|Baylor vs. West Virginia
March 2, 2014 | 1:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FOX Sports 1
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No. 6/5 Baylor Hosts No. 11/10 West Virginia For Big 12 Crown...
The sixth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, under the direction of 14th-year head coach Kim Mulkey, are 25-3 overall and sit alone atop the Big 12 standings at 15-1. Baylor will put its 35-game home win streak vs. Big 12 opponents and 11-game win string overall on the line as it hosts West Virginia on Sunday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m.
With a win, Baylor can claim its fourth straight Big 12 Conference regular season crown and tenth league championship overall.
The contest, a nationally televised Fox Sports 1 broadcast, will feature Ron Thulin handling play-by-play duties while Brenda VanLengen will provide color analysis.
The West Virginia Mountaineers, under 13th-year head coach Mike Carey, are 25-3 on the season and own a 14-2 league mark. West Virginia enters the contest on an eight-game win streak. Since losing a home contest to Baylor on Jan. 8, 78-62, the Mountaineers have won 12 of 13 games, as their lone loss during that span came at Texas, 66-63, Jan. 25.
Senior guard Odyssey Sims continues to lead the nation in scoring at 29.9 points per game. The Irving, Texas, native is averaging 4.6 rebounds a contest while dishing out 4.9 assists per game and shooting 46.0 percent from the floor, including .435 from beyond the arc. With 606 career assists, Sims is the program's all-time leader and also owns BU's career 3-point field goal record with 247 makes. In addition, with 2,316 career points, she is the fifth Lady Bear player to reach the 2,000-point milestone and stands fourth on BU's all-time list. With 87 treys, Sims is Baylor's single-season 3-point leader, too.
Freshman Nina Davis (5-11, forward/post) is averaging 14.0 points and a team-leading 8.8 rebounds a game and with a team-leading nine double-doubles to her credit. The Memphis, Tenn., product ranks No. 4 nationally and leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage, hitting .603 percent of her shots. On the glass, Davis leads the team with 8.8 rpg while junior post Sune Agbuke (6-4) follows with 7.4 an outing. Freshman Khadijiah Cave (6-2 post) manages 5.3 a game, Sims garners 4.6 rpg and sophomore post Kristina Higgins averages 4.3 a contest.
Sophomore guard Niya Johnson ranks No. 12 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12, averaging 6.5 assists an outing, including four double-digit outings this season, while Sims follows with 4.9 a game. Johnson ranks No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 3.71.
Four Mountaineers are averaging double-digit scoring on the season. WVU is led by sophomore guard Bria Holmes' 14.9 ppg, while senior center Asya Bussie's averages 12.9 points and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Cristal Caldwell scores 12.2 a contest and Taylor Palmer, a senior guard, averages 10.5 points an outing.
- Gold Out - free gold t-shirts to fans (while supply lasts).
- Signifying what the Lady Bears hope will be their 10th Big 12 Conference title, tickets for the game may be purchased for $10.
- Fans purchasing NCAA all-session tickets with receive a free ticket to Sunday's game.
Trio of Seniors Honored...Baylor's three seniors, Mariah Chandler, Makenzie Robertson and Odyssey Sims, will be recognized in halftime ceremonies. This group has a combined 133-8 (.943) overall record and is 66-2 (.971) in Big 12 regular season play.
- Baylor has won 35-straight home games vs. Big 12 opponents.
- As researched by STATS, Baylor has the longest active home winning streak against unranked opponents at 134 games, Duke follows with 130. BU's last home loss to an unranked opponent came on April 3, 2003, vs. Auburn (64-63) in the WNIT finals.
- Baylor's 44-game Big 12 Conference regular season win streak, which was halted at Kansas (76-60, Jan. 19), was the nation's longest active league win string. Baylor had won 53 straight Big 12 games overall, a league record.
- National Player of the Year Candidate Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, is averaging 29.9 ppg, which ranks No. 1 nationally, as well as 4.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She is shooting .460 from the floor, .435 from 3-point range and .805 from the free throw line.
- Sims, with 606 career assists and 247 treys, ranks No. 1 in both categories on Baylor's all-time list.
- Sims' 87 made treys this season breaks Emily Niemann's BU single-season record of 75 (2003-04).
- Sims has scored 837 points as a senior which ranks No. 9 on BU's single-season list. Her season average (29.9 ppg) is well ahead of both the BU (24.6 ppg, Suzie Snider Eppers, 1976-77) and Big 12 (26.7 ppg, OSU's Andrea Riley, 2010) season marks.
- National Freshman of the Year candidate Nina Davis, a 5-11 freshman forward/post, is averaging 14.0 points per game and ranks No. 4 nationally and leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal shooting at 60.3 (149-247) percent. Davis has averaged 15.7 points, 15.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists this season vs. top 10 opponents (#5 Kentucky, #1 UConn, at #8 Oklahoma State).
- Niya Johnson, a 5-7 guard, ranks No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 3.71 per contest, dishing out 182 assists with only 45 turnovers, and is No. 12 nationally in assists per game (6.5). Johnson has four double-digit assist games to her credit this season ( 14 vs. San Jose State, 11 vs. #5 Kentucky, 12 vs. #12 Oklahoma State and 10 vs. Iowa State).
- Johnson needs just 35 assists to become the program's single-season leader, she has 182 while Sheila Lambert (2001-02) holds the record at 216 in 33 games.
- In her 14 seasons at the program's helm, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 397-84 (.825) record which ranks her No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind UConn's Geno Auriemma (.864).
- Mulkey sports a 158-51 (.755) record vs. current Big 12 Conference teams.
West Virginia Mountaineers...
- Located in Morgantown, W.V., the West Virginia University Mountaineers bring their eight-game win streak, 25-3 season record and 14-2 Big 12 mark to the floor when they visit the Ferrell Center on Sunday afternoon. Since losing a home contest to Baylor, 78-62, on Jan. 8, the Mountaineers have won 12 of 13 games, their lone loss during that span came at Texas, 66-63, Jan. 25.
- Four Mountaineers are averaging double-digit scoring on the season. WVU is led by sophomore guard Bria Holmes' 14.9 ppg, while senior center Asya Bussie's averages 12.9 points and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Cristal Caldwell scores 12.2 a contest and Taylor Palmer, a senior guard, averages 10.5 points an outing.
- The Mountaineers are coached by 13th-year head coach Mike Carey, a 1980 Salem graduate. Carey is 269-144 (.651) in his 13 seasons as a head coach.
Series Record vs. WVU...
- Baylor leads the series vs. West Virginia, 4-1, and is 2-0 in games played in Waco.
- Baylor has won four straight contests, an 82-68 victory on March 22, 2011, in the second round of the NCAA Championship in Waco, on Jan. 19, 2013, 76-58, in Waco, a March 2, 2013, road win, 80-49 and a 78-62 win on Jan. 8, 2014 in Morgantown.
- The Mountaineers' victory over Baylor came on Dec. 7, 1984, 73-67, in Oxford, Miss., in the Ole Miss-hosted Lady Rebel Dial Classic.