BAYLOR16-1, 6-0 Big 12
Ranking: 4 - AP, 4 - Coaches
Last Game: Jan. 17, 2018 win at Iowa State, 79-50
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 522-96 (18th season)
BU Record: 522-96 (18th season)
Kansas State11-7, 3-4 Big 12
Ranking: NR - AP, NR - Coaches
Last Game: Jan. 17, 2018 loss vs. Oklahoma, 76-71
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 526-280 (26th Season)
KSU Record: 72-45 (4th Season)
SATURDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN
The No. 4/4 Baylor Lady Bears (16-1, 6-0) welcome Kansas State (11-7, 3-4) to the Ferrell Center on Saturday, Jan. 20 for the second Big 12 matchup of the season. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT).
As a part of the team's annual Family Night, the Lady Bears and their families will be recognized at center court at halftime of the game.
Saturday is also the We Back Pat contest. To raise awareness for the Pat Summitt Foundation, both teams will wear We Back Pat t-shirts and take a photo on the court prior to the game.
Baylor lunch bags will be given to the first 250 kids in attendance.
Saturday's game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest (FSSW) and the Fox Sports Go app. Kris Radcliffe (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) will call the action. Fans can also listen to Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (analyst) on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and 92.9FM in Waco.
WHAT'S IN WIN
Baylor would be on a 14-game win streak.
The Lady Bears would have a 7-0 start to the Big 12 Conference season for the second season in a row, sixth time in the last eight years and the eighth time under head coach Kim Mulkey.
Baylor would have at least 17 wins in its first 18 games for the fourth-straight season, the seventh time in the last eight years and the ninth time in Mulkey's tenure.
The Lady Bears would have a 27-game win streak against Kansas State.
RECORD BOOK REWRITES
Baylor held Iowa State to two first quarter points, the lowest-scoring quarter for a Big 12 opponent in program history, on Jan. 17, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.
Baylor broke its record for largest halftime lead against a Big 12 opponent, leading Iowa State by 36 points, 52-16, at the break on Jan. 3, 2018, inside the Ferrell Center. The previous record was a 30-point lead over Kansas State at halftime on Jan. 25, 2017, in Manhattan, Kan.
Baylor leads Kansas State, 31-8, in the all-time series
In Waco, the Lady Bears lead the all-time series, 13-1.
Under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 29-4 against Kansas State.
The Lady Bears have won 27-straight matchups with the Wildcats.
Baylor's last loss of the series came on Jan. 24, 2004, in Manhattan, Kan.
LAST MATCHUP SUMMARY
Baylor won the first matchup of the season against Kansas State, 88-58, in its Big 12 opener in Manhattan, Kan., on Dec. 28, 2017.
The Lady Bears shot 57.8 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from three-point range, while holding the Wildcats to 33.3 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from long range.
Four Lady Bears scored in double figures, including Kalani Brown (20), Lauren Cox (17), Natalie Chou (13) and Alexis Morris (13).
Baylor outdid Kansas State, 48-14, in the paint, 16-9, in second chance points, 4-0, in fast break points and, 23-16, in bench points.
For Kansas State, Kayla Goth (22) and Peyton Williams (13) scored in double figures.
RECORD BY STARTING LINEUP
With guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Dekeiya Cohen, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown starting, Baylor is 13-0.
With guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, guard Didi Richards, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown, Baylor is 1-0.
With guard Alexis Morris, guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown, Baylor is 1-0.
With guard Kristy Wallace, guard Moon Ursin, guard Natalie Chou, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown, Baylor is 1-0.
With guard Alexis Morris, guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Dekeiya Cohen and center Kalani Brown starting, Baylor is 0-1.
Sophomore Lauren Cox, a 6-4 forward, and junior Kalani Brown, a 6-7 center, were called `Double Trouble' by Hall of Famer and Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer and analyst LaChina Robinson posed the question, `are they the best 4/5 combination in women's basketball this year?, following Baylor's win over the No. 16/14 Cardinal.
The duo accounts for 39.3 percent of the Lady Bears' offensive output this season, netting 597 of the team's 1,521 points this season.
The pair has also recorded 35.8 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts, pulling down 299 of the squad's 836 rebounds this year.
Against ranked opponents, Brown averages 24.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, while shooting 76.9 percent from the floor.
Cox, who missed Baylor's game at No. 8/7 UCLA, averages a double-double (14.0 points, 12.0 rebounds) against two ranked opponents faced this season. She also averages 2.0 blocks and 4.5 assists, while shooting 43.3 percent from the floor against Top 25 foes.
`Double Trouble' is responsible for 42.7 percent of Baylor's scoring and 28.9 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts against its three ranked opponents.
Through six conference games, the duo has accounted for 40.6 percent of the Lady Bears' offensive output and 38.8 percent of the rebounding effort.
Cox and Brown were named to Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and Preseason All-Big 12 teams, respectively. Brown was tabbed Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year.
OWNING THE GLASS
Baylor has outrebounded all 17 of its opponents this season, boasting a rebounding margin of +18.2, which leads the nation.
In the last two seasons, the Lady Bears have outrebounded 52 of their last 54 opponents.
The last time an opponent outrebounded Baylor was on Feb. 6, 2017, when Texas edged the Lady Bears, 38-37, on the glass.
On Jan. 11, 2017, TCU matched Baylor's rebounding efforts as each team registered 38 boards.
EXCELLING BEYOND THE ARC
Despite ranking 205th and 219th nationally in three-point field goals per game (5.5) and three-point field goals made (94), respectively, the Lady Bears are lethal beyond the arc.
Baylor leads the Big 12 and is seventh in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (39.7), nailing 94 of 237 attempts.
In Big 12 play alone, Baylor is shooting 35.6 percent from three-point land, making 32 of its 90 attempts.
Against Iowa State, Baylor sunk 12 three-pointers on 23 attempts, one off the program's single game record of 13 makes in a contest.
Three Lady Bears are shooting above 40 percent from beyond the arc, including freshman guard Alexis Morris (50.0), sophomore guard Juicy Landrum (45.3) and senior guard Kristy Wallace (40.4).
Landrum is second in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage, Wallace is eighth and Chou is 10th (39.2). Morris is not ranked because she does not meet category minimums.
Through 17 games, the Lady Bears have limited 12 opponents to 10 points or less in a quarter 20 times in the 2017-18 season.
Baylor held two ranked teams to single digits, including No. 20/22 Kentucky (6 points in the third quarter) and No. 16/14 Stanford (8 points in the first quarter).
In Big 12 play alone, Baylor has kept opponents from scoring more than 10 points in nine quarters (at Kansas State - 10 points in the fourth quarter; vs. Texas Tech - 10 points in the third quarter; vs. Iowa State - 6 points in the first quarter and 10 points in the second quarter; at Kansas - 9 points in the second quarter and 7 points in the fourth quarter; at Oklahoma - 8 points in the second quarter and 8 points in the third quarter; at Iowa State - 2 points in the first quarter [lowest scoring quarter for a Big 12 opponent in Baylor women's basketball history]).
The Lady Bears held a McNeese State to less than 10 points in three of four quarters on the road, limiting the Cowgirls to nine points in the first quarter, seven points in the second and five in the fourth.
Baylor leads the nation in field goal percentage defense (30.1), scoring margin (+35.7) and defensive rebounds per game (35). The team is also fourth in blocked shots per game (7.0) and scoring defense (53.8) and sixth in blocked shots (119).
The Lady Bears have held opponents at or below their scoring average in all 17 games as well. The only team to match its scoring average was Coppin State, which scored 54 points in its season-opener against Baylor to match its 2016-17 scoring average.
Baylor has held opponents to 18.0 points below their scoring average and Big 12 opponents to 20.4 points below their scoring average.
The Baylor defense has kept eight teams 20 points or more below their scoring average this year, including Central Arkansas (held to 55 points, averaged 79.0), No. 8/9 UCLA (held to 82 points, averaged 102.5), North Dakota State (held to 43 points, averaged 67.0), McNeese State (held to 34, averaged half of that at 68.0), Nicholls State (held to 43, averaged 69.1), Texas Tech (held to 49, averaged 71.0), Iowa State (held to 49, averaged 71.8) and Oklahoma (held to 52, averaged 78.8).
Through 17 games, six of nine available Lady Bears have registered at least one double-double.
Junior Kalani Brown leads the way with seven double-doubles, which ranks second in the Big 12, and has a tallied 19 in her career.
Sophomore Lauren Cox has recorded six this season, including one against No. 16/14 Stanford (15 points, 15 rebounds), to bring her career total to seven.
Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen recorded the first double-doubles of her career this season, one against Missouri State (10 points, 10 rebounds) and another against Texas Tech (12 points, 11 rebounds).
Senior guard Kristy Wallace posted her second career double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) against No. 16/14 Stanford.
Sophomore guard Natalie Chou recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against North Dakota on Dec. 5 in just 25 minutes played.
Freshman guard Didi Richards registered the first double-double of her career against McNeese State on Dec. 13 with a career-high 11 points and career-high 12 rebounds in a career-high 25 minutes played.
With 15 points at Oklahoma on Jan. 14, senior guard Kristy Wallaced surprassed the 1,000-career points mark. She is the 35th Lady Bear to reach the milestone and ranks 30th in program history with 1,027 points. Wallace is 28 points from surpassing Ginger Thornton , who ranks 29th with 1,054 career points.
SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Senior guard Kristy Wallace is one of 30 candidates for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible, student-athletes must be a senior who excels in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition. Wallace, a health, kinesiology and leisure studies major, will graduate in May 2018. She has participated in Baylor Sports Ministry Mission Trips and is a team captain for the Lady Bears. Wallace is averaging 11.1 points, 4.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.
BIG 12 STAT LEADERS
The Lady Bears stand at the top of several team and individual statistical categories heading into the Big 12 Conference season.
As a team, Baylor leads the way in 14 categories, including scoring offense (89.5), scoring defense (53.8), scoring margin (+35.7), field goal percentage (.521), field goal percentage defense (.301), three-point field goal percentage (.397), three-point field goal percentage defense (.268), rebounding offense (49.2), rebounding margin (+18.2), blocked shots (7.0), assists (21.9), assist to turnover ratio (1.6), defensive rebounds (34.6) and defensive rebounding percentage (.762).
Junior All-American center Kalani Brown is leading the conference and the country individually in field goal percentage (.714). She is also second in scoring (21.0), third in defensive rebounds (6.3), fourth in rebounding (8.8), eighth in blocks (1.2) and ninth in free throw percentage (.785).
Sophomore forward Lauren Cox is leading the Big 12 in blocked shots (2.7) and defensive rebounds (6.9) and is third in rebounding (9.4).
Sophomore guard Juicy Landrum leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (.453), netting 24 of her 53 attempts in 17 games played.
Senior guard Kristy Wallace is second in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (2.5), is fifth in assists (4.9) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.404).
Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen is second in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds (3.1) and seventh in rebounding overall (7.4).
Sophomore guard Natalie Chou is ninth in three-point field goals made (1.7) and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.408).
NATIONAL AWARDS RUNDOWN
Junior Kalani Brown is in consideration for three national player of the year awards and the nation's top center award.
The 6-7 center was named to the Wendy's Midseason Top 25 list for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award on Jan. 11, 2018.
Brown has also been named to the 2018 Citizen Player of the Year Watch List (national player of the year), 2018 Wade Trophy Watch List (national player of the year) and the 2018 Lisa Leslie Award Watch List (nation's top center) this season.
A WBCA All-American and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American in 2017, Brown was tabbed Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and named to the Preseason All-Big 12 First Team.
Brown, who has recorded a team-high seven double-doubles, leads the nation in field goal percentage (71.4) and is 13th in field goals made (142) and 16th in points per game (21.0). She averages just under a double-double, leading Baylor in points per game and field goal percentage. She is second averaging 8.8 rebounds per game.
Sophomore Lauren Cox is in consideration for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award (nation's top power forward), presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the WBCA.
Cox, who has recorded six double-doubles, is averaging 15.0 points, a team-high 9.4 rebounds per game and a team-high 2.7 blocks per contest.
The 2017 Six Man Award recipient and Big 12 All Freshman Team honoree is shooting 51.8 percent from the floor and 26.7 percent from three-point range.
AP POLL STREAK
Baylor women's basketball has been included in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for 279 consecutive weeks, which is second only to UConn, a team that has been ranked for 461-straight weeks. Notre Dame is third with 204 consecutive AP Top 25 rankings, followed by Maryland with 145 weeks and South Carolina with 103 weeks.
CLIMBING THE CAREER SCORING LADDER
Junior Kalani Brown surpassed the 1,000-career point mark with 33 points at No. 8/7 UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Slidell, La., native is the 34th player to score 1,000-plus points for Baylor women's basketball and the first to do so since Khadijiah Cave, who graduated last spring and is playing professionally overseas, on March 4, 2017, in the Big 12 Championship opening round win over Texas Tech.
Through 92 career games, Brown has scored 1,278 points, which ranks 22nd all-time at Baylor. She is 11 points from surpassing Jennifer King (1989-93), who ranks 21st with 1,288 career points.
HOME SWEET HOME
Baylor has won 67 of its last 68 games played inside the Ferrell Center, including 10 in a row.
Baylor has won 185 consecutive home games vs. non-ranked opponents, dating back to an April 4, 2003, homecourt loss to Auburn in the WNIT finals. BU is 221-4 (.982) in non-league home games under Kim Mulkey.
Before its defeat by No. 11/13 Texas, 85-79, on Feb. 6, 2017, Baylor owned a 54-game home win streak overall dating back to March 2, 2014, when it lost to 11th-ranked West Virginia, 71-70.
Against Lamar on Nov. 10, junior All-American Kalani Brown recorded the program's first 20-point, 20-rebound performance since March 26, 2013, when WNBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner registered 33 points and 22 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Brown accomplished the feat with 26 points (11-16 FG, 4-5 FT) and 21 rebounds (5 offensive, 16 defensive) in 32 minutes played.
BIG 12 HISTORY
Baylor women's basketball has won a league-leading 16 Big 12 Conference titles, eight regular season and eight tournament championships.
The Lady Bears claimed their seventh regular season conference championship in a row, finishing 17-1 last season. The lone loss came at home to Texas, 85-79.
Baylor advanced to the Big 12 Championship game for the seventh consecutive season and the 11th time in program history last year with a semifinal victory over Kansas State, 88-71.
The Lady Bears have won six of the last seven Big 12 Championship titles, falling to West Virginia last year to end their streak, 77-66.
THE MULKEY FILE
In her 18th season, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 522-96 (.845) record which ranks No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind Connecticut's Geno Auriemma (.881).
Kim Mulkey's 36 seasons as a player and coach have resulted in 36 postseason trips, including 35 to NCAA/AIAW Tournaments.
In 604 of 618 games under Mulkey, the Lady Bears have held their opponent at or below 50 percent field goal shooting with only six of those efforts coming in the last 14 years.
Mulkey has accounted for 57.0 percent (522) of the program's 916 all-time victories.
CALL FROM THE HALL
For the second year in a row, 18th-year head coach Kim Mulkey is in consideration for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach. She is the only female on the Women's Committee list of 15 as both a player and coach for the Class of 2018.
The only basketball coach to win national championships as a head coach, assistant coach and player, Mulkey has compiled a 522-96 (.845) record at Baylor.
Mulkey is No. 2 nationally among the winningest active Division I coaches and No. 3 all-time in winning percentage, surpassing the late Hall of Fame coach and her mentor Pat Summitt. She also owns the top win total in the Big 12 Conference.
Mulkey, a five-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, has led Baylor to national championships in 2005 and 2012 and a Big 12 Conference record 16 league titles, including the last seven regular season and six of the last seven tournament championships.
The Lady Bears, who have made 16 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, have advanced to the Elite Eight in each of the last four seasons.
In her collegiate career, Mulkey led Louisiana Tech to a 130-6 record, two national titles and four Final Fours from 1980-84. The two-time Academic All-American graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech with a business degree.
The All-American won gold medals with the 1984 U.S. Olympic and 1983 Pan American Games teams.
Mulkey led Hammond High School to four consecutive state championships, a 136-5 record and finished her career with a then-national record 4,075 points. She earned all-district, all-state and All-America accolades all four years, while also graduating as valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Mulkey was the lone female named to the Louisiana Sports Writers top 25 athletes of the 20th century and listed by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 50 sports figures of Louisiana in the 20th century.
Mulkey has been inducted to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, National High School Hall of Fame, Louisiana High School Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.
She was named consensus National Coach of the Year in 2012 (WBCA, Naismith, Associated Press and USBWA) and USBWA National Coach of the Year in 2011.
BIG 12 PRESEASON AWARDS
For the eighth time in program history and the third year in a row, league coaches selected a Baylor women's basketball player Preseason Player of the Year, junior All-American center Kalani Brown.
Brown earned WBCA All-American and Associated Press honorable mention All-American accolades in addition to being named unanimously to the All-Big 12 first team in 2017.
The Slidell, La., native led Baylor in scoring (15.4), rebounding (8.2), shot blocking (2.0) and field goal percentage (.679), despite averaging just 21.4 minutes per game last season.
Sophomore forward Lauren Cox and senior guard Kristy Wallace were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention team.
Cox, the reigning Big 12 Sixth Man Award winner, was named to the All-Freshman team after averaging 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game last year.
Wallace, who started every game for the Lady Bears last season, led the team in assists (208) and was second in the Big 12 in assists (5.6) and steals (1.3).
The Lady Bears have made 12 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 16 overall. Those appearances have resulted in two national championships (2005, 2012), three Final Fours (2005, 2010, 2012), eight Elite Eights and 12 Sweet Sixteens.
Baylor has won seven consecutive Big 12 regular season and six of the last seven tournament titles. Overall the program has won eight regular season and eight tournament conference championships, most among all Big 12 programs.
Baylor is 256-21 (.924) over the past eight seasons, 34-3 in 2010-11, 40-0 in 2011-12, 34-2 in 2012-13, 32-5 in 2013-14, 33-4 in 2014-15, 36-2 in 2015-16, 33-4 in 2016-17, and 16-1 in 2017-18.
In that same span, BU is 141-8 (.946) in Big 12 play -- 123-7 (.946) in the regular season and 20-1 in Big 12 Tournament play.
225 of Baylor's 256 wins since 2010-11 have been by 10 or more points, and only 14 times in that span has its winning margin been five or fewer points (most recently three, 70-67, at No. 6/8 Texas, Feb. 20, 2017).
In Baylor's last 418 games, only three opponents (Texas, .516; Stanford, .509; West Virginia, .500) have shot 50 percent or above.
Baylor's current string of holding its opponent to .500 or less from the field is 27 games.
BU's string is 103-straight games holding its foe to .500 or below from the field was halted by No. 11/13 Texas, which shot .516 for a win on Feb. 6, 2017.
In the 2012-13 season, the Cardinal broke BU's 217-game streak of holding an opponent to 50 percent or less shooting from the floor.
MULKEY SIGNS TOP RECRUITING CLASS
The Lady Bear 2018 class, comprised of forward Caitlin Bickle (Cave Creek, Ariz.), forward Aquira DeCosta (Sacramento, Calif.), forward Queen Egbo (Houston, Texas), guard Honesty Scott-Grayson (Brick, N.J.) and forward NaLyssa Smith (Converse, Texas), is ranked No. 1.
Each player owns a five-star rating and is ranked in the Top 30 overall by ESPN Hoopgurlz, solidifying Baylor's most talented class to date. The only other consensus top-ranked class in program history came in 2008-09, when Brittney Griner (No. 1 by ESPN Hoopgurlz), Mariah Chandler (No. 16), Jordan Madden (No. 58), Shanay Washington (No. 64) and Kimetria Hayden (unranked) signed NLIs.
Since signing day, the entire 2018 signing class was nominated for McDonald's All-American recognition.
Four players, DeCosta, Egbo, Scott-Grayson and Smith, were included on the 2018 Naismith Trophy Midseason Girls Basketball Watch List and honored as 2018 McDonald's All-Americans.
Baylor stays home to meet Texas on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. (CT). The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.