Women's Hoops Opens Big 12 Play vs. Mizzou

Baylor [#1/1 (13-0)] vs. Missouri [NR/NR (10-1)]
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

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Date Wednesday, Jan. 4 | 7 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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Series Baylor leads, 14-5
In Waco Baylor leads, 8-1
At Columbia
Baylor leads, 4-3
Neutral Baylor leads, 2-1
10-2 vs. Missouri
Record 13-0
Ranking 1 (AP), 1 (Coaches)
Last Game W, 93-55 vs. Mississippi Valley
Head Coach Kim Mulkey
Career: 311-79 (12th season)
BU Record: same
Record 10-1
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game W, 66-48 vs. Sam Houston State
Head Coach Robin Pingeton
Career: 359-176 (17th season)
Missouri Record: 23-19 (2nd season)

The top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears open their 16th Big 12 Conference season with a school-record 31-game home win streak on the line and hoping to begin at 14-0 for the first time in program history when they host Missouri on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

The contest matches the league's top two scorers and shot blockers in Baylor's Brittney Griner and Missouri's Christine Flores. Griner leads the league in both categories with 22.2 points and 5.2 blocks per game while Flores follows with 21.9 points and 4.2 blocks an outing.

Baylor, 13-0, is led on the season by a trio of double-digit scorers. Griner, a junior post, leads the team with 22.2 points per game while sophomore guard Odyssey Sims manages 17.5 a contest and junior forward/post Brooklyn Pope contributes 10.6 a game. Junior forward/post Destiny Williams adds 9.5 an outing and Kimetria Hayden averages 9.0 a contest. Griner, Williams and Pope are the team's top rebounders at 10.6, 7.1 and 6.7 boards per game, respectively. Sims is also averaging 6.3 assists and 4.1 steals per contest.

The Missouri Tigers (10-1) hit the road for the first time since Nov. 16, after playing eight straight home games, when they travel to Waco. Missouri is off to its best start since the 2006-07 season when it opened at 12-1.

Two San Antonio, Texas, natives, Flores and BreAnna Brock, lead the team in both scoring and rebounding. Flores, a 6-3 senior forward, leads the team in scoring with 21.9 points and is second in rebounding at 8.4 a contest, while Brock, a 6-2 senior forward, ranks first in rebounding with 8.9 a game and second in scoring at 16.1 a contest.

The Tigers are coached by second-year head coach Robin Pingeton, a 1990 St. Ambrose graduate. Pingeton is 23-19 (.548) in her two seasons along the Missouri sideline and 359-176 (.671) in 17 seasons as a head coach.

Brittney Griner has registered a Big 12 record 460 career blocked shots.
Brittney Griner ranks No. 6 on BU's career scoring chart with 1,784 points and needs 20 to climb to No. 5.
• Baylor is the only school to have its women's basketball (No. 1), men's basketball (No. 4) and football (No. 15) teams ranked among the AP Top 25.
• The Lady Bears are 51-4 over their last 55 games.
• BU registered its first 13-0 start since 2000-01 and just the second such opening in school history. The Lady Bears began the 2000-01 season 13-0.
• Entering Wednesday's contest, Baylor is the only Division I school with both its men's (14-0) and women's (13-0) basketball teams sporting perfect records.
• Baylor has spent 16 weeks at No. 1 in The Associated Press Poll which ranks eighth all-time.
• For the second straight season Baylor is opening Big 12 Conference play ranked No. 1.
• Baylor is 8-7 all-time in Big 12 Conference season openers, including a 5-4 mark in home season openers.
• Baylor is one of just six undefeated teams among NCAA Division I programs (BU, Colorado, Green Bay, Maryland, Ohio State, Texas Tech).
• The Lady Bears sport a school-record 31-game home win streak, BU's last home loss came vs. Texas on March 7, 2009, 70-54.

Baylor is 8-7 all-time in Big 12 Conference season openers, including a 5-4 mark in home season openers.

The Lady Bears open league play at home for the second time in five years, just the third time in eight seasons and ninth time overall when they host Missouri on Wednesday.

Head coach Kim Mulkey is 7-4 in league season openers, including a 4-1 mark in home season openers.

Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 187 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006, an 82-63 Sweet 16 loss to eventual national champion Maryland.

In 2010-11, BU held 14 of its 37 opponents to below a .300 field goal percentage.

This season, BU has held its opponents, including four ranked foes, to a .302 field goal percentage.

Baylor ranks No. 5 in NCAA Division I statistics in field goal percentage defense (.302).

#T1 - Won-lost percentage (1.000)
#2 - Blocked shots (8.3)
#2 - Assists (20.2)
#2 - Scoring offense (85.3)
#3 - Scoring margin (32.9)
#3 - Field goal percentage (49.4)
#5 - Field goal percentage defense (30.2)
#6 - Assist/turnover ratio (1.33)
#6 - Rebound margin (15.2)

#1 - Blocks per game: Brittney Griner (5.2)
#3 - Field goal percentage: Brittney Griner (65.1)
#6 - Steals per game: Odyssey Sims (4.1)
#8 - Points per game: Brittney Griner (22.2)
#10 - Assists per game: Odyssey Sims (6.3)
#10 - Double-doubles: Brittney Griner (7.0)
#11 - Rebounds per game: Brittney Griner (10.6)
#16 - Assists/turnover ratio: Terran Condrey (2.47)



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