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WBB Returns Home Looking to Defend Win Streak





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#1/1 Baylor (22-1, 9-0) vs. Texas (16-7, 5-4)
Sturday, Feb. 12, 2011 | 12:30 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas
| Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FOX Sports Net
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date: Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011
Tip-Off:
12:30 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Television:
None
     Talent: --
Radio: 92.9 FM
    Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: None
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com (free)
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com (free)
In-Game Blog: www.BaylorBears.com (free)

BAYLOR LADY BEARS
Record: 22-1, 9-0
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 1/1
Last Game: W, 69-45, at Nebraska
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
    Career Record: 286-77 (11th season)
    Record at Baylor: same
Baylor vs. Texas: Baylor leads 13-10

TEXAS LONGHORNS
Record: 16-7, 5-4
Ranking (AP/ESPN): NR/NR
Last Game: W, 69-59, at Kansas State
Head Coach: Gail Goestenkors
    Career Record: 477-142 (19th season)
    Record at Texas: 81-43 (4th season)

THE MATCHUP
The top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, 22-1 overall and 9-0 in Big 12 action, return home for two games and bring their 19-game win streak into Saturday's contest against the red-hot Texas Longhorns. The contest marks the third of four games in a nine-day span for the Lady Bears; Feb. 6 at OSU, Feb. 9 at Nebraska, Feb. 12 vs. Texas and Feb. 14 vs. No. 6 Texas A&M. Both of Baylor's next two games will be nationally televised, as Saturday's contest will be aired on FSN and Monday's game versus Texas A&M (ESPN2) will be an ESPN Big Monday broadcast.

Baylor is led on the season by sophomore post Brittney Griner's 22.1 points and 7.8 rebounds a contest while freshman guard Odyssey Sims follows with 13.4 points a game. Sophomore post Destiny Williams and senior Melissa Jones each check in with 9.3 points and 6.7 rebounds a game, while sophomore post Brooklyn Pope adds 6.1 rebounds a contest.

Gail Goestenkors' Texas squad, 16-7 on the season and 5-4 in league play, is led by 5-10 freshman guard Chassidy Fussell's 18.2 points a game while 6-2 senior guard Kathleen Nash follows closely with 14.6 a contest. Junior guard Ashleigh Fontenette also averages double-digit scoring with 12.0 a game and Yvonne Anderson, a junior guard, manages 11.0 a contest. Nash is the team's top rebounder with 8.2 an outing while Ashley Gayle, a 6-4 junior forward, hauls down 7.7 a game. After an 0-4 start, Texas enters Saturday's game winners of five straight league contests.

QUICK HITS
• Baylor's 19-game win streak is the longest active win streak in NCAA Division I.
• Saturday is "Go Red Day" to show support for heart disease awareness for women. All fans are encouraged to wear red to the game to show support for this cause.
• As a team, Baylor ranks among the top 25 in NCAA Division I statistics in 15 categories, including 13 among the top 10. Melissa Jones leads the nation in assist/turnover ratio (3.3) while Brittney Griner ranks No. 2 in both blocks per game (4.7) and triple doubles (1). See page 4 for a complete listing.
• Baylor has held its opponents to a .311 field goal percentage this season while shooting .477, both of which are Big 12-leading marks. BU leads the nation in two departments; field goal percentage defense and blocks (7.1).
• Baylor also leads the Big 12 Conference in 11 categories: scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, free throw percentage, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, 3-point FG percentage defense, rebounding offense, rebounding margin, blocked shots and defensive rebounds.
• Baylor's Brittney Griner is a contender for National Player of the Year honors while point guard Odyssey Sims is a National Freshman of the Year candidate. The tandem joins Melissa Jones as All-America candidates as well.
• BU's 19-game win streak is its longest since a school-record 30-game string that encompassed the final 20 games of the 2004-05 season and the first 10 of the 2005-06 campaign. The current 19-game run is the second-longest in school history and marks the ninth time in the last 11 seasons it has registered at least one double-digit win streak.

NATION'S LONGEST WIN STREAK
Baylor now owns the nation's longest active NCAA Division I win streak at 19 games. Third-ranked Duke's 87-51 loss at second-ranked UConn on Monday, Jan. 31, broke the Blue Devils' 20-game win streak.

Baylor's win streak is followed by Marist's 17 straight wins, while Stanford has won 15 in a row. Tennessee, UALR and Wisconsin-Green Bay each have won 13 consecutive contests.

OFF TO A GOOD START
Baylor is 22-1 after 23 games for its best-ever start. BU opened the 2007-08 season at 20-1.

BU is 9-0 to open Big 12 Conference play for the first time in the league's 15-year history. The Lady Bears opened league play in 2007-08 with eight straight wins.

DEFENSE
Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 160 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006, an 82-63 Sweet 16 loss to eventual national champion Maryland.

BU has held 11 of its 23 opponents to below a .300 field goal percentage this season.

The Lady Bears hold a +30.0 scoring margin over their opponents this season and are +10.6 in rebounding. Baylor is outscoring its Big 12 opponents by +20.7 per game, and has won eight of nine league games by at least 12 points.

In NCAA Division I statistics, through games of Feb. 6, Baylor ranks No. 1 in field-goal percentage defense (.313) and No. 6 in 3-point field goal defense (.240). The Lady Bears lead the Big 12 Conference in both field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal defense (.240).

Baylor is 19-0 on the year when allowing 60 or fewer points, and has won 22-straight such games since a 59-54 loss to Oklahoma in the 2010 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals at Kansas City, Mo.

SERIES RECORDS
Texas leads the series 57-22, while Kim Mulkey is 13-10 vs. the Longhorns. In Waco, Texas holds a 23-13 advantage, while Mulkey is 7-3 in games played in the Ferrell Center.

Over the last three years, Texas owns a 5-3 advantage, including sweeping the Lady Bears last season. UT has won five of the last seven meetings overall with BU's lone wins in that stretch being a 66-57 victory in Austin, Feb. 28, 2009 and an 87-72 win in Austin, Jan. 12, 2011.

Texas has won two straight in Waco, a 58-55 victory on Feb. 1, 2009 and a 70-54 win on March 7, 2010.

 

 

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