|Baylor vs. Oklahoma State
Jan. 6, 2013 | 4:35 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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Baylor Welcomes Oklahoma State to Ferrell Center...
The defending national champion and second-ranked Baylor Lady Bears (11-1, 0-1) put their 23-game Big 12 regular season win streak on the line when they host the 13th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls on Sunday, Jan. 6.
The contest will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Network (FSN) with Bob Licht calling the action and Brenda VanLengen handling color analyst duties, tip time is 4:35 p.m. Baylor, led by 2012 National Coach of the Year Kim Mulkey, is 11-1 on the season after posting a 74-35 road win over TCU, and has won 85 of its last 89 games since the start of the 2010-11 season.
OSU, under the direction of second-year head coach Jim Littell, is 11-1 on the season and 0-1 in league play after suffering its first defeat of the season, a 64-59 loss to Texas Tech in Stillwater. The Cowgirls are led by senior forward Toni Young’s 18.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest while Liz Donohoe, a sophomore forward, averages 16.8 points and junior guard Tiffany Bias manages 13.8 a contest.
- Preseason National Player of the Year Brittney Griner, a 6-8 senior post, leads BU in scoring and rebounding with 20.5 points and 7.8 boards per game. Griner currently has 2,671 career points, 1,060 career rebounds and 631 blocks to her credit.
- Junior point guard Odyssey Sims averages 13.3 points an outing while shooting .507 from the floor. She dishes out a team-leading 5.9 assists per game and is a perfect 26-of-26 from the free throw line.
- Senior guard Jordan Madden leads the squad in assists (47) and minutes played (311) while averaging 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds a contest. In addition, she is shooting .584 from the floor.
- Brooklyn Pope, enjoying her finest season as a Lady Bear, averages 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds a contest, including 13.4 ppg over the last seven contests. Pope hauled down a career-high 16 rebounds vs. 10th-ranked Tennessee, producing her first double-double of the season (11 pts/16 reb).
- For approximately 25-30 minutes following Sunday’s game, the Lady Bears will be courtside to sign autographs.
- Free team photo cards will be provided.
- Only one autographed item per person will be permitted.
Baylor Owns Nation’s Longest Win Streak
- Baylor has won a nation’s-best 46 straight home contests, its last home loss was on March 7, 2010, vs. Texas, 70-54.
- UConn snapped Stanford’s 82-game home win streak on Saturday, Dec. 29.
As the Big 12 Begins its 17th Year, Did You Know?
- Baylor, with its 23 straight regular season league wins, is one win shy of the Big 12 record for consecutive regular season conference victories set by Oklahoma with 24 straight wins from March 3, 2005 until Jan. 27, 2007.
- Baylor is one of three teams to post a perfect league record: Baylor - 18-0 (2012); Nebraska - 16-0 (2010); Oklahoma - 16-0 (2006).
- Baylor has won the most regular season Big 12 games and owns the league’s best regular season winning percentage:
Baylor - 170-89, .656 winning percentage
Oklahoma - 169-90, .653 winning percentage
- Baylor has won the most Big 12 Tournament games and owns the league’s best winning percentage:
Baylor - 23-12 (.657)
Oklahoma - 22-12 (.647)
- Baylor is 34-1 in regular season Big 12 games over the past two seasons with 23-straight wins since a 56-45 loss at Texas Tech, Feb. 18, 2011.
- Baylor and Oklahoma share the lead in Big 12 Tournament championships with four each.
Big 12 Action...
- Baylor is a league-best 170-89 (.657) in 17 seasons of Big 12 Conference regular season play.
- Kim Mulkey is 143-52 (.733) in regular-season league play, including 124-50 (.713) vs. current Big 12 teams. Baylor was 27-37 in league play prior to Mulkey’s arrival.
Leading the Big 12...
- As a team, Baylor leads the Big 12 in three categories; field goal percentage (.517), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.238) and assist/turnover ratio (1.5).
- Individually, Brittney Griner ranks No. 1 statistically in scoring (20.5) and field goal percentage (.613).
- Four Lady Bears rank among the league’s top-10 in field goal percentage; No. 1 - Griner (.613), No. 2 - Brooklyn Pope (.607), No. 5 - Jordan Madden (.584) and No. 10 - Destiny Williams (.542).
Nearing 350 Wins...
- Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey needs one more victory to attain the 350-win mark.
- As a comparison, it took Geno Auriemma (UConn) 14 seasons to attain the milestone, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer needed 16 seasons to reach 350 and the legendary Pat Summitt needed 14 years to attain the mark.
Mulkey vs. Ranked Opponents...
- In head coach Kim Mulkey’s 13 seasons, Baylor is 91-58 (.601) against ranked opponents. Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 72-33 (.686) versus ranked opponents, including 13-0 last season and 3-1 this season.
- Mulkey is 32-28 (.533) vs. Top-10 foes.
Sims Sets Free Throw Mark...
- Junior guard Odyssey Sims, with 37 straight free throws made, has broken Jessika Stratton’s (2003-04) mark of 32.
- Sims finished 2011-12 with 11 straight makes from the charity stripe and is 26-of-26 from the free throw line this season.
Series Record vs. OSU...
- BU leads the series 26-10 and has won five straight and eight of the last nine games.
- OSU’s last victory over BU came on Jan. 9, 2010, in Stillwater, 78-65.
- The Lady Bears lead the series in Waco, 16-2, and have won four straight.
- The Cowgirls’ last win in Waco came on March 6, 2008, 72-68.