GAME CENTER: GAME 29
Date: Wed., March 3, 2010
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CST
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Arena: United Spirit Arena (15,050)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network; KLRK 92.9 FM (Waco)
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: www.TexasTech.com (subscription to Texas Tech All-Access required)
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
2009-10 Record: 21-7, 8-6
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 14/15
Last Game: W, 70-47, Kansas
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 258-73 (10th season)
Record at Baylor: same
Mulkey vs. Texas Tech: 15-7
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS
2009-10 Record: 17-11, 5-9
Ranking (AP/ESPN): none
Last Game: L, 80-70, #23 Oklahoma State
Head Coach: Kristy Curry
Career Record: 244-109 (11th season)
Record at Tech: 65-58 (4th season)
Tech vs. Baylor: Tech leads 46-23
No. 14 Baylor, 21-7 on the season and 8-6 in league play, finds itself locked in a four-way tie for fourth place in the Big 12 standings with Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Texas. BU will make its final road game of the regular season as it travels to Lubbock, Texas, for a Wed., March 3 contest against Texas Tech. Baylor enters the game as winners of four straight and six of eight after home victories over Texas Tech, No. 17 Oklahoma State and Kansas and a road win at No. 15 Texas A&M.
Baylor has now posted its 10th-straight 20-win season and 16th overall. Head coach Kim Mulkey has had 10, 20-win seasons as a head coach and 28 in 29 years as a player, assistant and head coach in the college game.
Texas Tech is 17-11 overall and 5-9 in Big 12 action after losing to then-No. 23 Oklahoma State, 80-70, on Sunday. The Lady Raiders will be playing their last home game of the regular season when they host Baylor on Wednesday.
As a team, Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (7.6); No. 2 in field goal percentage defense (32.9); No. 6 in field goal percentage (.473) and rebound margin (9.7); No. 7 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.3); No. 8 in scoring margin (17.6); No. 25 in both scoring offense (73.5) and scoring defense (55.9).
In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 258-73 (.780), which ranks her No. 4 nationally in winning percentage. In addition, the Lady Bear program ranks No. 6 among the NCAA Division I's winningest teams over that span.
Brittney Griner blocks more shots per game (6.1) than 326 of the 332 NCAA Division I schools and only six teams beside Baylor have blocked more shots than Griner. She ranks No. 2 nationally in blocks (171) and in just 21 games, broke Courtney Paris' Big 12 single-season record of 119 set during the Sooners' 36-game 2005-06 campaign.
Griner, with 171 blocks, now ranks No. 2 on Baylor's all-time shot block list. She passed former standout Steffanie Blackmon's 159, BU's all-time leading shot blocker, Danielle Wilson, accumulated 249 in three seasons. In addition, Griner ranks No. 12 on the Big 12's career blocks chart.
BU freshmen are gaining valuable minutes this season and producing points. On the season, BU's rookies account for 43.5 percent (2444-5625) of the minutes played and 52.0 percent (1070-2058) of the team's points. Three freshmen currently start for the team, Brittney Griner at post and Shanay Washington and Kimetria Hayden at guards. Griner and Washington combine for 749 (36.4%) of the team's points.
BU needs to draw 6,812 fans in its final home game on Sunday, March 7, when it hosts No. 18 Texas, to break the arena's single-season mark of 119,603 over 19 games in 2006-07.
The Lady Bears remain the Big 12 leader in field goal percentage (.473), field goal percentage defense (.329), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.273), rebounding offense (43.9) and blocked shots (7.6). In conference games only, BU remains No. 1 in blocked shots (6.8), rebounding offense (41.2)and field goal percentage defense (.354) and No. 2 in scoring defense (58.6).
Junior point guard Kelli Griffin ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 Conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.1 and No. 4 in assists (5.0). She has doled out 141 assists and turned the ball over only 68 times this season. Over the past seven games, Griffin has dished out 47 assists while committing only 16 turnovers for a 2.9 ratio.
Griffin now ranks No. 10 on Baylor's career assist chart with 316 and needs just five more to move up to No. 9 and is also No. 9 on BU's single-season assist list with 141.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are 17-11 overall and 5-9 in Big 12 action after losing to then-No.23 Oklahoma State, 80-70, on Sunday in Lubbock. Wednesday's contest against Baylor marks the Lady Raiders' final regular-season home game.
Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry is in her fourth season in Lubbock with a record of 65-58. Curry's 11-year career record is 244-109.
The Lady Raiders have three players scoring in double digits. Senior forward Ashlee Roberson and Jordan Murphree, a senior guard, each score 12.6 a game. Roberson is the squad's top rebounder at 8.7 a contest. Sophomore forward/center Kierra Mallard completes the Lady Raiders' double-digit scoring with 11.8 a game and ranks second on the team in rebounding at 6.7 an outing. Mallard did not play against the Lady Bears in Waco.
Texas Tech leads the series 46-23 overall and owns a 24-6 series lead in Lubbock, while BU head coach Kim Mulkey is 15-7 versus the Lady Raiders, 4-5 in Lubbock, including wins in the last three contest in United Spirit Arena.
The Lady Bears enter the contest riding an eight-game win streak over the Lady Raiders and have been victorious in 12 of the last 13 contests.
Texas Tech's last victory over Baylor was a 64-62 win in Lubbock on Jan. 15, 2006.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Brittney Griner has already become the program's top-scoring freshman. Her 530 points surpassed Mary Lowry's 498
total points and 17.8 scoring average set during the 28-game 1992-93 season.
Griner also ranks No. 9 on BU's single-season free throw made list with 146 and is currently No. 5 in free throws attempted
Kelli Griffin is tied for No. 9 on BU's single-season assists list with 141 and ranks No. 9 on the program's career assist list
Baylor has outrebounded or equaled its opponent in 21 of 27 games this year and is averaging a Big 12 Conference-leading
44.0 a contest. Tennessee, in the season opener, outrebounded BU, 42-39, while Nebraska won the battle of the
boards, 47-42; Texas A&M outrebounded BU, 41-35; Texas outrebounded BU, 42-40, Oklahoma won the battle of the
boards, 58-41 and Iowa State hauled down 39 to BU's 33.