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Jan. 29, 2010


#14/16 Baylor (15-4, 2-3) vs. #19/25 Texas (13-6, 2-3)
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 | 4 p.m. CST
Austin, Texas | Frank Erwin Center (16,734)
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Date: Sun., Jan. 31, 2010
4 p.m. CST
Location: Austin, Texas
Arena: Frank Erwin Center (16,734)
    Talent: Pam Ward (pxp), Kara Lawson (color), Brooke Miller (reporter)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network; ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
    Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
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2009-10 Record: 15-4, 2-3
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 14/16
Last Game: W, 61-53, #8 Texas A&M
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
   Career Record: 252-70 (10th season)
   Record at Baylor: same
   Mulkey vs. Texas: 12-8

2009-10 Record: 13-6, 2-3
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 19/25
Last Game: L, 73-71 (OT), Iowa State
Head Coach: Gail Goestenkors
   Career Record: 452-130 (18th season)
   Record at Texas: 56-31 (3rd season)
   Texas vs. Baylor: Texas leads 55-21

• No. 14 Baylor, 15-4 on the season and 2-3 in league play, is seeking its first Big 12 road win of the season as it travels to Austin, Texas, to take on the 19th-ranked Texas Longhorns on Sun., Jan 31, at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. The Lady Bears are coming off Wednesday's 61-53 home victory over eighth-ranked Texas A&M.
• The Longhorns enter the game at 13-6 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 action. Texas' two league wins have come at Texas Tech (95- 90 ot) and over Oklahoma State (77-63).
• 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 (W, 61-53) and at No. 19 Texas (Jan. 31).
• The Longhorns and the Lady Bears rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the Big 12 in two categories. Baylor leads the league in rebounding offense at 45.2 rpg while Texas follows with 42.9. The two squads are the league's top shot blockers as well, the Lady Bears rank No. 1 with 7.6 per game while the Longhorns follow closely rejecting 6.6 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 112 shots and altered 52 more.
• As a team, Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (7.6); No. 2 field goal percentage (.499) and field goal percentage defense (32.1); No. 3 in scoring margin (22.4); No. 4 in rebound margin (11.7); No. 8 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.7) and No. 13 in scoring offense (78.0).
• In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 252-70 (.783), 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.
Brittney Griner blocks more shots per game (5.9) 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 (112) and needs eight to break Courtney Paris' Big 12 single-season record of 119 set during the Sooners' 36-game 2005-06 campaign.

Baylor and Texas have faced five common opponents so far this season, Oral Roberts, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.

Texas leads the series 55-21 and holds a 26-6 margin in Austin while BU head coach Kim Mulkey is 12-8 versus the Longhorns, 5-4 in Austin. The two teams split the series last season, each squad winning on the road. On Feb. 1, the Longhorns triumphed, 58-55, in Waco while the Lady Bears won, 66-57, in Austin on Feb. 28.

In head coach Kim Mulkey's 10 seasons, Baylor is 55-49 against ranked opponents. Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 38-24 versus ranked opponents. BU is 4-3 versus ranked opponents in 2009-10, a loss at then-No. 8 Tennessee (74-65), a victory at then-No. 17 Cal (69- 49), a neutral court win over then-No. 14 Arizona State (70-66), a loss at then-No. 23 Oklahoma State (78-65), a home court win over No. 13 Oklahoma (57-47), a home loss to No. 11 Nebraska (65-56) and a 61-53 win over No. 8 Texas A&M on Wednesday.

Baylor has outrebounded or equaled its opponent in 16 of 19 games this year and is averaging a Big 12 Conferenceleading 45.2 a contest. Tennessee, in the season opener, outrebounded BU, 42-39, while Nebraska won the battle of the boards, 47-42 and Texas A&M won the battle of the boards, 41-35. Freshman post Brittney Griner (8.7 rpg), senior forward Morghan Medlock (7.3 rpg) and junior guard Melissa Jones (6.8 rpg) are Baylor's top rebounders and combine to average 22.8 rebounds a game which equates to 50.4 percent of the squad's boards. The trio ranks No. 4, No. 11 and No. 13, respectively, among the Big 12 leaders. Jones has played in only one Big 12 game due to injury.



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