Feb. 23, 2014
|Baylor vs. Oklahoma
Feb. 24, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FOX Sports 1
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The sixth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, under the direction of 14th-year head coach Kim Mulkey, are 24-3 overall and sit alone atop the Big 12 standings at 14-1. Baylor will put its 34-game home win streak vs. Big 12 opponents, and 10-game win streak overall, on the line as it hosts Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 24, at 6:00 p.m.
Baylor seeks to post its 17th, 25-win season overall, 11th straight and 12th overall under Mulkey.
The contest, a nationally televised Fox Sports 1 broadcast, will feature Ron Thulin handling play-by-play duties while Brenda VanLengen will provide color analysis. The Oklahoma Sooners, under 18th-year head coach Sherri Coale, are 17-11 on the season and own an 8-7 league mark.
Senior guard Odyssey Sims continues to lead the nation in scoring at 29.6 points per game. The Irving, Texas, native is averaging 4.6 rebounds a contest while dishing out 4.7 assists per game and shooting 46.0 percent from the floor, including .441 from beyond the arc. With 597 career assists, Sims is the program's all-time leader and also owns BU's career 3-point field goal record with 243 makes. In addition, with 2,278 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 83 treys, Sims is Baylor's single-season 3-point leader. She needs three assists to become the third player in Big 12 history with 2,000 points and 600 assists in a career, joining OSU's Andrea Riley and OU's Danielle Robinson.
Freshman Nina Davis (5-11, forward/post) is averaging 13.4 points and a team-leading 8.6 rebounds a game. The Memphis, Tenn., product ranks No. 6 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 5.3 a game, Sims manages 4.6 rpg and sophomore post Kristina Higgins averages 4.4 a contest.
Sophomore guard Niya Johnson ranks No. 14 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 3.84.
The Sooners are led by senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg's 18.0 points a contest while junior guard Sharane Campbell follows with 12.5 points a game. Senior guard Morgan Hook manages 11.1 points and 3.7 rebounds a contest while Nicole Griffin, a 6-6 senior center, scores 10.8 points and hauls down a team-leading 5.9 rebounds an outing. The Sooners have been without Ellenberg the past two games due to a concussion she suffered at Oklahoma State.
- Baylor has won 34-straight home games vs. Big 12 opponents.
- As researched by STATS, Baylor has the longest active home winning streak against unranked opponents at 133 games, Duke follows with 130. BU's last home loss to an unranked opponent came on April 3, 2003, vs. Auburn (64-63) in the WNIT finals.
- Baylor's 44-game Big 12 Conference regular season win streak, which was halted at Kansas (76-60, Jan. 19), was the nation's longest active league win string. Baylor had won 53 straight Big 12 games overall, a league record.
- National Player of the Year Candidate Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, is averaging 29.6 ppg, which ranks No. 1 nationally, as well as 4.7 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She is shooting .460 from the floor, .441 from 3-point range and .815 from the free throw line.
- Sims, with 597 career assists and 243 treys, ranks No. 1 in both categories on Baylor's all-time list.
- Sims' 83 made treys this season breaks Emily Niemann's BU single-season record of 75 (2003-04).
- Sims has scored 799 points as a senior which ranks No. 10 on BU's single-season list. Her season average (29.6 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. 6 nationally and leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal shooting at 59.4 (139-234) 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. 1 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 3.84 per contest, dishing out 173 assists with only 45 turnovers, and is No. 14 nationally in assists per game (6.4). 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 396-84 (.825) record which ranks her No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind UConn's Geno Auriemma (.864).
- Kim Mulkey sports a 158-51 (.755) record vs. current Big 12 Conference teams.
- Kim Mulkey has 396 career wins in her 14 seasons at Baylor, in the 26 years before her arrival, BU had won just 394 games.
- In 468 of 480 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 280 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 60 foes below 50 percent from the field.
One of Her Best Coaching Jobs Ever...
- With the loss of last year's five seniors (Brittney Griner, Brooklyn Pope, Destiny Williams, Jordan Madden and Kimetria Hayden), Baylor lost 75 percent of its rebounds, 70.9 percent of its scoring and 61.1 percent of its minutes played.
- 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 (48.9 rpg) as compared to BU's 2011-12 (45.2) and 2012-13 (43.7) rebounding seasons.
Four Games Within a Short Span...
- Baylor, beginning with it Feb. 16 game at Texas, will play four games within a nine-day span, two road and two home games. The Lady Bears played at Texas (Sun., Feb. 16; W, 72-56), hosted Iowa State (Wed., Feb. 19; W, 89-51), played at TCU (Sat., Feb. 22; W, 69-46) and host Oklahoma (Mon., Feb. 24) to conclude the stretch. 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.
- The Lady Bears need just one more victory to post their 17th, 25-win season overall and 11th straight and 12th overall under Kim Mulkey.
- With its Feb. 9 win over 12th-ranked Oklahoma State, Baylor posted its 14th straight and 20th overall 20-win season.
- 14 of BU's 20, 20-win seasons have come under Kim Mulkey. She has guided the Lady Bears to at least 20 wins every season since her arrival on campus.
- Located in Norman, Okla., the Oklahoma Sooners enter Monday's contest at 17-11 on the season and 8-7 in league play after last Saturday's home victory over Kansas (64-61).
- The Sooners are led by senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg's 18.0 points a contest while junior guard Sharane Campbell follows with 12.5 points a game. Senior guard Morgan Hook manages 11.1 points and 3.7 rebounds a contest while Nicole Griffin, a 6-6 senior center, scores 10.8 points and hauls down a team-leading 5.9 rebounds an outing. The Sooners have been without Ellenberg the past two games due to a concussion she suffered at Oklahoma State.
- Oklahoma is coached by 18th-year head coach Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian, 1987). Coale owns a 398-190 (.677) career mark, all along the Oklahoma sideline.
Series Record vs. OU...
- Oklahoma leads the series 24-18, but Baylor has won the last seven meetings to register its longest series win streak.
- Oklahoma's last victory over BU came on March 12, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo., in the second round of the Big 12 Championship. Then-No. 12 ranked OU downed 16th-ranked Baylor, 59-54.
- The series is tied in games played in the Ferrell Center, 9-9, but Baylor has won four straight in Waco, all by 10 or more points.
- The Sooners' last win in Waco came on Jan. 28, 2009, 56-51/