|#5/5 Baylor (12-1) vs. Texas State (4-6)
Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 | 7 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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GAME CENTER: GAME 14
Date: Sat., Jan. 2, 2010
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Radio: Star 92.9 FM (Waco)
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
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Baylor will put its 12-game win streak on the line when it hosts Texas State on Sat., Jan. 2, at 7 p.m.
BU head coach Kim Mulkey goes after her 250th career win on Saturday night.
Three Lady Bears are averaging double-digit scoring. Freshman post Brittney Griner leads the team with 19.2 points a game while senior Morghan Medlock tallies 12.8 and junior guard Melissa Jones is averaging 12.2.
BU freshman post Brittney Griner became just the seventh female to dunk in a regular-season NCAA contest when she threw one down against Jacksonville State on Nov. 24. She is also a defensive threat as a shot blocker and alterer with her 88" wing span.
In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 249-67 (.788), which ranks her No. 4 nationally in winning percentage. In addition, the Lady Bear program ranks No. 6 among the NCAA Division I's winningest teams over that span.
Melissa Jones, Brittney Griner and Morghan Medlock combine for 23.8 (51.6%) of BU's 46.1 rebounds a game.
Baylor's five starters, Kelli Griffin, Shanay Washington, Melissa Jones, Morghan Medlock and Brittney Griner are shooting a combined 53.0 percent (278-525) from the floor.
With her dramatic improvement since the beginning of the season, Brittney Griner has become a contender for National Player of the Year and Big 12 Player of the Year honors.
Brittney Griner blocks more shots per game than 325 of the 332 NCAA Division I schools and only two teams beside Baylor (Michigan State and St. Mary's) have blocked more shots than Griner.
Griner recorded the program's first-ever triple-double with her 34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocked shots against Oral Roberts.
Just eight games into her rookie season, Griner cracked BU's single-season top 10 list with 47. She now has 85 and has moved up to No. 2 on the chart. In fact, Griner needs just two more blocks to crack Baylor's top 10 career blocks list.
Baylor has outrebounded or equaled its opponent in 12 of 13 games this year and is averaging a Big 12 Conferenceleading 46.1 a contest.
Freshman post Brittney Griner (9.1 rpg), senior forward Morghan Medlock (8.2 rpg) and junior guard Melissa Jones (6.5 rpg) are Baylor's top rebounders and combine to average 23.8 rebounds a game which equates to 51.6 percent of the squad's boards. The trio ranks No. 4, No. 6 and No. 16, respectively, among the Big 12 leaders.
In fact, seven Lady Bears who average over 15 minutes a game are shooting above 44 percent. Ashley Field is shooting a Big 12-leading .672 (41-61), followed by Morghan Medlock at .552 (64-116), Melissa Jones with .550 (55-100), Brittney Griner with .535 (91-170), Shanay Washington at .522 (36-69), Jordan Madden at .467 (28-60) and Kelli Griffin manages .457 (32-70).
Brittney Griner etched her name in the Baylor record books when she produced the program's first triple-double on Dec. 16 against Oral Roberts. The 6-8 post poured in a career-high 34 points, blocked a career-high 11 shots and hauled down 13 rebounds in Baylor's 101-76 victory.
In that same game, Melissa Jones narrowly missed a triple-double, ending with 15 points, nine rebounds and nine steals.
BIG 12 HONORS
Brittney Griner received her second consecutive Big 12 Freshman of the Week honor for her performance for the week Dec. 14-21. Griner led Baylor in scoring, rebounding and blocks in its three victories. She averaged 26.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 9.0 blocks against Oral Roberts, Gonzaga and No. 14/13 Arizona State.
Griner also recorded the program's first triple-double with a career-high 34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks vs. ORU.
The 11 blocks set Big 12 and BU records for blocks in a game. Griner narrowly missed two more triple-doubles, coming up two blocks shy against both Gonzaga and Arizona State. She tallied 18 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks against Gonzaga and recorded 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks against the Sun Devils. For the week Griner shot 62.7 percent (32-51) from the floor and 71.4 percent (15-21) from the charity stripe and was named MVP of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
Griner's 77 blocks, 12 games into the season, places her No. 4 on Baylor's single-season block list. She needs 10 more blocks to break former Lady Bear Danielle Wilson's single-season record of 86.
MJ DOES IT ALL
Baylor junior guard Melissa Jones possesses the Lady Bears' most complete game. She's among the team leaders in virtually all statistical categories.
#1 - Steals (31), 3-pointer FG made (20), free throw percentage (.879), 3-point percentage (.435), minutes played (398/30.6 mpg)
#2 - Offensive rebounds (33), assists (43/3.3 apg)
#3 - Points (12.2), Rebounds (6.5/85), field goals made (55), free throws made (29)
become the program's single-season block leader.