Feb. 26, 2008
WACO, Texas -
#8/9 Baylor (23-3, 11-2) vs. Colorado (15-11, 4-9)
Wednesday, Feb. 27 - 7:00 p.m.
Ferrell Center (10,284) - Waco, Texas
BAYLOR AND COLORADO
No. 8 Baylor puts its 16-game home win streak on the line and Kim Mulkey goes after her 100th victory over a Big 12 opponent, when it hosts the Colorado Buffaloes on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7:00 p.m.
Baylor is 23-3 on the season and a league-leading 11-2 in Big 12 action while the Buffaloes are 15-11 on the season which includes a 4-9 league mark. With three conference games remaining, Baylor sits atop the Big 12 standings with Kansas State and Oklahoma each one game back at 10-3 and Oklahoma State two games back at 9-4.
Baylor's three remaining league games include the Buffaloes and Oklahoma State (March 6) at home and a road game at No. 20 Texas A&M (March 1).
OVER THE AIRWAVES
Television - None
Audio: Live audio stream at BaylorBears.com
Radio: KLRK - 92.9 FM - Waco
KVCE - 1160 AM - Dallas
Rick May, play-by-play
Lori Fogleman, color analyst
LADY BEAR LEADERS
With 26 games under their belt, the Lady Bears boast four players averaging double-digit scoring. Leading the way is the squad's lone senior, All-Big 12 Player of the Year candidate Angela Tisdale, with 15.0 a contest, while junior Rachel Allison, another All-Big 12 candidate, manages 13.2 points and a team-leading 8.7 rebounds a game. Junior guard/forward Jessica Morrow follows with 12.6 a contest and sophomore post Danielle Wilson manages 10.8 points an outing.
In addition to Allison's 8.6 boards, two other players haul down 5.2 or more rebounds an outing. Wilson manages 6.8 a game while freshman Melissa Jones averages 5.2.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP IN THE CLUTCH
Baylor's lone senior, point guard Angela Tisdale has shown that in the clutch, she can get it done.
- In Baylor's 59-56 win over No. 13 Texas A&M, Tisdale missed her first 10 3-point attempts, but made her only trey of the day with 38 seconds left to give the Bears a one-point lead in Baylor's 59-56 win.
- On the road against No. 11 Oklahoma, an 84-73 victory, Tisdale scored a career-high 35 points and helped put some distance between the Lady Bears and Sooners when she scored seven points in an 8-1 run midway through the second half. After sinking a 3-pointer from the top of the key, she scored a basket in transition off Melissa Jones' steal and then hit two free throws that extended Baylor's lead to 66-59 with 8 minutes remaining.
- In Baylor's one-point win over No. 25 Texas (61-60), Tisdale scored 19 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 19 seconds left.
- On the road at Iowa State, Tisdale, saddled with four fouls, was reinserted into the game at the 9:20 mark and led the Bears to a four-point win. She scored nine of her 14 points during that time frame including a jumper from the top of the key for the winning margin. She also found Rachel Allison for an easy score inside to give Baylor a three-point lead with 1:07 to go.
LADY BEARS CLOSE TO TOPPING 100,000 AGAIN Baylor needs just 1,829 fans to pass through the Ferrell Center doors in its two remaining home games to eclipse the 100,000 fan mark for the third straight season. The Lady Bears average 6,136 fans a home game this season which ranks No. 14 nationally.
2005-06 - 13 games = 100,316
2006-07 - 19 games = 119,603
2007-08 - 15 games = 98,171
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE FIGURES
In unofficial NCAA Division I attendance figures compiled by the University of Wisconsin, Baylor currently ranks No. 14 with an average of 6,136 per contest. Big 12 Conference schools Oklahoma (No. 3, 10,092), Iowa State (No. 5, 9,236) and Texas Tech (No. 6, 9,186) currently rank ahead of Baylor.
ALLISON NAMED TO MIDSEASON NAISMITH TROPHY LIST
Junior Rachel Allison was among 31 players named to the 2008 Naismith Trophy midseason list recently announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The women's list, which includes 31 candidates because of a tie, was voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its criteria on player performances this season, and the list was narrowed down from the preseason list of 50 candidates who were announced at the beginning of the season.
A Big 12 Player of the Week selection this season, Allison, a 6-1 forward, averages 13.2 points and a team-leading 8.7 rebounds a game. The Jonesboro, Ark., native ranks among the league leaders in rebounding (2nd), steals (11th) and scoring (17th).
Superior defense as well as a balanced offense has led Baylor to a 23-3 season mark. The Lady Bears rank among the NCAA's leaders in several defensive categories: No. 6 in blocked shots (6.2), No. 7 - field goal percentage defense (.342), No. 16 scoring defense (54.7) and No. 66 - steals (10.0).
Among Big 12 defensive categories (all games), the Lady Bears are No. 1 in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, blocks and 3-point field goal percentage defense. In league games only, Baylor ranks No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (.361) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.254); No. 2 in steals (9.54) and scoring defense (57.6).
TISDALE JOINS ELITE GROUP
With her 18-point performance against Rice, senior point guard Angela Tisdale became the 24th Lady Bear to score 1,000 career points. She now has 1,238 career points to her credit.
In Baylor's 84-73 victory at 11th-ranked Oklahoma, Tisdale poured in a career-high 35 points, 15 of which came from 3-point range. She is now No. 3 on Baylor's career 3-point list (151) and ranks No. 18 on the Baylor all-time scoring list.
TISDALE CLAIMS TOP SPOT ON BAYLOR ASSIST CHART
With her nine assists against Texas Tech on Jan. 9, Angela Tisdale became Baylor's all-time assists leader. Her 459 career assists surpassed former Lady Bear Chelsea Whitaker's school-record of 457, Tisdale has since extended that mark to 469.
ALLISON'S GOT A NOSE FOR THE BALL
Despite being the shortest of Baylor's posts, 6-1 junior Rachel Allison leads the Lady Bears in rebounding at 8.7 a game. She has hauled down 225 rebounds this season (38.6 percent of which are off the offensive glass), including a career-high tying 14 at Oklahoma State. In addition, she has registered a team-leading 48 steals, 32 assists and 16 blocks on the year.
In six of Baylor's last seven games, Allison has hauled down 10 or more rebounds a game, averaging 11.0 rebounds an outing: Texas (10 & 11), Kansas State (12), Oklahoma State (14), Texas Tech (12), Oklahoma (8) and Iowa State (10).
BAYLOR'S BLOCK MACHINE
With her 26 blocks over the past 10 games, sophomore post Danielle Wilson now has 153 career blocks and ranks No. 2 on Baylor's career list. She needs just seven rejections to surpass Steffanie Blackmon's (2001-05) mark of 159.
In addition, Wilson owns two of the Big 12's top marks this season in blocks when she rejected nine shots against Oregon and seven at 11th-ranked Oklahoma. In fact, four of Wilson's seven against Oklahoma came in the second half with the Sooners' two-time All-American Courtney Paris as the victim.
She has blocked 67 shots which ranks No. 3 in the conference in block average at 2.7 a game, that mark also ranks her No. 13 nationally. In Baylor's 61-60 homecourt victory over Texas, the Longhorns had a chance at winning the game, but Kathleen Nash's shot with 3.4 seconds left was blocked by Wilson, her only rejection of the game.
Last year in her rookie campaign, Wilson blocked a school-record 86 shots.
HOME SWEET HOME
In Kim Mulkey's eight seasons along the Ferrell Center sidelines, her teams have posted some impressive numbers in the venue. The Lady Bears have maintained a 114-14 (.891) Ferrell Center record during that time span. Mulkey's first three seasons produced a 44-8 (.849) Ferrell Center mark while over the past five years the Lady Bears are 70-6 (.921).
2000-01 - 12-2
2001-02 - 15-2
2002-03 - 17-4
2003-04 - 12-2
2004-05 - 14-0
2005-06 - 12-1
2006-07 - 16-3
2007-08 - 16-0
BAYLOR QUICK HITS
- In five of the last seven games, Rachel Allison has hauled down 10 or more rebounds in a game, averaging 11.0 rebounds an outing: Texas (10 & 11), Kansas State (12), Oklahoma State (14), Texas Tech (12), Oklahoma (8). In the last six games, Allison is averaging a double-double with 11.8 points and 11.0 rebounds.
- Over the past eight games, Jessica Morrow has averaged 16.5 ppg: Nebraska (16), Texas (16 & 19), Kansas State(16), Oklahoma State (24, season high), Texas Tech (8), Oklahoma (20) and Iowa State (18). In Baylor's three losses this season she has averaged 19.7 ppg.
- With its win at Iowa State, the Baylor women's basketball program, in its 34th year, celebrated its 600th victory. In Kim Mulkey's eight seasons, she has produced 34.3 percent (206) of those victories. Under Mulkey, Baylor has posted eight straight 20-win seasons and seven postseason appearances.
- In Baylor's 23 victories this season posts Rachel Allison (13.7), Danielle Wilson (11.4) and Jessika Bradley (5.0) have combined to average 30.1 points a game while in its three losses they have averaged 16.3 points; Allison 8.7, Wilson 6.3 and Bradley 1.3.
- Baylor's current 16-game home win streak ranks No. 5 nationally and has won 58 of its last 62 home games.
- Baylor ranks among the top eight in all four RPI rating services: No. 6 in collegerpi.com, No. 7 in both College Basketball News and NCAA and No. 8 in Jeff Sagarin. This ranks No. 1 among Big 12 schools while the Big 12 ranks No. 1 in all RPI listings as a conference.
- The contest versus Oklahoma marked Baylor's eighth game versus a ranked opponent in 2007-08; Baylor is now 6-2 versus ranked teams. It defeated then-No. 12 California (69-56), lost to then-No. 5 Stanford (87-63), downed then-No. 13 Texas A&M (59-56), twice triumphed over 11th/10th-rated Oklahoma (84-73, 79-59), beat 25th-ranked Texas (61-60), defeated #18 Kansas State (63-49) and lost at Oklahoma State (77-67).
- Baylor ranks in the top 25 in NCAA Division I statistics in seven categories as of games through Feb. 24: No. 5 in home court win streak (16); No. 6 in scoring margin (+18.8) and in blocked shots (6.2); No. 7 in field goal percentage defense (34.2); No. 11 in won-lost percentage (88.5); No. 16 in scoring defense (54.7) and No. 17 in rebounding margin (+7.2).
- Danielle Wilson's 2.7 blocks per game rank her No. 13 nationally.
- The Lady Bears have shot 44.3 percent or higher in 14 of 26 games this season and have posted a 50.0 percent or higher mark in seven games.
- Baylor has shot 50 percent or higher from 3-point range in six games. - BU is 108-20 (.844) since the start of the 2004-05 season with 17 of the 21 setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. Of Baylor's last 16 losses, 15 have come to ranked opponents.
- Danielle Wilson has blocked at least one shot in 52 of 59 career games, including 4 or more 18 times and 3 or more on 22 occasions. Wilson's wing span is 82.25 inches, only 5 inches less than Mamadou Diene, the 7-foot center on the Baylor men's team.
- Wilson narrowly missed a triple-double when Baylor defeated Oregon. She hauled down 10 rebounds, rejected a school-record nine shots and scored nine points.
- With her 1,238 points and 469 assists, Angela Tisdale is the fourth player in school history to score more than 1,000 points and dish out at least 400 career assists.
- Baylor led NCAA Division I last season in blocks per game with 7.2. So far this season the Lady Bears are averaging 6.21 a contest to rank No. 6 nationally.
BAYLOR IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Through games of Feb. 24, the Lady Bears rank among the NCAA's top 25 in seven team statistical categories:
No. 5 - Home court win streak (16)
No. 7 - Field goal percentage defense (.342)
No. 6 - Scoring margin (18.8)
No. 6 - Blocked shots (6.2)
No. 11 - Won-lost percentage (.885)
No. 16 - Scoring defense (54.7)
No. 17 - Rebound margin (+7.2)
Danielle Wilson - No. 13, blocks per game (2.7)
SCOUTING THE BUFFALOES
The Colorado Buffaloes, 15-11 on the season and 4-9 in conference action, will hit the road after playing two straight at home. The Buffs are 4-6 overall and 1-5 in league play on the road this season. They have posted league victories over Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Kansas State.
Colorado head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller is in her third season as the Buffaloes' head coach and ninth year as a head coach overall. McConnell-Miller is 37-49 in her three seasons at Colorado and 128-137 in nine campaigns all-told along the sidelines.
Senior forward Jackie McFarland leads Colorado with 17.6 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. The Buffs' second-leading scorer and rebounder is freshman forward Brittany Spears with 13.9 points and 7.3 boards a contest. Sophomore guard Bianca Smith (Missouri City, Texas) completes Colorado's double-digit scoring with 10.7 an outing. Sophomore Aija Putnina, a 6-3 forward, contributed 7.3 rebounds a game as well.
Baylor and Colorado will meet for the 16th time when the two teams square off on Wednesday night. Colorado leads the series 8-7, but Baylor currently enjoys a three-game win streak. Colorado's most recent triumph over Baylor came on Jan. 7, 2004, in Waco, 69-59.
Head coach Kim Mulkey owns a 4-3 record against Colorado, including 2-1 in Waco.