Feb. 6, 2009
#8/7 Baylor (18-3, 6-2) vs. #18/18 Kansas State (19-2, 6-2)
Saturday, Feb. 7 - 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Ferrell Center (10,284) Waco, Texas
OVER THE AIRWAVES
TV: Fox Sports Network
Kevin Eschenfelder (Play-by-play)
Debbie Antonelli (Color analyst)
live audio (free) and video (pay)
Radio: ISP Sports Network
Rick May (Play-by-play)
Lori Fogleman (Color analyst)
BAYLOR HOSTS KANSAS STATE ON SATURDAY
No. 8/7 Baylor, 18-3 overall, 6-2 in the Big 12 and 2-2 in league home games, will host 18th-ranked Kansas State on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 11:00 a.m. (CT) in a nationally televised broadcast on Fox Sports Network.
The Wildcats are 18-2 on the season and 6-2 in Big 12 Conference action and 2-2 in league road games. The matchup features two teams that are tied for second place in the conference with two losses each. KSU has dropped games at Oklahoma (64-48) and Iowa State (60-50) while Baylor's two losses have come at home, a 56-51 setback to Oklahoma and a 58-55 decision at the hands of Texas. In addition, the league's top shot blockers will face off when BU's Danielle Wilson and KSU's Mariles Gipson take the floor. Gipson holds a narrow lead over Wilson in blocks per game, rejecting 3.3 a contest to Wilson's 3.2. Gipson has the edge in total blocks as well with 69, while Wilson has registered 67.
The contest with the Wildcats will mark Baylor's seventh ranked opponent of the year and the Lady Bears' sixth ranked opponent in their last eight games. At 5-2 versus ranked opponents on the season, Baylor downed then-No. 2 Stanford on Nov. 16, 81-65, No. 20 Iowa State, 68-57, No. 22 Oklahoma State, 75-57, and No. 9 Texas A&M, 64-61 and lost to No. 2 Oklahoma, 56-51, and No. 16 Texas, 58-55.
Junior post Danielle Wilson has averaged 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks against the six ranked opponents, while Jessica Morrow manages 11.0 points and Melissa Jones averages 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds an outing.
FSN TO BROADCAST GAME
Fox Sports Network will air the Baylor-Kansas State game live in the following markets: FSN Arizona, FSN Detroit, FSN Florida, FSN Midwest, FSN Rocky Mountain, FSN South, FSN Southwest, FSN Houston, FSN West, Comcast Chicago, Comcast New England, MSG Plus. FSN North, FSN Wisconsin and FSN Pittsburgh will air the game on a delayed basis.
Veteran analysts Kevin Eschenfelder and Debbie Antonelli will be providing play-by-play and color analysis, respectively.
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
IN THE POLLS
8 - Associated Press
7 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game)
15 Jhasmin Player-Sr., G, 5-10 - 9.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg
5 Melissa Jones-So., G, 5-10 - 7.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg
3 Jessica Morrow-Sr., G, 6-0 - 11.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg
24 Ashley Field-Fr., P, 6-2 - 4.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
11 Danielle Wilson-Jr., P, 6-3 -15.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.2 bpg
14 Rachel Allison-Sr., F, 6-1 - 10.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg
55 Morghan Medlock-Jr., F, 6-2 - 6.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg
21 Kelli Griffin-So., G, 5-8 - 6.4 ppg, 3.2 ppg, 3.4 apg
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The Kansas State Wildcats are 19-2 on the season and 6-2 in Big 12 Conference action, tied with Baylor for second place in the league standings. KSU has dropped games at Oklahoma (64-48) and Iowa State (60-50) and posted league wins over Kansas (twice), Iowa State, Texas Tech, Nebraska and Missouri.
Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson is 259-140 (.649) in her 13th year as a head coach, all with the Wildcats.
The Wildcats are led in scoring by 6-2 junior forward Ashley Sweat's 16.2 points. Sophomore Marlies Gipson, a 6-0 forward, ranks second on the squad in scoring and rebounding at 13.0 and a 6.9 a game, respectively. Senior guard Shalee Lehning, at 5-9, is the squad's top rebounder at 7.4 an outing and completes the Wildcats' double-digit scoring at 11.6 a game. Gipson leads the Big 12 Conference in blocked shots with 3.3 a contest.
KANSAS STATE'S PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game)
41 Kari Kincaid - Jr., G, 5-10 - 8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
5 Shalee Lehning - Sr., G, 5-9 - 11.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 8.2 apg
4 Ashley Sweat - Jr., F, 6-2 - 16.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg
25 Danielle Zanotti - Sr., F, 6-2 - 2.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg
51 Marlies Gipson - Sr., F, 6-0 - 13.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg
Baylor and Kansas State will meet for the 19th time when the two teams square off on Saturday morning in the Ferrell Center. All but one of the 18 previous matchups have come since the formation of the Big 12 Conference. Baylor leads the series 10-8, including 5-1 in Waco, and has won six straight contests overall in the series.
Baylor's lone loss to the Wildcats in Waco came on Feb. 8, 2003, 65-53, while its last loss in the series was an 85-65 setback at Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2004.
Coach Mulkey owns an 8-4 record against Kansas State, including a 3-1 mark in Waco.
LADY BEAR LEADERS
With 21 games under its belt, Baylor continues to lead the Big 12 Conference in rebounding and is No. 2 nationally in rebounding margin (+12.3). Five players haul down 4.7 or more rebounds a contest, junior post Danielle Wilson leads the way with 9.1, senior post Rachel Allison follows with 6.2, sophomore guard Melissa Jones hauls down 6.0, senior guard Jhasmin Player manages 5.1 and junior post Morghan Medlock hauls in 4.7 an outing. The Lady Bears average 45.1 rebounds a contest while limiting their opponents to just 32.9.
Wilson leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 15.0 points and 9.1 boards a game while senior guard Jessica Morrow ranks second on the team in scoring at 11.0 a contest. Allison ranks second in rebounds with 6.2 a game and completes Baylor's double-digit scoring trio at 10.7 a contest while Player isn't far behind at 9.1 a game.
- Baylor's Jan. 10 victory at Colorado marked Kim Mulkey's 100th win versus Big 12 teams, she is 105-49 (.682).
- 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 18 of 21 games this season, the largest lead was 48 versus Lamar. The Lady Bears have led by double-digits 42 times in their 21 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 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 +12.3 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 (45.1) and rebound margin (+12.3). The Lady Bears are third in the league in rebound defense (33.0).
- 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 21-game mark, she has rejected 67 shots and totals 233 for her career to extend her school record. She is 20 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 15 games, Wilson has averaged 16.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.6 blocks. In addition, she has posted a double-double in 11 of the last 15 games.
- Wilson ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference in blocks per game (3.2) and No. 6 nationally.
- Wilson leads the team in double-doubles with 11 (Wisconsin, Lamar, Samford, UT-Pan Am, Oregon, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas, Nebraska).
- Over the last 10 games, Jessica Morrow has averaged 13.2 points a game, registering nine 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 six games, sophomore guard Melissa Jones has come off the bench to average 10.2 points a game (18-Oklahoma State, 5-OSU, 10-Texas Tech, 16-Oklahoma, 6-Texas, 6-Nebraska).
- Sophomore point guard Kelli Griffin is 26-of-27 (.963) from the free throw line over the past six games. She has made 12 straight, including a 10-for-10 performance at Nebraska.
- 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 1,150 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 1,050 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. 7 in the USA Today ESPN Coaches' Poll.
- 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 is 128-28 (.821) since the start of the 2004-05 season with 21 of the 28 setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents.
- Baylor is 173-13 (.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 30 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 78.2 percent (226-63). Please see chart at the bottom of page two for complete listing.
- 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.
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 15 games, the junior post has produced 11 double-doubles, led the team in scoring on 10 occasions and rebounding in 12 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 15 games she has averaged a team-leading 16.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.6 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 67 shots which ranks her No. 2 in the Big 12. Wilson has hauled down 191 rebounds, 96 (50.37 percent) of which are off the offensive glass.
As of games through Feb. 1, Wilson ranks No. 6 nationally in blocked shots (3.3).
In addition with 922 career points, Wilson needs to score 78 points to become the third Lady Bear to achieve the 1,000 milestone this season and the 27th overall.
LED ME GUARD HER COACH
When deciding which player to assign to defend the opponent's top perimeter player, coach Mulkey often hears from 6-0 senior guard Jessica Morrow, "let me guard her coach." Morrow's long arms and lanky frame make her a daunting defender and she has often held her assigned player to well below her scoring average this season.