| Baylor [#1/1 (28-0, 15-0)] at Kansas [NR/RV (18-9, 7-8)]
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Lawrence, Kan. | Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
TV: Fox Sports Net (Complete TV Listing)
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The top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, who clinched an outright Big 12 title with Tuesday's 80-59 victory over Texas on Feb. 21, will take their undefeated mark into historic Allen Fieldhouse when they take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Friday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be televised by FSN, with Brenda VanLengen and Cindy Stein calling the action.
NCAA Division I's lone undefeated team, Baylor, a school-record 28-0 overall and 15-0 in league play, is led by a trio of double-digit scorers on the season. Junior post Brittney Griner, National Player of the Year candidate and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team finalist, leads the Big 12 with 22.7 points per game while sophomore guard Odyssey Sims, an All-America candidate, manages 14.4 a contest and junior forward/post Destiny Williams adds 10.1 an outing. Griner, Williams and junior forward/post Brooklyn Pope are the team's top rebounders at 9.8, 9.2 and 6.0 boards per game, respectively. Sims is also averaging 4.9 assists and 3.2 steals per contest while Griner manages a nation's best 5.4 blocks per game.
The Kansas Jayhawks, led by head coach Bonnie Henrickson, bring their 18-9 season record and 7-8 Big 12 mark to the court when they host the Lady Bears.
• Baylor is outscoring its opponents by 28.5 points per game on the season and by 24.6 points a game in Big 12 action.
• The Lady Bears own NCAA Division I women's basketball's longest active win streak at 28 games.
• At 28-0, Baylor is the nation's only undefeated NCAA Division I team, men's or women's.
• The Lady Bears have shot above 41.7% or better in 26 of 28 games this season (.380 at Iowa State and .351 vs. Texas Tech in Waco). BU is shooting a nation-leading 47.3% on the season.
• Over the last 10 games, Brittney Griner is shooting 87.3 percent (48-55) from the free throw line and has produced double-doubles in her last four games.
• Odyssey Sims is one of eight nominees for the Lieberman Award recognizing the nation's top point guard.
• With Tuesday's victory over Texas, Baylor clinched sole possession of its second straight Big 12 Conference regular season crown and third overall.
• Brittney Griner ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (5.4).
• Baylor has hauled down 50 or more rebounds in 12 of 28 games this season, including three Big 12 contests.
• Baylor's 28-0 start is the second-best in Big 12 history behind Nebraska's 30-0 mark to begin the 2009-10 campaign.
SCOUTING THE JAYHAWKS
Located in Lawrence, Kan., the Kansas Jayhawks bring their 18.9 season record and 7-8 Big 12 mark to the game on Friday night. The Jayhawks are coming off a 69-64 road win over Texas Tech.
Junior Carolyn Davis, a 6-3 forward, leads a trio of Jayhawk double-digit scorers at 16.9 points per game but was lost for the season when she dislocated her left knee and tore her anterior cruciate ligament less than four minutes into the Feb. 12 game at Kansas State. Senior forward Aishah Sutherland follows with 13.7 points and Angel Goodrich, a junior guard, manages 12.8 an outing. Sutherland is the team's top rebounder at 9.1 a contest.
The Jayhawks are coached by 15th-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson, a 1986 St. Cloud State graduate. Henrickson is 135-117 (.536) in her eight seasons along the Kansas sideline and 293-179 (.621) in 15 seasons as a head coach.
The Jayhawks list 10 players on their roster and five of them are from Texas; Carolyn Davis (Houston/ George Bush HS), Monica Engelman and CeCe Harper (San Antonio/ Madison HS), Chelsea Gardner (DeSoto/DeSoto HS) and Catherine (Bunny) Williams (Duncanville/Duncanville HS).
Griner is among the top players nationally in blocked shots (No. 1, 5.4), field goal percentage (No. 2, .610), scoring average (No. 7, 22.7), double-doubles (No. 22, 14) and rebound average (No. 33, 9.8). She leads the Big 12 Conference in points, field goal percentage and blocked shots and is No. 2 in rebounding.
Sims ranks among the nation's best in steals (No. 11, 3.2) and assists (No. 38, 4.9) and averages 14.6 points per game. She ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 in both steals and 3-point field goal percentage (.396), No. 5 in assists and free throw percentage (.833) and No. 7 in both scoring and assist/turnover ratio (1.7).
GRINER EARNS SIXTH BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK SELECTION
Brittney Griner earned her sixth Big 12 Player of the Week selection Feb. 20 for her performance when she led Baylor to at least a share of its second-straight Big 12 Conference regular season title by averaging a double-double for the week with 23.0 points and 12.0 rebounds. She added 6.0 blocks and 4.0 assists while shooting .516 (16-of-31) from the floor and .824 (14-of-17) from the free throw line. Griner tallied 28 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in BU's win at Oklahoma State.
In a five-point victory over Texas Tech, the junior center pulled down a defensive rebound with eight seconds left and hit two free throws to seal the win. Griner ended the contest with 18 points, 14 rebounds, a career-high-tying five assists and six blocks.