Feb. 3, 2009
#8/3 Baylor (17-3, 5-2) vs. Nebraska (10-10, 1-6)
Wednesday, Feb. 4 - 7:05 p.m. (CT)
Devaney Center (13,595) Lincoln, Neb.
OVER THE AIRWAVES
live audio (free) and video (none)
Radio: ISP Sports Network
Rick May (Play-by-play)
Lori Fogleman (Color analyst)
Live Stats: www.huskers.com
BAYLOR TRAVELS TO NEBRASKA FOR WEDNESDAY CONTEST
No. 8/3 Baylor, 17-3 overall, 5-2 in the Big 12 and 3-0 in league road games, will play at Nebraska on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7:05 p.m. (CT). Baylor hopes to get back on the winning track after losing two straight home games, a first under head coach Kim Mulkey, a 56-51 decision to second-ranked Oklahoma and a 58-55 loss to No. 16 Texas.
The Huskers are 10-10 on the season and 1-6 in Big 12 Conference action. Nebraska enters the contest having lost seven of its last eight games. NU's lone triumph during that span was a 67-58 home win over Kansas on Jan. 21.
LADY BEAR LEADERS
With 20 games under its belt, Baylor continues to lead the Big 12 Conference in rebounding and is No. 2 nationally in rebounding margin (+12.5). Five players haul down 4.8 or more rebounds a contest, junior post Danielle Wilson leads the way with 9.1, senior post Rachel Allison follows with 6.3, sophomore guard Melissa Jones comes off the bench to haul down 5.8, senior guard Jhasmin Player manages 5.1 and junior post Morghan Medlock hauls in 4.8 an outing. The Lady Bears average 45.2 rebounds a contest while limiting their opponents to just 32.7.
Wilson leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 15.1 points and 9.1 boards a game while senior guard Jessica Morrow
ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.9 a contest. Allison ranks second in rebounds with 6.3 a game and completes Baylor's double-digit scoring trio at 10.7 a contest while Player isn't far behind at 9.4 a game.
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
IN THE POLLS
8 - Associated Press
3 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
21 Kelli Griffin-So., G, 5-8 - 6.0 ppg, 3.5 ppg, 3.4 apg
15 Jhasmin Player-Sr., G, 5-10 - 9.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg
3 Jessica Morrow-Sr., G, 6-0 - 10.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg
24 Ashley Field-Fr., P, 6-2 - 3.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg
11 Danielle Wilson-Jr., P, 6-3 -15.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.3 bpg
14 Rachel Allison-Sr., F, 6-1 - 10.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg
5 Melissa Jones-So., G, 5-10 - 7.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg
55 Morghan Medlock-Jr., F, 6-2 - 6.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg
SCOUTING THE HUSKERS
The Nebraska Huskers are 10-10 on the season and 1-6 in Big 12 Conference action. The Huskers enter the contest having lost seven of their last eight games. Their lone triumph over that time span was a 67-58 home win over Kansas on Jan. 21.
Nebraska head coach Connie Yori is in her seventh season as the Huskers' head coach and 17th year as an NCAA Division I head coach overall. Yori is 116-91 in her seven seasons at Nebraska and 286-206 in 17 NCAA Division I campaigns.
Nebraska is led in scoring and rebounding by 6-2 senior forward Cory Montgomery's 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds an outing. Junior Yvonne Turner, a 5-8 guard, is the team's second-leading scorer at 11.6 a contest. Dominique Kelley, a 5-7 sophomore guard, completes the Huskers' double-digit scoring with 10.1 a contest. Catheryn Redmon, a 6-3, sophomore center ranks second on the squad in rebounding at 5.7 a game.
NEBRASKA'S PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game)
24 Dominique Kelley - So., G, 5-7 - 10.1 ppg, 2.9 apg, 3.2 rpg
5 Kaitlyn Burke - So., G, 5-7 - 4.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
22 Yvonne Turner - Jr., G, 5-8 - 11.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg
40 Cory Montgomery - Jr., F, 6-2 - 13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg
44 Catheryn Redmon - So., C, 6-3 - 6.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg
Baylor and Nebraska will meet for the 14th time when the two teams square off on Wednesday evening in the Devaney Center. All 13 previous matchups have come since the formation of the Big 12 Conference. Baylor leads the series 8-5 and has won six of the last eight contests. However, Nebraska has won two straight in Lincoln.
Coach Mulkey owns a 6-2 record against Nebraska, including a 2-2 mark in Lincoln.
HEAD COACH Kim Mulkey
When Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Kim Mulkey accepted the position of women's basketball head coach at Baylor University, few could have predicted the dramatic and prestigious turn the program was about to take. In just eight years at Baylor, the former All-American and Olympic Gold medalist has guided the Lady Bear basketball program to the pinnacle of women's basketball, the 2005 NCAA national championship, seven NCAA Tournament appearances and eight 20-win seasons.
The 2005 national title was Baylor's first for a women's team sport and the first basketball national title, men's or women's, in the Big 12 Conference's 12-year history.
In winning the 2005 title, Mulkey became the first person, man or woman, to win a basketball national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
En route to the NCAA championship, the Lady Bears won their first Big 12 Conference championship and were the league's tournament champion as well.
Mulkey has produced amazing results since taking over the reins of the program on April 4, 2000, averaging 26.1 wins a season. In her nine years at the program's helm, she has posted an impressive 225-63 (.781) record which ranks her No. 8 nationally in winning percentage.
Since taking over a squad that was just 7-20 the season prior to her arrival, Mulkey has guided the Lady Bears to eight postseason appearances, including seven NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the WNIT finals.
Mulkey's autobiography, "Won't Back Down," hit bookstores on Nov. 1, 2007, the paperback edition became available on Sept. 8, 2008.
ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE WILSON ON A ROLL
Baylor's Danielle Wilson, an All-American candidate, has been on a roll since the Lady Bears played Wisconsin. Over the past 14 games, the junior post has produced 10 double-doubles, led the team in scoring on nine occasions and rebounding in 11 contests. In addition, against Texas State, she poured in a career-high 26 points and against Texas Tech she hauled down a career-high 17 rebounds.
Over the 14 games she has averaged a team-leading 16.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.8 blocks.
Wilson has raised her season averages to 15.1 points and 9.1 rebounds a game, both of which lead the team. She has blocked a team-leading 66 shots which ranks her No. 2 in the Big 12.
Wilson has hauled down 181 rebounds, 90 (49.7 percent) of which are off the offensive glass.
As of games through Feb. 1, Wilson ranks No. 6 nationally in blocked shots (3.3).
BAYLOR QUICK HITS
- All three of Baylor's seniors, Rachel Allison, Jessica Morrow and Jhasmin Player, are scheduled to graduate in May 2009.
- Baylor's Jan. 10 victory at Colorado marked Kim Mulkey's 100th win versus Big 12 teams, she is 104-49 (.684).
- Six Lady Bears were named to the fall Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
- Rachel Allison was one of five players added to the Wade Trophy watch list, Jan. 21.
- BU has led by double-digits in 17 of 20 games this season, the largest lead was 48 versus Lamar. The Lady Bears have led by double-digits 39 times in their 20 games this season and only trailed by double-digits in two games (Oregon, four times, largest Duck lead 12; Texas. once by 11).
- Baylor has not been outrebounded this season and has led at the half in every game except two (tied 35-35 vs. No. 2 Stanford, trailed 39-36 at Oregon). The Lady Bears went on to win both contests.
- Baylor has not been out-rebounded this season and owns a +12.5 rebounding advantage over its opponents. The Lady Bears rank No. 2 nationally in rebound margin.
- BU leads the Big 12 in two of three rebounding categories, rebound offense (45.2) and rebound margin (+12.5). The Lady Bears are third in the league in rebound defense (32.7).
- The Lady Bears own the Big 12's top two team rebounding marks this season. They hauled down 70 against Florida Atlantic (Nov. 14) and 64 versus Lamar (Dec. 8).
- Baylor has topped the 50-rebound mark six times this season (Florida Atlantic-70; Rice-52; UCF-50; Lamar-64; UT-Pan Am-50, Oklahoma State-51).
- Baylor tallied a school record 70 rebounds versus an NCAA opponent in its win over Florida Atlantic.
- Junior post Danielle Wilson blocked six shots against Stanford. Currently, at the 20-game mark, she has rejected 66 shots and totals 232 for her career to extend her school record. She is 21 blocks away from breaking the Baylor single-season record of 86 blocks she set as a rookie in 2006-07.
- Wilson currently ranks No. 4 on the Big 12's career shot block chart.
- Over the past 14 games, Wilson has averaged 16.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.8 blocks. In addition, she has posted a double-double in 10 of the last 14 games.
- Wilson ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference in blocks per game (3.3) and No. 6 nationally.
- Wilson leads the team in double-doubles with 10 (Wisconsin, Lamar, Samford, UT-Pan Am, Oregon, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas).
- Over the last nine games, Jessica Morrow has averaged 13.1 points a game, registering eight double-digit scoring efforts during that span.
- Allison has two double-doubles to her credit this season, both have been recorded by halftime (Florida Atlantic, Rice).
- Over the past five games, sophomore guard Melissa Jones has come off the bench to average 11.0 points a game (18-Oklahoma State, 5-OSU, 10-Texas Tech, 16-Oklahoma, 6-Texas).
- Jessica Morrow became the 25th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points when she achieved the feat on Dec. 8 versus Lamar. She now has 1,136 career points to rank 20th on Baylor's all-time list.
- Rachel Allison became the 26th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points when she achieved the feat on Jan. 3 versus Texas State. She now has 1,040 career points to ranks 24th on Baylor's all-time list.
- After achieving its highest Associated Press ranking of the season, No. 4, Baylor dropped to No. 8 after losses to No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 16 Texas. Baylor is No. 3 in the USA Today ESPN Coaches' Poll for the second straight week, its highest of the season.
- The then-19th-ranked Lady Bears downed No. 2 Stanford, 81-65, on Sunday, Nov. 16. BU's victory over No. 2 Stanford marked the program's highest-ranked regular season win.
- After scoring a three-pointer in 43 straight games, dating back to Feb. 28, 2007, the Lady Bears have come up empty from behind the arch three times this season, they were 0-6 against Wisconsin and Colorado and 0-9 from 3-point range versus Samford.
- Baylor has registered a win streak of at least 10-straight games in each of the last five seasons, including 2008-09. All told, BU has had at least one 10-game win streak in seven of Kim Mulkey's nine seasons in Waco. Prior to her arrival Baylor had only recorded once double-digit win streak in school history.
- Baylor is 127-28 (.8195) since the start of the 2004-05 season with 21 of the 28 setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents.
- Baylor is 172-13 (.930) under Coach Mulkey when scoring 70 or more points, including a 103-3 (.972) mark when putting 80 or more in the scoreboard.
- The Lady Bears have won 29 consecutive games when scoring more than 70 points since a 78-72 overtime loss to North Carolina State in the second-round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament at Raleigh, N.C. Baylor has also won 44 straight when scoring 80 or more since a 103-99 loss in triple overtime at Nebraska in 2004-05.
- Since coming into the league in 2000-01, Kim Mulkey owns the top winning percentage and most victories among Big 12 coaches at 78.1 percent (225-63). Please see chart at the bottom of page two for complete listing.
- Baylor's two home losses this past week (No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 16 Texas) marked the first time the Lady Bears have lost back-to-back home games since Coach Mulkey's arrival.
- BU is 17-0 on the season when scoring 60-plus, 0-3 when totaling 59 or fewer points, In its three losses this year, BU has averaged 54.6 points per game. In those same three games, the Lady Bears have yielded 57.6 points per game.
- Baylor's three losses are by a combined total of nine points. The Lady Bears are 2-3 in games decided by five or fewer points.