Big 12 Champions Baylor Host Texas... The defending national champion, 2013 Big 12 champions and top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears (25-1), seek to extend their record-setting 36-game Big 12 regular season win streak and nation’s best 53-game homecourt win string when they host Texas on Saturday, Feb. 23. In addition, BU currently enjoys the nation’s best active win streak at 23 games.
The contest will be regionally televised on FSSW with Kris Radcliffe (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) calling the action.
Baylor, led by 2012 National Coach of the Year Kim Mulkey, is 25-1 on the season after Monday’s 76-70 road win at No. 3/2 Connecticut, and has won 99 of its last 103 games since the start of the 2010-11 season. With four games to play and a five-game lead in the Big 12 standings, Baylor has already clinched its third straight regular-season Big 12 title and fourth all-time.
Karen Aston, in her first season as Texas’ head coach, has guided the Longhorns to a 10-15 season mark and, at 3-11 in league play, currently are ninth in the Big 12 standings. Aston served one season as Baylor’s associate head coach under Mulkey (2006-07) before serving stints as Charlotte’s and North Texas’ head coach. She was also a restricted earnings assistant coach (1994-96) at Baylor under former BU head coach Sonja Hogg. The Longhorns are led by junior guard Chassidy Fussell’s 15.0 points per contest while Nneka Enemkpali, a sophomore forward, averages 13.5 points and 9.4 rebounds a contest. Imani McGee-Stafford, a 6-7 freshman center, follows with 10.9 points and 9.2 rebounds an outing.
Former Player Reunion... In conjunction with the Baylor “B” Association, head coach Kim Mulkey, her staff and players will welcome back to the Ferrell Center over 80 former BU women’s basketball players. The former Lady Bears and Bearettes will be introduced and honored during halftime ceremonies of Saturday’s game.
Preseason National Player of the Year Brittney Griner, a 6-8 senior post, leads BU in scoring and rebounding with a league-leading 22.1 points and 8.6 boards per game. Griner currently has 3,000 career points, 1,190 career rebounds, and NCAA records of 697 blocks and 13 dunks to her credit. Griner recently became the Big 12’s all-time scoring leader and the NCAA career block record holder (697), men or women. She already owns the NCAA record for career dunks (13).
Junior point guard and All-American candidate Odyssey Sims, who averages 12.3 points an outing, also dishes out 5.7 assists per game. Sims shoots .445 from the field, including .322 from 3-point range, and .829 from the free throw line.
Baylor’s Record Win Streaks...
Baylor has won a nation’s-best and school-record 53 straight home contests, its last home loss was on March 7, 2010, vs. Texas, 70-54.
UConn snapped Stanford’s 82-game home win streak on Dec. 29, 2012.
The Lady Bears have won a Big 12-record and nation’s-best 36 consecutive regular season league contests.
Baylor has won 42 straight Big 12 games overall, a continuing league record.
At 23 consecutive victories, Baylor owns the nation’s longest active win streak.
Baylor has won 20 or more games in each of the last 13 seasons, a Big 12 record.
The trio is 68-2 (.971) in games played in the Ferrell Center, their only two losses came in their rookie year (2009-10), losing to Big 12 foes Nebraska (1/17/10) and Texas (3/7/10) , they have won 53 straight Ferrell Center games.
This group has five Big 12 titles, three NCAA Tournament trips, an NCAA Championship and two Final Four appearances to their credit.
Big 12 Championships...
With four Big 12 games to play and a five-game lead in the league standings, Baylor has claimed sole possession of the 2013 conference crown.
It marks the third time in the Big 12’s 17-year history a program has won three straight league titles; Texas Tech (1998-2000), Oklahoma (2000-02) and Baylor (2011-13) but the first time a team has claimed three consecutive outright title.
The 2013 title marks Baylor’s third straight conference regular season crown and fourth overall.
Baylor has won four Big 12 Conference regular season titles (2005, ‘11, ‘12 ‘13) and four league tournament championships (2005, ‘09, ‘11, ‘12).
Leading the Big 12...
As a team, Baylor leads the Big 12 in 11 categories; scoring offense (81.5), field goal percentage (.504), scoring margin (+28.1), field goal percentage defense (.325), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.268), rebounding margin (+10.5), rebounding offense (44.5), assists (21.7), blocked shots (6.6), defensive rebounds (30.2) and assist/turnover ratio (1.6).
Individually, Brittney Griner ranks No. 1 statistically in scoring (22.1), field goal percentage (.588) and blocked shots (3.8), while Odyssey Sims ranks No. 1 in assist/turnover ratio (2.7).
A trio of Lady Bear guards are among the Big 12 leaders in assists; No. 4 - Odyssey Sims (5.7), No. 6 - Kimetria Hayden (4.4) and No. 13 - Jordan Madden (3.0). BU guards are taking care of the ball as well holding down the top two spots in assist/turnover ratio; Sims is No. 1 with 2.7, while Hayden is No. 2 at 2.5.
Texas leads the series 57-26, but Baylor has won five straight contests, matching its longest series win streak when it posted a 75-48 win in Austin two weeks ago.
Baylor leads the series 17-10 since Kim Mulkey became the Lady Bears’ head coach, including a 9-3 edge in games played in Waco.
Texas’ last victory over BU came on March 7, 2010, in Waco, 70-54. Brittney Griner was serving a suspension and did not play in the game.
The Longhorns lead the series in Waco, 23-15, Texas’ most recent Waco victory came on March 7, 2010, 70-54.