Jan. 22, 2008
WACO, Texas -
#6/7 Baylor (16-1, 4-0) vs. Missouri (8-9, 1-3)
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - 6:00 p.m.
Mizzou Arena (15,061) - Columbia, Mo.
OVER THE AIRWAVES
Television - MSN
Audio: Live audio stream at BaylorBears.com
Radio: KLRK - 92.9 FM - Waco
Lori Fogleman, color analyst
BAYLOR AND MISSOURI
No. 6 Baylor, starting Big 12 Conference play at 4-0 for the first time in the league's 12-year history, puts its nine-game win streak on the line when it travels to Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6:00 p.m.
In addition, Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey, with 199 career victories to her credit, seeks to become the sixth-fastest NCAA Division I women's coach to reach the 200-victory milestone.
Baylor is 16-1 on the season and 4-0 in Big 12 action while the Tigers are 8-9 on the season and are one of seven Big 12 teams with a 1-3 league mark. The Mizzou contest marks the second of three games over a six-day span for the Lady Bears. Baylor played at Oklahoma on Sunday and will host Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Baylor has posted four straight league wins and nine straight overall victories, road decisions at Texas Tech (72-67) and 11th-ranked Oklahoma (84-73) to go with home victories over No. 13 Texas A&M (59-56) and Kansas (59-35).
In 2006, the Tigers halted Baylor's 30-game win streak with a 64-61 upset victory in Columbia. The Lady Bears' 30-game win streak, which began on Jan, 26, 2005 and ended on Jan. 4, 2006, ranks No. 10 on the NCAA's all-time win streak list. Last season the Lady Bears held on to post a 71-70 win in Waco.
MULKEY NEARING 200 VICTORIES
With 199 career victories to her credit, eighth-year head coach Kim Mulkey needs just one more win to reach the 200-win milestone. She should become the sixth-fastest coach ever to reach the 200-win plateau, following:
Fastest to 200 victories (NCAA Division I)
239 - Gary Blair - Stephen F. Austin (currently at Texas A&M)
241 - Joan Bonvicini - Long Beach State (currently at Arizona)
241 - Jody Conradt - Texas (retired)
245 - C. Vivian Stringer - Cheyney (currently at Rutgers)
251 - Andy Landers - Georgia
257 - Kay Yow - N.C. State
259 - Pat Summitt - Tennessee
261 - Tom Collen - Colorado State, Louisville (currently at Arkansas)
262 - Chris Weller - Maryland (retired)
267 - Kristy Curry - Texas Tech
Kim Mulkey - 199-54 = 253
TISDALE EARNS FIRST BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Senior point guard Angela Tisdale averaged 21 points and five rebounds last week in Baylor's victories over Kansas and 11th-ranked Oklahoma and earned her first Big 12 Player of the Week honor.
In the two games, the Austin, Texas, native shot 43.3 percent (13-30) from the floor and was perfect from the free throw line at 10-of-10. Tisdale poured in 35 points against the Sooners to lead all scorers and propel the Lady Bears to an 84-73 road victory. In 40 minutes of action, she was 10-of-16 (.625) from the floor, including 5-for-9 (.556) from 3-point range, and was perfect from the free throw line at 10-for-10.
In Baylor's 59-35 victory over Kansas, Tisdale registered seven points and hauled down six rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. She also added four assists and a blocked shot. Tisdale, who recently scored her 1,000th career point, leads the Lady Bears in scoring at 15.5 points a game and is hitting 84.0 percent from the charity stripe.
LADY BEAR LEADERS
With 17 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 15.5 a contest, while Rachel Allison, a junior forward/post, manages 13.8 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 11.6 points an outing. Junior guard/forward Jessica Morrow completes Baylor's double-digit scoring with 11.1. In addition to Allison's 7.9 boards, four other players haul down 4.5 or more rebounds an outing. Wilson manages 7.4 a game while Player averages 6.3, freshman Melissa Jones manages 4.9 and sophomore post Jessika Bradley snags 4.5.
LADY BEAR AND BEARS IN AP POLL
With its men's team breaking into the AP's top 25 for the first time in 39 years, Baylor becomes one of just seven schools to have both its men's and women's team ranked among the top 25 nationally this week. The Lady Bears are ranked No. 6 while the Bears broke in at No. 25 this week. Other schools that have both teams ranked among the nation's top 25 include Tennessee, North Carolina, Stanford, Duke, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M. In addition, Baylor is one of two teams in the Big 12 Conference to have its women's and men's teams with undefeated league marks. The Lady Bears are 4-0 while the Bears are 3-0 while Kansas State's women are also 4-0 and the men's squad is 2-0. Baylor sports a combined 31-3 record for its women's and men's teams with the Lady Bears at 16-1 and the Bears at 15-2.
BAYLOR IN BIG 12 GAMES
The 2007-08 season marks the 12th year of competition for women's basketball in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor has a record of 107-73 all-time in regular season Big 12 games. However, in Kim Mulkey's eight years, Baylor is 80-36 in Big 12 play and has never posted a losing conference record. In 2004-05 the Lady Bears claimed their first-ever Big 12 Conference championship, winning both the regular season and tournament titles.
2000-01 - 9-7
2001-02 - 12-4
2002-03 - 8-8
2003-04 - 10-6
2004-05 - 14-2
2005-06 - 12-4
2006-07 - 11-5
2007-08 - 4-0
BAYLOR QUICK STARTS UNDER Kim Mulkey
Baylor is off to its second-best start in school history behind a 19-1 beginning in 1975-76. The Lady Bears have started no worse than 12-1 in each of Kim Mulkey's seven seasons along the Baylor sideline. 2007-08 16-1
BAYLOR IN THE RANKINGS
After beginning the season ranked No. 15 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Preseason Polls, Baylor has achieved its highest AP ranking of the season, moving up to No. 6 last week in the AP poll and maintaining that ranking this week. Prior to the loss to then-fifth-ranked Stanford, Baylor was ranked No. 10 for three weeks. After dropping to No. 11 for one week, the Lady Bears are now back among the top 10. Baylor has been ranked in a school-record 79 straight regular-season AP polls dating back to week nine of the 2003-04 listing when it broke in at No. 24.
Baylor's No. 6 AP ranking is its highest listing since the Jan. 11, 2006, poll when it ranked No. 5.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The Missouri Tigers, with eight underclassmen and three upperclassmen on their 11-man roster, are 8-9 on the season and one of seven Big 12 teams with a 1-3 league mark. The Tigers enter the contest on a two-game losing streak after dropping contests at Oklahoma State (76-41) and Kansas (66-60).
Missouri head coach Cindy Stein is in her 10th season as the Tigers' head coach and 13th year as a head coach overall. Stein is 158-130 in her 10 seasons at Missouri and 223-155 in 13 campaigns all-told along the sidelines.
Missouri is led in scoring by 5-11 junior guard Alyssa Hollins' 16.8 points an outing. Sophomore Jessra Johnson, a 6-1 forward, is the team's second-leading scorer and top rebounder with 14.6 points and 8.0 rebounds a contest. Shakara Jones, a 6-2 freshman forward, completes the Tigers' double-digit scoring with 12.1 a contest and ranks No. 3 in rebounding with 6.5 a game.
Baylor and Missouri will meet for the 16th time when the two teams square off on Wednesday evening. Baylor leads the series 11-4 and prior to Missouri's 2006 victory, had won six straight. In 2006 Missouri broke Baylor's school-record 30-game win streak with a 64-61 triumph at Columbia.
The Lady Bears are 3-2 versus the Tigers in Columbia.
Mulkey owns a 7-1 record against Missouri and is 2-1 in Columbia.
TISDALE JOINS ELITE GROUP
With her 18-point performance against Rice, senior point guard Angela Tisdale became the 24th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points. She now has 1,110 career points to her credit. In Baylor's 84-73 victory over 11th-ranked Oklahoma, Tisdale poured in a career-high 35 points, 15 of which came from 3-point range. She is now tied for No. 3 on Baylor's career 3-point list with former Lady Bear Emily Niemann with 139 career treys.
PLAYER SHOWS VERSATILITY
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 second on the squad in steals with 31, behind Rachel Allison's 32. She is shooting 52.7 percent (79-150) 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-21 (.476) and is 10-for-25 (.400) 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 1.91, 65 assists with only 34 turnovers.
ALLISON'S GOT A NOSE FOR THE BALL
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 135 rebounds this season, 40.7 percent (55) of which came off the offensive glass. In addition, she has registered a team-leading 32 steals, 19 assists and 14 blocks on the year.
BAYLOR'S BLOCK MACHINE
Sophomore post Danielle Wilson owns two of the top marks in the Big 12 this season in blocks when she rejected nine shots against Oregon and seven at 11th-ranked Oklahoma. In fact, four of Wilson's seven against Oklahoma came in the second half with the Sooners' two-time All-American Courtney Paris as the victim. She has blocked a league-leading 48 shots which ranks No. 2 in the conference in block average at 3.0 a game which ranks No. 10 nationally. With her seven blocks against Oklahoma, Wilson now has 134 career blocks and ranks No. 3 on Baylor's career list, passing former Baylor All-American Sophia Young's 131. Kacy Moffitt ranks No. 2 on the list with 141.
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 20.2 minutes a game and ranks fourth on the team in rebounding with 4.9 a contest. Griffin, the backup point guard, is averaging 13.2 minutes an outing. Both players boast impressive shooting percentages, both from the floor and the free throw line. Jones is shooting .441 (30-68) from the floor and .727 (24-33) from the charity stripe while Griffin maintains an overall shooting percentage of .424 (14-33) and a .737 (14-19) free throw mark.