|#1/1 Baylor (24-1, 11-0) vs. Texas Tech (18-7, 5-6)
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 | 12:30 p.m. CST
Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena (15,050)
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Date: Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
Tip-Off: 12:30 p.m. CST
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Arena: United Spirit Arena (15,050)
Talent: Tracy Warren (pxp), Debbie Antonelli (analyst)
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: none
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
Record: 24-1, 11-0
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 1/1
Last Game: W, 67-58, #5 Texas A&M
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 288-77 (11th season)
Record at Baylor: same
Mulkey vs. Texas Tech: 17-7
Baylor vs. Texas Tech: Tech leads 46-25
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS
Record: 18-7, 5-6
Ranking (AP/ESPN): NR
Last Game: W, 61-50, #20 Iowa State
Head Coach: Kristy Curry
Career Record: 263-120 (12th season)
Record at Texas Tech: 84-69 (5th season)
Curry vs. Baylor: 0-9
The top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, 24-1 overall and 11-0 in Big 12 action, take their 21-game win streak into Saturday's nationally televised road contest against the Texas Tech Lady Raiders. Baylor seeks to remain undefeated in league play and atop the Big 12 standings as it travels to Lubbock. The Lady Raiders enter the game riding a two-game win streak after posting victories at Colorado (72-44) and an upset homecourt win over 20th-ranked Iowa State (61-50).
Baylor is led on the season by sophomore post Brittney Griner's 22.6 points and 8.1 rebounds a contest while freshman guard Odyssey Sims follows with 13.8 points a game. Senior Melissa Jones checks in with 9.4 points and 6.9 rebounds a contest, while sophomore post Destiny Williams manages 8.9 points and 6.8 rebounds an outing.
Kristy Curry's Texas Tech squad, 18-7 on the season and 5-6 in league play, is led by 6-3 junior center Kierra Mallard's 13.1 points and 7.4 rebounds a game. Teena Wickett, a 6-3 senior forward, ranks second on the team in both scoring and rebounding with 10.0 points and 6.1 rebounds a contest.
Baylor's 21-game win streak is the longest active win string in NCAA Division I.
As a team, Baylor ranks among the top 20 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 (4.8) and triple doubles (1). See page 4 for a complete listing.
Baylor has held its opponents to a .310 field goal percentage this season while shooting .477, both of which are Big 12-leading marks.
BU leads the nation in three departments; field goal percentage defense (.310), blocked shots (7.3) and scoring margin (30.0).
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 21-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 21-game run is the longest single-season run and second-longest overall streak in school history and marks the ninth time in the last 11 seasons BU has registered at least one double-digit win streak.
Baylor is 9-1 vs. ranked opponents this season, including three top 10 victories, and has won nine straight vs. ranked foes . The Lady Bears have posted a +14.0 scoring margin against its 10 ranked opponents this season.
SCOUTING THE LADY RAIDERS
Located in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders are 18-7 on the season and 5-6 in Big 12 play. The Lady Raiders enter the game riding a two-game win streak after posting victories at Colorado (72-44) and an upset homecourt win over 20th-ranked Iowa State (61-50).
The Lady Raiders are led in scoring by junior Kierra Mallard's 13.1 average followed by senior Teena Wickett at 10.0 and sophomore Casey Morris at 9.8. Mallard is averaging a team-best 7.4 rebounds per outing, while Wickett is averaging 6.1.
The Lady Raiders are coached by fifth-year head coach Kristy Curry (Northeast Louisiana, 1988). Curry is 84-69 (.549) in her five seasons along the Texas Tech sideline and 263-120 (.687) in 12 seasons as a head coach.
Texas Tech leads the series 46-25. Overall in Lubbock the Lady Raiders hold the edge 24-7 but Baylor has won four straight.
Kim Mulkey is 17-7 overall vs. the Lady Raiders and 5-5, including four straight wins, in the United Spirit Arena.
In the last 15 games between the two schools, Baylor owns a 14-1 advantage, including 10 straight wins. Baylor's lone loss during that 15-game span was a 64-62 defeat in Lubbock, Jan 15, 2006.
Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 162 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006, an 82-63 Sweet 16 loss to eventual national champion Maryland.
BU has held 12 of its 25 opponents this season to below a .300 field goal percentage.
The Lady Bears hold a +30.0 scoring margin over their opponents this season and are +9.9 in rebounding. Baylor is outscoring its Big 12 opponents by +20.3 per game, and has won nine of 11 league games by at least 12 points.
In NCAA Division I statistics, through games of Feb. 13, Baylor ranks No. 1 in field-goal percentage defense (.310) and blocks (4.8) and No. 3 in 3-point field goal defense (.241). The Lady Bears lead the Big 12 Conference in both field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal defense.
Baylor is 20-0 on the year when allowing 60 or fewer points, and has won 23-straight such games since a 59-54 loss to Oklahoma in the 2010 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals at Kansas City, Mo.
NATION'S LONGEST WIN STREAK
Baylor now owns the nation's longest active NCAA Division I win streak at 21 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 19 straight wins, while Stanford has won 16 in a row. Tennessee and Wisconsin-Green Bay each have won 15 consecutive contests.