No. 1 Seed WBB Kicks Off Big Dance in Waco

March 17, 2017


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Baylor vs. Texas Southern
March 18, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

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Date Saturday, March 18 | 5:30 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center
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5/5 BAYLOR LADY BEARS
Record 30-3 (17-1 Big 12)
Ranking 5/5 (AP/ESPN)
Head Coach Kim Mulkey
Career: 503-95 (17th season)
BU Record: 503-95 (17th season)
NR/NR TEXAS SOUTHERN LADY TIGERS
Record 23-9 (14-4 SWAC)
Ranking NR/NR (AP/ESPN)
Head Coach Johnetta Hayes-Perry
Career: 125--65 (6th season)
TSU Record: 81--44 (4th season)

By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation

Making their 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 16th overall, the top-seeded Baylor Lady Bears (30-3) will have a hard time matching the excitement level of tournament newcomer Texas Southern.

Beginning on their home court at the Ferrell Center for the sixth time in seven years, the Lady Bears face 16th-seeded Texas Southern (23-9) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be televised by ESPN2.

"I just want to say this is a great opportunity for all of us," said junior forward Nycolle Smith, one of the few upperclassmen on a young Texas Southern squad that is making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after three straight trips to the WNIT. "I think this is a place where we all strive to be. We've all wanted to be here. I know I wanted to be here my entire life. Just coming to Baylor, it's just a blessing. I'm taking it all in, embracing it all, and just want to have fun."

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, who's been a tournament regular since winning the first NCAA title in 1982 as the starting point guard at Louisiana Tech, said, "I hope we're as excited as they are, because it doesn't get old."

"We're very blessed at Baylor that women's basketball is a priority," she said. "We're in a part of the country where women's basketball is valued. And people on fixed incomes, people who have money, they make sure they support these players, and it does matter in women's basketball. . . . We're just blessed that our fans support us, and we've been able to continue recruiting good players to come here."

That group of talented players includes a rare senior class of four players who have all scored at least 1,000 points on the college level.

Nina Davis, a two-time All-American, ranks fifth all-time with 2,365 career points. This season, with more talent around her, the 5-11 senior forward from Memphis, Tenn., is averaging career lows with 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

"I never came to college thinking I would hit 1,000 points, let alone 2,000," Davis said. "It's a great milestone, it's a fun thing to do, but not really a huge deal. . . . Numbers come and go. I've really just been a championship person. So, if we're not talking about trophies, then it's kind of second place."

Redshirt senior guard Alexis Prince (1,060) and senior forward Khadijah Cave (1,012) also reached the 1,000-point milestone in their Baylor careers. Alexis Jones, who transferred to Baylor after two seasons at Duke, is 69 points shy of becoming the 34th player in program history to join the 1,000-point club and has scored 1,639 points combined.

Jones missed the last five games with a bruised knee but is "good to go" for the Lady Bears' first- and second-round games in Waco.

"I'm not sure I'll start her, but she's good to go," Mulkey said of Jones, who is averaging 14.5 points and 4.8 assists. "There are no limits on how many minutes. I think that will just be the flow of the game. She'll play both point guard and (shooting guard), which helps Kristy (Wallace), relieve Kristy some when she gets tired."

After missing the last few weeks, including the Big 12 Championship, Jones said she is "excited to get back out there on the court."

"It's the last go-around for me, Nina, KK and Prince," she said, "and I'm just happy and blessed that I'm able to come back and play again."

Sophomore guard Joyce Kennerson, a first-team All-SWAC pick and SWAC Tournament MVP, is tied for the conference lead with 18.3 points per game and has scored at least 20 points in 11 of the Lady Tigers' last 15 games.

Possibly taxed with defending her, Jones said the key is "stopping her in transition, staying in front of her, not letting her blow past us, and not get easy layups to the rim.

Other key players for TSU are 6-3 sophomore center Artavia Ford (10.4 ppg, 5.7 rebounds), 5-8 junior guard Kaitlyn Palmer (9.8 ppg) and 5-8 freshman guard Chynna Ewing (7.4 ppg, 5.8 rebounds), who joined Kennerson on the all-tournament team.

Looking around a room filled with Baylor's national championship and Big 12 banners, Texas Southern coach Johnetta Hayes-Perry said "it can be overwhelming" playing against the top-seeded Lady Bears.

"I'm not sure if they will say that, but it can be overwhelming," she said. "It's overwhelming, and it's a great honor for them to be here, to have the opportunity to play a Baylor team. We had a few teams in our conference play them this year, as well, but to be here in the moment now is what we are looking forward for, getting on the court tomorrow."

Eighth-seeded LSU (20-11) faces No. 9 seed California (19-13) in the other first-round matchup at 8 p.m. Monday's second-round game will pit the two winners at a to-be-determined tipoff time, with that winner advancing to next week's region semifinals in Oklahoma City.

"I don't know if it's really different," Davis said of playing in Waco for the fourth straight year to open the tournament. "I guess the only difference is just knowing in the back of my mind that it's the last go-around. It's my last two games in the Ferrell Center to play in front of these fans that have been amazing the four years I've been here. So, we just want to go out here and play hard and get these two wins in front of them, because we owe a lot of credit to them. They travel all across the country, and they support us whatever we do."


DANCING AGAIN...
The No. 5/5 Baylor Lady Bears, who enter the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship as a No. 1 seed for the second consecutive season and fifth time overall, open NCAA Tournament action against No. 16 seed Texas Southern on Saturday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. (CT) in Waco, Texas. The Tigers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance, while the Lady Bears have earned their 14th-straight bid and 16 overall this year.

WACO ROUNDS RUNDOWN...
Top-seed Baylor hosts No. 16 seed Texas Southern (23-9, 14-4 SWAC), No. 8 seed LSU (20-11, 8-8 SEC) and No. 9 seed California (19-13, 6-12 Pac-12) in First- and Second-Round NCAA Tournament action inside the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. First round games featuring Baylor/Texas Southern and LSU/Cal are set for 5:30 p.m. (CT) and 8 p.m., respectively, on Saturday. First round victors will meet in the second round contest on Monday, March 28. Tipoff for the second round game has yet to be determined.

LADY BEARS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT...
● Baylor earned its 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and 16th overall.
● The Lady Bears are a No. 1 seed for the second-straight season and fifth time overall (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017).
● Baylor has compiled a 39-13 (.750) record in the NCAA Tournament, all under the direction of 17th-year head coach Kim Mulkey.
● The Lady Bears have appeared in three Final Fours (2005, 2010, 2012), which resulted in CAA Championships in 2005 and 2012.
● Baylor enters the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 5 nationally in Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls.
● Baylor has played against 10 NCAA Tournament teams this year, compiling a 14-3 record (.824).
● Against teams within the Oklahoma City Regional bracket, Baylor went 4-0 this season with two wins against Oklahoma (home and away), one win against DePaul (neutral site) and one win over Tennessee (away).
● The Lady Bears are highly successful when playing NCAA Tournament contests in Waco, boasting an 11-1 (.917) record. The lone loss occurred on March 17, 2002, to Drake, 76-72, in the second round.
● Baylor is 14-1 (.933) all-time in NCAA Tournament first round games. The only loss came in the program's first NCAA appearance to Arkansas, 68-59, on March 17, 2001.
● In NCAA Tournament second round games, Baylor is 11-3 (.786) all-time. The Lady Bears have not lost a second round game since March 24, 2008, when they fell to Pittsburgh, 67-59.

ONE AND ONLY...
• Senior Nina Davis became the only player in conference history to earn four career All-Big 12 Tournament Team nods (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) at the 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships.
• The two-time Big 12 Championships Most Outstanding Player (2014, 2015) averaged a team-high 19.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in the three-game stretch.
• Davis recorded a double-double with 18 points and a team-high 14 rebounds against Texas Tech in the quarterfinal and poured in a team-high 24 points in the semifinal against No. 24/rv Kansas State. In the final, she recorded 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks.
• At the Big 12 Championships, Davis shot 61.0 (25-41) percent from the floor and 77.8 (7-9) percent from the foul line.

3 LADY BEARS NAMED TO BIG 12 ALL-TOURNAMENT SQUAD...
• Joining senior Nina Davis as 2017 Big 12 All-Tournament Team selections where redshirt senior Alexis Prince and junior Kristy Wallace.
• Prince averaged 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 blocks per game in the three-game stretch. The 6-2 guard shot 62.2 (23-37) percent from the floor, including 52.9 (9-17) from three-point range.
• In the quarterfinal against Texas Tech, Prince paced the Lady Bears with 22 points, then added 18 points on a 7-for-8 performance in the semifinal against No. 24/rv Kansas State. In the final, she scored 15 points and added nine rebounds.
• Wallace averaged 11.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game at the Big 12 Championships. The 5-11 guard shot 43.3 (13-30) percent from the floor and 33.3 (4-6) percent from three-point land.
• Wallace posted her first career double-double in the quarterfinal with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She was three assists shy of a triple-double with seven assists. In the semifinal, she dished out a career-high-matching 15 assists to set a Big 12 Championships record and added five points and five rebounds. Against West Virginia in the final, Wallace netted 17 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out five assists.

WHAT'S IN A WIN...
• With a win, Baylor would advance to the NCAA Tournament Second Round to face the winner between No. 8 seed LSU and No. 9 seed California on Monday, March 20. The tipoff time has yet to be determined.
• The Lady Bears have advanced to the second round in each of its last 14 NCAA Tournament appearances.

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS RECORDS FALL...
• Baylor set a Big 12 Championships single game record with 41 field goals made and tied the record with a +28.0 rebounding margin against Texas Tech in the quarterfinal.
• The Lady Bears set semifinal round records in highest free throw percentage (94.1, 16-17 FT).
• Senior Alexis Prince set semifinal records with an 87.5 (7-8) field goal percentage and 1.000 (4-4) three-point field goal percentage.
• Junior Kristy Wallace set championship and semifinal records after distributing 15 assists against No. 24/rv Kansas State.
• With 27 in the three-game stretch, Wallace tied the individual series record for assists in the Big 12 Championships (Edwina Brown, Texas - 2000).
• After 12 career Big 12 Championships games played, senior Nina Davis is second in field goals made (96), fourth in scoring (229) and eighth in scoring average (19.1). She is the only four-time Big 12 All-Tournament Team selection in conference history.

BIG 12 AWARDS SUMMARY...
• Five Lady Bears earned a combined eight 2016-17 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards on March 1. Awards are determined by a vote of league head coaches.
Lauren Cox is the fourth Baylor player to earn the Sixth Man Award and was also named to the All-Freshman Team after averaging 8.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
• Sophomore Kalani Brown was a unanimous All-Big 12 first team honoree and All-Defensive Team pick after leading the Lady Bears in scoring (15.0), rebounding (8.1), field goal percentage (.673) and blocks (2.0).
• Redshirt senior Alexis Jones also earned unanimous All-Big 12 first team accolades. She averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 26 games played.
• Redshirt senior Alexis Prince was named to the All-Big 12 second team and to the All-Defensive Team. She averaged 11.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
• Senior Nina Davis was voted to the All-Big 12 second team after averaging 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. SENIOR CLASS SCORES 1,000+...
• Every senior that has spent their collegiate career playing for Baylor has surpassed the 1,000 career points mark. No other senior class in Lady Bears history has accomplished that feat.
• Senior Nina Davis ranks fifth in Baylor history with 2,365 career points.
• Redshirt senior Alexis Prince became the 32nd member of Baylor's 1,000 career point club with 24 points at No. 19/16 Oklahoma on Feb. 27, 2017. She has scored 1,060 points in 132 games.
• Senior Khadijiah Cave reached the milestone most recently, becoming the 33rd member of the 1,000 career point club at Baylor against Texas Tech on March 4. She has netted 1,012 points in 143 career games.

FIRST TIMER..
• Against Texas Tech in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinal, junior Kristy Wallace registered her first career double-double as a Lady Bear.
• She compiled 12 points and 10 assists in 37 minutes on the floor.
• The 5-11 guard added seven assists, just shy of a triple-double, and two steals.

HIGH-SCORING AFFAIR...
• The Lady Bears scored 1,533 points in the Big 12 regular season, which is the most ever scored in league play.
• With a 103-point effort at No. 19/16 Oklahoma in the finale game, Baylor surpassed the Sooners' 2001 squad for the top spot (1,514 points).
• In Big 12 play, Baylor averages 85.2 points per game and owns a +27.3 scoring margin.
• The offense was efficient, shooting .476 from the field and .378 from long range.
• Four Lady Bears average double digit scoring in conference play, including Kalani Brown (16.0), Alexis Jones (12.2), Nina Davis (11.8) and Alexis Prince (11.5).

FIRST TIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK...
• Redshirt senior Alexis Prince picked up the final Big 12 Player of the Week honor of the season on March 1 for her efforts in Baylor's win at No. 19/16 Oklahoma, 103-64. It is her first player of the week accolade of her collegiate career.
• Prince paced the squad in scoring with 24 points, pouring in a career-high 5-of-9 three-point field goal attempts. She also added seven rebounds and dished out two assists in 33 minutes of action.
• With her 19th point, Prince became the 32nd Lady Bear to surpass the 1,000-career point milestone.
• It marked her fourth 20-point scoring effort of the season and the fifth of her career.

FINISHING STRONG...
• In second place with five games left in the Big 12 regular season, Baylor rattled off five-straight victories to secure its seventh consecutive crown, the eighth overall.
• The Lady Bears outscored its opponents by an average of 24.0 points, with the tightest margin of victory at No. 6/8 Texas, 70-67.
• Baylor outscored TCU on the road by 18 points, Oklahoma State at home by 22 points, No. 6/8 Texas on the road by three points, Texas Tech at home by 38 points and No. 19/16 Oklahoma on the road by 39 points.

BAYLOR VS. CALIFORNIA...
• Baylor leads Cal, 4-1, in the all-time series.
• The Golden Bears are a No. 9 seed after playing to a 19-13 record overall and a 6-12 mark in Pac-12 action.
• Monday's game would mark the second NCAA Tournament matchup between the teams. Baylor won the only other NCAA Tournament meeting, 75-56, on March 24, 2014, in Waco, Texas.

BAYLOR VS. LSU...
• LSU leads Baylor, 7-4, in the all-time series.
• The Tigers are a No. 8 seed after posting a 20-11 record overall and an 8-8 mark in SEC play.
• Monday's game would be the fifth NCAA Tournament matchup between the teams. The Lady Bears and Tigers are even, 2-2, when playing one another in the NCAA Tournament.

EFFICIENCY INSIDE...
• Four of Baylor's top seven career field goal percentage shooters are on the 2016-17 roster.
• Sophomore center Kalani Brown owns the No. 1 spot, currently shooting 63.9 percent in her career.
• Senior forward Nina Davis is tied for No. 2 on the list with a 57.0 career field goal percentage.
• Senior center Khadijiah Cave checks in at No. 4 with a 56.7 field goal percentage in her career.
• Sophomore center Beatrice Mompremier is shooting 53.2 percent from the floor for No. 7 all-time.

HISTORY IS MADE...
• With its victory over Texas Tech on Feb. 25, Baylor secured its seventh-consecutive Big 12 regular season title and its eighth overall.
• The win also marked head coach Kim Mulkey's 500th. She is the second-fastest coach to accomplish the feat, reaching the milestone in 594 games as a head coach.
• The only coach to reach 500 faster is Mulkey's mentor Leon Barmore, who did it in 576 games.
• The game was Senior Day for Khadijiah Cave, Nina Davis, Alexis Jones and Alexis Prince. With Jones out with an injury, the others combined to score 37 of Baylor's 86 total points (43.0 percent of the offense).
• Five Lady Bears scored in double-figures, including Davis (16), sophomore Kalani Brown (13), Prince (13), freshman Lauren Cox (13) and sophomore Beatrice Mompremier (11).
• Mompremier added 11 a team-high 11 rebounds to record her fifth double-double of the season and the eighth of her career.

THE MULKEY FILE...
• In her 17th season, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 503-95 (.841) record which ranks No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind Connecticut's Geno Auriemma (.880).
Kim Mulkey's 34 seasons as a player and coach have resulted in 34 postseason trips, including 33 to NCAA/AIAW Tournaments.
• In 584 of 598 games under Kim Mulkey, the Lady Bears have held their opponent at or below 50 percent field goal shooting with only six of those efforts coming in the last 14 years.
• Mulkey has accounted for 56.1 percent (503) of the program's 896 all-time victories.

BAYLOR IN THE BIG 12...
• The Lady Bears, who won their seventh consecutive regular season title, lead the Big 12 in 16 statistical categories, including scoring offense (88.6), scoring defense (56.1), scoring margin (+32.6), field goal percentage (.494), field goal percentage defense (.314), three-point field goal percentage (.406), rebounding offense (51.5), rebounding defense (30.6), rebounding margin (+20.9), blocked shots per game (8.0), assists per game (21.6), assist to turnover ratio (1.6), offensive rebounds per game (17.7), defensive rebounds per game (33.8), defensive rebound percentage (.760) and offensive rebound percentage (.471).
• Two Lady Bears rank in the top 12 individually in scoring: No. 5 Kalani Brown (15.2) and No. 12 Alexis Jones (13.9).
• Three of the top eight field goal percentage shooters are Lady Bears: No. 2 Brown (.667), No. 4 Nina Davis (.548) and No. 8 Beatrice Mompremier (.528).
• Three players are in the top 15 in rebounds, including No. 5 Brown (8.2), No. 13 Mompremier (6.1) and No. 14 Alexis Prince (5.9).
• Two of the top five in assists are on Baylor's roster, including No. 2 Kristy Wallace (5.6) and No. 4 Jones (4.8). The pair is also in the top three in assist to turnover ratio: No. 1 Wallace (2.8), No. 2 Jones (2.3).
• Two are in the top five in the conference in three-point field goal percentage: No. 1 Prince (.427) and No. 4 Jones (.421). Jones is also sixth in three-point field goals made per game (2.2).
• Three of the top 10 shot blockers in the conference are Lady Bears, including No. 4 Brown (1.9), No. 9 Lauren Cox (1.5) and No. 10 Mompremier (1.4).
• After opening the Big 12 season 12-0 for the fourth time in program history (2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2016-17), the Lady Bears fell to No. 11/13 Texas, 85-79, to halt their 29-regular season game conference win streak. Baylor rebounded, winning its next five games for the title.
• Overall, BU is 254-95 (.727) in Big 12 action, including 227-58 (.796) under head coach Kim Mulkey.
• Baylor, which has won seven regular season and eight tournament conference titles, is the only team to post a perfect 18-0 Big 12 record (2011-12, 2012-13).
• The Lady Bears have won seven-straight Big 12 regular season championships and eight overall.

HOME SWEET HOME WIN STREAK...
• Baylor has won 176 consecutive home games vs. non-ranked opponents, dating back to an April 4, 2003, homecourt loss to Auburn in the WNIT finals. BU is 214-4 (.982) in non-league home games under Kim Mulkey.
• Before its defeat by No. 11/13 Texas, 85-79, on Feb. 6, 2017, Baylor owned a 54-game home win streak overall dating back to March 2, 2014, when it lost to 11th-ranked West Virginia, 71-70.
• The Lady Bears have won 64 of their last 65 home games, and are 275-23 (.923) in Mulkey's tenure in the Ferrell Center.

SENIOR CLASS AWARD...
• Forward Nina Davis is 1-of-10 finalists for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award, which focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make positive impact as leaders in their communities.
• Nationwide voting has begun to help select the winner and fans are encouraged to vote daily at www.seniorclassaward.com through March 20.

CALL FROM THE HALL...
• Seventeenth-year Baylor head women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey is one of four women's committee finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2017 Class, the organization announced on Feb. 18.
• Nominated as both a player and coach, Mulkey advances in the process with her prestigious coaching career which includes two national championships, three Final Fours, 15 Big 12 championships and 15 NCAA Tournament appearances.
• The 2017 Class will be announced at the 2017 Women's Final Four in Dallas.

AWARDS UPDATE...
• Redshirt senior Alexis Jones, who averages 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game for the Lady Bears, remains in the running for two top point guard awards and two national player of the year awards.
• Jones is one of 10 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award (top guard nationally).
• She is one of 19 players included on the 2017 Dawn Staley Award Midseason Watch List (top guard nationally).
• Jones is included on the 2017 John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list (national player of the year).
• Jones and Nina Davis both remain in consideration for the 2017 Wade Trophy, as they were named to the watch list on Dec. 1.

PLAYING TEAM BASKETBALL...
• The Lady Bears, who are second in the country in points per game (88.6), have had four or more players score in double figures in 23 of 33 games this season.
• Six players have netted double figures three times, five have scored in double figures nine times and four have reached double figures 12 times this season.
• Four Lady Bears average double figure scoring on the season, including sophomore Kalani Brown (15.2), senior Alexis Jones (13.9), senior Nina Davis (12.5) and senior Alexis Prince (12.1).
• Assists and offense go hand in hand and Baylor is second nationally in assists, dishing out 714 (21.6 per game) this season.
• Wallace and Jones lead the Lady Bears in the category, averaging 5.6 and 4.8 distributions per game, respectively.

BLOCK PARTY...
• The Lady Bears lead the country in blocked shots (264) and blocked shots per game (8.0) through 33 games played this year. Baylor' record for team blocks in a season is 310, which was set in 2011-12.
• The team's 8.0 blocks per game average is even higher than any year within the Brittney Griner era (2009-12), who is the all-time NCAA Division I women's basketball blocks leader with 748 stuffs.
• Baylor averaged 7.5 blocks per game in 2009-10, 7.4 blocks per game in 2010-11, a school-record 7.8 blocks per game in 2011-12 and 6.7 blocks per game in 2012-13.
• So far in 2016-17, Baylor has set a school record for blocks in a game with 17 against Winthrop on Dec. 15, 2016, and reached double figures in the category eight times, three in Big 12 Conference play.
• In complete seasons, the Lady Bears reached double figures in blocks 11 times in 2009-10, seven times in 2010-11, 10 times in 2011-12 and eight times in 2012-13.

SUFFOCATING DEFENSE...
• Baylor possesses one of the nation's top defenses, leading the way in field goal percentage defense (31.4) and blocked shots per game (8.0).
• The Lady Bears have held opponents to an average of 56.1 points per game overall and 57.9 points per game in Big 12 play.
• In 18-of-33 games, opponents have shot less than 30 percent from the floor against Baylor this season, eight of them conference foes.
• The Lady Bears have held two teams to under 20 percent from the floor.

HEIGHT ADVANTAGE...
• Seven of 13 Baylor women's basketball players are over 6-0 tall.
• With a high-low offense, height is important to the Lady Bears' success and winning the battle in the paint keys their success.
• Through 33 games, 54.4 percent of Baylor's offense (1,590-2,925) has been recorded in the paint.
• The Lady Bears also hold a +20.9 rebounding advantage over their opponents, which leads the nation, outdoing 31-of-33 opponents on the glass.
• The only team outdo the Lady Bears on the glass was No. 11/13 Texas, 38-37. TCU matched Baylor's effort once, 48-48.
• Baylor leads the country in blocks per game (8.0), another category influenced by size.
• Baylor has registered 10 or more blocks in eight games so far this season. Against Winthrop on Dec. 15, the Lady Bears broke the school record for blocks in a game with 17.

DISHING IT OUT...
• Baylor is second in the nation in assists, averaging 21.9 per game, due primarily to its stellar guard play of redshirt senior Alexis Jones and junior Kristy Wallace.
• Wallace has distributed a team-high 186 assists (5.6 per game) and Jones has tallied 126 assists (4.8 per game).
• Both players have distributed 10 or more assists in at least one game so far, with Wallace tallying a career-high 15 assists against No. 18/17 DePaul and repeating the feat in the Big 12 Championships semifinal win over No. 24/rv Kansas State with 15 assists.
• Jones notched 10 assists at No. 22/25 Tennessee and against No. 20/20 Oklahoma.
• Wallace's 15 assists are the sixth-highest single-game assist total in program history. Niya Johnson holds the school record with 19 assists against McNeese State on Dec. 13, 2015.
• Freshman Calveion Landrum, who averages 1.8 assists per game off the bench, joined the club, distributing a career-high 11 assists to lead Baylor against Texas State.

BENCH CONTRIBUTIONS...
• Depth has been a strength for the Lady Bears so far this season with 997 of their 2,925 overall points (34.1 percent) coming from the reserves.
• Nine of 13 players on this year's roster have earned a start in the 2016-17 season.
• Six players have logged minutes in all 33 games, with all 13 players seeing time in seven games and 12 players seeing action in nine games.
• Sophomore Kalani Brown began as a force off the bench and earned starts in the last 22 games. She is averaging team-highs with 15.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
• Freshman Lauren Cox is averaging 7.7 points and 4.2 boards in 13.2 minutes per contest. She earned the first start of her career against Winthrop on Dec. 15, 2016.
• Freshman Natalie Chou is averaging 4.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14.0 minutes per game.
• Sophomore Dekeiya Cohen comes off the bench to average 3.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest.
• Sophomore Beatrice Mompremier, who has started 10 of 28 games played this year, is averaging 7.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE BREAKDOWN...
• Seven Lady Bears have notched a combined 24 double-doubles this season through 33 games, 10 against ranked teams.
• Sophomore Kalani Brown has registered a team-high 10 double-doubles this season (25p/19r vs. #9/9 UCLA; 15p/11r vs. Abilene Christian; 17p/12r vs. Winthrop; 22p/12r vs. Kansas State; 16p/11r at #24/23 West Virginia; 24p/11r at Texas Tech, 19p/12r vs. Oklahoma State; 35p/13r at #6/8 Texas; 14p/10r vs. Texas Tech; 18p/12r vs. #24/rv Kansas State).
• Redshirt senior Alexis Jones has recorded three double-doubles this year (15p/10r vs. #18/17 DePaul; 30p/10a at #22/25 Tennessee; 24p/12r/10a vs. #20/20 Oklahoma).
Beatrice Mompremier has tallied four double-doubles in her sophomore season (11p/15r vs. Mississippi Valley State; 13p/14r vs. #8/8 Ohio State; 15p/10r vs. Kansas; 11p/11r vs. Texas Tech).
• Redshirt senior Alexis Prince logged her first double-double of the season against No. 20/20 Oklahoma with 10 points and 10 rebounds on Jan. 29, 2017. She added her second double-double in the last five games, tallying a team-high 19 points and a team-high 10 rebounds at TCU on Feb. 12, 2017.
• Freshman Lauren Cox recorded her first career double-double on Jan. 25, 2017, with 19 points and 10 rebounds at No. 25/rv Kansas State.
• Senior Nina Davis has recorded three double-doubles (14p/11r at Texas Tech; 23p/10r vs. Oklahoma; 18p/14r vs. Texas Tech) this season, bringing her career total to 31, which is tied for seventh all-time at Baylor.
• Junior Kristy Wallace posted the first double-double of her career with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Texas Tech on March 4, 2017.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE HISTORY IS MADE...
• Redshirt Senior Alexis Jones tallied the first points-rebounds-assists triple-double in Baylor women's basketball history against No. 20/20 Oklahoma on Jan. 29, 2017.
• The 5-11 guard led the Lady Bears in three statistical categories with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in 31 minutes on the floor.
• It is the sixth triple-double overall in program history, as Brittney Griner posted five in her career in points, rebounds and blocks.
• It is the first triple-double for Jones in her collegiate career and the 26th recorded in Big 12 women's basketball history.
• Jones flirted with a triple-double twice earlier in the season against No. 18/17 DePaul (15 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists) and at No. 22/25 Tennessee (30 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds).

CAREER STATS SUMMARY...
• Senior Nina Davis is ranked among Baylor's top 10 in nine different categories. She is second in starts (140), field goal percentage (57.0) and free throw attempts (787), third in free throws made (542), fourth in field goals made (910) and rebounding (1,052), fifth in scoring (2,365), sixth in field goal attempts (1,597) and tied for seventh in double-doubles (31).
• Amid her second season with the Lady Bears, redshirt senior Alexis Jones is second all-time in three-point field goal percentage (41.6), fourth in assist average (4.6), eighth in three-point field goals made (126) and 10th in three-point field goal attempts (303).
• With a career field goal percentage of 63.9, sophomore Kalani Brown leads all Baylor players.
• Senior Khadijiah Cave is fourth with a 56.7 career field goal percentage
• Sophomore Beatrice Mompremier is sixth with a 53.2 career field goal percentage.
• Junior Kristy Wallace is eighth all-time with a 38.0 three-point field goal percentage.
• Redshirt senior Alexis Prince is sixth all-time with 359 three-point field goal attempts and eighth with 130 three-point field goals made.

SOPHOMORE CLASS LISTS...
• 33 games into the 2016-17 season, Kalani Brown and Beatrice Mompremier have entered the sophomore class' top 10 lists.
• Brown is fourth with 62 stuffs, seventh with 270 rebounds and ninth with 501 points.
• Mompremier is seventh with 40 blocks.

JUNIOR DISHES...
• Junior Kristy Wallace ranks third on Baylor's junior class list with 186 assists so far in 2016-17.
Niya Johnson is the assists record-holder for the junior class, distributing 322 in 2014-15.

BLOCKS FOR THE FRESHMAN...
• Freshman Lauren Cox ranks fifth all-time on the Lady Bears' freshman blocks list with 49 stuffs in 2016-17.
Brittney Griner is the blocks leader for the freshman class, recording 223 stuffs in 2009-10.

APPROACHING MILESTONES...
• Senior Nina Davis is second in career starts (140) and fifth on Baylor's all-time scoring list with 2,365 points. She is 116 from surpassing tying Sophia Young (2002-06), who is fourth with 2,480 career points.
• With 1,052 career rebounds, Davis is fourth on Baylor's all-time list. She is 254 boards from surpassing Brittney Griner, who is third with 1,305 rebounds.
• Redshirt senior Alexis Jones is 69 points from netting 1,000 points at Baylor with 931. After scoring 586 points in 2015-16, she has the potential to become the seventh player in Baylor women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 career points mark in just two seasons played.
• Including her numbers from Duke, Jones has compiled 1,639 points and 562 rebounds in her career.

RECORD-SETTING RUNDOWN...
• Through 33 games this season, Baylor has set 18 records.
• Against Winthrop on Dec. 15, 2016, the Lady Bears set school records for points (140), field goals made (58), rebounds (75), assists (42), blocks (17), first half points (77), largest half-time lead (59 points) and largest margin of victory (108 points).
• The 140-32 win over Winthrop also broke the NCAA women's basketball record for margin of victory (108 points).
• At Kansas State on Jan. 25, 2017, Baylor broke its ninth school record for largest half time lead in Big 12 play (30 points). With the 91-49 final victory, the Lady Bears handed the Wildcats their worst-ever home loss (42 points).
• Redshirt senior Alexis Jones tallied the program's first-ever points-rebounds-assists triple-double against Oklahoma on Jan. 29, 2017 (24 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).
• Baylor scored 1,533 points in the Big 12 regular season, surpassing Oklahoma's 2001 squad (1,514) as the highest scoring conference regular season.
• In the Big 12 Championships quarterfinal win against Texas Tech, Baylor set a record for double-doubles (3), field goals made (41) and rebounding margin (28, 51-23).
• In the Big 12 Championships semifinal, the Lady Bears saw four records fall. Junior Kristy Wallace distributed a championships and semifinal game record 15 assists. Redshirt senior Alexis Prince set semifinal records with an 87.5 (7-8) field goal percentage and 1.000 (4-4) three-point field goal percentage.
• Baylor also set a Big 12 Championship semifinal record with a 94.1 (16-17) free throw percentage.
• Wallace tied a Big 12 Championships series record with 27 assists in the three-game stretch.

IN THE POLLS...
• Baylor is ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
• Baylor has been included in the USA Today's Top 10 for 56-consecutive releases, including 46 Top 5 rankings, and in the AP's Top 5 for 27-straight polls. The Lady Bears have been ranked in the Top 5 in the final release of the AP poll in each of the last six seasons.
• All told, Baylor has been ranked in 300 AP polls, which ranks No. 21 on the all-time list.
• Baylor has been ranked in a school-record 260 straight AP polls dating back to week nine of the 2003-04 listing when it broke in at No. 24. The Lady Bears' AP poll streak is the nation's third-longest, behind Connecticut (451) and Stanford (306).

SUSTAINED SUCCESS...
• The Lady Bears have made 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 15 overall. Those appearances have resulted in two national championships (2005, 2012), three Final Fours (2005, 2010, 2012), seven Elite Eights and 11 Sweet Sixteens.
• Baylor has won seven consecutive Big 12 regular season and six of the last seven tournament titles. Overall the program has won eight regular season and eight tournament conference championships, most among all Big 12 programs.
• Baylor is 239-19 (.926) over the past six seasons, 34-3 in 2010-11, 40-0 in 2011-12, 34-2 in 2012-13, 32-5 in 2013-14, 33-4 in 2014-15, 36-2 in 2015-16, and 30-3 in 2016-17. In that same span, BU is 136-8 (.944) in Big 12 play -- 117-7 in the regular season and 20-1 in Big 12 Tournament play.
• 207 of Baylor's 238 wins since 2010-11 have been by 10 or more points, and only 14 times in that span has its winning margin been five or fewer points (most recently three, 70-67, at No. 6/8 Texas, Feb. 20, 2017).
• In Baylor's last 398 games, only three opponents (Texas, .516; Stanford, .509; West Virginia, .500) have shot 50 percent or above.
• Baylor's current string of holding its opponent to .500 or less from the field is eight games.
• BU's string is 103-straight games holding its foe to .500 or below from the field was halted by No. 11/13 Texas, which shot .516 for a win on Feb. 6, 2017.
• In the 2012-13 season, the Cardinal broke BU's 217-game streak of holding an opponent to 50 percent or less shooting from the floor.

A LOOK AT THE 2017 RECRUITING CLASS...
• Four guards, Alexis Morris (5-6), Trinity Oliver (5-9), Didi Richards (6-1) and Cara Ursin (5-7) signed NLIs with the Lady Bears in the early signing period.
• Since signing day, honors have been rolling in for the Baylor recruits.
• All four players were nominated for McDonald's All-American consideration.
• Morris and Richards were named to the 2017 Naismith Trophy High School Player of the Year Preseason Watch List and were also included in the 2017 Naismith Trophy High School Player of the Year Midseason 25.
• On Jan. 15, Morris and Richards were named McDonald's All-Americans, earning the right to represent the West in the 16th-annual McDonald's All-American Game on March 29 in Chicago. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (CT).
• Head coach Kim Mulkey has had 13 of her players earn McDonald's All-American distinction, six of whom are on the current roster: Alexis Jones, Alexis Prince (John R. Wooden Most Valuable Player Award), Kalani Brown, Beatrice Mompremier, Natalie Chou and Lauren Cox.
• Most recently on Feb. 23, Morris and Richards were selected to the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 14. It is the second All-American nod for both players.

UP NEXT...
With a win against No. 16 seed Texas Southern on Saturday, March 18, Baylor would advance to the NCAA Tournament second round for the 14th-straight time. The game is scheduled for Monday, March 20, inside the Ferrell Center, but the tipoff time is yet to be determined. The game will air live on ESPN2.

 

 

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