No. 6/5 Baylor Takes on TCU in Early Game... The sixth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, under the direction of 14th-year head coach Kim Mulkey, are 23-3 overall and sit alone atop the Big 12 standings at 13-1. Baylor will put its nine-game win streak on the line as it plays at TCU on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m.
The contest, a TCU broadcast, will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest. Russell Scott will handle play-by-play duties while Janice Dziuk will provide color analysis.
The TCU Horned Frogs, under 22nd-year head coach Jeff Mittie, are 15-11 on the season and own a 6-8 league mark.
Senior guard Odyssey Sims continues to lead the nation in scoring at 30.1 points per game. The Irving, Texas, native is averaging 4.5 rebounds a contest while dishing out 4.7 assists per game and shooting 46.6 percent from the floor, including .447 from beyond the arc. With 590 career assists, Sims is the program's all-time leader and also owns BU's career 3-point field goal record with 240 makes. In addition, with 2,261 career points, she is the fifth Lady Bear player to reach the 2,000-point milestone and stands fourth on BU's all-time list. With 80 treys, Sims is Baylor's single-season 3-point leader.
Freshman Nina Davis (5-11, forward/post) is averaging 13.4 points and a team-leading 8.7 rebounds a game. The Memphis, Tenn., product ranks No. 5 nationally and leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage, hitting .594 percent of her shots.
On the glass, Davis leads the team with 8.7 rpg while junior post Sune Agbuke (6-4) follows with 7.5 an outing. Freshman Khadijiah Cave (6-2 post) manages 5.4 a game, Sims and sophomore Kristina Higgins each manage 4.5 a contest.
Sophomore guard Niya Johnson ranks No. 17 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12, averaging 6.4 assists an outing, including four double-digit outings this season, while Sims follows with 4.7 a game. Johnson leads the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 3.95.
The Lady Bears will return home for back-to-back contests. Baylor will host Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., before welcoming West Virginia to the Ferrell Center on Sunday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m.
Both games will be televised by Fox Sports 1 with Ron Thulin calling the action and Brenda VanLengen providing color analysis.
National Player of the Year Candidate Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, is averaging 30.1 ppg, which ranks No. 1 nationally, as well as 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She is shooting .466 from the floor, .447 from 3-point range and .815 from the free throw line.
Sims, with 590 career assists and 240 treys, ranks No. 1 in both categories on Baylor's all-time list.
Sims' 80 made treys this season breaks Emily Niemann's BU single-season record of 75 (2003-04).
Sims has scored 782 points as a senior which ranks No. 10 on BU's single-season list. Her season average (30.1 ppg) is well ahead of both the BU (24.6 ppg, Suzie Snider Eppers, 1976-77) and Big 12 (26.7 ppg, OSU's Andrea Riley, 2010) season marks.
National Freshman of the Year candidate Nina Davis, a 5-11 freshman forward/post, is averaging 13.4 points per game and ranks No. 5 nationally and leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal shooting at 59.2 (135-228) percent. Davis has averaged 15.7 points, 15.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists this season vs. top 10 opponents (#5 Kentucky, #1 UConn, at #8 Oklahoma State).
Niya Johnson, a 5-7 guard, ranks No. 17 nationally in assists per game (6.4) and is No. 1 in assist/turnover ratio at 3.95 per contest, dishing our 166 assists with only 42 turnovers. Johnson has four double-digit assist games to her credit this season ( 14 vs. San Jose State, 11 vs. #5 Kentucky, 12 vs. #12 Oklahoma State and 10 vs. Iowa State).
In her 14 seasons at the program's helm, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 395-84 (.825) record which ranks her No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind UConn's Geno Auriemma (.864).
Kim Mulkey sports a 157-51 (.754) record vs. current Big 12 Conference teams.
Kim Mulkey has 395 career wins in her 14 seasons at Baylor, in the 26 years before her arrival, BU had won just 394 games.
In 467 of 479 games under Kim Mulkey, the Lady Bears have held their opponent at or below 50 percent field goal shooting with only four of those efforts coming in the last 12 years.
In Baylor's last 279 games, only one opponent (Stanford, .509) has shot 50 percent or above. Last season, the Cardinal broke BU's 217-game streak of holding an opponent to 50 percent or less shooting from the floor. Since then, BU has held its last 59 foes below 50 percent from the field.
Throughout their careers, Odyssey Sims and Makenzie Robertson are 131-8 (.942) overall, 64-2 (.970) in regular season Big 12 games and have lost only one game (No.1 UConn, Jan. 13, 2014) in the Ferrell Center. The duo has six Big 12 titles, three NCAA Tournament trips, an NCAA championship and two Final Four appearances to their credit.
Other than Odyssey Sims, none of the returnees had seen more than 13.9 minutes per game a year ago.
Kim Mulkey and her coaching staff have molded a squad, mainly comprised of underclassmen, into a nationally ranked Top 10 program, one that is vying for its fourth straight Big 12 championship.
Baylor is posting bigger rebounding numbers this season as compared to BU's 2011-12 and 2012-13 rebounding seasons.
Four Games Within a Short Span...
Baylor, beginning with Sunday's game at Texas, will play four games within a nine-day span, two road and two home games. The Lady Bears play at Texas (Sun., Feb. 16; W, 72-56), host Iowa State (Wed., Feb. 19; W, 89-51), play at TCU (Sat., Feb. 22) and host Oklahoma (Mon., Feb. 24). All four games are televised.
Earlier this season Baylor also had the same schedule, four games in nine days; at Oklahoma State (Jan. 26), vs. Texas Tech (Jan. 29), vs. Texas (Feb. 1), at Oklahoma (Feb. 3), and went 4-0 in that span.
Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the TCU Horned Frogs, second-year members of the Big 12 Conference, enter Saturday's contest 15-11 overall and 6-8 in league action. The Horned Frogs, 12-3 at home this season, including 4-3 in league play, are coming off Wednesday's 64-44 home victory over Kansas State.
The Horned Frogs are led by sophomore guard Zahna Medley's 16.5 points per contest while Natalie Ventress, a junior forward, averages 11.3 points. TCU is led in rebounding by senior center Latricia Lovings' 8.0 boards an outing.
TCU is coached by 22nd-year head coach Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western , 1989). Mittie owns a 451-231 (.661) career mark and is 300-172 (.636) in 15 seasons along the TCU sideline.
Series Record vs. TCU...
BU leads the series 26-5
Baylor has won 15 straight contests versus the Horned Frogs; TCU's last victory over BU came on Feb. 28, 1990, in Fort Worth, 83-76.