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BAYLOR12-1, 2-0 Big 12
Ranking: 6 - AP, 6 - Coaches
Last Game: Dec. 31, 2017 win vs. Texas Tech, 97-49
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 518-96 (18th season)
BU Record: 518-96 (18th season)
Iowa State7-6, 1-1 Big 12
Ranking: NR - AP, NR - Coaches
Last Game: Dec. 31, 2017 loss vs. Oklahoma, 74-69
Head Coach: Bill Fennelly
Career Record: 631-290 (28th Season)
ISU Record: 465-237 (22nd Season)
By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation
On the surface, it would be easy to look at Wednesday's 7 p.m. matchup between sixth-ranked Baylor and Iowa State as the Lady Bears' inside attack versus the Cyclones' long-distance bombers.
But, not so fast.
Iowa State (7-6, 1-1) has taken a Big 12-high 329 treys in 13 games and is tied for 24th nationally with 9.1 made 3-pointers per game. And yes, the Lady Bears (12-1, 2-0) are led by the inside duo of 6-7 junior Kalani Brown (22.2 ppg, 8.9 rebounds) and 6-4 sophomore Lauren Cox (15.5 ppg, 9.3 rebounds).
"When you first look at them, obviously, that's where it's got to start," Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said. "In the women's game, when you see the size they have, that jumps off the page. They might be bigger than our men's team."
What makes Baylor so difficult to defend, though, is the Lady Bears also have a number of outside threats. Senior Kristy Wallace (11.7 ppg, 5.3 assists) and sophomore guards Natalie Chou (9.2 ppg) and Juicy Landrum (6.2 ppg) rank in the top 10 in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage, with Baylor leading the league and ranked second nationally with a 41.9 percentage from outside the arc.
In the 88-58 win over Kansas State in last week's conference opener on the road, the Lady Bears were 5-of-10 from 3-point range.
"As you saw tonight, this team can shoot the basketball," coach Kim Mulkey said. "I tell people all the time, we don't have to shoot 30 and 30 3's to be a very good team, but we can shoot the 3, and you saw that tonight."
Fennelly says Wallace, who celebrates her 22nd birthday on Wednesday, fits the mold of the selfless point guards that have kept Baylor among the top teams in the country over the last 18 years.
"Kristy Wallace is as good a guard as anyone in the country," Fennelly said. "Kristy completely understands how Kim wants to play. Whether it's Odyssey Sims or Niya Johnson or now it's Kristy Wallace, they always have a guard that does exactly what they need. They share the ball, they're not worried about scoring, they're just worried about winning. . . . . Usually, they're willing to take a personal back seat to the team's success. That's a credit to them individually and the way the program's run."
Iowa State has a string of 14 consecutive years hitting at least 200 3-pointers, and the Cyclones are well on their way to reaching that number again with 118 so far this season. Seven players in their eight-player rotation have hit at least four treys, led by junior Bridget Carleton and sophomore Adriana Camber with 27 apiece.
The 6-1 Carleton, a returning All-Big 12 pick, is the only Power-5 player in the nation averaging at least 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game. A member of the Canadian National Team this summer, she is averaging 19.2 points, 7.2 boards and 4.1 assists, as well as 2.3 steals and 1.1 blocks.
"I know they've got Carleton back," said Mulkey, who didn't get a chance to scout the Cyclones when they were in the Bahamas together over the Thanksgiving Day break since they were in separate brackets. "You know (Fennelly) is going to throw every freak defense at you imaginable. And you know they're going to shoot 3's. I can't tell you if this is a better team, I just know that man can coach."
While Baylor has won its first two conference games by a combined 78 points, Iowa State beat Kansas in overtime (71-69) before losing a down-to-the-wire game against Oklahoma (74-69).
"When you play a team like this, the No. 1 thing is you've got to get the fear factor out of it," Fennelly said. "Most teams lose the game before they even get on the airplane. And in the past, that's what Baylor has done to you. They take their will away before they even take the game away from you."
Wednesday's game is available on Fox Sports Southwest Plus, with Voice of the Bears John Morris and former Baylor men's basketball coach Jim Haller calling the action.
HOME STAND CONTINUES
The No. 6/6 Baylor Lady Bears (12-1, 2-0) continue Big 12 Conference play at home on Wednesday, Jan. 3, as they take on the Iowa State Cyclones (7-6, 1-1) at 7 p.m. (CT) inside the Ferrell Center.
Wednesday's game will be available on Fox Sports Southwest Plus with John Morris (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) calling the action. Fans can also tune in to Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (analyst) broadcast the game on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and 1660AM and 99.1FM in Waco.
WHAT'S IN A WIN
The Lady Bears would extend its win streak to 10 games.
Baylor would have a 3-0 start in Big 12 Conference play for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.
The Lady Bears would have at least 13 wins in their first 14 games for the 13th year in a row, and the 15th time under the direction of 18th-year head coach Kim Mulkey.
Baylor would be on a 14-game win streak against the Cyclones in Waco and on a five-game series win streak overall.
Baylor leads the nation in field goal percentage defense (31.0), is second in defensive rebounds per game (34), eighth in blocked shots per game (6.6), 10th in blocked shots (86) and 16th in scoring defense (55.0) through 13 games this season.
The Lady Bears have held all 13 opponents at or below their scoring average as well. The only team to match its scoring average was Coppin State, which scored 54 points in its season-opener against Baylor to match its 2016-17 scoring average.
The Baylor defense has kept six teams 20 points or more below their scoring average this year, including Central Arkansas (held to 55 points, averaged 79.0), No. 8/9 UCLA (held to 82 points, averaged 102.5), North Dakota State (held to 43 points, averaged 67.0), McNeese State (held to 34, averaged half of that at 68.0), Nicholls State (held to 43, averaged 69.1) and Texas Tech (held to 49, averaged 71.0).
Baylor leads Iowa State, 24-7, in the all-time series.
The Lady Bears are on a 13-game win streak against the Cyclones in Waco, and haven't dropped a game to Iowa State since the first matchup of the all-time series, 88-43, on Feb. 5, 1997, in Waco.
Baylor has won 13 of the last 14 contests played in the series.
Iowa State's last win came on Feb. 28, 2015, 76-71, in Ames, Iowa.
WATCHING THE CYCLONES
Iowa State enters the midweek clash with a 7-6 record overall and a 1-1 mark in Big 12 action. The Cyclones defeated Kansas, 71-69, in overtime, before falling to Oklahoma, 74-69.
Junior Bridget Carleton, a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team honoree in 2017, leads the team in scoring (19.2) and is tied for the team lead in rebounding (7.2).
As a team, Iowa State averages 71.8 points, 39.5 rebounds, 14.5 assists, 6.3 steals and 5.8 blocks per game.
The roster, comprised of four freshmen, two sophomores, four juniors and two seniors, is led by 22nd-year head coach Bill Fennelly.
BIG 12 HISTORY
Baylor women's basketball has won a league-leading 16 Big 12 Conference titles, eight regular season and eight tournament championships.
The Lady Bears claimed their seventh regular season conference championship in a row, finishing 17-1 last season. The lone loss came at home to Texas, 85-79.
Baylor advanced to the Big 12 Championship game for the seventh consecutive season and the 11th time in program history last year with a semifinal victory over Kansas State, 88-71.
The Lady Bears have won six of the last seven Big 12 Championship titles, falling to West Virginia last year to end their streak, 77-66.
MILESTONE ON THE HORIZON
With 978 points, senior guard Kristy Wallace is 22 points away from reaching the 1,000-career points mark. Averaging 10.7 points per game so far this year, she is on track to join the club in the next two games. Only 34 players have scored more than 1,000 points in their Baylor careers, most recently junior Kalani Brown.
OWNING THE GLASS
Baylor has outrebounded all 13 of its opponents this season, boasting a rebounding margin of +19.2, which leads the nation.
In the last two seasons, the Lady Bears have outrebounded 48 of their last 50 opponents.
The last time an opponent outrebounded Baylor was on Feb. 6, 2017, when Texas edged the Lady Bears, 38-37, on the glass.
On Jan. 11, 2017, TCU matched Baylor's rebounding efforts as each team registered 38 boards.
Sophomore Lauren Cox, a 6-4 forward, and junior Kalani Brown, a 6-7 center, were called `Double Trouble' by Hall of Famer and Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer and analyst LaChina Robinson posed the question, `are they the best 4/5 combination in women's basketball this year?, following Baylor's win over the No. 16/14 Cardinal.
The duo accounts for 39.6 percent of the Lady Bears' offensive output this season, netting 474 of the team's 1,196 points this season.
The pair has also recorded 34.9 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts, pulling down 227 of the squad's 650 rebounds this year.
Against ranked opponents, Brown averages 24.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, while shooting 76.9 percent from the floor.
Cox, who missed Baylor's game at No. 8/7 UCLA, averages a double-double (14.0 points, 12.0 rebounds) against two ranked opponents faced this season. She also averages 2.0 blocks and 4.5 assists, while shooting 43.3 percent from the floor against Top 25 foes.
`Double Trouble' is responsible for 42.7 percent of Baylor's scoring and 28.9 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts against its three ranked opponents.
Through two conference games, the duo has accounted for 45.4 percent of the Lady Bears' offensive output and 38.9 percent of the rebounding effort.
Cox and Brown were named to Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and Preseason All-Big 12 teams, respectively. Brown was tabbed Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year.
RECORD BY STARTING LINEUP
With guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Dekeiya Cohen, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown starting, Baylor is 10-0.
With guard Alexis Morris, guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown, Baylor is 1-0.
With guard Kristy Wallace, guard Moon Ursin, guard Natalie Chou, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown, Baylor is 1-0.
With guard Alexis Morris, guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Dekeiya Cohen and center Kalani Brown starting, Baylor is 0-1.
CALL FROM THE HALL
For the second year in a row, 18th-year head coach Kim Mulkey is in consideration for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach.
She is the only female on the Women's Committee list of 15 as both a player and coach for the Class of 2018.
The only basketball coach to win national championships as a head coach, assistant coach and player, Mulkey has compiled a 518-96 (.844) record at Baylor.
Mulkey is No. 2 nationally among the winningest active Division I coaches and No. 3 all-time in winning percentage, surpassing the late Hall of Fame coach and her mentor Pat Summitt. She also owns the top win total in the Big 12 Conference.
Mulkey, a five-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, has led Baylor to national championships in 2005 and 2012 and a Big 12 Conference record 16 league titles, including the last seven regular season and six of the last seven tournament championships.
The Lady Bears, who have made 16 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, have advanced to the Elite Eight in each of the last four seasons.
In her collegiate career, Mulkey led Louisiana Tech to a 130-6 record, two national titles and four Final Fours from 1980-84. The two-time Academic All-American graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech with a business degree.
The All-American won gold medals with the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and the 1983 Pan American Games team.
Mulkey led Hammond High School to four consecutive state championships, a 136-5 record and finished her career with a then-national record 4,075 points. She earned all-district, all-state and All-America accolades all four years, while also graduating as valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Mulkey was the lone female named to the Louisiana Sports Writers top 25 athletes of the 20th century and listed by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 50 sports figures of Louisiana in the 20th century.
Mulkey has been inducted to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, National High School Hall of Fame, Louisiana High School Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.
She was named consensus National Coach of the Year in 2012 (WBCA, Naismith, Associated Press and USBWA) and USBWA National Coach of the Year in 2011.
Through 13 games, six of nine available Lady Bears have registered at least one double-double.
Junior Kalani Brown leads the way with six double-doubles, which ranks second in the Big 12, and has a tallied 18 in her career.
Sophomore Lauren Cox has recorded four this season, including one against No. 16/14 Stanford (15 points, 15 rebounds), to bring her career total to five.
Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen recorded the first double-doubles of her career this season, one against Missouri State (10 points, 10 rebounds) and another against Texas Tech (12 points, 11 rebounds).
Senior guard Kristy Wallace posted her second career double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) against No. 16/14 Stanford.
Sophomore guard Natalie Chou recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against North Dakota on Dec. 5 in just 25 minutes played.
Freshman guard Didi Richards registered the first double-double of her career against McNeese State on Dec. 13 with a career-high 11 points and career-high 12 rebounds in a career-high 25 minutes played.
CLIMBING THE CAREER SCORING LADDER
Junior Kalani Brown surpassed the 1,000-career point mark with 33 points at No. 8/7 UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Slidell, La., native is the 34th player to score 1,000-plus points for Baylor women's basketball and the first to do so since Khadijiah Cave, who graduated last spring and is playing professionally overseas, on March 4, 2017, in the Big 12 Championship opening round win over Texas Tech.
Through 88 career games, Brown has scored 1,209 points, which ranks 23rd all-time at Baylor. She is 50 points from surpassing Bonnie Henson (1985-89), who ranks 22nd with 1,258 career points.
BIG 12 STAT LEADERS
The Lady Bears stand at the top of several team and individual statistical categories heading into the Big 12 Conference season.
As a team, Baylor leads the way in 15 categories, including scoring offense (92.0), scoring defense (55.0), scoring margin (+37.0), field goal percentage (.528), field goal percentage defense (.310), three-point field goal percentage (.419), rebounding offense (49.9), rebounding defense (30.8), rebounding margin (+19.2), blocked shots (6.5), assists (23.3), assist to turnover ratio (1.8), defensive rebounds (34.2), defensive rebounding percentage (.752) and offensive rebounding percentage (.446).
Junior All-American center Kalani Brown is leading the conference individually in field goal percentage (.736) and scoring (22.2). She is also fourth in rebounding (8.9) and defensive rebounds (6.2) and fifth in offensive rebounds (2.8).
Sophomore forward Lauren Cox leads the Big 12 in defensive rebounds (6.5) and is second in rebounding (9.3) and blocked shots (2.6), fifth in assist to turnover ratio (2.3) and sixth in offensive rebounds (2.8).
Sophomore guard Juicy Landrum paces the league in three-point field goal percentage (.529), netting 18 of her 34 attempts in 13 games played.
Senior guard Kristy Wallace is second in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (2.8) and fourth in assists (5.3) and three-point field goal percentage (.447).
Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen is second in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds (3.3) and eighth in rebounding overall (7.5).
NATIONAL AWARDS RUNDOWN
Junior Kalani Brown is in consideration for three national player of the year awards and the nation's top center award.
The 6-7 center has been named to the 2018 Citizen Player of the Year Watch List (national player of the year), 2018 Wade Trophy Watch List (national player of the year), 2018 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 (national player of the year) and the 2018 Lisa Leslie Award Watch List (nation's top center).
A WBCA All-American and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American in 2017, Brown was tabbed Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and named to the Preseason All-Big 12 First Team.
Brown, who has recorded a team-high six double-doubles, leads the nation in field goal percentage (73.6) and is ninth in points per game (22.2) and field goals made (117). She averages just under a double-double, leading Baylor in points per game and field goal percentage, and is second in rebounds per game (8.9).
Sophomore Lauren Cox is in consideration for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award (nation's top power forward), presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the WBCA.
Cox, who has recorded four double-doubles, is averaging 15.5 points, a team-high 9.3 rebounds and a team-high 2.6 blocks per contest.
The 2017 Six Man Award recipient and Big 12 All Freshman Team honoree is shooting 52.7 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from three-point range.
HOME SWEET HOME
Baylor has won 66 of its last 67 games played inside the Ferrell Center, including 10 in a row.
Baylor has won 184 consecutive home games vs. non-ranked opponents, dating back to an April 4, 2003, homecourt loss to Auburn in the WNIT finals. BU is 221-4 (.982) in non-league home games under Kim Mulkey.
Before its defeat by No. 11/13 Texas, 85-79, on Feb. 6, 2017, Baylor owned a 54-game home win streak overall dating back to March 2, 2014, when it lost to 11th-ranked West Virginia, 71-70.
A CHALLENGING SLATE
Baylor will face nine programs this season, Central Arkansas, UCLA, Kentucky, Stanford, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia, that made the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17.
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Against Lamar on Nov. 10, junior All-American Kalani Brown recorded the program's first 20-point, 20-rebound performance since March 26, 2013, when WNBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner registered 33 points and 22 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Brown accomplished the feat with 26 points (11-16 FG, 4-5 FT) and 21 rebounds (5 offensive, 16 defensive) in 32 minutes played.
THE MULKEY FILE
In her 18th season, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 518-96 (.844) record which ranks No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind Connecticut's Geno Auriemma (.881).
Kim Mulkey's 36 seasons as a player and coach have resulted in 36 postseason trips, including 35 to NCAA/AIAW Tournaments.
In 600 of 614 games under Mulkey, the Lady Bears have held their opponent at or below 50 percent field goal shooting with only six of those efforts coming in the last 14 years.
Mulkey has accounted for 56.8 percent (518) of the program's 912 all-time victories.
BIG 12 PRESEASON AWARDS
For the eighth time in program history and the third year in a row, league coaches selected a Baylor women's basketball player Preseason Player of the Year, junior All-American center Kalani Brown.
Brown earned WBCA All-American and Associated Press honorable mention All-American accolades in addition to being named unanimously to the All-Big 12 first team in 2017.
The Slidell, La., native led Baylor in scoring (15.4), rebounding (8.2), shot blocking (2.0) and field goal percentage (.679), despite averaging just 21.4 minutes per game last season.
Sophomore forward Lauren Cox and senior guard Kristy Wallace were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention team.
Cox, the reigning Big 12 Sixth Man Award winner, was named to the All-Freshman team after averaging 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game last year.
Wallace, who started every game for the Lady Bears last season, led the team in assists (208) and was second in the Big 12 in assists (5.6) and steals (1.3).
The Lady Bears have made 12 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 16 overall. Those appearances have resulted in two national championships (2005, 2012), three Final Fours (2005, 2010, 2012), eight Elite Eights and 12 Sweet Sixteens.
Baylor has won seven consecutive Big 12 regular season and six of the last seven tournament titles. Overall the program has won eight regular season and eight tournament conference championships, most among all Big 12 programs.
Baylor is 253-21 (.923) over the past eight seasons, 34-3 in 2010-11, 40-0 in 2011-12, 34-2 in 2012-13, 32-5 in 2013-14, 33-4 in 2014-15, 36-2 in 2015-16, 33-4 in 2016-17, and 12-1 in 2017-18.
In that same span, BU is 138-8 (.945) in Big 12 play -- 120-7 (.945) in the regular season and 20-1 in Big 12 Tournament play.
222 of Baylor's 253 wins since 2010-11 have been by 10 or more points, and only 14 times in that span has its winning margin been five or fewer points (most recently three, 70-67, at No. 6/8 Texas, Feb. 20, 2017).
In Baylor's last 415 games, only three opponents (Texas, .516; Stanford, .509; West Virginia, .500) have shot 50 percent or above.
Baylor's current string of holding its opponent to .500 or less from the field is 24 games.
BU's string is 103-straight games holding its foe to .500 or below from the field was halted by No. 11/13 Texas, which shot .516 for a win on Feb. 6, 2017.
In the 2012-13 season, the Cardinal broke BU's 217-game streak of holding an opponent to 50 percent or less shooting from the floor.
MULKEY SIGNS TOP RECRUITING CLASS
The Lady Bear 2018 class, comprised of forward Caitlin Bickle (Cave Creek, Ariz.), forward Aquira DeCosta (Sacramento, Calif.), forward Queen Egbo (Houston, Texas), guard Honesty Scott-Grayson (Brick, N.J.) and forward NaLyssa Smith (Converse, Texas), is ranked No. 1 nationally by ESPN Hoopgurlz and Prospects Nation.
Each player owns a five-star rating and is ranked in the Top 30 overall by ESPN Hoopgurlz, solidifying Baylor's most talented class to date. The only other consensus top-ranked class in program history came in 2008-09, when Brittney Griner (No. 1 by ESPN Hoopgurlz), Mariah Chandler (No. 16), Jordan Madden (No. 58), Shanay Washington (No. 64) and Kimetria Hayden (unranked) signed NLIs.