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No. 9 Lady Bears Host No. 8 Oklahoma in Hoops Action

Sophomore Rachel Allison ranks No. 2 on the squad in rebounding at 6.9 a game.

Sophomore Rachel Allison ranks No. 2 on the squad in rebounding at 6.9 a game.

Jan. 9, 2007

WACO, Texas -

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#9/#9 Baylor Lady Bears (15-1, 2-0) vs. #8/#7 Oklahoma Sooners (12-1, 2-0)

Wednesday, Jan. 10 - 7:05 p.m. (CT)
Ferrell Center - Waco, Texas

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TV: Sooner Sports Network

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Lori Fogleman, color analyst

#9/9 BAYLOR LADY BEARS

PROBABLE STARTERS
Angela Tisdale - Jr., G, 5-5 - 11.6 ppg, 4.31 apg
Jhasmin Player - So., G, 5-10 - 6.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg
Jessica Morrow - So., G, 6-2 - 9.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Rachel Allison - So., P, 6-1 - 7.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg
Bernice Mosby - Sr., P, 6-1 - 17.4 ppg, 8.97 rpg

#8/ 7 OKLAHOMA SOONERS

PROBABLE STARTERS
Britney Brown - Sr., G, 5-8 - 3.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg
Chelsi Welch - Sr., G, 5-9 - 11.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Erin Higgins - Sr., G, 5-9 - 4.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg
Leah Rush - Sr., F, 6-1 - 10.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Courtney Paris - So., C, 6-4 - 22.7 ppg, 15.5 rpg

BAYLOR VS. OKLAHOMA...
Wednesday night's contest between Baylor and Oklahoma pits the league's two undefeated teams against each other.

Ninth-ranked Baylor, 15-1 on the season and 2-0 in Big 12 play, puts its 12-game win streak on the line when it hosts the eighth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday, Jan. 10 in the Ferrell Center. Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocked shots and will try to maintain that ranking as it plays the Sooners.

No. 8 Oklahoma, 12-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference action, has won 21 straight games against Big 12 teams and 19 straight during regular season Big 12 play. The Sooners have also won 10 straight Big 12 road games and 15 straight in regular season games away from Norman.

TOUGH STRETCH LOOMING FOR LADY BEARS...
The Lady Bears face a daunting schedule over their next four games, three of which are against teams ranked in the Associated Press' top 25 and one squad that is just 15 votes shy of cracking the poll.

Baylor will take on No. 8 Oklahoma on Wednesday, Jan. 10, travel to 17th-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday, Jan. 13, host Kansas State (Wed., Jan. 20) who is just one spot out of the top 25, and then will play at No. 23 Texas on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

THE LADY BEARS...
The Baylor Lady Bears, riding a 12-game win streak, continues Big 12 Conference action after playing its most challenging non-conference schedule in program history. Baylor played three teams ranked among the Associated Press' top 25 (No. 12 Purdue, No. 9 LSU, No. 22 BYU) and two others who are receiving votes (Hofstra, UCLA).

Through 16 games, three players are averaging double-digit scoring but the Lady Bears have plenty of balance as six players average 7.4 or more points a game. Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby leads the way with 17.4 a game while junior point guard Angela Tisdale scores 11.6 points and freshman post Danielle Wilson manages 10.4. Sophomore Jessica Morrow scores 9.9 an outing while freshman Latara Darrett tallies 8.8 and freshman guard Latara Darrett scores 7.4.

Mosby is averaging a team-leading 8.9 rebounds a game while Allison is the squad's second-leading rebounder with 6.7 a contest and is followed by Wilson's 6.6.

NO. 1 IN NCAA BLOCKING STATISTICS...
The Lady Bears come into the contest ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I statistics (through games of Jan. 7) in blocked shots per game at 8.1. Undefeated and second-ranked North Carolina is No. 2 (8.0) while third-ranked Duke sits at No. 3 with 7.7 an outing. In total blocks through games of Jan. 7, Baylor's 129 rejections rank No. 2 behind North Carolina's 136.

Freshman post Danielle Wilson ranks No. 8 nationally in blocks per game with 3.3. In total blocks on the season, Wilson sits at No. 6 with 53. Only two freshmen have registered more blocks this season than Wilson, Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan has 72 and ranks No. 1 nationally and Xavier's Amber Harris has 56.

With her five blocks against North Carolina A&T, Wilson cracked BU's single season top 10. Now with 53 on the season, she sits at No. 3 on the list tied with Maggie Davis-Stinnett (1987-88).

BAYLOR QUICK HITS...
- Baylor ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division I statistics in blocked shots at 8.31 a game.
- BU's opponents have averaged just 23.5 first-half points this season. The Lady Bears have held 10 of their 16 opponents to 25 points or less in the first half. In fact, five opponents have been held to 20 or fewer (Hofstra, 18; UCF, 20; Southeast Missouri, 17; North Carolina A&T, 16; Prairie View A&M, 15).
- Since her arrival at Baylor, Kim Mulkey has posted the most victories (172) and the best winning percentage (.789) among Big 12 coaches.
- Prior to shooting back-to-back season-lows versus Texas Tech (.286) and Kansas (.222), Baylor had shot an impressive .560 (191-341) in its last five games; .658 (50-76) against Sam Houston State, .621 (41-66) versus UA-Pine Bluff, .469 (30-64) at UCLA, .493 (36-73) against North Carolina A&T and .548 (34-62) versus Prairie View A&M.
- Four Lady Bears have posted double-doubles this season: Bernice Mosby (6, UNT, Hofstra, Purdue, LSU, SEMO, Kansas), Danielle Wilson (2, LSU & NCAT), Angela Tisdale (SDSU) and Rachel Allison (UAPB).
- Sophomore Rachel Allison recorded her first career double-double versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
- Two freshmen, Danielle Wilson (53) and Bradley (16), have combined for over half of Baylor's blocked shots, 69-of-129. Senior Bernice Mosby has added 22 as well.
- Angela Tisdale, over the last eight games, has hit 17-of-39 (.436) from 3-point range.
- Jessica Morrow, over the last eight games, has hit 9-of-17 (.529) from 3-point range.
- Danielle Wilson ranks No. 8 nationally in blocked shots (53) and is tied at No. 3 with Maggie Davis Stinnett on Baylor's single season top 10.
- Baylor is 135-12 (.918) under Mulkey when scoring 70 or more points, including 85-3 (.966) when putting 80 or more on the scoreboard. In 2006-07, the Lady Bears are 12-0 when scoring 70 or more points, 9-0 when topping the 80-point barrier.
- Baylor is 74-11 (.871) since the start of the 2004-05 season with eight of the 11 setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. Baylor's last six losses have come to ranked opponents.

MULKEY VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS...
With Baylor's victory over ninth-ranked LSU on Nov. 21, head coach Kim Mulkey is now 32-31 against ranked opponents, including a 2-1 record this season.
Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas A&M during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 16-6 versus ranked opponents.

SCOUTING THE SOONERS...
Eighth-ranked Oklahoma, 12-1 on the season and winners of its last three games, is coming off a Saturday (77-69) victory at Nebraska. The Sooners' lone loss of the season came in Norman to then-eighth-ranked Ohio State (74-67) on Dec. 20.

Head coach Sherri Coale is in her 11th year at Oklahoma. She is 214-114 (.655) in her career, all of which have come as the Sooners' head coach. Coale's regular season Big 12 record is 99-63.

Oklahoma is led in scoring and rebounding by 6-4 sophomore center Courtney Paris' 22.7 points and 15.5 rebounds a game, both marks lead the Big 12 Conference. Two other Sooners, seniors Chelsi Welch and Leah Rush average 11.1 and 10.0 points a game, respectively. Courtney Paris' twin sister, Ashley, is the squad's second-leading rebounder at 6.9 an outing.

SERIES RECORD...
Oklahoma holds a 17-8 series lead over Baylor. The Sooners have won three straight over the Lady Bears. In fact, the series seems to go in streaks. Oklahoma won three straight to begin the series, Baylor took the next four, then OU reeled off 11 straight before Baylor won four in a row. Then, last season the Sooners won all three meetings, a 73-70 win in Waco, an 81-77 overtime triumph in Norman and a 72-61 victory in the title game of the Big 12 Championship in Dallas.

Baylor is 4-7 versus Oklahoma in games played in Waco.

COMMON OPPONENTS...
The Lady Bears and the Sooners have faced two common opponents so far this season, UCLA and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Both teams posted wins at UCLA, Baylor downed the Bruins 83-70 while OU triumphed 77-68. Against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, BU was a 100-48 winner while Oklahoma posted an 87-42 win.

 

 

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