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Lady Bears Open Big 12 Action

Melissa Jones will return to her home state when the Lady Bears travel to Colorado.

Melissa Jones will return to her home state when the Lady Bears travel to Colorado.

Jan. 8, 2009

Game 14

#6/5 Baylor (12-1, 0-0) vs. Colorado (8-4, 0-0)

Saturday, Jan. 10 - 5 p.m. (CST)
Coors Events/Conference Center (11,064) Boulder, Colo.


TV: FSNRM (Northern parts of Texas and Oklahoma can view it on Fox Sports Southwest)
Marc Stout (Play-by-play)
Ceal Barry(Color analyst)

Webcast: BaylorBears.com - live audio (free)

Radio: ISP Sports Network - 1660 AM-KRZI/ESPN

Radio Talent: Rick May (Play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (Color analyst)

No. 6/5 Baylor and Colorado both open Big 12 play when the two teams meet in the Coors Events/Conference Center in Boulder on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 5 p.m. (CST). Baylor, winners of six straight contests, is 12-1 on the season, including an 8-0 home mark and a 4-1 road record, while Colorado is 8-5 on the season, 6-2 in the Coors Events/Conference Center. The Buffaloes enter the contest winners of five straight and sporting victories in six of their last seven games.

The matchup is being televised live by Fox Sports Network Rocky Mountain but Baylor fans living in Waco and north, and all of Oklahoma, will be able to watch the game on Fox Sports Network Southwest. Marc Stout will call the play-by-play and former Colorado head coach Ceal Barry will provide color commentary.

With 13 games under its belt, Baylor continues to lead the Big 12 Conference in rebounding and the nation in rebounding margin (+16.0). Five players haul down 5.0 or more rebounds a contest, junior post Danielle Wilson leads the way with 8.2, senior post Rachel Allison follows with 7.3, sophomore guard Melissa Jones and junior forward/post Morghan Medlock come off the bench to haul down 6.4 and 5.7 respectively, and senior guard Jhasmin Player averages 5.1 an outing. The Lady Bears average 47.0 rebound a contest while limiting their opponents to just 31.0.



Wilson leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 15.1 points and 8.2 boards a game while Allison ranks second in both categories with 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds an outing. Player and fellow senior guard Jessica Morrow are just shy of double-digit scoring with 9.8 and 9.7, respectively.


6 - Associated Press
5 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches

21 Kelli Griffin-So., G, 5-8 - 5.6 ppg, 2.5 ppg, 3.7 apg
15 Jhasmin Player-Sr., G, 5-10 -9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.1 apg
3 Jessica Morrow-Sr., G, 6-0 - 9.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg
14 Rachel Allison-Sr., F, 6-1 - 13.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg
11 Danielle Wilson-Jr., P, 6-3 15.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg

5 Melissa Jones-So., G, 5-10 - 7.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg
55 Morghan Medlock-Jr., F, 6-2 - 7.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg
24 Ashley Field-Fr., G, 6-2, 4.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg

The Colorado Buffaloes, 8-5 on the season, enter the contest riding a five-game win streak and winners of five of their last six games. CU recently returned from Hawai'i where it claimed the Paradise Classic championship with wins over Pepperdine (63-55) and Hawai'i (67-55). Kara Richards was joined on the all-tournament team by Bianca Smith and Brittany Spears.

Four Colorado players are averaging double-digit scoring. Spears, a sophomore forward, leads the squad in both scoring and rebounding with 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. Richards, a fifth-year senior center, ranks second in both categories at 12.8 points and 5.7 boards an outing and Smith, a junior guard, completes the Buffs' double-digit scorers with 10.9 a game.

Colorado head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller is in her fourth season as the Buffaloes' head coach and 10th year as a head coach overall. McConnell-Miller is 49-58 in her four seasons at Colorado and 140-146 in 10 campaigns all-told along the sidelines.

1 Alyssa Fressle - Fr., , G, 5-10 - 9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.3 apg
2 Bianca Smith - Jr., G, 5.9 - 10.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg
4 Britney Blythe - So., G, 5-9- 1.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg
22 Brittany Spears - So., F, 6-1 - 18.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg
44 Kara Richards - Sr., C, 6-4 - 12.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Baylor and Colorado will meet for the 17th time when the two teams square off on Saturday afternoon. The series is tied 8-8, but Baylor currently enjoys a four-game win streak and can match the longest win streak for either team in the series with a win Saturday. Colorado's most recent triumph over Baylor came on Jan. 7, 2004, in Waco, 69-59.

Head coach Kim Mulkey owns a 5-3 record against Colorado, including a 3-5 mark in Boulder.

The upcoming matchup against Colorado will mark Baylor's first Big 12 Conference opponent of the season and signals the 13th season of league play. Baylor is 165-200 (.452) all-time versus Big 12 opponents and 115-77 (.599) overall in regular season conference contests.

Head coach Kim Mulkey owns an 88-40 (.688) mark in regular season league games and is 99-47 (.678) all-time against league teams.

- Baylor's next victory will mark Kim Mulkey's 100th versus Big 12 teams, she is 99-47 (.678).
- Junior Morghan Medlock will celebrate her 21st birthday, Jan. 9, the day before the Colorado game.
- After moving up to No. 6 in the AP poll, Baylor dropped to No. 10 after losing to Wisconsin (59-58) and remained in that spot for two weeks. The Lady Bears moved up to No. 7 in the Dec. 15 poll and had remained there for three weeks before climbing back to No. 6 in the Jan. 5 poll. After sitting at No. 7 in the USA Today ESPN Coaches' Poll for the three straight weeks, Baylor is now No. 5, its highest ranking of the season.
- Baylor has not been out-rebounded this season and owns a +16.0 rebounding advantage over its opponents. The Lady Bears rank No. 1 nationally in rebound margin.
- BU leads the Big 12 in all rebounding categories, rebound offense (47.0), rebound defense (31.0) and rebound margin (+16.0).
- The Lady Bears own the Big 12's top two team rebounding marks this season. They hauled down 70 against Florida Atlantic (Nov. 14) and 64 versus Lamar (Dec. 8).
- Baylor has topped the 50-rebound mark five times this season (Florida Atlantic-70; Rice-52; UCF-50; Lamar-64; UT-Pan Am-50).
- Junior post Danielle Wilson blocked six shots against Stanford. Currently, at the 13-game mark, she has rejected 41 shots and totals 207 for her career to extend her school record. She is nearly half-way to her Baylor single season record of 86 blocks she set as a rookie in 2006-07.
- Wilson currently ranks No. 7 on the Big 12's career shot block chart.
- Over the past seven games, Wilson has averaged 18.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and a .659 (54-82) shooting percentage. In addition, she has posted a double-double in four of the last five games.
- Wilson ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference in blocks per game (3.2) and No. 6 nationally.
- Wilson leads the team in double-doubles with five (Wisconsin, Lamar, Samford, UT-Pan Am, Oregon).
- Allison has two double-doubles to her credit this season, both have been recorded by halftime (Florida Atlantic, Rice).
- Allison saw her 46 consecutive starts and 109 consecutive games-played streaks halted when she sat out the UT-Pan American game with an injured left ankle.
- Jessica Morrow became the 25th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points when she achieved the feat on Dec. 8 versus Lamar. She now has 1,045 career points.
- Rachel Allison became the 26th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points when she achieved the feat on Jan. 3 versus Texas State. She now has 1,001 career points. - The then-19th-ranked Lady Bears downed No. 2 Stanford, 81-65, on Sunday, Nov. 16.
- BU's victory over No. 2 Stanford marked the program's highest-ranked regular season win.
- Senior post Rachel Allison, 6-1, scored 25 points and hauled down eight rebounds against Stanford's tall posts.
- Baylor tallied a school record 70 rebounds versus an NCAA opponent in its win over Florida Atlantic.
- After scoring a three-pointer in 43 straight games, dating back to Feb. 28, 2007, the Lady Bears have come up empty from behind the arch twice this season, they were 0-6 against Wisconsin and 0-9 from 3-point range versus Samford.

Baylor's Danielle Wilson, an All-American candidate, has been on a roll recently. Over the past seven games, the junior post has produced five double-doubles, including four in the last five games, led the team in scoring on five occasions and rebounding in five contests. In addition, against Texas State she poured in a career-high 26 points.

Over the seven games she has averaged a team-leading 18.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.0 blocks while shooting 65.9 percent (54-82) from the floor.

Wilson has raised her season averages to 15.1 points and 8.2 rebounds a game, both of which lead the team, and owns the squad's top field goal percentage at 54.5 percent (79-145). She has blocked a team-leading 41 shots which ranks her No. 2 in the Big 12.

As of games through Jan. 4, Wilson ranks No. 6 nationally in blocked shots and No. 36 in field goal percentage (.545).

Wilson has hauled down 107 rebounds, 57 of which are off the offensive glass.

Baylor All-American candidate Rachel Allison has begun the season with considerable success. After hanging 18 points and 13 rebounds against Florida Atlantic, the 6-1 forward/post scored 25 points, 20 of which came in the first half, against No. 2 Stanford. She was 9-for-16 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. In addition, she hauled down eight rebounds and had a block and a steal. She continues to excel, notching another double-double (11p/10r) in the first half against Rice en route to a 16 point and 14 rebound effort.

On the season, Allison is averaging 13.7 points an outing and 7.3 rebounds per game, both of which ranked No. 2 on the squad. Due to an ankle injury, she sat out the UT-Pan American game which halted her 46 consecutive starts and 109 consecutive games-played streaks.

The Lady Bears will open the Big 12 Conference portion of their schedule on the road for the second straight season and just the fifth time in the league's 13-year history. Baylor is 2-2 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, losing at Missouri, 64-61, in 2006 and defeating Texas Tech, 72-67, in 2008. Baylor sports a 6-6 record all-told in Big 12 Conference openers. This marks the second time since the inception of the Big 12 that Baylor has opened league play with Colorado. Baylor hosted and lost to then-No. 14 Colorado on Jan. 7, 2004, 69-59.

Coach Mulkey is 5-3 in Big 12 season openers.

The 2008-09 season marks the 13th year of competition for women's basketball in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor has a record of 115-77 (.599) all-time in regular season Big 12 games. However in Kim Mulkey's eight years, Baylor is 88-40 (.688) 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.

Lady Bears under Kim Mulkey in regular season Big 12 games:
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
2007-08 - 12-4 (best Baylor start in league history at 9-1)


Lady Bear senior Rachel Allison scored her 1,000th career point on Saturday against Texas State. The forward/post from Jonesboro, Ark., became the 26th Lady Bear to attain the milestone and now has 1,001 career points.

Fellow Lady Bear Jessica Morrow scored her 1,000th career point on Dec. 8, versus Lamar, she now has 1,045 points.

As a team, the Lady Bears rank among the NCAA's top 50 teams in nine categories: No. 1 rebounding margin (+16.0), No. 6 scoring margin (+23.2), No. 11 won-lost percentage (92.3), No. 11 scoring offense (76.9), No. 17 field-goal percentage (45.3), No. 22 scoring defense (53.7), No. 29 field-goal percentage defense (35.0), No. 45 blocked shots per game (4.8) and assist turnover ratio (0.92). Among individuals, Danielle Wilson is No. 6 in blocked shots (3.2) and No. 36 in field goal percentage (54.5) while sophomore point guard Kelli Griffin ranks No. 47 in assist-turnover ratio (1.78).

After defeating the then-No. 2 Stanford Cardinal on Nov. 16, the Lady Bears moved up nine spots, to No. 10, in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and then moved up to No. 6 after wins over Stephen F. Austin and Rice. After slipping to No. 10 for two weeks, the Lady Bears were ranked No. 7 for the past three weeks but have moved to No. 6 in the Jan. 5 poll. Baylor has been ranked in a school-record 100 straight AP polls dating back to week nine of the 2003-04 listing when it broke in at No. 24.

In the latest USA Today ESPN Division I Top 25 Coaches' poll, the Lady Bears are ranked No. 5, their highest ranking of the season.

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