|Baylor at West Virginia
March 2, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Morgantown, W.Va. | WVU Coliseum (14,000)
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Baylor Makes First Trip to West Virginia...
The defending national champion, 2013 Big 12 champions and top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears (27-1), seek to extend their record-setting 38-game Big 12 regular season win streak when they make their first trip to Morgantown, W.V., to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, March 2 in a nationally televised fame on FSN. In addition, BU currently enjoys the nation's best active win streak at 25 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 will be televised live by the following Fox Sports channels; Arizona (Plus), Detroit (Plus), Midwest, North (Plus), Southwest, Ohio, Wisconsin (Plus) as well as SportsSouth and Root Sports (Rocky Mountain Region). Bob Lichte (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen will call the action.
Baylor, led by 2012 National Coach of the Year Kim Mulkey, is 27-1 on the season after Monday's 86-64 road win over Oklahoma, and has won 101 of its last 105 games since the start of the 2010-11 season. With two 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.
West Virginia, under the direction of 12th-year head coach Mike Carey, is 17-10 on the season and 9-7 in league play and enters the contest riding a three-game win streak. The Mountaineers are led by junior guard Christal Caldwell with 13.0 points per contest and senior center Ayana Dunning manages 10.3 points while pulling down a team-high 6.4 rebounds a game. Taylor Palmer, a junior guard, averages 9.8 points an outing.
Senior Night Monday vs. Kansas State...
- Monday's homecourt contest vs. Kansas State (March 4) will be Senior Night for the team's six seniors; Brittney Griner, Kimetria Hayden, Jordan Madden, Brooklyn Pope, Destiny Williams and student assistant Shanay Washington. The group will be honored in postgame ceremonies.
- 10,000 gold t-shirts commemorating the 2013 senior class will be distributed to fans.
- Placards honoring the senior class will be distributed to the first 2,500 fans.
- Viteks will provide Gut Paks to the first 500 Baylor students.
- Preseason National Player of the Year Brittney Griner, a 6-8 senior post, leads BU in scoring and rebounding with a league-leading 22.1 points and 8.9 boards per game. Griner currently has 3,045 career points, 1,216 career rebounds, and NCAA records of 709 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 (709), men or women. She already owns the NCAA record for career dunks (13). Griner moved to No. 4 on the NCAA's career scoring list.
- Junior point guard and All-American candidate Odyssey Sims, who averages 12.4 points an outing, also dishes out 5.8 assists per game. Sims shoots .455 from the field, including .317 from 3-point range.
- Baylor leads the series vs. West Virginia, 2-1.
- Baylor has won two straight contests, an 82-68 victory on March 22, 2011, in the second round of the NCAA Championship in Waco and, 76-58, on Jan. 19, 2013, in Waco.
- The Mountaineers' victory over Baylor came on Dec. 7, 1984, 73-67, in Oxford, Miss., in the Ole Miss-hosted Lady Rebel Dial Classic.
- This will be Baylor's first trip to Morgantown, W.V.
- Baylor's speed is apparent on offense as it has outscored its opponent 196-52 in fast break points, 128-25 in Big 12 play.
- Points in the paint - Baylor 1,373 (49.0 ppg)/Opponent 512 (18.3 ppg); Big 12 play - BU 783 (48.9 ppg)/Opponent 272 (17.0 ppg).
- Brittney Griner scored 25 points at UConn to become just the eighth player in NCAA Division I history to reach 3,000 points; she currently ranks No. 4 on the NCAA career scoring list with 3,045 points (see chart on page 8).
- The Lady Bears' school-record 54-game home win streak ranks No. 1 nationally after UConn snapped Stanford's string of 82 straight wins on Dec. 29, 2012.
- Baylor's 38-game Big 12 Conference regular season win streak is the nation's longest active league win string.
- Baylor owns the nation's longest win streak in 2012-13 with 25 straight victories.
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 38 consecutive regular season league contests.
- Baylor has won 44 straight Big 12 games overall, a continuing league record.
- At 25 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.
- BU has 10 straight seasons of 25-plus wins.
Griner and Sims Added to Two More Watch Lists...
- Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims were both recently named to two more National Player of the Year Watch Lists.
- Both players were included on the 30-player Naismith Trophy list and the 20-member USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale Award list.
- Griner won both awards last season.
- The tandem is also on the midseason lists for the Wade Trophy and Wooden Award.
Griner, Hayden and Madden...
- Through three-plus years, fourth-year players Brittney Griner, Kimetria Hayden and Jordan Madden are 128-14 (.901) overall and 58-8 (.879) in regular season Big 12 games.
- 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.