Date: Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011
Tip-Off: 12:30 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.