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WBB Takes on Fresno State in 1st Round





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[#4 seed] Baylor (23-9) vs. [#13 seed] Fresno State (27-6)
Saturday, March 20, 2010 | 9:30 p.m. CDT
Berkeley, Calif.
| Haas Pavilion (11,877)
TV: ESPN2/ESPNU
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GAME CENTER: GAME 33
MEDIA INFORMATION
Date: Sat., March 20, 2010
Tip-Off:
9:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Berkeley, Calif.
Arena: Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Television:
ESPN2/ESPNU
    Talent: Cara Capuano (pxp), Kayte Christensen (color)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network; KLRK 92.9 FM (Waco)
    Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: www.espn360.com
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com

BAYLOR LADY BEARS
2009-10 Record: 23-9
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 14/18
Last Game: L, 59-54, #12 Oklahoma
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
   Career Record: 260-75 (10th season)
   Record at Baylor: same
   Mulkey vs. Fresno State: 2-0

FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS
2009-10 Record: 27-6
Ranking (AP/ESPN): RV/RV
Last Game: L, 68-66, Louisiana Tech
Head Coach: Adrian Wiggins
   Career Record: 161-68 (seventh season)
   Record at Fresno State: 122-51 (fourth season)
   Fresno State vs. Baylor: Tied 2-2

BAYLOR IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Baylor is competing in its seventh straight and ninth all-time NCAA Tournament, as all appearances have come since head coach Kim Mulkey assumed the program's helm. BU is 15-7 in NCAA Tournament games including 7-1 in first round games, 4-3 in second round games, 1-3 in the Sweet 16, 1-0 in the Elite Eight, 1-0 in the semifinals and 1-0 in championship games. BU has won its first-round game in each of its last seven NCAA trips.

LADY BEAR SEEDS
Baylor's No. 4 seed marks the eighth time in nine trips to the NCAA Tournament that the Lady Bears have been a top five seed. Baylor was a No. 2 seed twice (2002, `05), a No. 3 seed three times (2006, `08, `09), a No. 4 seed twice (2004, `10) and a No. 5 in 2007.

ESPN TO PRESENT ALL GAMES
For the eighth consecutive year, the ESPN networks will combine to present all 63 games from the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship on ESPN, ESPN2 & ESPN360.com.

STORY LINES
• No. 14 Baylor, 23-9 on the season, will be appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight year and ninth time in the last 10 years.
• Fresno State, 27-6, will be making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bulldogs, winners of 19 of their last 20 games, earned an at-large bid after having their 19-game win streak snapped by Louisiana Tech, 68-66, in the finals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
• Baylor's 3-point field goal percentage defense, which ranks No. 13 nationally and No. 1 among Big 12 teams, will be put to the test against Fresno State. The Bulldogs have made 35.5 percent (291-820) of their 3-point attempts while BU limits its foes to 27.7 percent from beyond the arch.
• Fresno State has made more 3-point baskets (291) than Baylor has attempted (277). The Bulldogs' Jaleesa Ross has made 102 treys on the season while Baylor, as a team, has made 79.
Brittney Griner served her two-game suspension following her ejection from the Lady Bears' 69-60 victory at Texas Tech, March 3. Griner sat out against No. 18 Texas and the Lady Bears' Big 12 Championship opener against Colorado.
• Griner received five Big 12 Conference awards in her rookie campaign. 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. 3 in field goal percentage defense (33.7); No. 8 in rebound margin (8.8); No. 9 in field goal percentage (.463); No. 13 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.7); No. 16 in scoring margin (15.3); No. 29 in scoring offense (72.1) and No. 33 in scoring defense (56.8).
• BU freshmen are gaining valuable minutes this season and producing points. On the season, BU's rookies account for 42.6 percent (2736-6425) of the minutes played and 51.3 percent (1184-2307) of the team's points.
• In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 260-75 (.776), 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.
• 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 159 assists and turned the ball over only 79 times this season. Over the past eight games, Griffin has dished out 65 assists while committing only 27 turnovers for a 2.4 ratio.
• Griffin now ranks No. 9 on Baylor's career assist chart with 334 and is No. 8 on BU's single-season assist list with 159 and needs two to move into No. 6.

BAYLOR VS. POSTSEASON TEAMS
Baylor faced 15 opponents that are participating in 2010 postseason competition and holds a 13-8 record versus those teams. Baylor posted a 7-8 record against its 10 former opponents playing in the NCAA Tournament: Gonzaga (1-0), Iowa State (0-1), Lamar (1-0), Louisiana Tech (1-0), Nebraska (0-1), Oklahoma (1-2), Oklahoma State (1-1), Tennessee (0-1), Texas (0-2) and Texas A&M (2-0). The Lady Bears are 6-0 against their five opponents participating in the Women's WNIT: Arizona State (1-0), California (1-0), Kansas (1-0), Oral Roberts (1-0) and Texas Tech (2-0).

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Fresno State, 27-6, will be making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bulldogs, winners of 19 of their last 20 games, earned an at-large bid after having their 19-game win streak snapped by Louisiana Tech, 68-66, in the finals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

Head coach Adrian Wiggins is in his fourth season along the Fresno State sideline and owns a 122-51 mark. He is 161-68 in seven years as a head coach.

Fresno State has made 35.5 percent (291-820) of their 3-point attempts while BU limits its foes to 27.7 percent from beyond the arch.

Fresno State has made more 3-point baskets (291) than Baylor has attempted (277). The Bulldogs' Jaleesa Ross has made 102 treys on the season while Baylor, as a team, has made 79.

Fresno State has a veteran roster, as 10 of its 14 players are upperclassmen.

The Bulldogs have two players scoring in double digits. Jaleesa Ross, a 5-8 junior guard, leads the way with 17.7 a contest and leads the team in rebounding ( 5.9 rpg) and assists (95). She is followed by junior forward/guard Hayley Munro's 11.6 an outing. Joh-Teena Filipe, a 6-0 senior forward, ranks second on the team in rebounding at 5.5 an outing.

SERIES RECORD
The series between Fresno State and Baylor is tied at 2-2, while BU head coach Kim Mulkey is 2-0 versus the Bulldogs.

Fresno State took the first two meetings between the two schools, a 122-66 triumph on Dec. 1, 1989, at Fresno, and a 73-72 win on Nov. 23, 1990, in Santa Clara, Calif. Baylor has won two straight, a 72-65 victory on March 26, 2003, in Waco in the WNIT quarterfinals and an NCAA Tournament first-round win (88-67) on March 23, 2008, in Albuquerque, N.M.

BAYLOR VS. THE BULLDOGS
Only two current players, guards Kelli Griffin and Melissa Jones, were on the roster when the Lady Bears last faced Fresno State. In first-round action of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M., Jones was one of five Lady Bears to score in double-digits. In fact, she recorded her first career double-double, 14 points and 14 rebounds, in Baylor's 88-67 win. Jones also added two assists, two blocks and three steals in 32 minutes of action. Griffin tallied four points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 25 minutes on the court.


 

 

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