Jan. 15, 2010
GAME CENTER: GAME 17
Date: Sun., Jan. 17, 2010
Tip-Off: 2:30 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Television: FOX Sports Net
Radio: Star 92.9 FM (Waco)
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: None
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
• Baylor will put its 14-game home win streak on the line when it hosts 11th-ranked Nebraska on Sun., Jan. 17, at 2:36 p.m.
• Nebraska enters the game at 15-0, one of just four remaining undefeated NCAA Division I women's teams
• The FOX Sports Network (FSN) broadcast of the game marks Baylor's fifth of at least 10 nationally televised contest. The game will be carried live on the following FSN regions: Arizona, Detroit, Florida, Houston, Midwest, North, Pittsburgh, Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Southwest (Texas and Okla.), West, Wisconsin, Comcast Bay Area, Comcast Chicago, MSG Plus, Sportsouth and the Comcast Network.
• Five of BU's first six league games are against teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25. No. 23 Oklahoma State (L, 78-65), No. 13 Oklahoma (W, 57-47), No. 11 Nebraska (Jan. 17), at Missouri (Jan. 23), No. 8 Texas A&M (Jan 27).
• Three Lady Bears are averaging double-digit scoring. Freshman post Brittney Griner leads the team with 18.9 points a game while senior Morghan Medlock and junior guard Melissa Jones each average 11.6.
• BU freshman post Brittney Griner became just the seventh female to dunk in a regular-season NCAA contest when she threw one down against Jacksonville State, Nov. 24. She is also a defensive threat as a shot blocker and alterer with her 88" wing span. Griner added two more dunks to her total against Texas State. She has blocked 99 shots and altered 45 more.
• As a team, Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (8.1); No. 2 in scoring margin (27.13), rebound margin (+14.1), 3-point field goal percentage defense (24.4) and field goal percentage (.516); No. 3 in field goal percentage defense (31.2); No. 8 in scoring offense (81.4).
• In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 251-68 (.787), which ranks her No. 4 nationally in winning percentage. In addition, the Lady Bear program ranks No. 6 among the NCAA Division I's winningest teams over that span.
• With her dramatic improvement since the beginning of the season, Brittney Griner has emerged as a National Player of the Year, Big 12 Player of the Year and All-America candidate.
• Brittney Griner blocks more shots per game than 325 of the 332 NCAA Division I schools and only 11 teams beside Baylor have blocked more shots than Griner. She ranks No. 2 nationally in blocks and needs 21 to break Courtney Paris' Big 12 single-season record of 119 set during the Sooners' 36-game 2005-06 campaign.
The 11th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers enter the contest with a 15-0 mark, 2-0 in Big 12 action. The Cornhuskers opened Big 12 play with back-to-back wins over Iowa State (57-49) at Ames and No. 19 Texas (91-79) in Lincoln.
Head coach Connie Yori is in her 8th season along the Nebraska sideline and owns a 136-97 mark. She is in her 20th season as a head coach and possesses a career record of 331-237.
The Huskers have four players scoring in double digits. Senior forward Kelsey Griffin, the only player in the Big 12 averaging a double-double, leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 19.2 points and 10.2 rebounds a contest. She is followed by senior forward Cory Montgomery's 12.8 points an outing while junior guard Dominique Kelley manages 12.0 a game and senior guard Yvonne Turner scores 11.0 an contest.
The Huskers have 10 upperclassmen on their roster, six seniors and four juniors.
Baylor leads the series 9-5 and holds a 5-1 edge in Waco while BU head coach Kim Mulkey is 7-2 versus the Huskers, 4-0 in Waco.
MULKEY VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
In head coach Kim Mulkey's 10 seasons, Baylor is 54-48 against ranked opponents. Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 37-23 versus ranked opponents.
BU is 3-2 versus ranked opponents in 2009-10, a loss at then-No. 8 Tennessee (74-65), a victory at then-No. 17 Cal (69- 49), a neutral court win over then-No. 14 Arizona State (70-66), a loss at then-No. 23 Oklahoma State (78-65) and a home court win over No. 13 Oklahoma (57-47).
FRESHMAN BLOCK RECORD, DONE!
Former Lady Bear Danielle Wilson shattered all Baylor blocked shot records throughout her three-year career with 249. She rejected a school-record 86 shots in her rookie campaign, but it took Brittney Griner just 14 games to break Wilson's record. Griner now has 99 to her credit.
In her first collegiate game against eighth-ranked Tennessee, Griner blocked four shots, she has blocked eight or more shots eight times this season (Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State, Lamar, Oral Roberts, Gonzaga, Arizona State, UT-Pan American, Oklahoma).
So far this season, Griner has altered 45 shots, including six against Tennessee. These altered shot totals do not include her blocked shots (99).