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No. 6 Lady Bears Travel to Oklahoma

Angela Tisdale leads the Lady Bears in scoring this season.

Angela Tisdale leads the Lady Bears in scoring this season.

Jan. 18, 2008

WACO, Texas -

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#6/7 Baylor (15-1, 3-0) vs. #11/10 Oklahoma (11-3, 2-1)

Sunday, Jan. 20 - 2:00 p.m.
Lloyd Noble Center (12,000) - Norman, Okla.


Television - ESPN2

Pam Ward, play-by-play
Kara Lawson, color analyst

Internet Feeds
Webcast: None
Audio: Live audio stream at BaylorBears.com

Radio: KRZI/ESPN - 1660 AM - Waco
KVCE - 1160 AM - Dallas

Radio Talent:
Rick May, play-by-play
Lori Fogleman, color analyst

No. 6 Baylor puts its eight-game win streak on the line when it travels to Norman, Okla., to take on the 11th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2:00 p.m.

Baylor is 15-1 on the season and 3-0 in Big 12 action while the defending Big 12 co-champion Oklahoma Sooners are 11-3 on the season which includes a 2-1 league mark.

The OU contest begins the first of three games over a six-day span for the Lady Bears. They play at Missouri on Wednesday before hosting Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Baylor has posted three straight league wins and eight straight overall wins, a road victory at Texas Tech (72-67) to go with home victories over Texas A&M (59-56) and Kansas (59-35), while the Sooners lost at Oklahoma State, 82-63, and posted wins at Iowa State (67-64) and over Nebraska (80-72) in Norman.

With its Wednesday night win over Kansas, Baylor began Big 12 play at 3-0 for the first time in the league's 12-year history.

Baylor will make its fourth of 10 regular season national television appearances this season when it plays at Oklahoma on Sunday in a game televised by ESPN2. The Lady Bears have appeared twice on FSN, defeating then-No. 12 California (69-56) and losing at then-No. 5 Stanford (87-63) and downing Kansas, 59-35, on CSTV.

With 198 career victories to her credit, eighth-year head coach Kim Mulkey needs just two more wins to reach the 200-win milestone. She will likely become the fourth fastest coach ever to reach the 200-win plateau, following:

Fastest to 200 victories (NCAA Division I)
241 - Joan Bonvicini - Long Beach State (currently at Arizona)
245 - C. Vivian Stringer - Cheyney (currently at Rutgers)
251 - Andy Landers - Georgia
259 - Pat Summitt - Tennessee
261 - Tom Collen - Colorado State, Louisville (currently at Arkansas)
262 - Chris Weller - Maryland (retired)
281 - Tara VanDerveer - Stanford
281 - Geno Auriemma - Connecticut

Kim Mulkey - 198-54 = 252

With 16 games under their belt, the Lady Bears boast five players averaging double-digit scoring. Leading the way is the squad's lone senior, point guard Angela Tisdale, with 14.3 a contest, while Rachel Allison, a junior forward/post, manages 13.6 points and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds a game. Junior guard Jhasmin Player follows with 12.8 a contest and sophomore post Danielle Wilson manages 12.0 points an outing. Junior guard/forward Jessica Morrow completes Baylor's double-digit scoring with 11.3.

In addition to Allison's 7.9 boards, four other players haul down 4.8 or more rebounds an outing. Wilson manages 7.5 a game while Player averages 6.3, freshman Melissa Jones manages 5.1 and sophomore post Jessika Bradley snags 4.8.

The Oklahoma Sooners are 11-3 on the season and 2-1 in conference action. After dropping their first two games of the season to national powers Maryland (76-66) and Tennessee (70-67), the Sooners reeled off 10 straight victories before dropping an 82-63 road decision at Oklahoma State. They rebounded on Wednesday to claim a home victory over Nebraska (80-72).

Head coach Sherri Coale is in her 12th year at Oklahoma. She is 242-121 (.667) in her career, all of which have come as the Sooners' head coach. Oklahoma is led in scoring by 6-4 junior center Courtney Paris' 15.9 points and 16.0 rebounds an outing. Freshman Danielle Robinson, a 5-9 forward, is the team's second-leading scorer with 13.4 a contest. Ashley Paris, a 6-3 junior forward, completes the Sooners' double-digit scoring with 11.7 a contest and ranks No. 2 in rebounding with 7.2 a game.

Oklahoma holds a 20-8 series lead over Baylor. The Sooners have won six 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.

Baylor is 4-9 versus Oklahoma in games played in Norman. The Lady Bears' last victory in Norman came on Feb. 9, 2005, 73-72. The win was also Baylor's most recent victory over the Sooners.

Mulkey is 4-13 versus Oklahoma.

Baylor has been picked to finish third in the Big 12 Conference by the league's coaches. Texas A&M was tabbed first with 117 points and seven first-place votes while Oklahoma earned 115 points and received five first-place votes. Baylor ranked third followed by Texas, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Nebraska, while Kansas State and Texas Tech tied for eighth, then comes Kansas, Colorado and Missouri.

With her 18-point performance against Rice, senior point guard Angela Tisdale became the 24th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points.

Junior guard Jhasmin Player has developed into one of the Lady Bears' most versatile players. She is averaging 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and a team-leading 3.8 assists a game. In addition, she ranks first on the squad in steals with 30. She is shooting 51.4 percent (72-140) from the floor and 70.4 percent (50-71) from the charity stripe. More impressive is the fact that prior to this season she was 1-for 6 (.167) from 3-point range and began the season 0-4 from long range. Since that time she's nailed 10-of-19 (.526) and is 10-for-23 (.435) for the season. The Bay City, Texas, native has produced two perfect games from beyond the arc with 3-for-3 performances against both Oregon and Texas Tech.

Her assist/turnover ratio is impressive as well at 1.94, 60 assists with only 31 turnovers.

Despite being the shortest of Baylor's posts, 6-1 junior Rachel Allison leads the Lady Bears in rebounding at 7.9 a game. She has hauled down 127 rebounds this season, 41.7 percent (53) of which came off the offensive glass. In addition, she has registered 29 steals, 17 assists and 14 blocks on the year.

FRESHMAN MINUTES Baylor's two freshmen, Melissa Jones and Kelli Griffin, are playing more minutes than any other freshman class in Kim Mulkey's eight-year tenure. Jones, a 5-10 guard, is averaging 20.6 minutes a game and ranks fourth on the team in rebounding with 5.1 a contest while, Griffin, the backup point guard, is averaging 13.9 minutes an outing. Both players boast impressive shooting percentages, both from the floor and the free throw line. Jones is shooting .431 (28-65) from the floor and .719 (23-32) from the charity stripe while Griffin maintains an overall shooting percentage of .424 (14-33) and a .737 (14-19) free throw mark.



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