|Baylor at Iowa State
March 4, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Ames, Iowa | Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
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No. 9/5 Baylor Travels to Iowa State Seeking Big 12 Crown...
The ninth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, under the direction of 14th-year head coach Kim Mulkey, are 25-4 overall and tied with West Virginia atop the Big 12 standings at 15-2. Baylor seeks to clinch at least a tie for the league's conference regular season crown on Tuesday, March 4, as it takes on Iowa State at 7 p.m.
A win would ensure Baylor of its fourth straight Big 12 Conference regular season crown and tenth league championship overall.
The Iowa State Cyclones, under 25th-year head coach Bill Fennelly, are 20-8 on the season and own a 9-8 league mark. ISU has won three straight and four of its last five with lone loss being an 89-51 setback to Baylor in Waco, Feb. 19.
Senior guard Odyssey Sims continues to lead the nation in scoring at 30.2 points per game. The Irving, Texas, native is averaging 4.6 rebounds a contest while dishing out 4.8 assists per game and shooting 45.8 percent from the floor, including .426 from beyond the arc. With 609 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 2,355 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 13.9 points and a league-leading 9.0 rebounds per game with a team-leading 10 double-doubles to her credit. The Memphis, Tenn., product ranks No. 4 nationally and leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage, hitting .597 percent of her shots.
On the glass, Davis leads the team with 9.0 rpg while junior post Sune Agbuke (6-4) follows with 7.3 an outing. Freshman Khadijiah Cave (6-2 post) manages 5.1 a game, Sims garners 4.6 rpg and sophomore post Kristina Higgins averages 4.2 a contest.
Sophomore guard Niya Johnson ranks No. 12 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12, averaging 6.5 assists a game, including four double-digit outings this season, while Sims follows with 4.8 a game. Johnson ranks No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 3.8.
The Cyclones are led by senior forward Hallie Christofferson's 18.7 points per contest while Nikki Moody, a junior guard, averages 12.6 points. Freshman guard Jadda Buckley manages 11.3 a contest and freshman guard Seanna Johnson leads the team in rebounding at 8.0 a contest and scores 10.7 a game.
- National Player of the Year Candidate Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, is averaging 30.2 ppg, which ranks No. 1 nationally, as well as 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She is shooting .458 from the floor, .426 from 3-point range and .799 from the free throw line.
- Sims, with 609 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 876 points as a senior which ranks No. 6 on BU's single-season list. Her season average (30.2 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 13.9 points per game and ranks No. 4 nationally and leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal shooting at 597 (149-247) percent. She is leading the league in rebounding a 9.0 per contest. Davis has averaged 14.8 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists this season vs. top 10 opponents (#5 Kentucky, #1 UConn, at #8 Oklahoma State, #11 West Virginia).
- Niya Johnson, a 5-7 guard, ranks No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 3.76 per contest, dishing out 188 assists with only 50 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 29 assists to become the program's single-season leader, she has 188 while Sheila Lambert (2001-02) holds the record at 216 in 33 games.
- Sune Agbuke, a 6-5 junior, has 94 career blocks to rank No. 10 on BU's career chart. With 60 blocks this season, Agbuke ranks No. 9 on Baylor's single-season block list.
40 Times Four...
- Odyssey Sims has scored 40 or more points four times this season, former Lady Bear standout Brittney Griner recorded five 40-point efforts in her career.
- Sims scored 40-plus on the road three times (47 vs. Kentucky, 40 at Kansas State, 48 at West Virginia) and poured in 44 vs. Texas in the Ferrell Center on Saturday, Feb. 1.
- Nina Davis, an undersized post player at 5-11, has recorded 10 double-doubles as a rookie. She leads the Big 12 in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and ranks No. 2 among the league's freshmen in scoring with 13.9 ppg.
- Davis has recorded double-digit scoring in 24 of Baylor's 29 contests and leads the league and ranks No. 6 nationally in field goal percentage, hitting 59.7 percent of her shots.
- Davis has hauled down a career-high 17 rebounds on three occasions this season; vs. top-ranked UConn, at No. 8 Oklahoma State and vs. Texas.
- Davis has been named Big 12 Freshman of the Week six times this season.
- Against ranked opponents this season, Davis is averaging 14.8 ppg and 14.0 rpg and is shooting 51.9 percent from the field. In addition, she is averaging 2.4 steals and 2.2 assists vs. ranked foes.
Among the Big 12 Leaders...
- Odyssey Sims leads the Big 12 in scoring at 30.2 ppg and 3-point field goals made with 3.0 per game, while freshman Nina Davis ranks No. 10 (13.9 ppg). Davis ranks No. 2 in scoring and No. 1 in rebounding among the league's rookies and also is the league-leader on the boards (9.0 rpg).
- Nina Davis is No. 6 in the nation and No. 1 the Big 12 in field goal percentage at 59.7 percent.
- Three of Baylor's four posts rank among the league's top 20 in rebounding. Nina Davis ranks No. 1 with 9.0 rpg, Sune Agbuke ranks No. 10 with 7.3 rpg, while Khadijiah Cave is No. 20 with 5.1 rpg.
- Nina Davis (No. 1, 3.9), Sune Agbuke (No. 8, 2.6) and Khadijiah Cave (No. 14, 2.0) rank among the Big 12's top offensive rebounders.
- Niya Johnson (3.8) and Odyssey Sims (1.8) are No. 1 and No. 7, respectively, in assist/turnover ratio. In addition, Johnson is No. 1 in the league in assists (6.5 apg) and Sims is No. 6 with 4.8 a contest.
- Sune Agbuke (60/2.1) ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 in blocked shots.
- Odyssey Sims is No. 4 in the league in steals with 2.0 spg while Nina Davis checks in at No. 9 with 1.7 spg.
- Makenzie Robertson ranks No. 10 in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (.356) and is No. 11 in treys per game (1.6).
- As a team, Baylor ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 in 11 categories: scoring offense (85.6), scoring margin (+23.3), field goal percentage (.443), rebounding offense (48.2), assists (19.4), turnover margin (+5.4), offensive rebounds (17.4), assist/turnover ratio (1.6), defensive rebounds (30.8) and offensive rebound percentage (.414).
Iowa State Cyclones...
- Located in Ames, Iowa, the Iowa State Cyclones, enter Tuesday's contest with a 20-8 season mark and a 9-8 league record. The Cyclones' .804 free throw percentage ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 2 nationally, while their 9.1 treys per game ranks No. 7 nationally.
- The Cyclones are led by senior forward Hallie Christofferson's 18.7 points per contest while Nikki Moody, a junior guard, averages 12.6 points. Freshman guard Jadda Buckley manages 11.3 a contest and freshman guard Seanna Johnson leads the team in rebounding at 8.0 a contest and scores 10.7 a game.
- Iowa State is coached by 26th-year head coach Bill Fennelly (William Penn College, 1979). Fennelly owns a 582-243 (.706) career mark and is 416-190 (.687) in 19 seasons along the Iowa State sideline.
Series Record vs. ISU...
- BU leads the series 18-6 and has won seven straight and 13 of the last 14 games.
- Iowa State's last victory over BU came on March 13, 2010, in Ames, 69-45.
- The Lady Bears lead the series in Ames, 5-4, and have won two straight.
- Kim Mulkey is 18-6 vs. the Cyclones.