Feb. 27, 2009
#6/7 Baylor (22-4, 10-3) vs. #16/18 Texas (20-7, 8-5)
Saturday, Feb. 28 - 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Frank Erwin Center (16,775) - Austin, Texas
OVER THE AIRWAVES
live audio (free)
Radio: ISP Sports Network
Rick May (Play-by-play)
Lori Fogleman (Color analyst)
Live Stats: www.baylorbears.com
BAYLOR TRAVELS TO TEXAS ON SATURDAY
No. 6/7 Baylor, 22-4 overall, 10-3 in the Big 12 and alone in second place in the league standings, will travel to Austin, Texas, to take on the 16th-ranked Texas Longhorns on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2:00 p.m. (CT) in the Frank Erwin Center.
Junior post Danielle Wilson leads the Lady Bears in both scoring and rebounding at 15.4 points and 9.7 boards a game while senior guard Jessica Morrow ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.8 a contest and senior guard Jhasmin Player completes Baylor's double-digit scoring with 10.2 a contest.
Four Lady Bears haul down 5.3 or more rebounds a contest, Wilson leads the way with 9.7, senior forward/post Rachel Allison follows with 5.8, while sophomore guard Melissa Jones manages 5.5 a contest and Player hauls in 5.3 an outing.
The 16th-ranked Texas Longhorns are 20-7 on the season and 8-5 in league play after Tuesday's 66-56 road win over Missouri. Texas is 4-2 at home in league play, posting home wins over Nebraska (74-60), Colorado (62-32), Texas Tech (77-46) and Kansas (74-66) while suffering Erwin Center losses to Texas A&M (68-54) and Oklahoma State (58-52).
WILSON ONE OF 30 NAMED TO MID-SEASON NAISMITH AWARD LIST
Baylor junior post Danielle Wilson has been selected one of 30 mid-season candidates for the 2009 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T, which was announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Wilson leads sixth-ranked Baylor in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots this season with 15.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.2 blocks a game. The Bay Shore, N.Y., native leads the Big 12 in blocks, ranks No. 2 in rebounding and No. 7 in scoring. In addition, she ranks No. 8 nationally in blocked shots, is No. 32 in rebounding and No. 49 in field goal percentage (.508).
The list was voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, comprised of the nation's leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators. The board based its criteria on player performances this season. The vote was tabulated and certified by the accounting firm of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP. HA&W is the largest independent accounting firm in Georgia and one of the top 50 firms in the United States.
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
IN THE POLLS
6 - Associated Press
7 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game)
21 Kelli Griffin-So., G, 5-8 - 6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.5 apg
15 Jhasmin Player-Sr., G, 5-10 - 10.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.5 apg
3 Jessica Morrow-Sr., G, 6-0 - 10.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
14 Rachel Allison-Sr., F, 6-1 - 9.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg
11 Danielle Wilson-Jr., P, 6-3 -15.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 3.2 bpg
5 Melissa Jones-So., G, 5-10 - 7.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg
55 Morghan Medlock-Jr., F, 6-2 - 6.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg
24 Ashley Field-Fr., P, 6-2 - 3.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg
LADY BEAR LEADERS
With 26 games under its belt, Baylor continues to rank among the Big 12 Conference leaders in rebounding and is No. 6 nationally in rebounding margin (+10.1). Four players haul down 5.3 or more rebounds a contest, junior post Danielle Wilson leads the way with 9.7, senior post Rachel Allison follows with 5.8, while sophomore guard Melissa Jones manages 5.5 a contest and senior guard Jhasmin Player hauls in 5.3 an outing. The Lady Bears average 44.6 rebounds a contest while limiting their opponents to just 34.2.
Wilson leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 15.4 points and 9.7 boards a game while senior guard Jessica Morrow ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.8 a contest and Player completes Baylor's double-digit scorers at 10.2 a game.
SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS
The 16th-ranked Texas Longhorns are 20-7 on the season and 8-5 in league play after Tuesday's 66-56 road win over Missouri. Texas is 4-2 at home in league play, posting wins over Nebraska (74-60), Colorado (62-32), Texas Tech (77-46) and Kansas (74-66) while suffering Erwin Center losses to Texas A&M (68-54) and Oklahoma State (58-52).
Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors is in her second season as the Longhorns' head coach and 17th year as a head coach overall. Goestenkors is 42-20 in her two seasons at Texas and 438-119 in 17 campaigns all-told along the sidelines.
Texas is led in scoring by sophomore guard Brittainey Raven's 13.9 points a game, while Kathleen Nash, a 6-2 sophomore, ranks second on the team and completes the Longhorn's double-digit scoring with 12.0 points. Nash is also the team's top rebounder at 6.4 a contest.
TEXAS' PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game)
3 Carla Cortijo - Sr., G, 5-7 - 7.3 ppg, 5.1 apg, 3.5 rpg
10 Brittainey Raven - Jr., G, 6-0 - 13.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg
33 Ashleigh Fontenette - Fr., G, 5-8 - 6.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
00 Earnesia WIlliams - Sr., F, 6-1 - 6.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg
35 Ashley Lindsey - Sr., C, 6-4 - 7.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Texas holds a 55-20 series lead over Baylor. However, 11 of Baylor's 20 victories over the Longhorns have come since Kim Mulkey's arrival on campus. Mulkey is 11-8 versus Texas overall and 4-2 in Austin.
Baylor is 5-26 versus Texas in games played in Austin, four of those five victories have come since Kim Mulkey's arrival.
The Longhorns have won three straight against the Lady Bears, in Austin (61-51) and at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. (76-61) a year ago and in Waco earlier this season, 58-55.
ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE WILSON ON A ROLL
Baylor's Danielle Wilson, an All-American candidate, has been on a roll since the Lady Bears played Wisconsin. Over the past 20 games, the junior post has produced 16 double-doubles, led the team in scoring on 13 occasions and rebounding in 16 contests. In addition, against Texas State and again against Missouri, she poured in a career-high 26 points and at Texas Tech she hauled down a career-high 17 rebounds. Over the 20 games she has averaged a team-leading 16.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.45 blocks.
Wilson has raised her season averages to 15.4 points and 9.7 rebounds a game, both of which lead the team. She has blocked a team-leading 82 shots which ranks her No. 1 in the Big 12 at 3.2 a contest. Wilson has hauled down 252 rebounds, 123 (48.8 percent) of which are off the offensive glass.
As of games through Feb. 23, Wilson ranks No. 8 nationally in blocked shots (3.1).
In addition, with 1,008 career points, she became the third Lady Bear to achieve the 1,000 milestone this season and the 27th overall.
Wilson now ranks No. 3 on the Big 12 Conference's career blocks list with 248 after passing Kansas State's Marlies Gipson (247).
LED ME GUARD HER COACH
When deciding which player to assign to defend the opponent's top perimeter player, coach Mulkey often hears from 6-0 senior guard Jessica Morrow, "let me guard her coach." Morrow's long arms and lanky frame make her a daunting defender and she has often held her assigned player to well below her scoring average this season.
In addition, Morrow has stepped up her offensive production since the start of Big 12 play. Prior to entering league action, the 6-0 guard averaged 9.7 points a game to rank fourth on the squad in scoring. She has raised her season scoring average to 10.8 ppg which ranks No. 2 on the team. In Baylor's 13 league games, Morrow has averaged 12.0 points a game.
OFF THE BENCH
Coming off the bench, sophomore guard Melissa Jones has proven to a valuable asset to the Lady Bears. Not only can she hit from the outside, but she can post-up, is one of the team's best rebounders and leads the squad in steals.
The Thornton, Colo., native is averaging 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while hitting 52.0 (66-127) percent from the floor, including 42.1 percent (16-38) from three-point range. She has dished out 44 assists and stolen the ball a team-leading 38 times.
20 WINS AGAIN
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey kept her 20-win streak intact. With the victory at Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Feb. 11, Baylor notched its ninth straight 20-win season and the program's 15th overall. The Lady Bears have recorded 20-wins in each of Mulkey's nine seasons at the helm, including 22 or more wins in each of the last eight seasons.