| Baylor [#1/1 (15-0, 2-0)] vs. Oklahoma State [NR/NR (9-2, 1-1)]
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: None (Baylor All-Access)
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The top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears return home for Big 12 Conference action when they host the Oklahoma State Cowgirls on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Lady Bears are hoping to extend their program-best season opening record to 16-0 and extend their 32-game home win streak.
Baylor, 15-0 overall and 2-0 in league play, is led on the season by a trio of double-digit scorers. Brittney Griner, a junior post, leads the team with 21.9 points per game while sophomore guard Odyssey Sims manages 16.7 a contest and junior forward/post Brooklyn Pope contributes 10.1 a game. Junior guard Kimetria Hayden averages 9.3 a contest and forward/post Destiny Williams adds 9.0 an outing. Griner, Williams and Pope are the team's top rebounders at 10.2, 7.4 and 6.5 boards per game, respectively. Sims is also averaging 6.1 assists and 4.1 steals per contest.
The Oklahoma State Cowgirls bring their 9-2 season record and 1-1 Big 12 mark to the Ferrell Center when they play the Lady Bears on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Cowgirls' two losses this season have come vs. Long Island (64-63) and at Texas Tech (58-53).
Reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Week, Liz Donohoe, leads a quartet of Cowgirl double-digit scorers, the 6-0 forward averages 14.3 a contest. Junior forward Toni Young follows with 12.0 an outing, sophomore center Kendra Suttles scores 11.7 a game and sophomore guard Tiffany Bias averages 11.4 a contest. Four Cowgirls manage 6.0 or more rebounds a game; Young leads with 7.0, junior center Lindsey Keller pulls down 6.6 a game, Donohoe manages 6.1 and sophomore center Vicky McIntyre averages 6.0 an outing.
The Cowgirls are coached by first year head coach Jim Littell, a 1977 Southwestern College graduate. Littell is 8-2 (.800) in his first season along the Oklahoma State sideline.
Brittney Griner has registered a Big 12 record 472 career blocked shots, she ranks No. 4 on the NCAA Division I Career Top 10 list and needs nine blocks to move to No. 3.
Brittney Griner ranks No. 5 on BU's career scoring chart with 1,824 points, and needs 153 points to rank No. 12 on the league's career scoring chart.
Baylor is the only school to have its women's basketball (No. 1), men's basketball (No. 4) and football (No. 13) teams ranked among the AP Top 25.
The Lady Bears are 53-4 over their last 57 games.
BU has registered its first 15-0 start in school history. The Lady Bears began the 2000-01 season 13-0.
Beginning the week, Baylor is the only Division I school with both its men's (15-0) and women's (15-0) basketball teams sporting perfect records.
Baylor has spent 17 weeks at No. 1 in The Associated Press Poll which ranks eighth all-time.
For the second straight season Baylor opened Big 12 Conference play ranked No. 1.
Baylor is one of just four remaining undefeated teams among NCAA Division I programs (BU, Green Bay, Maryland, Texas Tech).
The Lady Bears sport a school-record 32-game home win streak, BU's last home loss came vs. Texas on March 7, 2009, 70-54. The 32-game win streak ranks No. 4 nationally behind UConn's streak of 93, Stanford's 71 and Miami's (Fla.) 33.
The Lady Bears rank No. 1 nationally in blocked shots per game (8.2), No. 2 in assists per game (20.3); No. 3 in scoring offense (83.7), field goal percentage (.489), field goal percentage defense (.302), assist/turnover ratio (1.38) and scoring margin (32.3) and No. 4 in rebound margin (15.0).
A WIN WOULD
Be its fourth win straight win over Oklahoma State.
Improve its record to 24-11 all-time vs. Oklahoma State and 16-2 all-time in Waco.
Improve its Big 12 era record to 24-10 vs. Oklahoma State.
Improve Kim Mulkey's career record to 19-5 against Oklahoma State.
Improve its program-best start to 16-0.
Be its 18th Big 12 regular-season win in last 19 games and seventh straight,15-1 last season, last loss was Feb. 19, 2011 at Texas Tech.
Give Baylor just its fourth 3-0 conference start in the Big 12 era: 8-0 in 2007-08, 5-0 in `08-09, 11-0 in `10-11.
Be Kim Mulkey's 314th career win as Baylor head coach.
BIG 12 ACTION
Baylor is 153-89 (.632) in 16 seasons of Big 12 Conference regular season play.
Kim Mulkey is 126-52 (.708) in regular-season league play and 128-55 (.700) all-time vs. current Big 12 teams. Baylor was 27-37 in league play prior to Mulkey's arrival.
Griner is among the top players nationally in points (No. 9, 21.9), rebounds (No. 20,10.2), blocked shots (No. 1, 5.3) and field goal percentage (No. 3, .625) she leads the Big 12 Conference in points and blocked shots and is No. 2 in both rebounding and field goal percentage.
Sims ranks among the nation's best in assists (No. 14, 5.9) and steals (No. 4, 4.1) and averages 16.7 points per game. She ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 in steals, No. 3 in both assists and assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and No. 5 in scoring.
In two league games, Madden has averaged 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds a contest, in non-league action she averaged 4.5 points and 2.8 rebounds.
In Big 12 only games, Hayden is averaging 11.0 points while in non-league play she scored 9.0 points a contest.