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Lady Bear Hoops Travel to Texas Tech

Jan. 22, 2009

#5/4 Baylor (16-1, 4-0) vs. Texas Tech (11-6, 2-2)

Saturday, Jan. 24 - 1 p.m. (CST)
United Spirit Arena (15,050) Lubbock, Texas


TV: FSN Southwest

TV Talent:
Kevin Eschenfelder (Play-by-play)
Debbie Antonelli (Color analyst)

live audio (free)

Radio: ISP Sports Network
92.9 FM-KLRK

Radio Talent:
Rick May (Play-by-play)
Lori Fogleman (Color analyst)

No. 5/4 Baylor puts its 10-game win streak on the line when it travels to Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 21, for a 1 p.m. (CST) contest that will be televised on Fox Sports Network (FSN). Baylor is 16-1 overall, 4-0 in the Big 12 and 2-0 in league road games.

With a perfect conference record, Baylor has started Big 12 play at 4-0 for just the second time in the league's 13-year history. The Lady Bears began their 2008 Big 12 slate at 8-0 en route to a 12-4 finish. The Lady Bears' 2008-09 campaign marks just the third time the squad has started the season at 16-1 or better, in both 1975-76 and 2007-08, the program posted 19-1 starts.

Texas Tech is 11-6 on the season and 2-2 in league play after suffering its first home loss of the season, Wednesday's 60-48 triumph by 18th-ranked Kansas State. The Lady Raiders are 10-1 in the United Spirit Arena this season.

Baylor is coming off a string of three-straight contests against ranked opponents. At 4-0 versus ranked opponents on the season, Baylor downed then-No. 2 Stanford on Nov. 16, 81-65, No. 20 Iowa State, 68-57, No. 22 Oklahoma State, 75-57, and No. 9 Texas A&M, 64-61. Junior post Danielle Wilson has averaged 13.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks against the four ranked opponents.

After the upcoming game at Texas Tech, Baylor will again face three ranked opponents in its next four contests, home games against No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 14 Texas, at Nebraska, and at home against No. 18 Kansas State.

Fox Sports Network (FSN) will air Saturday's game between Baylor and Texas Tech. Veterans Kevin Eschenfelder and Debbie Antonelli will provide play-by-play and color analysis, respectively.

Saturday's broadcast marks Baylor's first FSN televised game as part of the Big 12 Conference package. Baylor will host two televised FSN games in the near future, a Sunday, Feb. 1 (3 p.m.) contest against No. 14 Texas and a Feb. 7 (11 a.m.) game against 18th-ranked Kansas State.


5 - Associated Press
4 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches

21 Kelli Griffin-So., G, 5-8 - 5.8 ppg, 2.8 ppg, 3.7 apg
15 Jhasmin Player-Sr., G, 5-10 - 9.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.8 apg
3 Jessica Morrow-Sr., G, 6-0 - 10.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg
14 Rachel Allison-Sr., F, 6-1 - 12.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg
11 Danielle Wilson-Jr., P, 6-3 -15.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.1 bpg

55 Morghan Medlock-Jr., F, 6-2 - 7.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg
5 Melissa Jones-So., G, 5-10 - 7.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg

With 17 games under its belt, Baylor continues to lead the Big 12 Conference in rebounding and the nation in rebounding margin (+13.8). Five players haul down 5.1 or more rebounds a contest, junior post Danielle Wilson leads the way with 8.5, senior post Rachel Allison follows with 6.8, sophomore guard Melissa Jones and junior forward/post Morghan Medlock come off the bench to haul down 5.8 and 5.1 respectively, and senior guard Jhasmin Player averages 5.1 an outing. The Lady Bears average 46.5 rebound a contest while limiting their opponents to just 31.8.

Wilson leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 15.0 points and 8.5 boards a game while Allison ranks second in both categories with 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds an outing. Senior guard Jessica Morrow completes Baylor's double-digit scoring at 10.6 a game while Player isn't far behind at 9.4 a contest.

For the first time in program history, with wins over No. 2 Stanford (81-65) and No. 9 Texas A&M (64-61), the Lady Bears have posted two regular season victories over top 10 teams. In eight of head coach Kim Mulkey's nine seasons, Baylor has managed one top 10 win in the regular season. En route to the 2005 NCAA championship, the Lady Bears ended the year with four top 10 wins, three of which came in the NCAA Tournament.

- All three of Baylor's seniors, Rachel Allison, Jessica Morrow and Jhasmin Player, are scheduled to graduate in May 2009.
- Baylor's Jan. 10 victory at Colorado marked Kim Mulkey's 100th win versus Big 12 teams, she is 103-47 (.685).
- Six Lady Bears were named to the fall Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. - Rachel Allison was one of five players added to the Wade Trophy watch list, Jan. 21.
- BU has led by double-digits in 16 of 17 games this season, the largest lead was 48 versus Lamar. The Lady Bears have led by double-digits 32 times this season and only trailed by double-digits in one game (Oregon, four times, largest Duck lead 12).
- Baylor has not been outrebounded this season and has led at the half in every game except two (tied 35-35 vs. No. 2 Stanford, trailed 39-36 at Oregon). The Lady Bears went on to win both contests.
- Baylor has not been out-rebounded this season and owns a +13.8 rebounding advantage over its opponents. The Lady Bears rank No. 1 nationally in rebound margin.
- BU leads the Big 12 in two of three rebounding categories, rebound offense (45.6), and rebound margin (+13.8). The Lady Bears are second in the league in rebound defense (31.8).
- The Lady Bears own the Big 12's top two team rebounding marks this season. They hauled down 70 against Florida Atlantic (Nov. 14) and 64 versus Lamar (Dec. 8).
- Baylor has topped the 50-rebound mark six times this season (Florida Atlantic-70; Rice-52; UCF-50; Lamar-64; UT-Pan Am-50, Oklahoma State-51).
- Baylor tallied a school record 70 rebounds versus an NCAA opponent in its win over Florida Atlantic.
- Junior post Danielle Wilson blocked six shots against Stanford. Currently, at the 17-game mark, she has rejected 53 shots and totals 219 for her career to extend her school record. She is over half-way to her Baylor single-season record of 86 blocks she set as a rookie in 2006-07.
- Wilson currently ranks No. 4 on the Big 12's career shot block chart.
- Over the past 11 games, Wilson has averaged 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and a .597 (77-129) shooting percentage. In addition, she has posted a double-double in seven of the last nine games.
- Wilson ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference in blocks per game (3.3) and No. 5 nationally.
- Wilson leads the team in double-doubles with eight (Wisconsin, Lamar, Samford, UT-Pan Am, Oregon, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M).
- Allison has two double-doubles to her credit this season, both have been recorded by halftime (Florida Atlantic, Rice).
- Allison saw her 46 consecutive starts and 109 consecutive games-played streaks halted when she sat out the UT-Pan American game with an injured left ankle.
- Jessica Morrow became the 25th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points when she achieved the feat on Dec. 8 versus Lamar. She now has 1,100 career points to rank 21st on Baylor's all-time list.
- Rachel Allison became the 26th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points when she achieved the feat on Jan. 3 versus Texas State. She now has 1,032 career points to ranks 24th on Baylor's all-time list.
- Baylor achieved its highest Associated Press poll ranking of the season as it checks for the second straight week at No. 5. The Lady Bears had been ranked No. 6 twice this season, Nov. 24 and Jan. 6. Baylor is now No. 4 in the USA Today ESPN Coaches' Poll, its highest of the season.
- The then-19th-ranked Lady Bears downed No. 2 Stanford, 81-65, on Sunday, Nov. 16. BU's victory over No. 2 Stanford marked the program's highest-ranked regular season win.
- Senior post Rachel Allison, 6-1, scored 25 points and hauled down eight rebounds against Stanford's tall posts.
- After scoring a three-pointer in 43 straight games, dating back to Feb. 28, 2007, the Lady Bears have come up empty from behind the arch three times this season, they were 0-6 against Wisconsin and Colorado and 0-9 from 3-point range versus Samford.

Baylor's Danielle Wilson, an All-American candidate, has been on a roll recently. Over the past 11 games, the junior post has produced eight double-doubles, including seven in the last nine games, led the team in scoring on seven occasions and rebounding in eight contests. In addition, against Texas State she poured in a career-high 26 points.

Over the 11 games she has averaged a team-leading 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.6 blocks while shooting 59.7 percent (77-129) from the floor.

Wilson has raised her season averages to 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds a game, both of which lead the team, and owns the squad's top field goal percentage at 53.1 percent (102-192). She has blocked a team-leading 53 shots which ranks her No. 2 in the Big 12.

Wilson has hauled down 145 rebounds, 72 (49.7 percent) of which are off the offensive glass.

As of games through Jan. 11, Wilson ranks No. 5 nationally in blocked shots (3.3) and No. 35 in field goal percentage (.538).

The State Farm Wade Trophy Committee elected to add five additional student-athletes to the 2008-2009 State Farm Wade Watch List. Rachel Allison (Baylor), Kristi Cirone (Illinois State), Shalee Lehning (Kansas State), Deirdre Naughton (DePaul) and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (Purdue) become part of the 30-player pool, which includes 25 preseason selections.

The committee chose to add the five players to the Wade Watch after extensively reviewing each student-athlete's contributions to their team and to the integrity of the game.

The 6-1 senior forward/post from Jonesboro, Ark., becomes Baylor's fifth Wade Trophy nominee. Debbie Polk made the list in 1982 while Sophia Young had a spot on the 2005 and '06 lists, Steffanie Blackmon was a 2005 nominee and Bernice Mosby (2007) was the Lady Bears' most recent nominee.

All three of Baylor's seniors, Rachel Allison, Jessica Morrow and Jhasmin Player, are scheduled to graduate in May 2009. Baylor boasts a 100% graduation rate by Lady Bears who have completed their athletic eligibility at BU since coach Mulkey's arrival.

Allison will graduate with a degree in exercise physiology while Morrow and Player are both speech communication majors.

Six Lady Bears, including four newcomers, were named to the fall 2008 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. Veterans making the list were Rachel Allison and Jhasmin Player. Newcomers listed include Terran Condrey, Ashley Field, Lindsay Palmer and Whitney Zachariason. Palmer was one of 32 Baylor student-athletes who achieved perfect 4.0 grade-point averages for the term.

The 2008-09 season marks the 13th year of competition for women's basketball in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor has a record of 119-77 (.607) all-time in regular season Big 12 games. However in Kim Mulkey's nine years, Baylor is 92-40 (.697) in Big 12 play and has never posted a losing conference record. The 2004-05 Lady Bears claimed their first-ever Big 12 Conference championship, winning both the regular season and tournament titles.

Lady Bears under Kim Mulkey in regular season Big 12 games:
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 - 12-4 (best Baylor start in league history at 9-1)
2008-09 - 4-0

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are 11-6 on the season and 2-2 in league play after suffering their first home loss of the season, Wednesday's 60-48 setback to 18th-ranked Kansas State. The Lady Raiders are 10-1 in the United Spirit Arena this season.

Head coach Kristy Curry is in her third season at Texas Tech after a highly successful head coaching stint at Purdue. Curry posted a 179-51 record in seven seasons at Purdue. She is 222-89 in 10 seasons as a head coach, including 43-38 at Texas Tech. Curry and Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey were both assistant coaches at Louisiana Tech serving under current Baylor assistant coach Leon Barmore. Mulkey served there from 1985-2000 while Curry was there for three seasons (1996-99).

Texas Tech is led in scoring by 5-10 senior forward Dominic Seals' 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds. Senior guard Jordan Murphree ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.9 points while 6-3 freshman center Kierra Mallard is the team's second-leading rebounder at 7.5 an outing.

TEXAS TECH'S PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game)
3 Maria Moore - Sr., G, 5-5 - 5.6 ppg, 3.6 apg
13 Jordan Murphree - Jr., G, 6-0 - 15.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg
41 Dominique Seals - Sr., F, 6-2 - 6.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg
31 Ashlee Roberson - Jr., F, 5-11 - 14.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg
20 Kierra Mallard - Fr., C, 6-3 - 2.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg

Baylor and Texas Tech will meet for the 67th time when the two teams square off on Saturday afternoon in the United Spirit Arena (USA). Texas Tech leads the series 46-20, however Baylor has won nine of the last 10 games including five straight.

Baylor is 5-24 all-time in games played in Lubbock. Head coach Kim Mulkey owns an 11-7 record against Texas Tech, including a 3-5 mark in Lubbock and two straight USA victories.



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