Jan. 2, 2007
WACO, Texas -
#9/#9 Baylor (13-1, 0-0) vs. Texas Tech (9-5, 0-0)
Wednesday, Jan. 3 - 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Ferrell Center - Waco, Texas
OVER THE AIRWAVES
TV: Texas Tech Network
Video: Live video stream at BaylorBears.com
Audio: Live audio stream at BaylorBears.com
Radio: KRZI/ESPN - 1660 AM - Waco
KVCE - 1160 AM - Dallas
Rick May, play-by-play
Lori Fogleman, color analyst
BAYLOR Lady Bears
IN THE POLLS
9 - Associated Press
9 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Angela Tisdale - Jr., G, 5-5 - 10.9 ppg, 4.3 apg
Jhasmin Player - So., G, 5-10 - 6.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg
Jessica Morrow - So., G, 6-2 - 9.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Rachel Allison - So., P, 6-1 - 7.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg
Bernice Mosby - Sr., P, 6-1 - 17.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg
TEXAS TECH Lady Raiders
IN THE POLLS
NR - Associated Press
NR - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Brooke Baughman - Sr., G, 5-10 - 7.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Chesley Dabbs - Sr., G, 6-0 - 8.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Alesha Robertson - Sr., F, 6-0 - 13.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg
Erin Myrick - Jr., F, 6-3 - 11.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg
Patrice Edwards - Sr., C, 6-6 - 4.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
THE LADY BEARS...
The Baylor Lady Bears, riding a 10-game win streak, begin Big 12 Conference play after playing its most challenging non-conference schedule in program history. Baylor played three teams ranked among the Associated Press' top 25 (No. 12 Purdue, No. 9 LSU, No. 22 BYU) and two others who are receiving votes (Hofstra, UCLA).
Just 14 games into the season, three players are averaging double-digit scoring but the Lady Bears have plenty of balance as six players average 7.7 or more points a game.
Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby leads the way with 17.9 a game while junior point guard Angela Tisdale scores 10.9 points and freshman post Danielle Wilson manages 10.6. Sophomore Jessica Morrow scores 9.6 an outing while freshman Latara Darrett tallied 9.0 and sophomore post Rachel Allison scores 7.7.
Mosby is averaging a team-leading 8.7 rebounds a game while Allison is the squad's second-leading rebounder with 6.9 a contest and is followed by Wilson's 6.5.
FORMER LADY BEAR HONORED IN PREGAME CEREMONIES...
Former Lady Bear standout Sheila Lambert will have her jersey retired in a ceremony prior to the Texas Tech contest. Despite playing only two seasons at Baylor (2000-02), Lambert ranks No. 1 on Baylor's career charts in assist average (6.3 apg), No. 3 in scoring average (20.9 ppg), No. 5 in assists (398), No. 7 in free throw percentage (.759) and No. 8 in free throws made (277).
Lambert, who scored 1,315 points in her two-year career, is one of only three all-time Lady Bears to be recognized as a Kodak All-American (2002) and the second in program history. She was also presented the 2002 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award - given to the nation's top player 5'8" or under.
Lambert, a native of Seattle, Wash., transferred to Baylor after two seasons at Grayson Community College (TX) where she played for former Lady Bear associate head coach Bill Brock, who now holds the same position at Texas Tech.
BAYLOR QUICK HITS...
- Baylor ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division I statistics in blocked shots at 8.36 a game.
- BU's opponents have averaged just 23.3 first-half points this season. The Lady Bears have held nine of their 14 opponents to 25 points or less in the first half. In fact, five opponents have been held to 20 or less (Hofstra, 18; UCF, 20; Southeast Missouri, 17; North Carolina A&T, 16; Prairie View A&M, 15).
- Baylor has shot an impressive .560 (191-341) in its last five games; .658 (50-76) against Sam Houston State, .621 (41-66) versus UA-Pine Bluff, .469 (30-64) at UCLA, .493 (36-73) against North Carolina A&T and .548 (34-62) versus Prairie View A&M.
- Freshman Latara Darrett has, in the last six games, hit 26-of-50 (.520) from the field including 13-for-25 (.520) from three-point range.
- Sophomore Rachel Allison recorded her first career double-double versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
- Danielle Wilson ranks No. 5 nationally in blocked shots (48) and is No. 4 on Baylor's single season top 10.
- Baylor is 134-12 (.918) under Mulkey when scoring 70 or more points, including 85-3 (.966) when putting 80 or more on the scoreboard. In 2006-07, the Lady Bears are 11-0 when scoring 70 or more points, 9-0 when topping the 80-point barrier.
- Baylor is 72-11 (.868) since the start of the 2004-05 season with eight of the 11 setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. Baylor's last six losses have come to ranked opponents.
BAYLOR IN BIG 12 GAMES...
The 2006-07 season marks the 11th year of competition for women's basketball in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor has a record of 92-68 all-time in regular season Big 12 games. However, in Kim Mulkey's six years, Baylor is 65-31 in Big 12 play and has never posted a losing conference record. In 2004-05 the Lady Bears claimed their first-ever Big 12 Conference championship, winning both the regular season and tournament titles.
2000-01 - 9-7
2001-02 - 12-4
2002-03 - 8-8
2003-04 - 10-6
2004-05 - 14-2
2005-06 - 12-4
BAYLOR IN BIG 12 SEASON OPENERS...
The Lady Bears will open the Big 12 Conference portion of their schedule at home for the eighth time. Baylor is 4-4 home in league openers. This marks the third time since the inception of the Big 12 that Baylor has opened league play with Texas Tech, all of which have been in Waco.
Baylor sports a 4-6 record all-told in Big 12 Conference openers.
ON JANUARY 3...
Today's game marks the 11th time the Lady Bears have played on Jan. 3. Baylor is 7-3 in games played on that date including 4-1 in games played in Waco. On Jan. 3, BU is 2-2 versus Big 12 Conference teams.
SCOUTING THE LADY RAIDERS...
Texas Tech, 9-5 on the season, is coming off a Saturday afternoon loss (72-61) at SMU. The Lady Raiders have posted victories over Texas-San Antonio (66-58), Houston (69-51), Texas State (82-63), Denver (67-53), UCLA (75-60), Tulane (77-50), Texas-Arlington (64-49), Oral Roberts (79-67) and Furman (63-44). Their losses, all of which have come on the road, have come against Hawaii (57-54), Fresno State (74-65), Stanford (73-49), Arizona State (61-45) and SMU.
Head coach Kristy Curry is in her first season at Texas Tech after a highly successful head coaching stint at Purdue. Curry posted a 179-51 record in six seasons at Purdue. She is 188-56 in seven season as a head coach.
Curry and Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey were both assistant coaches at Louisiana Tech at the same time, Mulkey served there from 1985-2000 while Curry was there for three seasons (1996-99).
Texas Tech is led in scoring by 5-10 sophomore forward Alesha Robertson's 13.4 points and 8.9 rebounds. Junior forward (6-3) Erin Myrick ranks second in scoring and rebounding at 11.1 points and 8.6 boards an outing. Freshman guard Jordan Murphree is just under the double digit scoring mark at 9.6 a contest.
Texas Tech holds a 46-16 series lead over Baylor. However, the Lady Bears have won five of the last six contests. In her six seasons at Baylor, Coach Mulkey has posted an 8-7 record versus the Lady Raiders.
The two teams split last season, each winning at home. The Lady Raiders posted a 64-62 win in Lubbock while Baylor won in Waco, 73-60.
Baylor is 6-20 versus Texas Tech in games played in Waco.
BU PLAYERS VERSUS BIG 12 TEAMS...
With 11 players on their roster and six of them being newcomers, only five current Lady Bears have played against Big 12 opponents.
Angela Tisdale has played in five games against the Lady Raiders and LaToya Wyatt has seen action in four contests. The other three players, sophomores Jessica Morrow, Rachel Allison and Jhasmin Player, have each played against the Lady Raiders twice.
Last season Allison averaged 12.0 points against Texas Tech while Morrow managed 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds. Tisdale, in five games, averaged 5.0 points and doled out 15 assists.
FORMER BU COACH RETURNS TO FAMILIAR TERRITORY...
Former Lady Bear associate head coach Bill Brock will be making his first visit to the Ferrell Center after leaving Waco to take the associate head coaching position at Texas Tech under first-year Lady Raider head coach Kristy Curry.
If the Lady Bears continue their current pace blocking shots, they could break the record for blocks in a season that the 2002-03 squad set in 35 games with 204. At this point of the 2002-03 season the Lady Bears had blocked 106 shots, while the current Baylor squad has blocked 117 so far.
Freshman Danielle Wilson (48) and senior Bernice Mosby (19) have combined to account for 67 of this year's rejections while freshman Jessika Bradley has blocked 16. In fact, Wilson set a record for blocked shots by a Baylor freshman. She blocked five against North Carolina A&T to raise her total to 44 breaking former Lady Bear Sophia Young's top mark of 43, set during her rookie season in 2002-03. Wilson now has 48 blocks in her rookie season.
Wilson continues to dominate the Big 12 Conference statistics in blocked shots with 48. Her nearest competitor is Oklahoma's Courtney Paris with 32.
TISDALE IN CAREER TOP 10...
Junior point guard Angela Tisdale now ranks among Baylor's top 10 in career assists and 3-pointers made. She sits at No. 8 in assists with 321 and needs 23 to tie Nicole Collins (1998-2002) at the No. 7 spot. Against Prairie View A&M, she drained her 69th career trey to bump Toya Ellis (1995-99) out of the top 10. One more make will move her into a tie at No. 9 with Mitzi Williams (1990-92).