| Baylor [#1/1 (20-0, 7-0)] vs. Kansas [RV/RV (16-3, 5-2)]
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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For the second time this season, the Big 12's top two teams meet in the Ferrell Center when the top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears host the second-place Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. The game, Baylor's second in a three-day span, is Family Night for the Lady Bears, the players and their families will be honored at halftime.
Baylor, a school-record 20-0 overall and 7-0 in league play, is led on the season by three players who average 10 or more points a game. Junior post Brittney Griner, National Player of the Year candidate, leads the team with 22.5 points per game while sophomore guard Odyssey Sims, an All-America candidate, manages 15.9 a contest and junior forward/post Destiny Williams adds 10.3 a contest. Griner, Williams and junior forward/post Brooklyn Pope are the team's top rebounders at 10.1, 8.8 and 5.8 boards per game, respectively. Sims is also averaging 5.4 assists and 3.6 steals per contest while Griner manages a nation's best 5.4 blocks per game.
The Kansas Jayhawks bring their 16-3 season record and 5-2 Big 12 mark to the Ferrell Center on Saturday night. The Jayhawks have posted Big 12 wins over Texas, Iowa State, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech while suffering setbacks vs. Texas A&M and Kansas State. Kansas is 3-0 in Big 12 road games.
Junior Carolyn Davis, a 6-3 forward, leads a quartet of Jayhawk double-digit scorers at 16.5 points per game. Senior forward Aishah Sutherland follows with 13.1 points, Angel Goodrich, a junior guard, manages 12.4 an outing and junior guard Monica Engelman manages 10.2 a contest. Sutherland and Davis lead the team in rebounding with 9.3 and 6.0 boards a game, respectively.
The Jayhawks list 10 players on their roster and five of them are from Texas; Carolyn Davis (Houston/ George Bush HS), Monica Engelman and CeCe Harper (San Antonio/ Madison HS), Chelsea Gardner (DeSoto/DeSoto HS) and Catherine (Bunny) Williams (Duncanville/Duncanville HS).
The Jayhawks are coached by 15th-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson, a 1986 St. Cloud State graduate. Henrickson is 133-111 (.545) in her eight seasons along the Kansas sideline and 291-173 (.627) in 15 seasons as a head coach.
The matchup features the league's top players in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. BU's Brittney Griner (22.5 ppg) and KU's Carolyn Davis (18.5 ppg) rank No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring, respectively, while the order is reversed in field goal percentage, Davis is shooting 63.2% while Griner checks in at 61.0%. Griner (10.1) is No. 2 in rebounding while KU's Aisha Sutherland (9.3) is No. 3. Odyssey Sims is No. 1 in the league in steals at 3.6 per game while KU's Angel Goodrich is No. 2 at 3.4. Goodrich (7.7 apg) is No. 1 in assists while Sims (5.4 apg) ranks No. 4.
Brittney Griner has registered a Big 12 record 501 career blocked shots, and ranks No. 3 on the NCAA Division I Career Top 10 list, she needs three blocks to surpass Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan's 503 for the No. 2 spot.
With its win at Oklahoma, BU posted its 12th straight 20-win season under Kim Mulkey and 18th all-time.
BU's 12-year run of 20-win seasons is the Big 12's longest such streak and only Texas (19 straight, 1976-94) and Texas Tech (16, 1990-2005) have longer all-time streaks all-time among current league members.
Baylor's 20-0 start is the second-best in Big 12 history behind Nebraska's 30-0 mark to begin the 2009-10 campaign.
Baylor has spent 19 weeks at No. 1 in The Associated Press Poll which ranks eighth all-time.
Baylor is one of just two teams, along with Green Bay, remaining undefeated NCAA Division I women's programs.
The Lady Bears own NCAA Division I women's basketball's longest active win streak at 20 games. Green Bay ranks No. 2 with 18, its last loss was to Baylor in the 2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 at Dallas.
Through games of Jan. 22, Baylor ranks No. 5 nationally in home attendance, passing the 8,000 mark for the first time in school history (8,101).
Brittney Griner ranks No. 5 on BU's career scoring chart with 1,945 points, and needs 11 more to move into the No. 4 spot. In addition, she needs 32 points to rank No. 12 on the Big 12's career list.
Griner needs 55 points to reach the 2,000 point mark, she will be just the fourth BU player to reach the plateau behind Suzie Snider Eppers (3,861), Sophia Young (2,480) and Maggie Davis Stinnett (2,027).
The Lady Bears have shot above 41.7% or better in 19 of 20 games this season (at Iowa State).
Baylor is the only school to have its women's basketball (No. 1), men's basketball (No. 6) and football (No. 13) teams ranked among the AP Top 25.
Baylor, ranked No. 1 at the time, posted a 76-37 win in Kansas' Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 19, 2011. Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, and Destiny Williams added 12. Griner recorded a double-double by adding 15 rebounds.
The Jayhawks were held to a .288 shooting percentage and no KU player scored in double-digits. Keena Mays was the team's leading scorer with nine points while Carolyn Davis pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
Baylor dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Jayhawks 55-25.