| Baylor [#1/1 (21-0, 8-0)] at Missouri [NR/NR (10-9, 0-8)]
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Columbia, Mo. | Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: None (Missouri All-Access)
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The top-ranked Lady Bears face another tough six-day stretch. With two road games, one at Missouri (Feb. 1) and one at Kansas State (Feb.4) on the slate, followed by a home ESPN Big Monday game (Feb. 6), Baylor will play three games in a six-day period for the second time in three weeks.
Baylor, a school-record 21-0 overall and 8-0 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 Big 12 with 22.7 points per game while sophomore guard Odyssey Sims, an All-America candidate, manages 15.5 a contest and junior forward/post Destiny Williams adds 10.1 a contest. Griner, Williams and junior forward/post Brooklyn Pope are the team's top rebounders at 9.9, 8.9 and 5.9 boards per game, respectively. Sims is also averaging 5.4 assists and 3.5 steals per contest while Griner manages a nation's best 5.4 blocks per game.
The Missouri Tigers, 10-9 overall and 0-8 in Big 12 action, host their fifth Big 12 home game when the Lady Bears visit Mizzou Arena on Wednesday night.
Two San Antonio, Texas, natives, Christine Flores and BreAnna Brock, lead the Tigers in both scoring and rebounding. Flores, a 6-3 senior forward, leads the team in scoring with 18.7 points and is second in rebounding at 7.7 a contest, while Brock, a 6-2 senior forward, ranks first in rebounding with 8.5 a game and second in scoring at 14.9 a contest.
The Tigers are coached by second-year head coach Robin Pingeton, a 1990 St. Ambrose graduate. Pingeton is 23-27 (.460) in her two seasons along the Missouri sideline and 359-184 (.661) in 17 seasons as a head coach.
Brittney Griner has registered a Big 12 record 506 career blocked shots, and now ranks No. 2 on the NCAA Division I Career Top 10 list, after surpassing Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan's 503.
With 1,973 career points, Brittney Griner needs 27 points to reach 2,000 points, and become the first player in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to record 2,000 points and 500 blocks.
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 among current league members.
Baylor's 21-0 start is the second-best in Big 12 history behind Nebraska's 30-0 mark to begin the 2009-10 campaign.
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 21 games. Green Bay ranks No. 2 with 19, its last loss was to Baylor in the 2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 at Dallas.
Brittney Griner ranks No. 4 on BU's career scoring chart with 1,973 points, and needs 55 more to move into the No. 3 spot. In addition, she needs four points to rank No. 12 on the Big 12's career list.
Griner needs 27 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 20 of 21 games this season (.380 at Iowa State).
A BAYLOR WIN WOULD
Be its third straight over Missouri.
Improve its record to 16-5 all-time vs. Missouri, including 5-3 in Columbia.
Improve its Big 12 era record to 14-4 vs. Missouri.
Improve Kim Mulkey's career record to 12-2 against Missouri.
Extend its program-best start to 22-0.
Be its 24th Big 12 regular-season win in its last 25 games and 12th straight, 15-1 last season, last loss was Feb. 19, 2011, at Texas Tech.
Give Baylor just its second 9-0 conference start in the Big 12 era, the Lady Bears were 11-0 in `10-11.
Be Kim Mulkey's 320th as Baylor's head coach.
BIG 12 ACTION
Baylor is 159-89 (.641) in 16 seasons of Big 12 Conference regular season play.
Kim Mulkey is 132-52 (.717) in regular-season league play vs. current Big 12 teams. Baylor was 27-37 in league play prior
to Mulkey's arrival.