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No. 9 WBB Seeks Sixth Big 12 Postseason Title


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No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 8 Kansas
March 8, 2014 | 1:30 p.m. CT
Oklahoma City, Okla. | Chesapeake Energy Arena (9,801)

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Date Saturday, March 8 | 1:30 p.m. CT
Location Oklahoma City, Okla. | Chesapeake Arena
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9/9 BAYLOR LADY BEARS
Record 26-4 (16-2 Big 12)
Ranking 9/9 (AP/ESPN)
Last Game W, 70-54, at Iowa State
Head Coach Kim Mulkey
Career: 398-85 (14th season)
BU Record: 398-85 (14th season)
-/- KANSAS JAYHAWKS
Record 12-18 (5-13 Big 12)
Ranking NR/NR (AP/ESPN)
Last Game L, 70-58, at West Virginia
Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
Career: 328-215 (17th season)
KU Record: 170-153 (10th season)

2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Championship
First Round - March 7 (Friday)
Game 1: No. 8 Kansas 87, No. 9 Kansas State 84 (OT)
Game 2: No. 7 TCU 75, No. 10 Texas Tech 59

Quarterfinals - March 8 (Saturday)
Game 3: No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 5 Iowa State - 11 a.m. • FSN
Game 4: No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 8 Kansas - 1:30 p.m. • FSN • 92.9 & 106.9 FM
Game 5: No. 2 West Virginia vs. No. 7 TCU - 6 p.m. • FSN
Game 6: No. 3 Texas vs. No. 6 Oklahoma - 8:30 p.m. • FSN

Semifinals - March 9 (Sunday)
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner - 2 p.m. • FS1 • 92.9 FM & 106.9 FM
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner - 4:30 p.m. • FS1

Championship - March 10 (Monday)
Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner - 8 p.m. • FS1 • ESPN 1660 AM

Baylor Seeks Sixth Big 12 Postseason Title...
The ninth-ranked and top-seeded Baylor Lady Bears enter the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Championship with a 26-4 overall record and a 16-2 mark in league play and have set their sights on a sixth Big 12 Tournament crown since 2005. Baylor claimed its fifth Big 12 regular season championship and fourth straight crown, as BU's first title came in 2005 with a 14-2 league record, followed by first-place finishes of 15-1 in 2011, 18-0 in both 2012 and 2013 and a co-championship with West Virginia at 16-2 in 2014. The Lady bears are the first Big 12 program to win four straight regular season crowns. Baylor won the postseason championship and the Big 12's automatic NCAA Tournament bid in 2005, `09, `11, `12 and `13.

Baylor Leaders...

  • National Player of the Year Candidate Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, is averaging 29.6 ppg, which ranks No. 1 nationally, as well as 4.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She is shooting .453 from the floor, .421 from 3-point range and .798 from the free throw line.
  • National Freshman of the Year candidate Nina Davis, a 5-11 freshman forward/post, is averaging 14.2 points per game and ranks No. 7 nationally and leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal shooting at 59.6 (162-272) percent. She is leading the league in rebounding a 9.0 per contest. Versus ranked opponents this season, Davis has averaged 14.8 ppg and 14.0 rpg and is shooting 51.9 percent from the field.

Quick Hits...

  • National Player of the Year Candidate Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, is averaging 29.6 ppg, which ranks No. 1 nationally, as well as 4.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She is shooting .453 from the floor, .421 from 3-point range and .798 from the free throw line.
  • Sims, with 612 career assists and 248 treys, ranks No. 1 in both categories on Baylor's all-time list.
  • Sims' 88 made treys this season breaks Emily Niemann's BU single-season record of 75 (2003-04).
  • Sims has scored 887 points as a senior which ranks No. 6 on BU's single-season list. Her season average (29.6 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. The NCAA Division I women's single-season record is 1,062 points by Missouri State's Jackie Stiles in 2001 while the Big 12 mark of 929 was set by Baylor's Brittney Griner over 40 games in 2011-12.
  • National Freshman of the Year candidate Nina Davis, a 5-11 freshman forward/post, is averaging 14.3 points per game and ranks No. 7 nationally and leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal shooting at 59.6 (162-272) percent. She is leading the league in rebounding a 9.0 per contest. Against ranked opponents this season, Davis is averaging 14.8 ppg and 14.0 rpg and is shooting 51.9 percent from the field.
  • Niya Johnson, a 5-7 guard, ranks No. 1 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 3.77 per contest, dishing out 196 assists with only 52 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 21 assists to become the program's single-season leader, she has 196 while Sheila Lambert (2001-02) holds the record at 216 in 33 games.
  • Sune Agbuke, a 6-5 junior, has 95 career blocks to rank No. 10 on BU's career chart. With 61 blocks this season, Agbuke ranks No. 9 on Baylor's single-season block list.
  • In her 14 seasons at the program's helm, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 398-85 (.824) record which ranks her No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind UConn's Geno Auriemma (.864).
  • Mulkey sports a 159-52 (.754) record vs. current Big 12 Conference teams.

Sims and Davis Honored by Big 12 Coaches...

  • Odyssey Sims was named Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and earned both All- Big 12 first team and All-Defensive team recognition. She is a four-time All-Big 12 first team selection and has been named to the All-Defensive team three times.
  • Forward Nina Davis was honored as the league's Freshman of the Year and received All-Big 12 first team kudos as well as All-Freshman team honors.
  • Sophomore Niya Johnson and senior Makenzie Robertson each received All-Big 12 honorable mention recognition.

Sims Adds More Honors...

  • Odyssey Sims was named the recipient of the 2014 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award which is presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's outstanding female collegian 5-feet-8-inches and under who has excelled both athletically and academically.
  • Sims was becomes the third honoree with a Baylor affiliation, head coach Kim Mulkey was the inaugural award winner (1984) and Sheila Lambert was honored in 2002.
  • Sims was on the list of 15 players on the final ballot for the Wooden Award.

Big 12 Championships...

  • The 2014 title marks Baylor's fourth straight conference regular season crown and fifth overall.
  • Baylor has won five Big 12 Conference regular season titles (2005, `11, `12, `13, `14) and five league tournament championships (2005, `09, `11, `12, `13). Only Oklahoma, with 10 titles (six regular season, four tournament), has won as many Big 12 titles as Kim Mulkey's Lady Bears.

Baylor in the Big 12 Championship...

  • In Big 12 Championship contests, Baylor is 5-3 in first round games, 9-5 in quarterfinal contests, 7-2 in semifinal games and 5-2 in the finals.
  • The Lady Bears are 26-12 (.684) all-told in Big 12 Championship games, including 24-8 (.750) under head coach Kim Mulkey. BU has played in five of the last eight title games, taking home the trophy each time.

One of Her Best Coaching Jobs Ever...

    • With the loss of last year's five seniors (Brittney Griner, Brooklyn Pope, Destiny Williams, Jordan Madden and Kimetria Hayden), Baylor lost 75 percent of its rebounds, 70.9 percent of its scoring and 61.1 percent of its minutes played. That team went 34-2 and swept the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles for the third straight year.
    • Other than Odyssey Sims, none of the returnees had seen more than 13.9 minutes per game a year ago.
    • Kim Mulkey and her coaching staff have molded a 2013-14 squad, mainly comprised of underclassmen, into a nationally ranked Top 10 program, that captured its fourth straight Big 12 championship.
    • Baylor is posting bigger rebounding numbers this season (48.2 rpg) as compared to BU's 2011-12 (45.2) and 2012-13 (43.7) rebounding seasons.
    • Scoring is higher as well, the 2012-13 team averaged 81.1 ppg while the current Lady Bear squad is averaging 85.6 ppg.

Kansas Jayhawks...

    • Located in Lawrence, Kan., the Kansas Jayhawks, the tournament's No. 8 seed, are 12-18 overall and finished league play with a 5-13 mark.
    • Kansas is led by 6-3 junior forward Chelsea Gardner's 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest while 6-1 junior guard Asia Boyd also scores in double-digits with 11.3 points per game. Guards CeCe Harper, a senior, and junior Natalie Knight score 10.7 ppg each.
    • Kansas is coached by 17th-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson (St. Cloud State, 1986). She owns a 328-215 (.604) career mark and is 166-144 (.536) in 10 seasons along the Kansas sideline.

    Series Record vs. Kansas...

    • BU leads the series 20-8. The two teams split this season, the Lady Bears posted a 77-55 win in Waco (Jan. 5) and Kansas halted Baylor's 44-game Big 12 Conference regular season win streak with a Jan. 19, 76-60, victory in Lawrence.
    • BU has won 16 of the last 18 meetings between the two schools.
    • Kim Mulkey is 18-2 overall vs. Kansas, 3-0 in neutral site games.
    • Baylor holds a 3-1 edge in neutral site games, all of which have come in the Big 12 Championship.
    • Big 12 Championship meetings include: March 5, 1997, Kansas won 66-54 in the second round of the tournament in Kansas City, Mo.; March 9, 2004, Baylor prevailed, 86-71 in first round action at Dallas' Reunion Arena; March 7, 2007, the Lady Bears triumphed 71-54 in Oklahoma City's Cox Convention Center; March 9, 2011, BU posted a 86-51 second-round win in Municipal Auditorium.

     

     

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