March 10, 2008
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -
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#8/#8 Baylor (24-5, 12-4) vs. Texas (19-11, 7-9) or Texas Tech (16-14, 4-12)
Wednesday, March 12 - 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Municipal Auditorium (9,338) - Kansas City, Mo.
OVER THE AIRWAVES
TV: Fox Sports Net
Kevin Eschenfelder, play-by-play
Debbie Antonelli, color analyst
Audio: Live audio stream at BaylorBears.com
Radio: KLRK - 92.9 FM - Waco
KVCE - 1160 AM - Dallas
Rick May, play-by-play
Lori Fogleman, color analyst
Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Championship
First Round - March 11 (Tuesday)
Game 1: No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 Colorado - 12 p.m.
Game 2: No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 Missouri - 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 Texas Tech - 6 p.m.
Game 4: No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 11 Kansas - 8:30 p.m.
Second round - March 12 (Wednesday)
Game 5: No. 1 Kansas State vs. Game 1 winner - 12 p.m. FSN
Game 6: No. 4 Texas A&M vs. Game 2 winner - 2:30 p.m. FSN
Game 7: No. 2 Baylor vs. Game 3 winner - 6 p.m. FSN
Game 8: No. 3 Oklahoma State vs. Game 4 winner - 8:30 p.m. FSN
Semifinals - March 13 (Thursday)
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6 p.m. FSN
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8:30 p.m. FSN
Championship - March 15 (Saturday)
Game 11: Winner G9 vs. Winner G10, 6 p.m. FSN
BAYLOR IN THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Baylor is 4-3 in first round games, 5-3 in second round games, 3-2 in semifinal games and 1-2 in the finals.
The Lady Bears are 13-10 all-told in Big 12 Championship games, including 12-6 under head coach Kim Mulkey. BU has won its first Big 12 Championship game in each of Mulkey's seven seasons and has played in two of the last three title games.
LADY BEAR SEEDS
This season marks the fourth straight year, and fifth time overall, that the Lady Bears have earned a top four seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Baylor was the tournament's top seed in 2005, the year it claimed both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and the NCAA championship. Baylor has earned a No. 2 seed on three occasions, 2002, `06 and `08 and was a No. 3 seed in 2007.
Baylor's Big 12 Championships History
First round - defeated Oklahoma State, 68-62
Second round - lost to Kansas, 66-54
First round - lost to Kansas State, 71-66 OT
First round - lost to Missouri, 60-55
First round - lost to Nebraska, 82-61
First round - defeated Kansas State, 60-44
Second round - lost to Iowa State, 73-48
Second round - defeated Texas Tech, 75-60
Semifinals - defeated Iowa State, 91-83
Finals - lost to Oklahoma, 84-69
First round - defeated Texas A&M, 80-61
Second round - lost to Kansas State, 77-60
First round - defeated Kansas, 86-71
Second round - defeated Texas Tech, 80-72
Semifinals - lost to Texas, 63-59
Second round - defeated Missouri, 70-52
Semifinals - defeated Texas Tech, 58-57
Finals - defeated Kansas State, 68-55
Second round - defeated Kansas State, 79-74 OT
Semifinals - defeated Texas A&M, 53-52
Finals - lost to Oklahoma, 72-61
Second round - defeated Kansas, 71-54
Semifinals - lost to Oklahoma, 78-64
BAYLOR HONORS IN THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Five Lady Bear players have been named to the Phillips 66 Big 12 All-Tournament team, all since Kim Mulkey's arrival.
2002 - Sheila Lambert, Danielle Crockrom
2004 - Sophia Young
2005 - Sophia Young (Most Outstanding Player), Steffanie Blackmon
2006 - Sophia Young
2007 - Jessica Morrow
LADY BEAR LEADERS
With 29 games under their belt, the Lady Bears boast four players averaging double-digit scoring. Leading the way is the squad's lone senior, All-American candidate and All-Big 12 first-team selection Angela Tisdale, with 16.0 a contest, while junior Rachel Allison, another All-American candidate and All-Big 12 first-team selection, manages 12.7 points and a team-leading 8.6 rebounds a game. Junior guard/forward Jessica Morrow follows with 11.9 a contest and sophomore post Danielle Wilson comes off the bench to score 10.4 an outing.
In addition to Allison's 8.6 boards, two other players haul down 5.2 or more rebounds an outing. Wilson manages 6.7 a game while freshman Melissa Jones averages 5.2.
Superior defense as well as a balanced offense has led Baylor to a 24-5 season mark. The Lady Bears rank among the NCAA's leaders in several defensive categories: No. 4 in blocked shots (6.3), No. 9 field goal percentage defense (.352), No. 21 scoring defense (56.1) and No. 89 steals (9.5).
Among Big 12 defensive categories (all games), the Lady Bears are No. 1 in field goal percentage defense and blocks and No. 2 in 3-point field goal percentage defense and No. 3 in scoring defense. In league games only, Baylor ranks No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (.374); No. 2 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.277) and blocks (5.56).
TISDALE'S CLUTCH PLAY LEADS TO LADY BEAR SUCCESS
Baylor's lone senior, All-American candidate and All-Big 12 first-team selection, guard Angela Tisdale, has shown that in the clutch she can get it done.
- In Baylor's 59-56 win over No. 13 Texas A&M, Tisdale missed her first 10 3-point attempts, but made her only trey of the day with 38 seconds left to give the Bears a one-point lead in Baylor's 59-56 win.
- On the road against No. 11 Oklahoma, an 84-73 victory, Tisdale scored a career-high 35 points and helped put some distance between the Lady Bears and Sooners when she scored seven points in an 8-1 run midway through the second half. After sinking a 3-pointer from the top of the key, she scored a basket in transition off Melissa Jones' steal and then hit two free throws that extended Baylor's lead to 66-59 with 8 minutes remaining.
- In Baylor's one-point win over No. 25 Texas (61-60), Tisdale scored 19 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 19 seconds left.
- On the road at Iowa State, Tisdale, saddled with four fouls, was reinserted into the game at the 9:20 mark and led the Bears to a four-point win. She scored nine of her 14 points during that time frame including a jumper from the top of the key for the winning margin. She also found Rachel Allison for an easy score inside to give Baylor a three-point lead with 1:07 to go.
- Tisdale scored 30 points, including 17 on free throws, to lead No. 8 Baylor to a 76-62 victory over Colorado. In addition, she dished out six assists and committed no turnovers in 40 minutes of play.
DOING MORE WITH LESS
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey is producing one of the most impressive coaching performances of her career, doing more with less. The Lady Bears, with no dominant scorer or rebounder returning as in past seasons, have posted a 24-5 overall record and, after being picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll finished second in the league standings but beat champion Kansas State.
Mulkey began the season with 10 players, using an eight player rotation. Until the season-ending injury to guard Jhasmin Player (vs. Kansas State), all five Baylor starters were averaging double-digit scoring. Baylor was 20-1 overall and 8-0 in league games entering the Kansas State game. With just nine players available and now using a seven player rotation, the Lady Bears have continued to be successful.
Baylor's strength this season, in addition to balanced scoring, has been its stingy defense, a trademark of Mulkey-coached teams. Baylor leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage defense (.352) and blocked shots (6.34) and ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.270).
TISDALE JOINS ELITE GROUP
With her 18-point performance against Rice, senior point guard Angela Tisdale became the 24th Lady Bear to score 1,000 career points. She now has 1,311 career points to her credit and ranks No. 16 on Baylor's all-time scoring list but can move into the No. 13 spot by scoring nine points.
In addition, she is No. 3 on Baylor's career 3-point list with 156 makes. In Baylor's 84-73 victory at 11th-ranked Oklahoma, Tisdale poured in a career-high 35 points, 15 of which came from 3-point range.
FOUR LADY BEARS CLAIM ALL-BIG 12 HONORS
Four Lady Bear basketball players were recipients of All-Big 12 honors it was announced by the league office on Friday, March 7. Angela Tisdale, Rachel Allison, Jessica Morrow, Jhasmin Player were all recognized by the coaches.
Tisdale and Allison were named to the 10-member first team while Morrow and Player were honorable mention selections. In addition, Allison was named to the five-player all-defensive team.
TISDALE CLAIMS TOP SPOT ON BAYLOR ASSIST CHART
With her nine assists against Texas Tech on Feb. 9, Angela Tisdale became Baylor's all-time assists leader. Her 459 career assists surpassed former Lady Bear Chelsea Whitaker's school-record of 457, Tisdale has since extended that mark to 480.
Danielle Wilson BREAKS BAYLOR CAREER BLOCK RECORD
With her two blocked shots against Oklahoma State on Thursday, sophomore post Danielle Wilson now has 161 career blocks and has broken Steffanie Blackmon's (2001-05) career blocked shot record.
In addition, Wilson owns two of the Big 12's top marks this season in blocks when she rejected nine shots against Oregon and seven at 11th-ranked Oklahoma. In fact, four of Wilson's seven against Oklahoma came in the second half with the Sooners' two-time All-American Courtney Paris as the victim.
She has blocked 75 shots which ranks No. 3 in the conference in block average at 2.7 a game, that mark also ranks her No. 15 nationally.
In Baylor's 61-60 homecourt victory over Texas, the Longhorns had a chance at winning the game, but Kathleen Nash's shot with 3.4 seconds left was blocked by Wilson, her only rejection of the game.
Last year in her rookie campaign, Wilson blocked a school-record 86 shots. She needs just 12 more this season to break that mark.
SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS
Entering first round action of the Big 12 Championship, the Texas Longhorns are 19-11 on the season and finished Big 12 action at 7-9, good for a No. 7 seed.
Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors is in her first season as the Longhorns' head coach and 16th year as a head coach overall. Goestenkors is 19-11 in her first season at Texas and 415-110 in 16 campaigns all-told along the sidelines.
Texas is led in scoring by 6-0 sophomore guard Brittainey Raven's 15.5 points an outing. Junior Ashley Lindsey, a 6-4 forward, is the team's second-leading scorer and top rebounder with 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds a contest. Kathleen Nash, a 6-2 freshman guard, comes off the bench to rank second on the team in rebounding with 6.6 a game.
SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders, 16-14 on the season, come into the tournament as the No. 10 seed after posting a 4-12 league mark.
Head coach Kristy Curry is in her second season at Texas Tech after a highly successful head coaching stint at Purdue. Curry posted a 179-51 record in six seasons at Purdue. She is 210-81 in eight seasons as a head coach and 31-30 at Texas Tech. Curry and Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey were both assistant coaches at Louisiana Tech at the same time, Mulkey served there from 1985-2000 while Curry was there for three seasons (1996-99).
Texas Tech is led in scoring by 5-10 junior forward Dominic Seals' 13.8 points and 8.4 rebounds. Senior center Erin Myrick ranks second on the team in rebounding, hauling down 5.6 boards an outing.
If Baylor and Texas play each other in the tournament's second round in Kansas City it will be the 74th meeting between the two schools. Texas leads the series 53-20 after the teams split their two regular season contests but Baylor has claimed victory in six of the last eight outings. The two squads have met only once in Big 12 Championship play, in 2004 semifinal action at Dallas, Texas downed the Lady Bears 63-59.
Kim Mulkey owns an 11-6 record against Texas.
Texas Tech holds a 46-20 series lead over Baylor. However, the Lady Bears have won five straight and nine of the last 10 contests. Mulkey is 12-7 versus the Lady Raiders. Should the Lady Bears face Texas Tech, it will the fourth meeting between the two squads in the Big 12 Championships. Baylor has won all three contests, two of which were played in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium.
2005 - Semifinals - Baylor 58-47 (Kansas City)
2004 - Second round - Baylor 80-72 (Dallas)
2002 - Second round - Baylor 75-60 (Kansas City)