WBB Battles No. 8 A&M In Big 12 Showdown

Jan. 26, 2010


#14/16 Baylor (14-4, 1-3) vs. #8/8 Texas A&M (15-2, 3-1)
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 | 7 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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Date: Wed., Jan. 27, 2010
7 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network; ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
    Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
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2009-10 Record: 14-4, 1-3
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 14/16
Last Game: L, 70-62, Missouri
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
   Career Record: 251-70 (10th season)
   Record at BU: same
   Mulkey vs. Texas A&M: 17-4

2009-10 Record: 15-2, 3-1, 0-4
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 8/8
Last Game: W, 69-54, Texas Tech
Head Coach: Gary Blair
   Career Record: 550-231 (25th season)
   Record at TAMU: 144-68 (7th season)
   TAMU vs. Baylor: BU leads 42-35

• No. 14 Baylor, 14-4 on the season and 1-3 in league play, takes on its third Big 12 South opponent on Wed., Jan 27, as it hosts eighth-ranked Texas A&M at 7 p.m.
• The Aggies enter the game at 15-2 overall and 3-1 in Big 12 action. Texas A&M's two losses this season have come at TCU (56-54) and at Oklahoma, 74-65.
• Five of BU's first six league games are against teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25; then-No. 23 Oklahoma State (L, 78-65), No. 13 Oklahoma (W, 57-47), then-No. 11 Nebraska (L, 65-56), at Missouri (L, 70-62), No. 8 Texas A&M (Jan 27) and at No. 20 Texas (Jan. 31).
• In Baylor's four Big 12 games, four of the five players seeing the most playing time are freshmen and sophomores. Freshman Brittney Griner is averaging 34.2 minutes while fellow rookie Shanay Washington logs 31.0, sophomores Terran Condrey and Ashley Field average 31.5 and 22.0, respectively, and junior Kelli Griffin plays 36.0 an outing.
• BU freshman post Brittney Griner became just the seventh female to dunk in a regular-season NCAA contest when she threw one down against Jacksonville State, Nov. 24. She is also a defensive threat as a shot blocker and alterer with her 88" wing span. Griner added two more dunks to her total against Texas State. She has blocked 107 shots and altered 47 more.
• As a team, Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (7.8); No. 2 field goal percentage (.502) and field goal percentage defense (32.0); No. 3 in scoring margin (23.2) and rebound margin (12.7); No. 8 in scoring offense (79.9) and No. 9 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.6).
• In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 251-70 (.782), which ranks her No. 4 nationally in winning percentage. In addition, the Lady Bear program ranks No. 6 among the NCAA Division I's winningest teams over that span.
• With her dramatic improvement since the beginning of the season, Brittney Griner has emerged as a National Player of the Year, Big 12 Player of the Year and All-America candidate.
Brittney Griner blocks more shots per game than 326 of the 332 NCAA Division I schools and only 13 teams beside Baylor have blocked more shots than Griner. She ranks No. 2 nationally in blocks and needs 13 to break Courtney Paris' Big 12 single-season record of 119 set during the Sooners' 36-game 2005-06 campaign.
• In Big 12 Conference games, freshmen Brittney Griner and Shanay Washington are the team leaders in scoring. In league games, Griner averages 15.0 points while Washington is scoring 10.0 a contest.
• Point guard Kelli Griffin (81) and Melissa Jones (44) account for 44.3 percent of Baylor's assists. Sophomore guard Terran Condrey has dished out 36 assists this season and freshman guard Shanay Washington adds 28. In Big12 Conference games, Condrey leads the squad with 14 dimes while Griffin follows with nine and Washington with eight.
• Only two Baylor players, juniors Melissa Jones and Kelli Griffin, have two or more years in the Lady Bear system. Morghan Medlock, a senior, transferred last season from Southern California and junior Whitney Zachariason has just over a year in the system after transferring from Arkansas. All the rest of the squad are freshmen and sophomores.
• Baylor returned one starter (Kelli Griffin) and eight letterwinners from its 2009 NCAA Sweet 16 team which finished the season 29-6.

Baylor and Texas A&M have faced four common opponents so far this season, California, Arizona State, Gonzaga and Oklahoma.

Baylor leads the series 42-35 and holds a 22-12 edge in Waco while BU head coach Kim Mulkey is 17-4 versus the Aggies, 8-1 in Waco.

In Kim Mulkey's 10 seasons along the Ferrell Center sideline, her teams have posted some impressive numbers in the venue. The Lady Bears have maintained a 140-18 (.886) Ferrell Center record during that time span. Mulkey's first three seasons produced a 45-8 (.849) Ferrell Center mark while over the past seven years the Lady Bears are 95-10 (.904).

The Lady Bears have won 82 of their last 90 home games, including 40 of their last 44.

Last season, Baylor finished with a 14-2 home record and it is 10-1 this season.

This Wednesday's contest against eighth-ranked Texas A&M marks Baylor's second game against an AP Top 10 teams this season. Baylor lost its season-opener at then-eighth-ranked Tennessee (74-65).



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