GAME CENTER: GAME 23
Date: Wed., Feb. 10, 2010
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CST
Location: Norman, Okla.
Arena: Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)
Television: Sooner Sports Network
Time Warner: Waco 15, Austin 77
Grande: Waco 132 or 132.2
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network; KLRK 92.9 FM (Waco)
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
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Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
2009-10 Record: 17-5, 4-4
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 11/15
Last Game: W, 76-42, Colorado
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 254-71 (10th season)
Record at Baylor: same
Mulkey vs. Oklahoma: 7-15
2009-10 Record: 16-6, 6-3
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 12/12
Last Game: W, 77-66, Oklahoma State
Head Coach: Sherri Coale
Career Record: 303-138 (14th season)
Record at Oklahoma: same
Oklahoma vs. Baylor: Oklahoma leads 22-11
No. 11 Baylor, 17-5 on the season and 4-4 in league play, seeks its second straight Big 12 road win as it travels to Norman, Okla., to play the No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners, Wed., Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.
BU's game at Texas (Jan. 31) marked the first of four road games in its next five contests; at Texas, at Kansas State, hosting Colorado (Feb. 6), at Oklahoma (Feb. 10), at Iowa State (Feb. 13), before the Lady Bears close the season with four of six at home.
The 12th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners are 16-6 overall and 6-3 in Big 12 action. The Sooners are coming off Saturday's 77-66 win at then-10th-ranked Oklahoma State.
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. Griner added two more dunks to her total against Texas State (Jan. 2) and registered another at Kansas State (Feb. 3). She is also a defensive threat as a shot blocker and alterer with her 88" wing span. She has blocked a school and Big 12 record 133 shots and altered 57 more.
As a team, Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (7.7); No. 2 in field goal percentage (.492) and field goal percentage defense (31.9); No. 4 in scoring margin (21.2); No. 5 in rebound margin (10.8) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.7); No. 17 in scoring defense (54.9) and No. 19 in scoring offense (76.0).
In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 254-71 (.782), 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 (6.0) than 325 of the 332 NCAA Division I schools and only seven teams beside Baylor have blocked more shots than Griner. She ranks No. 2 nationally in blocks (133) and in just 21 games, broke Courtney Paris' Big 12 single-season record of 119 set during the Sooners' 36-game 2005-06 campaign.
Griner recorded the program's first-ever triple-double with 34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocked shots against Oral Roberts, she added her second of the season against Colorado (26 pts., 11 blocks, 10 reb.)
Griner is the only player in the Big 12 Conference to record two triple-doubles this season. Only one player, former Kansas State standout Shalee Lehning, has produced more triple-doubles in a season, as she tallied three in 2009.
Griner was named both the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Player and Freshman of the Week by a media voting panel for games from Feb. 1-7. She is the second freshman in league history to pick up both awards in the same week.
With her 133 season blocks, Brittney Griner now ranks No. 4 on Baylor's career block chart.
Only two Baylor players, juniors Melissa Jones and Kelli Griffin, have two or more years in the Lady Bear system. Morghan Medlock, a senior, transferred last season from Southern California and junior Whitney Zachariason has just over a year in the program after transferring from Arkansas. All the rest of the squad are freshmen and sophomores.
Baylor returned one starter (Kelli Griffin) and eight letterwinners from its 2009 NCAA Sweet 16 team which finished the season 29-6.
In Baylor's 65-47 victory at Kansas State (Feb. 3), the five freshman logged 115 of the 200 minutes, or 57.5 percent of the playing time, add in sophomore Terran Condrey's 23 minutes and underclassmen accounted for 69 percent of the playing time.
Against Colorado (Feb. 6) the same trend continued, as the freshmen accounted for 101 minutes, or 50 percent of the playing time; when sophomore minutes are added, underclassmen recorded 69 percent of the court time.
The Lady Bears remain the Big 12 leader in field goal percentage (.492), field goal percentage defense (.319), rebounding offense (44.5), rebound margin (+10.8) and blocked shots (7.7).
MULKEY INDUCTED INTO TEXAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Head coach Kim Mulkey was one of 10 individuals inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on Monday, Feb. 9. She was enshrined along with Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams, Houston Astros infielder Lance Berkman, former Baylor WR Lawrence Elkins, former University of Texas & MLB pitcher Burt Hooton, former Dallas Cowboys LB Chuck Howley, former Rice & Minnesota Viking QB Tommy Kramer, former Dallas Cowboys DE Harvey Martin (deceased), former Dallas Cowboys RB and assistant coach Dan Reeves and former SMU basketball star and Dallas Chaparrals GM & coach Max Williams.
The 12th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners enter the contest with a 16-6 mark, 6-3 in Big 12 action. The Sooners are coming off a 77-66 win at 10th-ranked Oklahoma State.
Head coach Sherri Coale is in her 14th season along the Oklahoma sideline and owns a 302-138 mark.
The Sooners have four active players scoring in double digits. Junior point guard Danielle Robinson leads the way with 17.3 a contest and leads the team in assists with 114. She is followed by senior forward/guard Nyeshia Stevenson's 14.3 an outing. Amanda Thompson, a senior forward, scores 11.5 a game and is the squad's top rebounder at 9.8 a contest and junior post Abi Olajuwon manages 11.1 a contest.
Oklahoma leads the series 22-11 while BU head coach Kim Mulkey is 7-15 versus the Sooners, 3-6 in Norman.
The teams have not split the regular-season series in the Big 12 era; the series has ended in a sweep every year.
Brittney Griner had 12 points, 11 blocked shots and nine rebounds to lead No. 9 Baylor to a 57-47 victory over No. 13 Oklahoma on Jan. 13 in Waco.
BU freshman Shanay Washington added 12 points with the go-ahead driving basket after a steal. Kelli Griffin also had 12 points.
Washington had a steal and a driving layup, then hit the free throw after being fouled to put the Lady Bears up 31-29 with 16 minutes left, and they never trailed again. Washington had another steal and drive three minutes later, hitting both free throws after being fouled again to stretch the lead to 35-29.
Danielle Robinson had 15 points to lead Oklahoma, and Abi Olajuwon had 10 points despite being limited to only 13 minutes because of foul trouble.