| Baylor [#1/1 (17-0, 4-0)] at Texas Tech [#17/20 (14-2, 2-2)]
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena (15,050)
TV: KCEN-TV (Waco/Central Texas)
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When they travel to Lubbock, Texas, for Wednesday's game vs. No. 17 rated Texas Tech, the top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears will be playing their second of three games in a seven-day span, two of which are road contests. After defeating Texas in Austin on Sunday, Jan. 15, Baylor will play back-to-back games vs. ranked foes, at No. 17/20 Texas Tech (Wed., Jan.18) before hosting No. 23/22 Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Ferrell Center.
Baylor, 17-0 overall and 4-0 in league play, is led on the season by five players who average 8.9 or more points a game. Junior post Brittney Griner, National Player of the Year candidate and reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, leads the team with 22.8 points per game while sophomore guard Odyssey Sims, an All-America candidate, manages 16.5 a contest. Junior forward/post Destiny Williams adds 9.9 a contest, junior forward/post Brooklyn Pope contributes 9.5 a game and junior guard Kimetria Hayden averages 8.9 an outing. Griner, Williams and Pope are the team's top rebounders at 10.4, 8.2 and 6.1 boards per game, respectively. Sims is also averaging 5.8 assists and 3.7 steals per contest while Griner manages 5.3 blocks per game.
The 17th-ranked Texas Tech Lady Raiders bring their 14-2 season record and 2-2 Big 12 mark to the floor when they host the Lady Bears on Wednesday. The Lady Raiders began the season at 14-0 but have dropped their last two games, a 71-68 loss at Oklahoma and a 62-61 home setback to Kansas State.
Senior Kierra Mallard, a 6-3 center, leads the team in both scoring and rebounding and is the only player averaging double-digit scoring. Mallard scores 14.0 points per game and hauls down 9.0 rebounds a contest.
The Lady Raiders are coached by 13th-year head coach Kristy Curry, a 1988 Northeast Louisiana graduate. Curry is 102-75 (.576) in her fifth season along the Texas Tech sideline and sports a career record of 281-126 (.690).
Brittney Griner has registered a Big 12 record 483 career blocked shots, and ranks No. 3 on the NCAA Division I Career Top 10 list.
Brittney Griner ranks No. 5 on BU's career scoring chart with 1,883 points, and needs 93 points to rank No. 12 on the Big 12's career list.
Brittney Griner was named Big 12 Player of the Week for the third time this season, she averaged 30.0 points, 12 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in a pair of wins last week. Griner produced two double-doubles, leading all scorers in wins vs. Oklahoma State and Texas.
Baylor is the only school to have its women's basketball (No. 1), men's basketball (No. 3) and football (No. 13) teams ranked among the AP Top 25.
The Lady Bears are 55-4 over their last 59 games.
BU has registered its first 17-0 start in school history. The Lady Bears began the 2000-01 season 13-0.
Baylor's 17-0 start is the second-best in Big 12 history behind Nebraska's 30-0 mark to begin the 2009-10 campaign. Baylor has spent 18 weeks at No. 1 in The Associated Press Poll which ranks eighth all-time.
Baylor is one of just two, along with Green Bay, remaining undefeated teams among NCAA Division I programs.
The Lady Bears have shot above 41.7% in 16 of 17 games this season (at Iowa State).
For the second straight season Baylor opened Big 12 Conference play ranked No. 1.
A WIN WOULD
Be Baylor's 15th in the last 17 games over Texas Tech.
Improve its record to 26-47 all-time vs. Texas Tech, including 8-25 all-time in Lubbock.
Improve its Big 12 era record to 18-16 vs. Texas Tech.
Improve Kim Mulkey's career record to 18-8 against Texas Tech.
Extend its program-best start to 18-0.
Be its 20th Big 12 regular-season win in its last 21 games and eighth straight, 15-1 last season, last loss was Feb. 19, 2011, at Texas Tech.
Give Baylor just its fourth 5-0 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 316th as Baylor's head coach.
BAYLOR VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Baylor is 4-0 vs. 2011-12 ranked opponents, including a 3-0 mark vs. top 10 teams.
The 2011-12 Lady Bears have posted wins over then-No. 22 UCLA (83-50), No. 2 Notre Dame (94-81), at No. 6 Tennessee (76-67) and then-No. 2 UConn (66-61).
DEFENSE KEY FOR LADY BEARS
Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 191 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006, an 82-63 Sweet 16 loss to eventual national champion Maryland.
In 2010-11, BU held 14 of its 37 opponents to below a .300 field goal percentage.
This season, BU has held its opponents, including four ranked foes, to a .299 field goal percentage.
In 2011-12, BU has held eight of its 17 opponents to below a .300 field goal percentage, only one team, UConn (.421), has shot above 40% against the Lady Bears this season.
Baylor ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division I statistics in field goal percentage defense (.299).
Baylor is 60-3 since the start of the 2009-10 season when allowing 60 or fewer points, including this year's 14-0 mark. The Lady Bears held 29 of 37 opponents to 60 or fewer points en route to sweeping the 2011 Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles and advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight .