WBB Readies for A&M, Big Monday Contest

#17/19 Baylor (19-7, 6-6) vs. #12/15 Texas A&M (19-6, 7-5)
Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 | 8 p.m. CST
College Station, Texas | Reed Arena (12,989)
TV: ESPN2 (Big Monday)
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Date: Mon., Feb. 22, 2010
8 p.m. CST
Location: College Station, Texas
Arena: Reed Arena (12,989)
    Talent: Dave O'Brien (pxp), Doris Burke (color)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network; ESPN 1660 AM (Waco)
    Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: www.ESPN360.com
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com

2009-10 Record: 19-7, 6-6
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 17/19
Last Game: W, 80-69, #17 Oklahoma State
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
   Career Record: 256-73 (10th season)
   Record at Baylor: same
   Mulkey vs. Texas A&M: 18-4

2009-10 Record: 19-6, 7-5
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 12/15
Last Game: W, 58-44, #12 Texas
Head Coach: Gary BLair
   Career Record: 554-235 (25th season)
   Record at Texas A&M: 148-72 (7th season)
   Texas A&M vs. Baylor: Baylor leads 43-35

• No. 18 Baylor, 19-7 on the season and 6-6 in league play, will make its first ESPN2 Big Monday appearance as it travels to College Station, Texas, to take on No. 15 Texas A&M on Mon., Feb. 22, at 8:05 p.m. Baylor enters the game as winners of two straight after home victories over Texas Tech and No. 17 Oklahoma State.
• Monday's game is the last of three games in a six-day span for the Lady Bears. Baylor hosted Texas Tech and Oklahoma State on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.
• The Aggies are 19-6 overall and 7-5 in Big 12 action. Texas A&M enters the contest riding a three-game win streak after posting victories against Kansas State, at No. 17 Oklahoma State and No. 12 Texas.
• Since the two teams met in Waco on Jan. 27, a 61-53 Lady Bear win, Baylor has posted a 5-3 record while the Aggies are 4-4.
• Baylor owns a four-game win streak over the Aggies after sweeping all three games last season and winning the first matchup this year. In addition, BU has won five of the last six games against Texas A&M overall.
• As a team, Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (7.5); No. 2 in field goal percentage defense (32.4); No. 3 in field goal percentage (.475); No. 8 in rebound margin (9.8); No. 10 in scoring margin (18.3) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.2); No. 20 in scoring defense (55.4) and No. 25 in scoring offense (73.7).
• In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 256-73 (.778), 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 328 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 (157) 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, with 157 blocks, needs just three blocks to move into No. 2 on Baylor's all-time shot block list. Former standout Steffanie Blackmon currently holds that spot with 159 while BU's all-time leading shot blocker, Danielle Wilson, accumulated 249 in three seasons. In addition, she needs just three blocks to rank No. 12 on the Big 12's career blocks chart.
• For the fifth straight season Baylor has surpassed the 100,000 fan mark in home attendance. With 8,282 in attendance against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Baylor's home attendance now stands at 104,217 which averages out to 6,948 per contest. BU currently ranks No. 9 in NCAA Division I attendance.
• BU freshmen are gaining valuable minutes this season and producing points. On the season, BU's rookies account for 43.1 percent (2250-5225) of the minutes played and 51.4 percent (988-1923) of the team's points. In BU's 80-69 victory over No. 17 Oklahoma State on Saturday, rookies accounted for 55 of Baylor's 80 points (68.8%).
• 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.
• The Lady Bears remain the Big 12 leader in field goal percentage (.475), field goal percentage defense (.324), rebounding offense (44.2) and blocked shots (7.5). In conference games only, BU remains No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (.347), blocked shots (6.5) and rebounding offense (41.1) and No. 2 in scoring defense (58.4).
• Missing MJ - Baylor's record with Melissa Jones in the lineup, 14-2, without MJ, 5-5.
• Junior point guard Kelli Griffin ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 Conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.0 and No. 4 in assists (4.7). She has doled out 123 assists and turned the ball over only 61 times this season.
• 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 157 shots and altered 63 more.
• Griffin needs just two assists to reach 300 for her career and six to crack Baylor's top 10 career assist chart.
• Baylor averages 80.0 points and allows 51.4 in its 19 wins on the year, but in its seven losses is scoring just 57.6 ppg and yielding 68.4 ppg. In its losses, BU is 15-of-84 (.179) from 3-point range, while 52-of-138 (.377) in its wins.

The 15th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies enter the contest with a 19-7 overall mark, 7-5 in Big 12 action. Since playing Baylor in Waco on Jan. 27, Texas A&M has posted a 4-4 record.

Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is in his seventh season in College Station with a record of 148-72. Combining his years at Stephen F. Austin and Arkansas, Blair's 25-year career record is 554-235. He spent five years at Louisiana Tech as a graduate assistant and assistant coach under current Baylor assistant coach Leon Barmore. Also during that time, Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey was a player for the Lady Techsters.

The Aggies have three players scoring in double digits. Junior forward/center Danielle Adams leads the team in both scoring and rebounding with 15.5 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. Senior guard/forward Tanisha Smith ranks second in both categories with 14.8 points and 5.4 boards an outing. Sophomore guard Tyra White completes the Aggies' double-digit scoring with 10.7 a contest.

Baylor leads the series 43-35 while BU head coach Kim Mulkey is 18-4 versus the Aggies, 6-3 in College Station.

Since the two teams met in Waco on Jan. 27, a 61-53 Lady Bear win, Baylor has posted a 5-3 record while the Aggies are 4-4.

Baylor owns a four-game win streak over the Aggies after sweeping all three games last season and winning the first matchup this year. In addition, BU has won five on the last six games against Texas A&M overall.

In head coach Kim Mulkey's 10 seasons, Baylor is 56-52 against ranked opponents. Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 39-27 versus ranked opponents.

BU is 5-6 versus ranked opponents in 2009-10, a loss at then-No. 8 Tennessee (74-65), a victory at then-No. 17 Cal (69- 49), a neutral court win over then-No. 14 Arizona State (70-66), a loss at then-No. 23 Oklahoma State (78-65), a home court win over No. 13 Oklahoma (57-47), a home loss to No. 11 Nebraska (65-56), a 61-53 win over No. 8 Texas A&M, a loss at No. 19 Texas (61-50), an overtime loss at No. 12 Oklahoma (62-60), a 69-45 loss at No. 20 Iowa State and an 80-69 win over No. 17 Oklahoma State.

Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey needs one more victory to keep her 20-win streak intact and secure her 10th straight 20- win season and the program's 16th overall.

Mulkey has had nine 20-win seasons as a head coach and 27 in 28 years as a player, assistant and head coach in the college game.



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