The Lady Bears improved to 12-0 vs. ranked opponents this season.
Tonight's win over Stanford was Baylor's 20th of the season outside Waco (11-0 in road games, 9-0 neutral)
Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 214 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006, against Maryland.
BU improved to 33-0 on the season and 76-3 since 2009-10 when allowing 60 or fewer points.
Baylor was held under 60 points for just the third time in 39 starts this season (56 vs. Texas Tech, 2/18/12 and 57 at Iowa State, 1/7/12).
Baylor had a season-low seven turnovers (previous low was eight, twice) and a season-low tying two blocks (also had 2 at Texas A&M, 2/27/12).
Baylor improved to 35-0 when leading at halftime this season.
Brittney Griner (13 points) has now scored in double-figures in 79 straight games and in 109 of 111 in her career.
With her two blocks vs. Stanford, Griner extended her NCAA Championship career record to 88 blocks.
Griner has blocked at least one shot in 108 of her 111 career games, including 49-straight outings. She has recorded 201 blocks as a junior and has 594 in her three-year career to rank No. 2 on the NCAA's all-time list.
Griner moved her season point total to 903 points, a Big 12 record, and the third-highest single-season total in Baylor history behind Suzie Snider Eppers' 1,000-point seasons in 1976-77 (1,082) and 1974-75 (1,011). Griner's 2011-12 point total is the most by a BU player in the NCAA era.
Griner had nine rebounds vs. Stanford to push her season total to 366, fourth-best on BU's one-season list, and best by a Lady Bear in the NCAA era.
Griner recorded her ninth complete game of the season, and first since a 40-minute outing vs. Texas Tech (2/18/12).
Terran Condrey came off the bench to score 13 points, just one shy of her season-high of 14 at Oklahoma (1/26/12). It marked her third double-figure scoring game of the season and the fifth of her career.
Destiny Williams registered her 23rd double-figure rebounding game of the season with a game-high 10 boards vs. Stanford. Her 340 rebounds on the season rank eighth on Baylor's single-season list.
Odyssey Sims (11 points) recorded her 29th double-digit scoring effort of the season and the 51st of her career.
Sims played a season-high tying 40 minutes (also played 40 minutes at Texas A&M) with no turnovers at the point. It marked her third game this season without a turnover (at Missouri, 2/1/12 and vs. UC-Santa Barbara).