GAME CENTER: GAME 30
Date: Sun., March 7, 2010
Tip-Off: 2:35 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Television: FOX Sports Net
Talent: Brent Stover (pxp), Brenda VanLengen (color)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network; KLRK 92.9 FM (Waco)
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: None
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
2009-10 Record: 22-7, 9-6
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 14/15
Last Game: W, 69-60, at Texas Tech
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 259-73 (10th season)
Record at Baylor: same
Mulkey vs. Texas: 12-9
2009-10 Record: 20-9, 9-6
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 18/22
Last Game: W, 60-41, at Missouri
Head Coach: Gail Goestenkors
Career Record: 459-133 (18th season)
Record at Texas: 63-34 (3rd season)
Texas vs. Baylor: Texas leads 56-21
No. 14 Baylor, 22-7 on the season and 9-6 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 play its final regular-season game when it hosts No. 18 Texas on Sunday, March 7. Baylor enters the game as winners of five straight and seven of nine after home victories over Texas Tech, No. 17 Oklahoma State and Kansas and road wins at No. 15 Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
No. 18 Texas is 20-9 overall and 9-6 in Big 12 action after posting a 60-41 win at Missouri on Wednesday. Texas' win at Missouri snapped a three-game losing streak after dropping contests at Oklahoma State and Texas A&M and a home loss to Oklahoma.
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.
Sunday's game marks Baylor's lone senior Morghan Medlock's final Ferrell Center game. She will be honored in pregame ceremonies.
The Baylor-Texas game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports Net, marking the Lady Bears' program-high 10th regular season natinonal telecast. The game will be carried live on the following FSN outlets: Arizona, Detroit (Plus), Houston, Midwest, Northwest, Ohio, Rocky Mountain, South, Southwest, Comcast Bay Area, Comcast Chicago, Comcast Mid-Atlantic, Comcast Philadelphia, MSG Plus, Prime Ticket and additionally on a delayed basis by Fox Sports North, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Sun Sports.
Former Lady Bear point guard Nicole Collins (1998-01) will be honored as a "B" Association Lady Bear Basketball Legend.
In addition to a one-game suspension mandated by NCAA basketball playing rules, Brittney Griner has been suspended for an additional game by Lady Bears' head coach Kim Mulkey following Griner's ejection from the Lady Bears' 69-60 victory at Texas Tech, March 3. Griner will miss BU's game against Texas and the Lady Bears' Big 12 Championship opener.
Three Lady Bears, Ashley Field (first team), Lindsay Palmer (first team) and Whitney Zachariason (second team) were named Academic All-Big 12, league officials announced on Thursday.
As a team, Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (7.4); No. 2 in field goal percentage defense (33.2); No. 5 in rebound margin (9.9); No. 6 in field goal percentage (.473); No. 10 in scoring margin (17.3); No. 16 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.6); No. 26 in scoring defense (56.0) and No. 27 in both scoring offense (73.3).
In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 259-73 (.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.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
The 18th-ranked Texas Longhorns enter the contest with a 20-9 mark, 9-6 in Big 12 action, locked in a four-way tie with Baylor, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State for fourth place in the league standings. The Longhorns are 8-6 on the road this season, including a 4-3 Big 12 road mark.
Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors is in her third season as the Longhorns' head coach and 18th year as a head coach overall. Goestenkors is 63-34 in her three seasons at Texas and 459-133 in 18 campaigns all-told along the sideline.
The Longhorns are led by senior guard Brittainey Raven's 14.8 points a game. Junior guard Kathleen Nash scores 12.2 points a game and is the team's top rebounder at 6.8 a contest. Ashley Gayle, a 6-4 sophomore post, hauls down 6.2 rebounds an outing and has 90 blocks to her credit.
Texas leads the series 55-22 and holds a 21-4 margin in Waco while BU head coach Kim Mulkey is 12-9 versus the Longhorns, 7-2 in Waco. Texas' last win over Baylor in Waco came last season (Feb. 1), 58-55. Texas won in Austin this season (Jan. 31), 61-50.
20 WINS AGAIN
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey kept her 20-win streak intact, securing her 10th straight 20-win season and the
program's 16th overall.
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
HOME, SWEET HOME
In Kim Mulkey's 10 seasons along the Ferrell Center sideline, her teams have posted some impressive numbers in the
venue. The Lady Bears have maintained a 145-18 (.890) Ferrell Center record during that time span. Mulkey's first three
seasons produced a 45-8 (.849) Ferrell Center mark while over the past seven years the Lady Bears are 100-10 (.909).
The Lady Bears have won 87 of their last 95 home games, including 45 of their last 49.
§ Last season, Baylor finished with a 14-2 home record and it is 15-1 this season.