Date: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CST
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Arena: Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Radio: 92.9 FM
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: www.KUAthletics.com (paid)
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com (free)
Live Stats:www.BaylorBears.com (free)
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
Record: 16-1, 3-0
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 1/1
Last Game: W, 70-39, Oklahoma State
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 280-77 (11th season)
Record at Baylor: same
Baylor vs. Kansas: Baylor leads 13-7
Record: 14-3, 1-2
Ranking (AP/ESPN): NR
Last Game: L, 75-61 OT, at Nebraska
Head Coach: Bonnie Henrickson
Career Record: 268-160 (14th season)
Record at Kansas: 110-98 (7th season)
The top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, 16-1 overall and 3-0 in Big 12 action, take their 13-game win streak into Wednesday's 7 p.m. contest at Kansas in historic Allen Fieldhouse.
Baylor is led on the season by sophomore post Brittney Griner's league-leading 22.0 points a contest while freshman guard Odyssey Sims follows with 13.4 points a game. Senior guard Melissa Jones leads the team in rebounding at 8.7 an outing and is followed by Griner's 8.0 a contest.
Bonnie Henrickson's Kansas squad, 14-3 on the season and 1-2 in league play, is led by 6-3 sophomore forward Carolyn Davis' 19.1 points a game. Monica Engelman, a 5-11 sophomore guard, and 6-2 junior forward Aishah Sutherland complete KU's double-digit scoring with 12.9 and 11.6, respectively. Sutherland is the squad's top rebounder at 9.4 an outing while Davis follows at 8.5.
For the first time in program history, Baylor is ranked No. 1 both in the AP and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls. It marks the third straight week the Lady Bears are ranked No. 1 in both polls.
Baylor ranks among the top 20 in NCAA Division I statistics in 15 categories, including nine among the top five. Brittney Griner (blocks per game, triple doubles), Odyssey Sims (3-point FG percentage) and Melissa Jones (assist/turnover ratio) all rank No. 2 nationally individually as well.
Baylor has held its opponents to a .309 field goal percentage this season while shooting .478. BU leads the Big 12 in both categories. BU leads the nation in both field goal percentage defense and scoring margin (+33.1).
On the season, freshman point guard Odyssey Sims (34-70, .486) and senior guard Melissa Jones (16-38, .421) are a combined 50-108 (.463) from 3-point range.
Four of Baylor's starters are shooting above the .500 mark. Destiny Williams leads the team at .618 ( 21-34), Brittney Griner follows with .545 (133-244), Odyssey Sims is shooting .543 (75-138) and Melissa Jones is fourth at .529 (55-104).
SCOUTING THE JAYHAWKS
Located in Lawrence, Kan., the Kansas Jayhawks are 14-3 on the season and 1-2 in Big 12 play. Kansas' three losses have come at Michigan (75-67), vs. Texas Tech (61-57) and at Nebraska (75-61 ot).
The Jayhawks are led by 6-3 sophomore forward Carolyn Davis' 19.1 points a game. Monica Engelman, a 5-11 sophomore guard, and 6-2 junior forward Aishah Sutherland complete KU's double-digit scoring with 12.9 and 11.6, respectively. Sutherland is the squad's top rebounder at 9.4 an outing while Davis follows with 8.5.
The Jayhawks are coached by seventh-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson (St. Cloud State, 1986). Henrickson is 110-98 (.529) in her seven seasons along the KU sideline and 268-160 (.626) in 14 seasons as a head coach.
Baylor leads the series 13-7, while Kim Mulkey is 11-1 vs. the Jayhawks. In Lawrence, the each team has won four times.
In the last 12 games between the two schools, Baylor owns an 11-1 edge. Baylor's lone loss during that span was a 69-45 defeat in Lawrence on March 4, 2009.
On Feb. 28 in Waco last year, Brittney Griner and Shanay Washington combined for 36 of Baylor's points in its 70-47 win. Griner poured in 20 points and blocked 10 shots while Washington added 16 points. Carolyn Davis was Kansas' lone double-digit scorer with 15 points. Despite hitting only .091 (1-11) from 3-point range, the Lady Bears were a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line.