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Lady Bears Hit Road to Face Texas

Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby leads Baylor in both scoring and rebounding.

Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby leads Baylor in both scoring and rebounding.

Jan. 23, 2007

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#13/#13 Baylor (16-3, 3-2) at #24/24 Texas (14-5, 3-2)

Wednesday, Jan. 24 - 7 p.m. (CT)
Erwin Center - Austin, Texas

OVER THE AIRWAVES

TV: College Sports TV (CSTV)
Tom Hart, play-by-play
Ann Schatz, color analyst

Internet Feeds
Audio:
Live audio stream at BaylorBears.com

Radio: KLRK - 92.9 FM - Waco
KVCE - 1160 AM - Dallas

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

BAYLOR LADY BEARS

IN THE POLLS
13 - Associated Press
13 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches

PROBABLE STARTERS
Angela Tisdale - Jr., G, 5-5 - 11.0 ppg, 4.11 apg
Latara Darrett - Fr., G, 5-10 - 8.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Bernice Mosby - Sr., P, 6-1 - 18.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg
Rachel Allison - So., P, 6-1 - 7.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg
Danielle Wilson - Fr., P, 6-3 - 9.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg

TEXAS LONGHORNS

IN THE POLLS
24 - Associated Press
24 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches

PROBABLE STARTERS
Carla Cortijo - Fr., G, 5-7 - 6.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg
Erneisha Bailey - Jr., G, 5-9 - 7.0 ppg, 5-7 rpg
Brittainey Raven - Fr., G, 6-0 - 7.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Earnesia Williams - Fr., F, 6-1 - 9.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Tiffany Jackson - Sr., F, 6-3 - 19.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg

BAYLOR VS. TEXAS...
Wednesday's matchup between Baylor and Texas pits two teams against each other with identical 3-2 league records.

Baylor, 16-3 on the season and 3-2 in Big 12 play, remained at No. 13 in the most recent AP poll after a 79-70 home court victory over 25th-ranked Kansas State.

Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocked shots and will try to maintain that ranking as it plays the Longhorns.

Texas, 14-5 on the season and 3-2 in conference action, dropped from No. 22 to No. 24 in the AP Poll after a loss at Iowa State (67-56) and a victory over then-17th-rated Texas A&M (64-45).

Wednesday's contest marks Baylor's seventh game against a top 25 opponent this season, and the fourth of four straight contests versus rated foes. The Lady Bears have split their first six games versus ranked opponents in 2006-07.

LADY BEARS ON TELEVISION...
Wednesday's game will be broadcast nationally on College Sports Television (CSTV) and marks Baylor's fourth appearance on national television in five games.

Tom Hart will call the action while Ann Schatz will provide color analysis.

HEAD COACH Kim Mulkey...
When Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Kim Mulkey accepted the position of women's head basketball coach at Baylor University, few could have predicted the dramatic and prestigious turn the program was about to take. In just six years at Baylor, the former All-American and Olympic Gold medalist has guided the Lady Bear basketball program to the pinnacle of women's basketball, the 2005 NCAA national championship, five NCAA Tournament appearances and six 20-win seasons.

The 2005 national title was Baylor's first for a women's team sport and the only basketball national title, men's or women's, in the Big 12 Conference's 10-year history.

In winning the 2005 title, Mulkey became the first person, man or woman, to win a basketball national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

En route to the NCAA championship, the Lady Bears won their first Big 12 Conference championship and were the league's tournament champion as well. Mulkey has produced amazing results since taking over the reins of the program on April 4, 2000, averaging 26.1 wins a season. In her seven years at the program's helm, she has posted an impressive 173-48 (.783) record which ranks her No. 7 nationally in winning percentage.

Since taking over a squad that was just 7-20 the season prior to her arrival, Mulkey has guided the Lady Bears to six postseason appearances, including five NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the 2003 WNIT finals. In 2004, the Lady Bears made their first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and have now played in three straight Sweet 16s.

On Dec. 28, Mulkey became the winningest coach in Baylor women's basketball history with the squad's 89-40 victory over North Carolina A&T. Pam Bowers previously held the record with 168 wins which she accomplished in 15 seasons.

TOUGH STRETCH FOR LADY BEARS...
Beginning with Wednesday's Jan. 10 matchup against Oklahoma, the Lady Bears face a daunting schedule over their next four games, all of which are against teams ranked in the Associated Press' top 25.

Baylor lost (76-63) to No. 8 Oklahoma on Wednesday, Jan. 10, lost to 19th-ranked Texas A&M (60-52), then posted a 79-70 win over No. 25 Kansas State on Jan. 20 and finally, plays at No. 24 Texas on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

THE LADY BEARS...
The Baylor Lady Bears continue Big 12 Conference action after playing their most challenging non-conference schedule in program history. Baylor played three teams ranked among the Associated Press' top 25 (No. 12 Purdue, No. 9 LSU, No. 22 BYU) and two others who were receiving votes (Hofstra, UCLA).

Through 19 games, three players are averaging double-digit scoring but the Lady Bears have plenty of balance as six players average 7.0 or more points a game.

Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby leads the way with 18.7 a game, junior point guard Angela Tisdale scores 11.0 points and sophomore guard Jessica Morrow manages 10.0. Freshman post Danielle Wilson scores 9.5 an outing while freshman Latara Darrett tallies 8.0 and sophomore post Rachel Allison scores 7.0.

Mosby is averaging a team-leading 9.3 rebounds a game while Allison is the squad's second-leading rebounder with 6.6 a contest and is followed by Wilson's 6.0.

NO. 1 IN NCAA BLOCKING STATISTICS...
The Lady Bears come into the contest ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I statistics (through games of Jan. 21) in blocked shots per game at 8.1. Undefeated and top-ranked Duke is No. 2 (7.6) while third-ranked North Carolina sits at No. 3 with 7.4 an outing. In total blocks through games of Jan. 21, Baylor's 153 rejections rank No. 2 behind North Carolina's 163.

FRESHMAN REJECTION...
When she's in the game, freshman post Danielle Wilson has the ability to alter the opponent's game plan. In 19 games, Wilson has used her expansive wing span (82 1/4") to block a team-leading 60 shots for an average of 3.11 an outing. In fact, Wilson has recorded at least two blocks in 16-of-19 games this season and has blocked five or more five times (North Texas, BYU, Purdue, North Carolina A&T, Texas A&M).

In addition, Wilson ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 9 in NCAA Division I statistics in blocked shots at 3.11 per outing. In total blocks on the season, Wilson sits at No. 9 nationally with 60. Only two freshmen have registered more blocks this season than Wilson, Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan has 88 and ranks No. 2 nationally and Xavier's Amber Harris sits at No. 3 with 74.

With her five blocks against North Carolina A&T, Wilson cracked BU's single season top 10. Now with 60 on the season, she sits at No. 2 after passing Steffanie Blackmon's 58 which she achieved in the 2002-03 season. Carol Reeves Brandenburg, a recent inductee into Baylor's Athletic Hall of Fame, owns the top spot at 76 in the 1979-80 season. Wilson needs just nine more blocks to crack BU's career top 10.

BAYLOR QUICK HITS...
- Baylor ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division I statistics in blocked shots at 8.1 a game (through game of Jan. 21).
- Since her arrival at Baylor, Kim Mulkey has posted the most victories (173) and the best winning percentage (.783) among Big 12 coaches. See box on page two for complete breakdown.
- Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby averages 25.2 points and 11.8 rebounds a game versus ranked teams this season. The Lady Bears have played six ranked opponents.
- Four Lady Bears have posted double-doubles this season: Bernice Mosby (9, UNT, Hofstra, Purdue, LSU, SEMO, Kansas, Oklahoma), Danielle Wilson (2, LSU & NCAT), Angela Tisdale (SDSU) and Rachel Allison (UAPB).
- Sophomore Rachel Allison recorded her first career double-double versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
- Two freshmen, Danielle Wilson (60) and Bradley (19), have combined for over half of Baylor's blocked shots, 79-of-153. Senior Bernice Mosby has added 23 as well while Jessica Morrow tallied 16.
- Prior to the Oklahoma game, Angela Tisdale had hit 17-of-39 (.436) from 3-point range over the previous eight games but was 0-5 versus the Sooners, 0-2 against Texas A&M and 1-4 in the Kansas State game.
- Prior to the Oklahoma game, Jessica Morrow had hit 9-of-17 (.529) from 3-point range over the last eight games but was 0-4 versus the Sooners, 1-3 against Texas A&M and 3-of-7 in the Kansas State game.
- Danielle Wilson, a Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year candidate, ranks No. 9 nationally in blocked shots (60) and is No. 2 on Baylor's single season top 10. She recently passed Steffanie Blackmon's 58, which she achieved in the 2002-03 season. Carol Reeves Brandenburg owns the top spot at 76 in the 1979-80 season.
- Wilson needs just nine more blocked shots to crack Baylor's career top 10.
- Baylor is 136-12 (.919) under Mulkey when scoring 70 or more points, including 85-3 (.966) when putting 80 or more on the scoreboard. In 2006-07, the Lady Bears are 13-0 when scoring 70 or more points, 9-0 when topping the 80-point barrier.
- Baylor is 75-13 (.852) since the start of the 2004-05 season with 10 of the 13 setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. Baylor's last eight losses have come to ranked opponents.
- Baylor players have earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week five of the 11 weeks the award has been selected. Wilson has two selections under her belt while Bernice Mosby has picked up the award twice and Latara Darrett garnered one.
- Baylor is the only team in the Big 12 to have three players ranked among the top 20 in rebounding: Mosby, Allison and Wilson.
- In its three losses this season, Baylor is 6-of-40 (.150) from 3-point range compared to 35.7 (66-185) percent beyond the arc in its 16wins.
- Since beginning Big 12 play, BU has shot .372 (111-298) from the floor as opposed to .470 (427-908) in non-conference play.
- The Lady Bears shot .341 (56-164) from 3-point range in non-league play and have managed only .262 (16-61) in conference action.

BAYLOR IN BIG 12 GAMES...
The 2006-07 season marks the 11th year of competition for women's basketball in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor has a record of 95-70 all-time in regular season Big 12 games. However, in Kim Mulkey's six-plus years, Baylor is 68-33 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 - 3-2

MULKEY VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS...
With Baylor's victory over 25th-ranked Kansas State on Jan. 20, head coach Kim Mulkey is now 33-33 against ranked opponents, including a 3-3 record this season.

Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas A&M during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 17-8 versus ranked opponents.

SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS...
The 24th-ranked Texas Longhorns, 14-5 on the season and 3-2 in conference action, will try to extend their 11-2 Erwin Center record this season when they host the Lady Bears. The Longhorns are coming off a 64-45 Sunday victory over then-17th-ranked Texas A&M.

Texas head coach Jody Conradt is in her 31st season as the Longhorns' head coach and 38th year as a head coach overall. Conradt, a 1963 Baylor graduate, is 779-236 in her 31 seasons at Texas and 896-298 in 38 campaigns all-told along the sidelines. She is 52-14 all-time versus her alma mater, having coached the Horns in 66 of the first 69 BU-UT games.

Senior forward Tiffany Jackson leads Texas with 19.6 points and 9.4 rebounds a game. With sophomore guard Erika Arriaran (10.5 ppg, team-high 26 3's) out with an ACL injury, the second-leading scorer for UT is freshman forward Earnesia Williams with 9.3 points. Junior guard Erneisha Bailey ranks second on the squad in rebounding at 5.7 a contest.

SERIES RECORD...
Baylor and Texas will meet for the 70th time when the two teams square off on Wednesday evening. Texas leads the series 52-17, but Baylor currently enjoys a two-game win streak and has claimed victory in three of the last four outings. Texas' most recent triumph over Baylor came on Jan. 22, 2005 in Austin, 69-55.

The Lady Bears are 4-25 versus the Longhorns in Austin and three of those wins have come since the arrival of head coach Kim Mulkey. Baylor's only other win in Austin came on Jan. 21, 1975 (116-62).

Mulkey owns an 8-5 record against Texas and is 3-3 in Austin.

COMMON OPPONENTS...
The Lady Bears and the Longhorns have faced four common opponents so far this season. Both teams posted wins over Sam Houston State (BU 117-50, UT 84-56) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (BU 64-62, UT 73-68). Baylor dropped a game to Purdue (69-55) while the Longhorns beat the Boilermakers (64-61). Texas prevailed against Texas A&M (64-45) while Baylor fell to the Aggies 60-52.

 

 

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