Feb. 23, 2007
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#14/#14 Baylor (24-4, 11-3) vs. #16/#18 Texas A&M (21-5, 11-3)
Sunday, Feb. 25 - 1 p.m. (CT)
Ferrell Center - Waco, Texas
BAYLOR VS. TEXAS A&M...
Sunday's matchup between No. 14 Baylor (24-4, 11-3) and No. 16 Texas A&M (21-5, 11-3) will put Baylor's five-game win streak to the test.
Baylor, 9-1 in its last 10 contests, sits atop the Big 12 standings tied with Oklahoma and Texas A&M, its final two opponents of the regular season, at 11-3. All three teams are assured of first-round byes in next month's Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Aggies won the first meeting 60-52 in College Station on Jan. 13. They enter the contest on a two-game win streak, winners of eight of their last nine contests and hoping to sweep Baylor for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
The game marks Baylor's ninth contest versus a ranked opponent, including six during Big 12 Conference action (No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 19 & No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 22 Nebraska, No. 24 Texas, No. 25 Kansas State).
The game also features one of the league's top offensive teams against the top team in scoring defense. Baylor ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 in scoring offense at 75.7 points a game while the Aggies are the league's top team in scoring defense, holding teams to 53.3 points an outing.
Baylor is the only Big 12 program to have recorded at least 10 conference victories in each of the last four seasons.
WHITE OUT THE AGS...
Lady Bear fans are encouraged to wear white to Sunday's game in an effort to "White Out the Aggies." In addition, a free Lady Bear white t-shirt will be given to each fan attending, courtesy of the Tip-Off Club.
The contest, Baylor's last home game of the season, begins at 1 p.m. and will be televised nationally by ESPN2.
Baylor's two seniors, Bernice Mosby and Latoya Wyatt, will be honored in pregame ceremonies as well as managers Krystal Archer and Liz Wood.
EXTENDED TICKET OFFICE HOURS...
For the convenience of fans wishing to purchase tickets to the Baylor/Texas A&M game, ticket office hours have been extended. On Saturday, fans may purchase tickets at the Ferrell Center ticket office from 2 - 7 p.m. In addition, the ticket office will open for sales on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
OVER THE AIRWAVES
Pam Ward, play-by-play
Nancy Lieberman, color analyst
Video: Live video stream at BaylorBears.com
Audio: Live audio stream at BaylorBears.com
Radio: KRZI/ESPN - 1660 AM - Waco
KVCE - 1160 AM - Dallas
Rick May, play-by-play
Lori Fogleman, color analyst
BAYLOR Lady Bears
IN THE POLLS
14 - Associated Press
14 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Angela Tisdale - Jr., G, 5-5 - 11.6 ppg, 3.7 apg
Jhasmin Player - So., G, 5-10 - 7.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Jessica Morrow - So., G, 6-2 - 9.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Rachel Allison - So., P, 6-1 - 7.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg
Bernice Mosby - Sr., P, 6-1 - 17.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg
TEXAS A&M Aggies
IN THE POLLS
16 - Associated Press
18 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
A'Quonesia Franklin - Jr., G, 5-3 - 9.4 ppg, 4.9 apg
Takia Starks - So., G, 5-8 - 14.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Morenike Atunrase - Jr., F, 5-10 - 11.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Patrice Reado - Jr., F, 6-0 - 7.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg
La Toya Micheaux - So., C, 6-3 - 6.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg
THE LADY BEARS...
The Baylor Lady Bears continue Big 12 Conference action after playing their most challenging non-conference schedule in program history. Baylor played three teams ranked among the Associated Press' top 25 (No. 9 LSU, No. 12 Purdue, No. 22 BYU) and two others who were receiving votes (Hofstra, UCLA). All told, Baylor has played eight ranked opponents, including five during Big 12 Conference action (No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 19 Texas A&M, No. 22 Nebraska, No. 24 Texas, No. 25 Kansas State).
Through 28 games, two players are averaging double-digit scoring but the Lady Bears have tremendous balance as seven players contribute 7.0 or more points a game.
Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby leads the way with 17.9 a game, ranking No. 3 among Big 12 players, and junior point guard Angela Tisdale scores 11.6 points. Sophomore guard Jessica Morrow manages 9.1, freshman post Danielle Wilson scores 8.6 an outing while freshman Latara Darrett tallies 7.8, sophomore Jhasmin Player manages 7.6 and sophomore post Rachel Allison scores 7.3.
Mosby is averaging a team-leading 9.5 rebounds a game, which ranks No. 3 in the conference and includes 13 double-doubles, while Allison is the squad's second-leading rebounder with 6.4 a contest and is followed by Wilson's 5.0.
ATTENDANCE RECORD BROKEN...
For the second straight season, Baylor has cracked the 100,000 barrier and set a single-season total attendance record. Last year the Lady Bears drew 100,316 fans, so far this season 110,383 fans have passed through the turnstiles.
The Lady Bears also broke the all-time Ferrell Center total attendance record (men's or women's) of 109,494 set in 2001-02 with 110,383 and will add to that total in their final home game on Sunday against Texas A&M.
LADY BEARS ON TELEVISION...
Sunday's game versus Texas A&M will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and marks Baylor's 12th 2006-07 television appearance.
Pam Ward will be calling the action while Nancy Lieberman provides color analysis.
NO. 1 IN NCAA BLOCKING STATISTICS...
The Lady Bears come into the contest ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I statistics (through games of Feb. 18) in blocked shots per game at 7.68 while fourth-ranked North Carolina sits at No. 2 with 7.0 and undefeated and top-ranked Duke is No. 3 at 6.9 an outing. In total blocks through games of Feb. 18, Baylor's 210 rejections rank No. 1, 14 blocks ahead of North Carolina's 196.
BIG 12 CONFERENCE BLOCKING RECORD...
Baylor, with its school-record 215 blocks on the season, currently ranks No. 3 on the Big 12 Conference's single season blocks list. The Lady Bears need 18 blocks to claim the top spot (232) held by Texas Tech's 2005 squad.
With its 215 blocks, including the 23 rejections against Oklahoma State, Texas and Colorado, Baylor has blocked 71 more shots on the season than its nearest Big 12 opponent (Oklahoma, 144, 5.76 bpg).
All-Time Big 12 Single-Season List:
1. 232, Texas Tech (2005)
2. 227, Texas Tech (2003)
3. 215, Baylor (2007)
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Bernice Mosby...
Senior transfer Bernice Mosby, an All-America candidate, was named Preseason Newcomer of the Year by the Big 12 coaches and was recently one of four players added to the WBCA's 2007 Wade Trophy watch list.
Mosby, in her two-plus seasons at the University of Florida, averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. She averaged a team-leading 15.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 30.3 minutes a game as a junior before leaving the team in late March. She amassed 1,124 points and 625 rebounds at Florida and was voted 2004 Southeastern Conference Sixth Woman of the Year. Mosby was also named to the 2003 SEC All-Freshman team and second-team All-SEC by the coaches and media in 2005.
Since her arrival at Baylor she has stepped up her averages and leads the Lady Bears and is one of the Big 12's top players at 17.9 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. She has produced 85 double-figure scoring efforts, 35 double-figure rebounding games with 30 double-doubles throughout her career.
Even more impressive this season are her numbers versus Baylor's eight ranked opponents, 22.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
MOSBY ADDED TO WADE WATCH LIST AND WOODEN MIDSEASON AWARD LIST...
Senior forward Bernice Mosby was one of four players recently added to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Wade Trophy watch list and one of five players added to the Wooden Award Midseason list.
Mosby is one of three Big 12 Conference players on the two lists, joining Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and Texas' Tiffany Jackson.
When she's in the game, freshman post Danielle Wilson has the ability to alter the opponent's game plan. In 28 games, Wilson has used her expansive wing span (82 1/4") to block a team-leading 75 shots for an average of 2.68 an outing. In fact, Wilson has recorded at least two blocks in 21-of-28 games and at least one block in every game but one (Colorado) this season with five or more blocks five times (North Texas, BYU, Purdue, North Carolina A&T, Texas A&M).
In addition, Wilson ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 14 in NCAA Division I statistics in blocked shots at 2.68 per outing. In total blocks on the season, Wilson sits at No. 11 nationally with 75. Only two freshmen have registered more blocks this season than Wilson, Michigan State's 6-9 Allyssa DeHaan has 121 to rank No. 2 nationally and Xavier's Amber Harris (6-5) sits at No. 3 with 119.
With her five blocks against North Carolina A&T, Wilson cracked BU's single season top 10. Now with 75 on the season, she sits at No. 2 after passing Steffanie Blackmon's 58 which she achieved in the 2002-03 season. Carol Reeves Brandenburg, a recent inductee into Baylor's Athletic Hall of Fame, owns the top spot at 76 in the 1979-80 season.
Against Iowa State, Wilson blocked four shots to vault her into BU's career top 10, placing her No. 10 and knocking out Abiola Wabara's 69 (2003-06).
BAYLOR QUICK HITS...
- For the second straight season, Baylor has cracked the 100,000 barrier and set a single-season total attendance record. Last year the Lady Bears drew 100,316 fans, so far this season a Baylor record 110,383 fans have passed through the turnstiles.
- The Lady Bears broke the all-time Ferrell Center total attendance record (men's or women's) of 109,494 set in 2001-02 with 110,383 this season with one more game to go.
- Baylor ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division I statistics in blocked shots at 7.8 a game (through game of Feb. 18).
- Since her arrival at Baylor, Kim Mulkey has posted the most victories (181) and the best winning percentage (.787) among Big 12 coaches.
- Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby averages 22.1 points and 11.1 rebounds a game versus ranked teams this season. The Lady Bears have played eight ranked opponents.
- With 215 blocks registered so far this season, if the Lady Bears continue their current pace of 7.68 blocks a game, they have a chance to break the NCAA single-season block record of 250 set in 1995 by Connecticut.
- Over the past six games, sophomore Angela Tisdale has averaged 16.0 points a game (18 vs. Nebraska, 12 vs. Texas Tech, 21 vs. Iowa State, 15 vs. OSU, 12 vs. Texas, 18 vs. Colorado).
- In BU's last six games, Tisdale is 19-37 (.514) from 3-point range, including a Big 12 season-best seven treys versus Iowa State. She is 26-54 (.481) from the floor over that same span.
- Over their last six games, the Lady Bears are 31-of-68 (.456) from 3-point range.
- Angela Tisdale's seven treys versus Iowa State rank as the Big 12's best single-game mark this season and second-best in Lady Bear history all-time.
- Baylor is 98-14 (.875) all-time in the Ferrell Center under Mulkey, including 42-3 (.933) since the start of the 2004-05 season and 16-2 this year.
- Since Feb. 7, Baylor has risen from No. 12 in the league in 3-point percentage defense to No. 6. In the five games since then (Texas Tech, ISU, OSU, Texas, Colorado), Baylor has limited its opponents to 15-of-75 (.200) from beyond the arc, changing its 3-point percentage defense from .324 to the present .311. Over that same span, BU has shot 26-of-57 (.456) from beyond the arc.
- Four Lady Bears have posted double-doubles this season: Bernice Mosby (13 - UNT, Hofstra, Purdue, LSU, SEMO, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Colorado), Rachel Allison (2, UAPB, Oklahoma State), Danielle Wilson (2 - LSU & NCAT) and Angela Tisdale (SDSU).
- Sophomore Rachel Allison recorded her first career double-double versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 13 points and 10 rebounds and added another against Oklahoma State (14p, 12r).
- Two freshmen, Danielle Wilson (75) and Bradley (22), have combined for just under half of Baylor's blocked shots, 97-of-215. Senior Bernice Mosby has added 44 as well while Jessica Morrow tallied 26.
- Danielle Wilson, a Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year candidate, ranks No. 11 nationally in blocked shots (75) and is No. 2 on Baylor's single season top 10. She recently passed Steffanie Blackmon's 58, which she achieved in the 2002-03 season. Carol Reeves Brandenburg owns the top spot at 76 during the 1979-80 season.
- Wilson now ranks No. 10 on Baylor's career top 10 in blocked shots with 75.
- Tisdale ranks No. 6 on Baylor's career charts in assists (365) and No. 7 in treys made (96).
- Wilson's 75 blocks ranks No. 6 on the Big 12 single season list, Cisti Greenwalt (TT, 2003) sits at No. 5 with 78 and Angela Jackson (UT, 1997) is No. 4 with 79.
- Baylor is 142-12 (.922) under Mulkey when scoring 70 or more points, including 87-3 (.967) when putting 80 or more on the scoreboard. In 2006-07, the Lady Bears are 19-0 when scoring 70 or more points, 11-0 when topping the 80-point barrier.
- Baylor is 83-14 (.856) since the start of the 2004-05 season with 11 of the 14 setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. Baylor's last nine losses have come to ranked opponents.
- Baylor players have earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week five times this season. Wilson has two selections under her belt while Bernice Mosby has picked up the award twice and Latara Darrett garnered one.
- In its four losses this season, Baylor is 11-of-41 (.216) from 3-point range compared to .374 (99-265) percent beyond the arc in its 24 wins.
- Five Lady Bears were named to the Fall 2006 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. Joining senior Latoya Wyatt on the list were sophomore Rachel Allison and freshmen Haylee Abbe, Kaitlin Oberg and Danielle Wilson. Abbe posted a 4.00 GPA last semester.
BAYLOR IN BIG 12 GAMES...
The 2006-07 season marks the 11th year of competition for women's basketball in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor has a record of 103-71 all-time in regular season Big 12 games. However, in Kim Mulkey's six-plus years, Baylor is 76-34 in Big 12 play and has never posted a losing conference record. In 2004-05 the Lady Bears claimed their first-ever Big 12 Conference championship, winning both the regular season and tournament titles.
Baylor is 37-9 (.804) since the start of the 2004-05 Big 12 season.
2000-01 - 9-7
2001-02 - 12-4
2002-03 - 8-8
2003-04 - 10-6
2004-05 - 14-2
2005-06 - 12-4
2006-07 - 11-3
MULKEY VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS...
With Baylor's loss to 22nd-ranked Nebraska on Feb. 3, head coach Kim Mulkey is now 34-33 against ranked opponents, including a 4-4 record this season.
Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas A&M during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 18-9 versus ranked opponents.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES...
The 16th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies, 21-5 on the season and 11-3 in conference action, enter the contest on a two-game win streak and winners of eight of their last nine contests.
Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 477-211 in his 22nd year as a head coach. Prior to his arrival at Texas A&M, Blair spent eight seasons at Stephen F. Austin (210-43) and 10 years at Arkansas (198-120). In his two-plus seasons in College Station, Blair is 69-48. In addition, he spent five years at Louisiana Tech as a graduate assistant and assistant coach, during that time, Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey was a player for the Lady Techsters. Coach Blair is 7-7 versus Baylor throughout his head coaching career, 1-4 while at Texas A&M.
Texas A&M is led in scoring by 5-8 sophomore guard Takia Starks' 14.0 points. Junior Morenike Atunrase, a 5-10 junior guard, ranks second on the squad in scoring at 11.5 a game and Danielle Gant, a 5-11 sophomore guard/forward, is the team's third-leading scorer with 10.4 a contest. Sophomore center La Toya Micheaux, 6-3, hauls in 7.5 rebounds a contest followed by Gant's 7.2.
Baylor and Texas A&M will meet for the 71st time when the two teams square off on Sunday afternoon. Baylor leads the series, 39-32, and has won 19 of the last 23. Texas A&M's last victory over BU (62-59) in Waco came on Jan. 5, 2000.
The Lady Bears are 20-12 versus the Aggies in Waco. Head coach Kim Mulkey owns a 13-2 record against Texas A&M with both losses coming in College Station.