Baylor Travels to Oklahoma Hoping to Remain Perfect in Big 12... The defending national champion, 2013 Big 12 champions and top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears (26-1), seek to extend their record-setting 37-game Big 12 regular season win streak when they travel to Norman, Okla., to take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Monday, Feb. 25. In addition, BU currently enjoys the nation's best active win streak at 24 games, which ranks as the third-longest in school history behind strings of 42-straight (40-0 in `11-'12, 2-0 in `12-'13) and 33-straight (last 20 in `04-'05, first 13 in `05-'06) , respectively
The contest, Baylor's second Big Monday game of the season, will be nationally televised on ESPN2 with Pam Ward (play-by-play) and Rebecca Lobo (analyst) calling the action.
Monday's game marks Baylor's sixth overall Big Monday appearance, as the Lady Bears are 5-0 when playing on ESPN on Mondays. The Lady Bears defeated #3/2 UConn in Hartford, Conn., 76-70, in last week's ESPN2 Big Monday game.
Baylor, led by 2012 National Coach of the Year Kim Mulkey, is 26-1 on the season after Saturday's 67-47 homecourt win over Texas, and has won 100 of its last 104 games since the start of the 2010-11 season. With three 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.
Baylor is one of three teams to post a perfect league record, Baylor - 18-0 (2012); Nebraska - 16-0 (2010); Oklahoma - 16-0 (2006) and hopes to become the first team to post two undefeated league records.
Oklahoma, under the direction of 17th-year head coach Sherri Coale, is 19-8 on the season and 9-6 in league play. The Sooners are led by junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg's 18.6 points per contest, junior center Nicole Griffin tallies 11.8 points a game while Morgan Hook, a junior guard, averages 10.2 points an outing. Senior forward Joanna McFarland leads the team in rebounding with 10.1 a contest.
Preseason National Player of the Year Brittney Griner, a 6-8 senior post, leads BU in scoring and rebounding with a league-leading 22.4 points and 8.7 boards per game. Griner currently has 3,030 career points, 1,201 career rebounds, and NCAA records of 702 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 (702), men or women. She already owns the NCAA record for career dunks (13). Griner moved to No. 5 on the NCAA's career scoring list and needs seven points to pass UConn's Maya Moore on the chart for fourth-place.
Junior point guard and All-American candidate Odyssey Sims, who averages 12.4 points an outing, also dishes out 5.7 assists per game. Sims shoots .453 from the field, including .311 from 3-point range, and .810 from the free throw line.
Baylor's Record Win Streaks...
Baylor has won a nation's-best and school-record 54 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 37 consecutive regular season league contests.
Baylor has won 43 straight Big 12 games overall, a continuing league record.
At 24 consecutive victories, Baylor owns the nation's longest active win streak, third longest in school history.
Baylor has won 20 or more games in each of the last 13 seasons, a Big 12 record.
The trio is 69-2 (.972) 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 since won 54 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 three 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 titles.
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). Only Oklahoma, with 10 titles (six regular season, four tournament) has won more Big 12 titles than the Lady Bears.
Oklahoma leads the series 24-16, but Baylor has won the last five 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.
OU also leads the series in games played in Lloyd Noble Arena, 11-7, but BU has won three of the last five in Norman, including two straight.
Brittney Griner has scored 3,030 career points and ranks No. 1 on the Big 12 and No. 2 on BU's career scoring charts. She became the second 3,000-point scorer in school history.
Griner ranks fifth on the NCAA career scoring list (since 1981-82) and needs seven points to pass UConn's Maya Moore's 3,036 points.
Griner becomes the eight player to reach the 3,000+ point milestone since the NCAA started its statistical program in 1981-82.
Of the eight who have scored 3,000 points in the NCAA era, six have attained the 1,000-rebound plateau, too. Griner has 3,030 points and 1,201 rebounds: Patricia Hoskins (Mississippi Valley State) 3,122p/1,662r; Lorri Bauman (Drake) 3,115p/1,050 r; Maya Moore (UConn) 3,036p/1,276r; Brittney Griner (3,030p/1,201 r); Chamique Holdsclaw (Tennessee) 3,025p/1,295r; Cheryl Miller (Southern California) 3,018p/1,534r.