Date: Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
Tip-Off: 4 p.m. CST
Location: Norman, Okla.
Arena: Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)
Talent: Bob Wischusen (pxp), Kara Lawson (analyst)
Radio: 1660 AM, 106.9 FM, 101.3 FM, 100.9 FM
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: www.espn3.com
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com (free)
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com (free)
In-Game Blog: none
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
Record: 25-2, 12-1
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 3/3
Last Game: W, 75-48, Kansas State
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 289-78 (11th season)
Record at Baylor: same
Mulkey vs. Oklahoma: 8-17
Baylor vs. Oklahoma: Oklahoma leads 24-12
Record: 19-8, 9-4
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 16/15
Last Game: L, 73-68, at Colorado
Head Coach: Sherri Coale
Career Record: 332-151 (15th season)
Record at Oklahoma: same
The third-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, 25-2 overall and 12-1 in Big 12 action, seek to keep their grip on the top spot in the Big 12 standings as they travel to Norman, Okla., to take on the No. 16/15-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in a nationally televised ESPN2 contest. The Sooners enter the game after a 73-68 loss at Colorado, while Baylor downed Kansas State, 75-48, in Waco. OU is 14-1 at home this season, with its lone loss against Texas A&M, 80-78, on Jan. 26.
Baylor is led on the season by sophomore post Brittney Griner's 22.4 points and 8.0 rebounds a contest while freshman guard Odyssey Sims follows with 12.9 points a game. Senior Melissa Jones checks in with 9.2 points and 7.0 rebounds a contest, while sophomore post Destiny Williams manages 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds an outing.
Sherri Coale's 16th-ranked Oklahoma squad, 19-8 on the season and 9-4 in league play, is led by 5-9 senior guard Danielle Robinson's 18.7 points a game, she is followed by freshman guard Aaryn Ellenberg at 16.4 an outing. Sophomore guard Whitney Hand completes the Sooners' double-digit scorers with 12.0 a contest.
Sophomore center Joanna McFarland leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 a game while Hand pulls down 5.2 an outing. OU is seeking its sixth straight 20-win season, and 10th since 1999-2000.
As a team, Baylor ranks among the top 20 in NCAA Division I statistics in 14 categories, including 12 among the top 10. Brittney Griner ranks No. 2 nationally in both blocks per game (4.7) and triple doubles (1) while Melissa Jones ranks No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (3.0). See page 4 for a complete listing.
Baylor has held its opponents to a league-leading .315 field goal percentage this season while shooting .471.
BU leads the nation in three departments; field goal percentage defense (.315), blocked shots (7.2) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.245).
Baylor's Brittney Griner is a contender for National Player of the Year honors while point guard Odyssey Sims is a National Freshman of the Year candidate. The tandem joins Melissa Jones as All-America candidates as well.
BU's 21-game win streak, which was snapped by Texas Tech on Feb. 19 in Lubbock, was its longest since a school-record 30-game string that encompassed the final 20 games of the 2004-05 season and the first 10 of the 2005-06 campaign. The 21-game run was BU's longest single-season run and second-longest overall streak in school history and marked the ninth time in the last 11 seasons it registered at least one double-digit win streak.
Baylor is 9-1 vs. ranked opponents this season, including three top 10 victories, and has won nine straight vs. ranked foes. The Lady Bears have posted a +14.0 scoring margin over their 10 ranked opponents this season.
Against ranked opponents, Odyssey Sims is maintaining a higher scoring average than her season scoring mark. Sims averages 16.4 ppg vs. ranked foes vs. 12.9 ppg on the season.
BU, 12-1 in league play, is outscoring its Big 12 opponents by 18.4 points per game and has won 10 of its 13 conference games by 12 or more points. Baylor's two non-double-digit Big 12 wins were a 63-60 road victory at No. 6/5 Texas A&M, Jan. 30 and a home victory over the fifth-ranked Aggies (67-58), Feb. 14.
Brittney Griner hit just 19-of-32 free throws over the season's first four games, including 5-of-13 vs. UConn, but has since hit 80.0 percent (156-of-195) to move her season mark from .594 to .771.
Melissa Jones , at 5-11, is the only player under 6-1 to rank among the league's top 10 in offensive rebounding (2.4 orpg) and one of only two player under 6-1 listed among the Big 12's top 15 in rebounding (Chucky Jeffery, CU, 5-10).
Baylor leads the Big 12 Conference in 11 categories: scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, field goal percentage defense, 3-point FG percentage, 3-point FG percentage defense, rebounding offense, rebounding margin, blocked shots, assist/turnover ratio and defensive rebounds.
SCOUTING THE SOONERS
Located in Norman, Okla., the No. 16/15 Oklahoma Sooners are 19-8 on the season and 9-4 in league play after losing at Colorado (73-68) on Wednesday. OU is 14-1 at home this season, with its lone loss against Texas A&M, 80-78, on Jan. 26.
The Sooners are led by 5-9 senior guard Danielle Robinson's 18.7 points a game, she is followed by freshman guard Aaryn Ellenberg at 16.4 an outing. Sophomore guard Whitney Hand completes the Sooners' double-digit scorers with 12.0 a contest. Sophomore center Joanna McFarland leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 a game while Hand pulls down 5.2 an outing.
The Sooners are coached by 15th-year head coach Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian, 1987). Coale is 332-151 (.687) in her 15 seasons along the Oklahoma sideline.
Oklahoma leads the series 24-12 and has won 10 of the last 14 contests. Overall in Norman, the Sooners hold an 11-5 edge and have won two straight in Lloyd Noble Arena including last year's 62-60 overtime victory. BU's last win in Norman was an 84-73 decision, Jan. 20, 2008.
Kim Mulkey is 8-17 overall vs. the Sooners and 3-7 in Norman.
In the Big 12 era, the team that won the first meeting has gone on to sweep the regular season 13 times (OU eight sweeps, BU five sweeps). Last year marked the first time the teams split the regular season series, with each team winning on its home court.
ALL ABOUT THE DEFENSE
Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 163 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006, an 82-63 Sweet 16 loss to eventual national champion Maryland.
BU has held 12 of its 27 opponents this season to below a .300 field goal percentage.
The Lady Bears hold a +27.6 scoring margin over their opponents this season and are +9.7 in rebounding. Baylor is outscoring its Big 12 opponents by +18.4 per game, and has won 10 of 13 league games by at least 12 points.
In NCAA Division I statistics, through games of Feb. 20, Baylor ranks No. 1 in field-goal percentage defense (.315), blocks (4.6) and 3-point field goal defense (.245). The Lady Bears lead the Big 12 Conference in both field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal defense.
Baylor is 21-1 on the year when allowing 60 or fewer points.