Jan. 8, 2008
WACO, Texas -
#8/9 Baylor (12-1, 0-0) vs. Texas Tech (12-2, 0-0)
Wednesday, Jan. 9 - 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050) - Lubbock, Texas
OVER THE AIRWAVES
Audio: Live audio stream at BaylorBears.com
Radio: KRZI/ESPN - 1660 AM - Waco
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Rick May, play-by-play
Lori Fogleman, color analyst
BAYLOR AND TEXAS TECH
Baylor and Texas Tech both open Big 12 play when the two teams meet in the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.
Baylor is 12-1 on the season, including a 10-0 Ferrell Center record and a 2-1 road mark, while Texas Tech is 12-2 on the season which includes an 8-1 record in the United Spirit Arena.
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
IN THE POLLS
8 - Associated Press
9 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
G-20 Angela Tisdale - Sr., 5-7 - 14.9 ppg, 2.7 apg
G-15 Jhasmin Player - Jr., 5-10 - 12.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg
G-3 Jessica Morrow - Jr., 6-0 - 11.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg
P-14 Rachel Allison - Jr., 6-1 - 14.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg
P-3 Jessika Bradley - So., 6-3 - 6.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS
IN THE POLLS
RV - Associated Press
RV - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
G-2 Keisha Walker - Jr., 5-9 - 6.9 ppg, 3.3 apg
G-3 Maria Moore - Jr., 5-5 - 8.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg
G-13 Jordan Murphree - So., 6-0 - 10.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg
F-41 Dominic Seals - Jr., F, 6-2 - 13.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg
C-34 Erin Myrick - Sr., C, 6-3 - 12.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg
LADY BEAR LEADERS
With 13 games under their belt, the Lady Bears boast all five regular starters averaging double-digit scoring. Leading the way is the squad's lone senior, point guard Angela Tisdale, with 14.9 a contest, while Rachel Allison, a junior forward/post, manages 14.0 a game. Junior guard Jhasmin Player follows with 12.8 a contest and sophomore post Danielle Wilson manages 12.6 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds an outing. Junior guard/forward Jessica Morrow scores 11.0.
In addition to Wilson, four other players haul down 5.0 or more rebounds an outing, Allison ranks behind Wilson at 7.8 a game while Player averages 6.0, sophomore post Jessika Bradley snags 5.2 and freshman Melissa Jones manages 5.0.
Over the past three contests, Allison has averaged 22.7 points and 10.3 rebounds a game, tallying 17 points and 10 rebounds against Rice, a career-high 28 points versus North Carolina A&T and 23 points and a season-high 13 rebounds against Texas State.
HEAD COACH Kim Mulkey
When Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Kim Mulkey accepted the position of women's basketball head coach at Baylor University, few could have predicted the dramatic and prestigious turn the program was about to take. In just seven years at Baylor, the former All-American and Olympic gold medalist has guided the Lady Bear basketball program to the pinnacle of women's basketball, the 2005 NCAA national championship, six NCAA Tournament appearances and seven 20-win seasons.
The 2005 national title was Baylor's first for a women's team sport and is the only basketball national title, men's or women's, in the Big 12 Conference's 11-year history.
In winning the 2005 title, Mulkey became the first person, man or woman, to win a basketball national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
En route to the NCAA championship, the Lady Bears won their first Big 12 Conference championship and were the league's tournament champion as well.
Mulkey has produced amazing results since taking over the reins of the program on April 4, 2000, averaging 26.1 wins a season. In her eight years at the program's helm, she has posted an impressive 195-54 (.783) record which ranks her No. 7 nationally in winning percentage.
Since taking over a squad that was just 7-20 the season prior to her arrival, Mulkey has guided the Lady Bears to seven postseason appearances, including six NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the WNIT finals. Mulkey's autobiography, "Won't Back Down," hit bookstores on Nov. 1, 2007.
Rachel Allison NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rachel Allison (Baylor) was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week while Brittany Spears (Colorado) was chosen Rookie of the Week by a media voting panel for games of Jan 2-6. Both received the award for the first time.
Allison led Baylor in scoring and rebounding in both of its victories over North Carolina A&T and Texas State this past week. The 6-1 junior post averaged 25.5 points and 10.5 rebounds a contest. Additionally, she shot .654 (17-26) from the floor, 1.000 (2-2) from 3-point range and .750 (15-20) from the free throw line. Allison also tallied three blocks, two steals and three assists. The Jonesboro, Ark., native tallied a career-high 28 points against North Carolina A&T and produced a double-double, her third of the season, with 23 points and a season-high 13 rebounds against Texas State. For the week she raised her scoring average from 11.9 a game to 14.0 and added 0.8 a game to her rebounding average which now stands at 7.8.
Allison becomes the second Baylor player to receive player of the week honors this season, sophomore post Danielle Wilson earned the distinction on Dec. 28.
BAYLOR QUICK HITS
- Baylor ranks in the top 10 in NCAA Division I statistics in eight categories as of games through Jan. 6: No. 2 in both blocked shots (7.3) and field goal percentage defense (32.3), No. 3 in field goal percentage (.492), No. 4 in both scoring margin (+28.3) and rebounding margin (13.5), No. 7 in both scoring defense (51.3) and won-lost percentage (93.2) and No. 9 in scoring offense (80.1).
- Jessika Bradley will celebrate her 20th birthday on Jan. 10, the day after the Baylor-Texas Tech game.
- Danielle Wilson's 3.33 blocks per game rank her No. 7 nationally.
- Baylor's 80 percent field goal percentage (20-of-25) in the first half against N.C. A&T was the best percentage in a half since the Lady Bears shot 82.1 percent (23-of-28) in the second half against Texas Tech on Feb. 9, 2000 in Waco.
- Baylor is the only team in the Big 12 (as of Jan. 5) to have five players ranked among the league's top-30 in scoring average (Tisdale, Allison, Player, Wilson, Morrow).
- BU owns the top game high mark in the league in six categories this season: FG % (.604), FT made - (42), FT attempts (58), rebounds (58), blocked shots (15), turnovers (30).
- The Lady Bears have shot 44.3 percent or higher in 11 of 13 games this season and have posted a 52.6 percent or higher mark in five games.
- Baylor has shot 50 percent or higher from 3-point range in five games.
- BU is 97-19 (.836) since the start of the 2004-05 season with 16 of the 19 setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. Baylor's last 14 losses have come to ranked opponents.
- Baylor is 153-13 (.922) under Coach Mulkey when scoring 70 or more points, including 95-3 (.969) when putting 80 or more on the scoreboard.
- Baylor is 10-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points, 8-0 when putting 80-plus on the scoreboard.
- Bernice Mosby, who left school early in 2007 to play for the WNBA, received her Baylor degree on Dec. 15. Baylor boasts a 100% graduation rate by Lady Bears who have completed their athletic eligibility at BU since Coach Mulkey's arrival.
- Danielle Wilson has blocked at least one shot in 42 of 46 career games, including 4 or more 15 times and 3 or more on 20 occasions. Wilson's wing span is 82.25 inches, only 5 inches less than Mamadou Diene, the 7-foot center on the Baylor men's team.
- Wilson narrowly missed a triple-double when Baylor defeated Oregon. She hauled down 10 rebounds, rejected a school-record nine shots and scored nine points.
- Angela Tisdale has been named by the WNBA Player Personnel Department one of the 2008 WNBA Draft's top 20 prospects.
- Tisdale has 421 career assists and needs just 37 to claim the top spot on BU's career chart from Chelsea Whitaker (457, 2002-05).
- Jhasmin Players' 13-of-13 effort from the free throw line against Saint Mary's and Danielle Wilson's nine blocks against Oregon both rank No. 1 in the Big 12.
- The trip of Danielle Wilson (40), Jessika Bradley (19) and Jessica Morrow have combined for 76 of the team's 95 season blocks.
- On the season, Baylor has outscored its opponents by an average of 28.3 points a game and hauled down 13.5 more rebounds a contest.
- Baylor led NCAA Division I last season in blocks per game with 7.2. So far this season the Lady Bears are averaging 7.2 a contest and rank No. 2 nationally.
BAYLOR IN BIG 12 SEASON OPENERS
The Lady Bears will open the Big 12 Conference portion of their schedule on the road for just the fourth time in the league's 12-year history. Baylor is 1-2 in league openers on the road, dropping an 89-75 decision at Kansas State in 2002, winning at Texas A&M, 74-52, in 2005 and losing at Missouri, 64-61, in 2006.
Baylor sports a 5-6 record all-told in Big 12 Conference openers. This marks the fourth time since the inception of the Big 12 that Baylor has opened league play with Texas Tech.
Coach Mulkey is 4-3 in Big 12 season openers.
BAYLOR IN BIG 12 GAMES
The 2007-08 season marks the 12th year of competition for women's basketball in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor has a record of 103-73 all-time in regular season Big 12 games. However, in Kim Mulkey's seven years, Baylor is 76-36 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
2006-07 - 11-5
BAYLOR IN THE RANKINGS
After beginning the season ranked No. 15 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Preseason Polls, Baylor has achieved its highest AP ranking of the season, moving up to No. 8 this week. Prior to the loss to then-fifth-ranked Stanford, Baylor was ranked No. 10 for three weeks. After dropping to No. 11 for one week, the Lady Bears are now back among the top 10. Baylor has been ranked in a school-record 77 straight regular-season AP polls dating back to week nine of the 2003-04 listing when it broke in at No. 24.
Danielle Wilson, Baylor's leading shot-blocker and top rebounder, left the N.C. A&T game with a sprained right ankle with 3:53 left in the first half and did not return. Her status is day-to-day, she did not play against Texas State.
SCOUTING THE LADY RAIDERS
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders, 12-2 on the season, come into the game with an 8-1 home record. Their lone United Spirit Arena loss this season came at the hands of Houston, 66-63.
Head coach Kristy Curry is in her second 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 206-69 in eight seasons as a head coach and 27-18 at Texas Tech.
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 junior forward Dominic Seals' 14.1 points and 9.5 rebounds. Senior center Erin Myrick ranks second on the team in both categories, scoring 12.0 points and hauling down 6.9 boards an outing. Sophomore guard Jordan Murphree complete's the Lady Raiders' double-digit scoring with 10.4 a game.
Texas Tech holds a 46-18 series lead over Baylor. However, the Lady Bears have won seven of the last eight contests. Baylor is 4-24 versus Texas Tech in games played at Lubbock. All four victories have come under Kim Mulkey's direction, as she is 9-7 versus the Lady Raiders.
The last time the two teams met was on Feb. 7, 2007, in Lubbock, Texas. The contest resulted in an 80-67 Baylor win, its third consecutive triumph over the Lady Raiders and seventh in the last eight games. In that contest, the 15th-ranked Lady Bears shot 52.9 percent (27-51) from the floor and were 23-of-27 (.852) from the free throw line. Four players for each team recorded double-digit scoring. Baylor's Jhasmin Player tallied 22 followed by Bernice Mosby's 15, Angela Tisdale's 12 and Jessica Morrow's 10. For Texas Tech, Patrice Edwards led all scorers with 33 followed by Jordan Murphree's 11 and Erin Myrick and Alesha Robertson's 10 apiece.
COACHES PICK BAYLOR THIRD IN THE BIG 12
Baylor has been picked to finish third in the Big 12 Conference by the league's coaches. Texas A&M was tabbed first with 117 points and seven first-place votes while Oklahoma earned 115 points and received five first-place votes. Baylor ranked third followed by Texas, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Nebraska, while Kansas State and Texas Tech tied for eighth, then comes Kansas, Colorado and Missouri.
TISDALE JOINS ELITE GROUP
With her 18 point performance against Rice, senior point guard Angela Tisdale became the 24th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points.
BAYLOR IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Through games of Jan. 6, the Lady Bears rank among the NCAA's top 50 in 11 team statistical categories.
No. 2 - Blocked shots (7.3)
No. 2 - Field goal percentage defense (.323)
No. 3 - Field goal percentage (.494)
No. 4 - Scoring margin (28.3)
No. 4 - Rebound margin (13.5)
No. 7 - Scoring defense (51.8)
No. 7 - Won-lost percentage (.923)
No. 10 - Scoring offense (80.1)
No. 19 - Assists (17.0)
No. 20 - 3-point field goal percentage (.382)
No. 50 - Assist turnover ratio (0.92)
Danielle Wilson - No. 7, blocks per game (3.3); No. 22, field goal percentage (.570)
Jhasmin Player - No. 30, assist turnover ratio (2.04)
Rachel Allison - No. 43, field goal percentage (.540)
Angela Tisdale - No. 39, 3-point field goal percentage (.417); No. 66, 3-point field goals per game (2.3)