Jan. 29, 2008
WACO, Texas -
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#6/6 Baylor (18-1, 6-0) vs. #25/RV Texas (15-5, 3-3)
Wednesday, Jan. 30 - 7:00 p.m.
Ferrell Center (10,284) - Waco, Texas
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BAYLOR AND TEXAS
No. 6 Baylor, starting Big 12 Conference play at 6-0 for the first time in the league's 12-year history, puts its 11-game win streak on the line when it hosts the 25th-ranked Texas Longhorns on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:00 p.m.
Baylor is 18-1 on the season and 6-0 in Big 12 action while the Longhorns, winners of three of their last four games, are 15-5 on the year and 3-3 in league play.
The game versus No. 25 Texas marks the first of three straight games against ranked opponents and the first of three games in a six-day span. Baylor will play at No. 18 Kansas State on Saturday (12 p.m.) and at No. 21 Oklahoma State on Tuesday (7 p.m.).
After matching its second-longest conference win streak on Saturday, six straight league wins, Baylor seeks to better that when it takes the floor against Texas. En route to its 2005 Big 12 championship, Baylor closed out its conference schedule with 11 straight wins and also won six straight in 2002.
In 2008, Baylor has posted six straight league wins and 11 straight overall victories, Big 12 road decisions at Texas Tech (72-67), 11th-ranked Oklahoma (84-73) and Missouri (72-57) to go with home victories over No. 13 Texas A&M (59-56), Kansas (59-35) and Nebraska (76-56).
A win against Texas would match the best start in school history when the 1975-76 squad began at 19-1.
BAYLOR Lady Bears
IN THE POLLS
6 - Associated Press
6 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
G-3 Jessica Morrow - Jr., 6-0 - 11.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg
P-11 Danielle Wilson - So., 6-3 - 11.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg
G-15 Jhasmin Player - Jr., 5-10 - 12.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg
P-14 Rachel Allison - Jr., 6-1 - 13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg
G-20 Angela Tisdale - Sr., 5-7 - 15.1 ppg, 2.6 apg
P-1 Jessika Bradley - So., 6-3 - 4.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg
G-5 Melissa Jones - Fr., 5-10 - 5.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg
IN THE POLLS
25 - Associated Press
RV - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
F-00 Earnesia Williams - Jr., 6-1 - 7.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg
G-3 Carla Cortijo - Jr., 5-7 - 9.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg
G-10 Brittainey Raven - So., 6-0 - 16.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg
G-20 Erneisha Bailey - Sr., 5-9 - 8.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg
F-35 Ashley Lindsey - Sr., 6-4 - 11.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg
F-5 Kathleen Nash - Fr., 6-2 - 9.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg
LADY BEAR LEADERS
With 18 games under their belt, the Lady Bears boast five players averaging double-digit scoring. Leading the way is the squad's lone senior, point guard Angela Tisdale, with 15.1 a contest, while Rachel Allison, a junior forward/post, manages 13.8 points and a team-leading 7.8 rebounds a game. Junior guard Jhasmin Player follows with 12.7 a contest and sophomore post Danielle Wilson manages 11.8 points an outing. Junior guard/forward Jessica Morrow completes Baylor's double-digit scoring with 11.1.
In addition to Allison's 7.8 boards, four other players haul down 4.6 or more rebounds an outing. Wilson manages 7.2 a game while Player averages 6.2, freshman Melissa Jones manages 5.2 and sophomore post Jessika Bradley snags 4.6.
The Baylor Lady Bears will be participating in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "THINK PINK" campaign supporting breast cancer awareness. The Lady Bears have designated their Feb. 9th game versus Texas Tech as the "Think Pink" game. Lady Bear players and coaches will incorporate pink into their game attire.
LADY BEAR AND BEARS IN AP POLL
With its men's team breaking into the AP's top 25 last week for the first time in 39 years, Baylor is one of just eight schools to have both its men's and women's team ranked among the top 25 nationally this week. The Lady Bears are ranked No. 6 while the Bears are No. 25 for the second week in a row. Other schools that have both teams ranked among the nation's top 25 include Tennessee, North Carolina, Stanford, Duke, Pittsburgh, Kansas State and Texas.
Baylor sports a combined 34-4 record for its women's and men's teams with the Lady Bears at 18-1 and the Bears at 16-3.
BAYLOR QUICK HITS
- Entering the 2007-08 season, Baylor ranked No. 7 on the NCAA's Winningest Teams During the Last Five Years list with 135 victories. Schools ranking ahead of the Lady Bears are: Duke (159), Tennessee (159), Connecticut (157), LSU (151), North Carolina (149) and Stanford (141).
-Baylor ranks among the top eight in all four RPI rating services: No. 6 Jeff Sagarin, No. 7 in both College Basketball News and collegerpi.com and No. 8 in NCAA. This ranks No. 1 among Big 12 schools. The Big 12 ranks No. 1 in all RPI listings.
- The contest versus Texas marks Baylor's fifth game versus a ranked opponent in 2007-08; Baylor is now 3-1 versus ranked teams. It defeated then-No. 12 California (69-56), lost to then-No. 5 Stanford (87-63), downed then-No. 13 Texas A&M (59-56) and triumphed over 11th-rated Oklahoma (84-73).
- Baylor's No. 6 AP ranking is its highest listing since the Jan. 11, 2006, poll when it ranked No. 5.
- Baylor ranks in the top 10 in NCAA Division I statistics in seven categories as of games through Jan. 27: No. 2 in won-lost percentage (94.7); No. 4 in both scoring margin (+23.5) and field goal percentage defense (33.8); No. 5 in blocked shots (6.7) and ; No. 8 in rebounding margin (+9.9), No. 9 in scoring defense (.535) and No. 10 in scoring offense (77.0).
- Danielle Wilson's 3.1 blocks per game rank her No. 8 nationally.
- Baylor's 80 percent field goal percentage (20-of-25) in the first half against N.C. A&T was the best percentage in a half since the Lady Bears shot 82.1 percent (23-of-28) in the second half against Texas Tech on Feb. 9, 2000 in Waco.
- All five Baylor starters are averaging double-digit scoring: Angela Tisdale (15.1), Rachel Allison (13.8), Jhasmin Player (12.7), Danielle Wilson (11.7), Jessica Morrow (11.1).
- BU owns the top game high mark in the league in six categories this season: FG % (.604 vs. N.C. A&T), FT made (42 vs. St. Mary's), FT attempts (58 vs. St. Mary's), rebounds (63 vs. Howard), blocked shots (15 vs. Oregon), turnovers (30 vs. Howard).
- The Lady Bears have shot 44.3 percent or higher in 13 of 19 games this season and have posted a 50.0 percent or higher mark in seven games.
- Baylor has shot 50 percent or higher from 3-point range in five games.
- BU is 103-19 (.844) since the start of the 2004-05 season with 16 of the 19 setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. Baylor's last 14 losses have come to ranked opponents.
- Baylor is 157-13 (.924) under Coach Mulkey when scoring 70 or more points, including 96-3 (.970) when putting 80 or more on the scoreboard.
- Baylor is 14-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points, 9-0 when putting 80-plus on the scoreboard.
- Bernice Mosby, who left school early in 2007 to play for the WNBA, received her Baylor degree on Dec. 15. Baylor boasts a 100% graduation rate by Lady Bears who have completed their athletic eligibility at BU since Coach Mulkey's arrival.
- Danielle Wilson has blocked at least one shot in 46 of 52 career games, including 4 or more 17 times and 3 or more on 21 occasions. Wilson's wing span is 82.25 inches, only 5 inches less than Mamadou Diene, the 7-foot center on the Baylor men's team.
- Wilson narrowly missed a triple-double when Baylor defeated Oregon. She hauled down 10 rebounds, rejected a school-record nine shots and scored nine points.
- Tisdale has 437 career assists and needs just 21 to claim the top spot on BU's career chart from Chelsea Whitaker (457, 2002-05). She is the fourth player in school history to score more than 1,000 points and dish out at least 400 career assists.
- Jhasmin Players' 13-of-13 effort from the free throw line against Saint Mary's and Danielle Wilson's nine blocks against Oregon both rank No. 1 in the Big 12.
- The trio of Danielle Wilson (56), Jessika Bradley (23) and Jessica Morrow (21) have combined for 100 of the team's 127 season blocks.
- On the season, Baylor has outscored its opponents by an average of 23.5 points a game and hauled down 9.9 more rebounds a contest. However, in Big 12 Conference play Baylor has outscored it opponents by 13.0 points a game and is +2.2 in rebounds.
- Baylor led NCAA Division I last season in blocks per game with 7.2. So far this season the Lady Bears are averaging 6.7 a contest to rank No. 5 nationally.
- Baylor held Kansas to 35 points, the fewest the Lady Bears have allowed in a Big 12 game since holding Oklahoma State to 27 points in Waco during the 2005-06 season.
BAYLOR IN BIG 12 GAMES
The 2007-08 season marks the 12th year of competition for women's basketball in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor has a record of 109-73 all-time in regular season Big 12 games. However, in Kim Mulkey's eight years, Baylor is 82-36 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.
Lady Bears Under Kim Mulkey:
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 - 6-0
SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS
The 25th-ranked Texas Longhorns, winners of three of their last four games, are 15-5 on the season and 3-3 in Big 12 Conference action.
Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors is in her first season as the Longhorns' head coach and 16th year as a head coach overall. Goestenkors is 15-5 in her first season at Texas and 411-104 in 16 campaigns all-told along the sidelines.
Texas is led in scoring by 6-0 sophomore guard Brittainey Raven's 16.1 points an outing. Junior Ashley Lindsey, a 6-4 forward, is the team's second-leading scorer and top rebounder with 11.3 points and 7.0 rebounds a contest. Kathleen Nash, a 6-2 freshman guard, comes off the bench to match Lindsay's rebounding mark with 7.0 boards a game.
Baylor and Texas will meet for the 72nd time when the two teams square off on Wednesday evening. Texas leads the series 52-19, but Baylor currently enjoys a four-game win streak and has claimed victory in five of the last six outings. Texas' most recent triumph over Baylor came on Jan. 22, 2005, in Austin, 69-55.
The Lady Bears are 13-20 versus the Longhorns in Waco and six of those wins have come since the arrival of head coach Kim Mulkey. Texas' lone victory in Waco during Mulkey's tenure came on Feb. 27, 2003 (79-57).
Mulkey owns a 10-5 record against Texas, including a 6-1 mark in Waco.
The Lady Bears and Longhorns have played four common opponents to date. Both teams downed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (BU, 69-42; UT, 88-41) and Missouri (BU, 72-57; UT, 67-37). Baylor defeated Texas Tech (72-67) and Nebraska (76-56) while Texas lost to both teams, a 56-45 decision to the Huskers and 70-58 to the Red Raiders.
- With its win over Missouri, Baylor has enjoyed a 10-game win streak for the sixth time in Kim Mulkey's tenure at Baylor:
2000-01 - 13 game
2001-02 - 12 game
2004-05 - 12 game
2004-05 & 2005-06 - 30 game
2006-07 - 12 game
2007-08 - 11 game (current)
COACHES PICK BAYLOR THIRD IN THE BIG 12
Baylor has been picked to finish third in the Big 12 Conference by the league's coaches. Texas A&M was tabbed first with 117 points and seven first-place votes while Oklahoma earned 115 points and received five first-place votes. Baylor ranked third followed by Texas, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Nebraska, while Kansas State and Texas Tech tied for eighth, then comes Kansas, Colorado and Missouri.
TISDALE JOINS ELITE GROUP
With her 18-point performance against Rice, senior point guard Angela Tisdale became the 24th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points. She now has 1,117 career points to her credit.
In Baylor's 84-73 victory over 11th-ranked Oklahoma, Tisdale poured in a career-high 35 points, 15 of which came from 3-point range, she added two more against Missouri. She is now No. 2 on Baylor's career 3-point list and ranks No. 20 on the Baylor all-time scoring list.
PLAYER SHOWS VERSATILITY
Junior guard Jhasmin Player has developed into one of the Lady Bears' most versatile players. She is averaging 12.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and a team-leading 3.6 assists a game. In addition, she leads the squad in steals with 35. She is shooting 52.0 percent (90-173) from the floor and 69.3 percent (52-75) from the charity stripe. More impressive is the fact that prior to this season she was 1-for 6 (.167) from 3-point range and began the season 0-4 from long range. Since that time she's nailed 10-of-23 (.435) and is 10-for-27 (.370) for the season. The Bay City, Texas, native has produced two perfect games from beyond the arc with 3-for-3 performances against both Oregon and Texas Tech.
Her assist/turnover ratio is impressive as well at 1.74, 68 assists with only 39 turnovers.
ALLISON'S GOT A NOSE FOR THE BALL
Despite being the shortest of Baylor's posts, 6-1 junior Rachel Allison leads the Lady Bears in rebounding at 7.8 a game. She has hauled down 148 rebounds this season, 40.5 percent (60) of which came off the offensive glass. In addition, she has registered 34 steals, 20 assists and 14 blocks on the year.
BAYLOR'S BLOCK MACHINE
Sophomore post Danielle Wilson owns two of the top marks in the Big 12 this season in blocks when she rejected nine shots against Oregon and seven at 11th-ranked Oklahoma. In fact, four of Wilson's seven against Oklahoma came in the second half with the Sooners' two-time All-American Courtney Paris as the victim.
She has blocked 56 shots which ranks No. 2 in the conference in block average at 3.0 a game, that mark also ranks her No. 9 nationally.
With her 15 blocks over the past four games, Wilson now has 142 career blocks and ranks No. 2 on Baylor's career list, passing Kacy Moffitt's 141. She needs just 17 rejections to surpass Steffanie Blackmon's top mark.
BAYLOR QUICK STARTS UNDER Kim Mulkey
Baylor is off to its second-best start in school history behind a 19-1 beginning in 1975-76. The Lady Bears have started no worse than 12-1 in each of Kim Mulkey's seven seasons along the Baylor sideline.
A win against Texas would match the best start in school history when the 1975-76 squad began at 19-1.
BAYLOR IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Through games of Jan. 27, the Lady Bears rank among the NCAA's top 50 in nine team statistical categories:
No. 2 - Won-lost percentage (.947)
No. 4 - Scoring margin (23.5)
No. 4 - Field goal percentage defense (.338)
No. 5 - Blocked shots (6.7)
No. 8 - Rebound margin (9.9)
No. 9 - Scoring defense (53.5)
No. 10 - Scoring offense (77.0)
No. 12 - Field goal percentage (.467)
No. 48 - Assists (15.3)
Danielle Wilson - No. 8, blocks per game (3.1)
Angela Tisdale - No. 41, free throw percentage (.840)
HOME SWEET HOME
In Kim Mulkey's eight seasons along the Ferrell Center sidelines, her teams have posted some impressive numbers in the venue. The Lady Bears have maintained a 110-14 (.887) Ferrell Center record during that time span. Mulkey's first three seasons produced a 44-8 Ferrell Center mark while over the past five years the Lady Bears are 66-6.
2000-01 - 12-2
2001-02 - 15-2
2002-03 - 17-4
2003-04 - 12-2
2004-05 - 14-0
2005-06 - 12-1
2006-07 - 16-3
2007-08 - 12-0