Freshman Latara Darrett has started the past two games and has averaged 15.5 points a game over that span.
Jan. 26, 2007
#13/#11 Baylor (17-3, 4-2) at Oklahoma State (15-4, 3-3)
Saturday, Jan. 27 - 1:30 p.m. (CT)
Gallagher-Iba Arena - Stillwater, Okla.
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BAYLOR LADY BEARS
IN THE POLLS
13 - Associated Press
11 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Angela Tisdale - Jr., G, 5-5 - 10.7 ppg, 4.2 apg
Latara Darrett - Fr., G, 5-10 - 8.40 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Jessica Morrow - So., G, 6-2 - 9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg
Rachel Allison - So., P, 6-1 - 7.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg
Bernice Mosby - Sr., P, 6-1 - 18.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg
OKLAHOMA STATE COWGIRLS
IN THE POLLS
NR - Associated Press
NR - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Andrea Riley - Fr., G, 5-5 - 11.1 ppg, 5.1 apg
Danielle Green - Jr., G, 5-8 - 10.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Shaunte' Smith - So., G, 6-0 - 7.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg
Rashidat Sadiq - Sr., F, 6-2 - 12.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg
Dominique Chism - Jr., F, 6-1 - 5.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg
BAYLOR VS. OKLAHOMA STATE...
Saturday's afternoon matchup between Baylor and Oklahoma State will feature two squads with numerous newcomers on their rosters. Baylor's roster features six newcomers while the Cowgirls' have 10 new players donning the OSU orange and black this season.
The contest marks the Lady Bears' second road game in stretch where they will play four of five games away from Waco beginning with Wednesday's 63-59 victory at Texas. Following today's game, Baylor hosts Missouri (Jan. 31), then plays at Nebraska (Feb. 3) and at Texas Tech (Feb. 7).
Baylor, 17-3 on the season and 4-2 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 Cowgirls.
Oklahoma State, 15-4 on the season and 3-3 in conference action, is coming into the contest off a Wednesday night 61-58 home victory over Colorado.
WBCA "THINK PINK" WEEKEND...
In support of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) cause to help unify the women's basketball world, in a show of support for all coaches in the profession who are battling cancer, Lady Bear coaches, as well as coaches across the nation, will wear pink on the bench on Saturday. Coaches across the nation are joining together to educate, create awareness and motivate everyone to learn about cancer prevention.
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 174-48 (.784) 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.
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 20 games, two 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 18.9 a game and junior point guard Angela Tisdale scores 10.7 points. Sophomore guard Jessica Morrow manages 9.7, freshman post Danielle Wilson scores 9.2 an outing while freshman Latara Darrett tallies 8.4 and sophomore post Rachel Allison scores 7.0.
Mosby is averaging a team-leading 9.5 rebounds a game while Allison is the squad's second-leading rebounder with 6.7 a contest and is followed by Wilson's 5.9.
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.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Bernice Mosby ...
Senior transfer Bernice Mosby, an All-America candidate, was named Preseason Newcomer of the Year by the Big 12 coaches and was recently one of four players added to the WBCA's 2007 Wade Trophy watch list.
Mosby, in her two-plus seasons at the University of Florida, averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. She averaged a team-leading 15.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 30.3 minutes a game as a junior before leaving the team in late March. She amassed 1,124 points and 625 rebounds at Florida and was voted 2004 Southeastern Conference Sixth Woman of the Year. Mosby was also named to the 2003 SEC All-Freshman team and second-team all-SEC by the coaches and media in 2005.
Since her arrival at Baylor she has stepped up her averages and leads the Lady Bears and is one of the top players in the Big 12 at 18.9 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. She has produced 78 double-figure scoring, 32 double-figure rebounding games and 27 double-doubles throughout her career.
Even more impressive this season are her numbers versus Baylor's seven ranked opponents, 24.9 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. In addition, Mosby leads the Big 12 in scoring for league games only (21.2)
When she's in the game, freshman post Danielle Wilson has the ability to alter the opponent's game plan. In 20 games, Wilson has used her expansive wing span (82 1/4") to block a team-leading 61 shots for an average of 3.05 an outing. In fact, Wilson has recorded at least two blocks in 16-of-20 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 3.05 per outing. In total blocks on the season, Wilson sits at No. 9 nationally with 61. Only two freshmen have registered more blocks this season than Wilson, Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan has 88 to rank 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 61 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 eight 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 (174) and the best winning percentage (.784) among Big 12 coaches.
- Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby averages 24.9 points and 11.9 rebounds a game versus ranked teams this season. The Lady Bears have played seven ranked opponents.
- Four Lady Bears have posted double-doubles this season: Bernice Mosby (10, UNT, Hofstra, Purdue, LSU, SEMO, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas), 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 (61) and Bradley (19), have combined for over half of Baylor's blocked shots, 80-of-159. Senior Bernice Mosby has added 26 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 and 0-3 versus Texas. That's 1-of-14 (.071) over the past four games.
- Danielle Wilson, a Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year candidate, ranks No. 9 nationally in blocked shots (61) 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 eight 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 76-13 (.854) 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 12 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.
- In its three losses this season, Baylor is 6-of-40 (.150) from 3-point range compared to 35.8 (69-193) percent beyond the arc in its 17 wins.
- Since beginning Big 12 play, BU has shot .387 (136-351) 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 .275 (19-69) 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 96-70 all-time in regular season Big 12 games. However, in Kim Mulkey's six-plus years, Baylor is 69-33 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 - 4-2
MULKEY VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS...
With Baylor's victory over 24th-ranked Texas on Jan. 24, head coach Kim Mulkey is now 34-33 against ranked opponents, including a 4-3 record this season.
Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas A&M during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 18-8 versus ranked opponents.
SCOUTING THE COWGIRLS...
The Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 15-4 on the season and 3-3 in conference action, enter the game with their most conference victories since winning three Big 12 games in 2003-04. The Cowgirls have posted league wins over Kansas, Iowa State and Colorado.
OSU head coach Kurt Budke is in his second season as the Cowgirls' head coach and 14th year as a head coach overall. Budke is 21-26 in his two seasons at OSU and 374-73 in 14 campaigns all-told along the sidelines. Budke is 0-2 versus Baylor.
Junior center Maria Cordero, 6-3, leads a quartet of Cowgirls in double-digit scoring average. She comes off the bench to lead OSU in scoring at 12.9 an outing and is the squad's third-best rebounder at 5.9 a game. Senior forward Rashidat Sadiq, a transfer from the University of Connecticut, manages 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds a game while junior guard Danielle Green leads the team in rebounding at 6.3 and scores 10.7 a game. Guard Andrea Riley completes OSU's double-digit scoring with 11.1 a contest.
Baylor and Oklahoma State will meet for the 24th time when the two teams square off on Saturday afternoon. Baylor leads the series 16-7 and currently enjoys a seven-game win streak and has claimed victory in 11 of the last 13 outings. OSU's most recent triumph over Baylor came on Feb. 19, 2003 in Stillwater, 64-55.
The Lady Bears are 4-6 versus the Cowgirls in Stillwater
Mulkey owns a 10-2 record against OSU and is 4-2 in Stillwater.
The Lady Bears and the Cowgirls have faced four common opponents so far this season. Both teams posted wins over Prairie View A&M (BU 94-50, OSU 80-39) and Kansas (BU 71-64, OSU 68-54). Both squads lost games to Oklahoma (BU 76-63, OSU 76-60) while the Lady Bears defeated Texas Tech (61-54) and the Cowgirls lost twice to the Lady Raiders (75-49 & 63-61).
PLAYERS VERSUS BIG 12 TEAMS...
With 11 players on their roster and six of them being newcomers, only five current Lady Bears have played against Big 12 opponents.
Angela Tisdale and LaToya Wyatt have each played in four games against the Cowgirls and three players, sophomores Rachel Allison, Jessica Morrow and Jhasmin Player, have each played twice against Oklahoma State.
Tisdale and Morrow each maintain 8.0 scoring averages versus the Cowgirls.
The Lady Bears and the Cowgirls met twice last season with BU claiming victory in both contests. Baylor prevailed 57-26 in Waco and won at Stillwater 81-54.
In the most recent meeting, coming in the 20th game of the 2005-06 season, former Lady Bear All-American Sophia Young recorded a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds, draining 11-of-15 from the floor. Angela Tisdale and reserve sharpshooter Jordan Davis scored 17 and 12 points, respectively. Davis was 4-for-6 from 3-point range. In fact, the Lady Bears tallied nine 3-pointers that game, the second highest one-game total of the season (BU had 11 versus Iowa State and matched nine against New Mexico).
For the Cowgirls, center Whitney Pegram was the only player to reach doubles digits with 19 points.