GAME CENTER: GAME 31
Date: Thurs., March 11, 2010
Tip-Off: 7:35 p.m. CST
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Arena: Municipal Auditorium (9,308)
Television: Metro Sports
Talent: Mark Ewing (pxp), Patti Phillips (color)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network; KLRK 92.9 FM (Waco)
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: www.Big12Sports.com (free)
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.Big12Sports.com
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
2009-10 Record: 22-8, 9-7
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 16/18
Last Game: L, 70-54, Texas
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 259-74 (10th season)
Record at Baylor: same
Mulkey vs. Colorado: 7-3
2009-10 Record: 13-16, 3-13
Ranking (AP/ESPN): none
Last Game: L, 59-41, at Iowa State
Head Coach: Kathy McConnell-Miller
Career Record: 156-172 (11th season)
Record at Colorado: 65-87 (5th season)
Colorado vs. Baylor: Baylor leads 10-8
No. 16 Baylor, 22-8 on the season and finishing league play at 9-7, fell to the No. 6 seed in the Big 12 Championship after a 70-54 loss to then-No. 18 Texas on Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped BU's five-game win streak.
Colorado, the Big 12 Championship's No. 11 seed, is 13-16 overall and posted a 3-13 league mark. Colorado has lost three straight and 11 of its last 12 games.
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 sat out against No. 18 Texas and will miss the Lady Bears' Big 12 Championship opener against Colorado.<
br> Griner received five Big 12 Conference honors on Monday. She was named the league's Freshman of the Year, Co-Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Big 12 first team, All-Defensive team and All-Freshman team.
As a team, Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (7.3); No. 2 in field goal percentage defense (33.42); No. 6 in rebound margin (9.3); No. 8 in field goal percentage (.466); No. 12 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.5); No. 13 in scoring margin (16.2); No. 28 in scoring defense (56.5) and No. 29 in scoring offense (72.7).
In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 259-74 (.779), 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.
Only two Baylor players, juniors Melissa Jones and Kelli Griffin, have two or more years in the Lady Bear system. Morghan Medlock, a senior, transferred last season from Southern California and junior Whitney Zachariason has just over a year in the program after transferring from Arkansas. All the rest of the squad are freshmen and sophomores.
Baylor returned one starter (Kelli Griffin) and eight letterwinners from its 2009 NCAA Sweet 16 team which finished the season 29-6.
The Lady Bears remain the Big 12 leader in field goal percentage (.466), field goal percentage defense (.334), rebounding offense (43.7) and blocked shots (7.3) and are No. 2 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.275), scoring defense (.565), scoring margin (16.2) and assists (14.8). In conference games only, BU remains No. 1 in blocked shots (6.4), rebounding offense (41.1) and field goal percentage defense (.359) and No. 3 in scoring defense (59.4).
Junior point guard Kelli Griffin ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 Conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.0 and No. 4 in assists (5.0). She has doled out 146 assists and turned the ball over only 73 times this season. Over the past seven games, Griffin has dished out 52 assists while committing only 21 turnovers for a 2.56 ratio.
Griffin now ranks No. 9 on Baylor's career assist chart with 321 and is also No. 9 on BU's single-season assist list with 146.
Griner became just the seventh female to dunk in a regular-season NCAA contest when she threw one down against Jacksonville State, Nov. 24. Griner added two more dunks to her total against Texas State (Jan. 2) and registered another at Kansas State (Feb. 3). She is also a defensive threat as a shot blocker and alterer with her 88" wing span. She has blocked a school and Big 12 record 173 shots and altered 76 more.
Baylor averages 78.4 points and allows 52.1 in its 22 wins on the year, but in its eight losses is scoring just 57.1 ppg and yielding 68.6 ppg. In its losses, BU is 18-of-98 (.184) from 3-point range, compared to 53-of-153 (.346) in its wins.
Griner recorded the program's first-ever triple-double with 34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocked shots against Oral Roberts, she added her second and third of the season against Colorado (26 pts., 11 blocks, 10 reb.) and Oklahoma (17 pts., 11 blocks, 10 reb.). Her three triple-doubles tie the Big 12 single-season record.
For the fifth straight season, Baylor surpassed the 100,000 fan mark in home attendance. Baylor drew 9,758 fans against Texas, its ninth-largest crowd, setting an all-time single-season attendance record with 122,550 fans attending 16 home games this season. The previous record was 119,603 set over 19 home games in 2006-07. BU currently ranks No. 9 in NCAA Division I attendance.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SEED
This season marks the first time since 2004 that Baylor has not earned a top four seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. This year's No. 6 seed is the team's lowest seed since it was the tournament's No. 7 seed in 2003.
LADY BEARS & BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
1997 (1-1) - No. 9 seed
First round - defeated Oklahoma State, 68-62
Quarterfinals - lost to Kansas, 66-54
1998 (0-1) - No. 6 seed
First round - lost to Kansas State, 71-66 OT
1999 (0-1) - No. 7 seed
First round - lost to Missouri, 60-55
2000 (0-1) - No. 12 seed
First round - lost to Nebraska, 82-61
2001 (1-1) - No. 6 seed
First round - defeated Kansas State, 60-44
Quarterfinals - lost to Iowa State, 73-48
2002 (2-1) - No. 2 seed
Quarterfinals - defeated Texas Tech, 75-60
Semifinals - defeated Iowa State, 91-83
Finals - lost to Oklahoma, 84-69
2003 (1-1) - No. 7 seed
First round - defeated Texas A&M, 80-61
Quarterfinals - lost to Kansas State, 77-60
2004 (2-1) - No. 5 seed
First round - defeated Kansas, 86-71
Quarterfinals - defeated Texas Tech, 80-72
Semifinals - lost to Texas, 63-59
2005 (3-0) - No. 1 seed
Quarterfinals - defeated Missouri, 70-52
Semifinals - defeated Texas Tech, 58-57
Finals - defeated Kansas State, 68-55
2006 (2-1) - No. 2 seed
Quarterfinals - defeated Kansas State, 79-74 OT
Semifinals - defeated Texas A&M, 53-52
Finals - lost to Oklahoma, 72-61
2007 (1-1) - No. 3 seed
Quarterfinals - defeated Kansas, 71-54
Semifinals - lost to Oklahoma, 78-64
2008 (0-1) - No. 2 seed
Quarterfinals - lost to Texas, 76-61
2009 (3-0) - No. 2 seed
Quarterfinals - defeated Oklahoma State, 67-62
Semifinals - defeated Iowa State, 63-57
Finals - defeated Texas A&M, 72-63
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
The Colorado Buffaloes enter the contest with a 13-16 mark and completed Big 12 action at 3-13. Colorado's three league wins this season have come against Missouri (64-48 & 80-79) and at Kansas State (63-57). The Buffaloes are 3-8 on the road this season, 1-0 in neutral site games. The Buffaloes have lost 11 of their last 12 games, their lone victory during that span was an 80-79 overtime win at Missouri.
Colorado head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller is 156-172 (.476) in her 11th year as a head coach and 65-87 (.428) in five seasons at Colorado.
The Buffaloes are led by 6-1 sophomore forward Brittany Spears' 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds a game while Bianca Smith, a 5-9 junior guard, averages 13.2 points. Chucky Jeffery, a 5-10 freshman guard, ranks second on the team in rebounding with 5.1 a game.
Baylor leads the series 10-8 and the Lady Bears enter the contest riding a six-game win streak over the Buffaloes. The game marks the first time the two teams have met on a neutral court since the Big 12's formation. They have only met on a neutral court once, Dec., 7, 1985, when Colorado posted a 75-62 Dial Classic win in Long Beach Calif.