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Lady Bears Take on N.C. State in NCAA Action

Sophomore guard Jessica Morrow has been Baylor's leading scorer in the past two games.

Sophomore guard Jessica Morrow has been Baylor's leading scorer in the past two games.

March 19, 2007

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NCAA Tournament - Second Round
#19/17 Baylor (26-7) vs. #18/#20 North Carolina State (24-9)

March 20, 2007 • approx. 6:30 p.m. (CDT)
RBC Center (19,500) - Raleigh, N.C.

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TV: ESPN2*
Dave Pasch, play-by-play
Debbie Antonelli, color analyst
Heather Cox, sideline

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2007 NCAA Tournament
Fresno Regional

First Round - March 18 (Sunday)
RBC Center - Raleigh, N.C.

No. 4 North Carolina State (23-9) def. Robert Morris 84-52
No. 5 Baylor def. Chattanooga 68-55

Second Round - March 20 (Tuesday)
No. 4 North Carolina State (24-9) vs. No. 5 Baylor (26-7) - ESPN2

BAYLOR IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT...
Baylor is competing in its fourth straight and sixth all-time NCAA Tournament, as all six appearances have come since head coach Kim Mulkey assumed the program's helm. BU is 12-4 in NCAA Tournament games including 5-1 in first round games, 3-1 in second round games, 1-2 in the Sweet 16, 1-0 in the Elite Eight, 1-0 in the semifinals and 1-0 in championship games.

The Lady Bears have made three straight Sweet 16 appearances and won the 2005 NCAA championship. In addition, Baylor has advanced to the NCAA second round for the fifth consecutive year. Baylor secured an at-large bid after finishing the regular season at 25-7 and posting an 11-5 Big 12 Conference mark. The Lady Bears, ranked No. 19 in the final AP Poll, are competing in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed.

Baylor advanced to the second round by defeating Chattanooga, 68-55, on Sunday afternoon. Five Lady Bears scored in double figures, a feat that was last accomplished on Dec. 28 against North Carolina A&T. Sophomore Jessica Morrow (13) led Baylor in scoring for the second straight game and was followed by Angela Tisdale and Bernice Mosby's 12 apiece while Rachel Allison and Danielle Wilson added 10 each.

No. 18 North Carolina State, winners of 11 of its last 13 games, advanced to the NCAA Tournament's second round after posting an 84-52 victory over Robert Morris on Sunday afternoon.

The winner of the Baylor/North Carolina State contest will advance to the Fresno Regional which will be held at the Save Mart Center (15,621) on March 24 and 26.

BAYLOR Lady Bears

IN THE POLLS
19 - Associated Press
17 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches

BAYLOR PROBABLE STARTERS
Angela Tisdale - Jr., G, 5-5 - 10.8 ppg, 3.6 apg
Jhasmin Player - So., G, 5-10 - 7.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Jessica Morrow - So., G, 6-2 - 9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Rachel Allison - So., P, 6-1 - 7.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg
Bernice Mosby - Sr., P, 6-1 - 17.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg

NORTH CAROLINA ST. Wolfpack

IN THE POLLS
18 - Associated Press
20 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches

N.C. STATE PROBABLE STARTERS
Ashley Key - Sr., G, 6-0 - 9.6 ppg, 3.2 apg
Keisha Brown - Sr., G, 6-0 - 6.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Marquetta Dickens - Sr., F, 6-0 - 8.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Khadijah Whittington - Jr., F, 6-2 - 10.1 ppg, 10.5 rpg
Gillian Goring - Sr., C, 6-7 - 9.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg

HEAD COACH Kim Mulkey...
When Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Kim Mulkey accepted the position of women's head basketball coach at Baylor University, few could have predicted the dramatic and prestigious turn the program was about to take. In just seven years at Baylor, the former All-American and Olympic Gold medalist has guided the Lady Bear basketball program to the pinnacle of women's basketball, the 2005 NCAA national championship, six NCAA Tournament appearances and seven 20-win seasons.

The 2005 national title was Baylor's first for a women's team sport and the only basketball national title, men's or women's, in the Big 12 Conference's 10-year history.

In winning the 2005 title, Mulkey became the first person, man or woman, to win a basketball national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

En route to the NCAA championship, the Lady Bears won their first Big 12 Conference championship and were the league's tournament champion as well. Mulkey has produced amazing results since taking over the reins of the program on April 4, 2000, averaging 26.0 wins a season. In her seven years at the program's helm, she has posted an impressive 183-52 (.779) record which ranks her No. 7 nationally in winning percentage.

Since taking over a squad that was just 7-20 the season prior to her arrival, Mulkey has guided the Lady Bears to seven postseason appearances, including six NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the 2003 WNIT finals. In 2004, the Lady Bears made their first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and have now played in three straight Sweet 16s.

On Dec. 28, Mulkey became the winningest coach in Baylor women's basketball history with the squad's 89-40 victory over North Carolina A&T. Pam Bowers previously held the record with 168 wins which she accomplished in 15 seasons.

THE LADY BEARS...
The Baylor Lady Bears concluded their regular season after playing the most challenging non-conference schedule in program history and the rigorous Big 12 Conference schedule. Baylor played three teams ranked among the Associated Press' top 25 (No. 9 LSU, No. 12 Purdue, No. 22 BYU) and two others who were receiving votes (Hofstra, UCLA) during non-league play. All told, Baylor has played 11 ranked opponents, including seven during Big 12 Conference action (No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 22 Nebraska, No. 24 Texas, No. 25 Kansas State) and one (No. 11 Oklahoma) in the Big 12 Championship.

Through 33 games, two players are averaging double-digit scoring but the Lady Bears have tremendous balance as seven players contribute 7.0 or more points a game.

Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby, a Wade Trophy and Wooden Award finalist, leads the way with 17.3 a game, ranking No. 3 among Big 12 players, and junior point guard Angela Tisdale scores 10.8 points. Sophomore guard Jessica Morrow manages 9.5, freshman post Danielle Wilson scores 8.5 an outing while sophomore Jhasmin Player manages 7.5, freshman Latara Darrett tallies 7.4 and sophomore post Rachel Allison scores 7.1. Mosby is averaging a team-leading 9.2 rebounds a game, which ranks No. 3 in the conference and includes 13 double-doubles, while Allison is the squad's second-leading rebounder with 6.1 a contest and is followed by Wilson's 5.0.

SCOUTING THE WOLFPACK...
The fourth-seeded and 18th-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack, 24-9 on the season, enter Tuesday's contest winners of 11 of their last 13 contests.

Head coach Kay Yow is in her 32nd year at N.C. State and 36th overall as a head coach. She is 707-323 (.686) in her career and 650-304 (.681) at N.C. State.

N.C. State's starting lineup consists of four seniors and a junior and all stand 6-0 or taller. Junior forward Khadijah Whittington, 6-2, leads the Wolfpack at 10.1 points and 10.5 rebounds a contest. Gillian Goring, a 6-7 senior, ranks No. 2 on the team in both scoring and rebounding at 9.9 points and 6.2 boards. Two other players are just below the double-digit scoring mark. Shayla Fields, a 5-6 sophomore guard, comes off the bench to score 9.8 a game while Ashley Key, a 6-0 senior guard, manages 9.6 an outing.

MULKEY/YOW CONNECTION...
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey and N.C. State head coach Kay Yow have been on the same team before. Mulkey played on the USA's 1984 Olympic team which won the gold medal and Yow was an assistant coach of the squad.

SERIES RECORD...
This will be the second meeting between Baylor and N.C. State. The Lady Bears own a 1-0 series lead after defeating the Wolfpack 79-63 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (San Juan Shootout) on Dec. 22, 2003.

BAYLOR VERSUS THE ACC...
Baylor is 2-3 versus Atlantic Coast Conference teams. The Lady Bears hold wins over North Carolina and N.C. State while suffering losses to Maryland, Miami and Virginia.

LADY BEARS VERSUS POSTSEASON FIELDS...
The Lady Bears have faced 10 teams who received NCAA Tournament bids and posted a 7-7 record (50.0%) against those squads -- BYU (1-0), Iowa State (1-0), LSU (1-0), Nebraska (0-1), Prairie View A&M (1-0), Purdue (0-1), Southeast Missouri (1-0), Oklahoma (0-3), Oklahoma State (2-0) and Texas A&M (0-2) .

Baylor has played four teams (Hofstra, Missouri, Kansas State, South Dakota State) that were selected for the Postseason WNIT and was 4-0 versus those schools.

MORROW EARNS ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS...
Sophomore guard/forward Jessica Morrow was named to the five-member all-tournament team at the Big 12 Championship. She scored a career-high 25 points against 11th-ranked Oklahoma in the championship semifinals. Morrow was joined on the squad by OU's Courtney Paris (MVP), Jenna Plumley and Leah Rush and Iowa State's Lyndsey Medders.

FOUR LADY BEARS GAIN BIG 12 RECOGNITION...
Four Baylor players were honored recently by Big 12 Conference coaches. Senior Bernice Mosby was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and was a first-team All-Big 12 selection. For the second straight season Angela Tisdale, a junior, was named to the All-Big 12 second-team. Sophomore Jhasmin Player was named to the league's All-Defensive team and freshman post Danielle Wilson received All-Rookie team honors.

MOSBY A WOODEN AWARD AND WADE TROPHY FINALIST...
Bernice Mosby was recently named one of 16 Wooden Award finalists and one of 12 Wade Trophy finalists. She and OU's Courtney Paris were the only two Big 12 players named to the final list.

BAYLOR'S NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY...
Baylor is competing in its fourth straight and sixth all-time NCAA Tournament, as all six appearances have come since head coach Kim Mulkey assumed the program's helm. BU is 12-4 in NCAA Tournament games including 5-1 in first round games, 3-1 in second round games, 1-2 in the Sweet 16, 1-0 in the Elite Eight, 1-0 in the semifinals and 1-0 in championship games.

2001- No. 8 seed - West Region - Durham, N.C. (Duke host)
First round - lost to No. 9 seed Arkansas (68-59)

2002- No. 2 seed - East Region - Waco, Texas (Baylor host)
First round - def. No. 15 seed Bucknell (80-56)
Second round - lost to No. 7 seed Drake (76-72)

2004- No. 4 seed - Midwest Region - Albuquerque (University of New Mexico host)
First round - def. No. 13 seed Loyola Marymount (71-60)
Second round - def. No. 5 seed Florida (91-76)
Sweet 16 - lost to No. 1 Tennessee (71-69) (Oklahoma host)

2005 - No. 2 seed - Tempe Regional - Seattle (University of Washington host)
First round - def. No. 15 seed Illinois State (91-70)
Second round - def. No. 10 seed Oregon (69-46)
Sweet 16 - def. No. 3 seed Minnesota (64-57) (Tempe - Arizona State host)
Elite Eight - def. No. 1 seed North Carolina (72-63)
Semifinal - def. No. 1 seed LSU (68-57) (Indianapolis)
Championship - def. No. 1 seed Michigan State (84-62)

2006 - No. 3 seed - Albuquerque Regional - Tucson (University of Arizona host)
First round - def. No. 14 seed Northern Arizona (74-56)
Second round - def. No. 11 seed New Mexico (87-67)
Sweet 16 - lost to No. 2 seed Maryland (82-63)
Albuquerque (New Mexico host)

2007 - No. 5 seed - Fresno Regional
Raleigh, N.C. (N.C. State host)
First round - def. Chattanooga 68-55
Second round - vs. No. 4 seed North Carolina State

NO. 1 IN NCAA BLOCKING STATISTICS...
The Lady Bears come into the contest ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I statistics (through games of March 18) in blocked shots per game at 7.3 while top-ranked Duke sits at No. 2 with 6.8 and second-ranked North Carolina is No. 3 with 6.7. In total blocks through games of March 18, Baylor's 240 rejections rank No. 1, 13 blocks ahead of North Carolina's 227.

BIG 12 CONFERENCE BLOCKING RECORD...
Against Kansas in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals, Baylor, with its school-record 240 blocks on the season, set a new Big 12 single season blocks record, breaking Texas Tech's 2005 record of 232. With its 235 blocks Baylor has blocked 69 more shots on the season than its nearest Big 12 opponent (Oklahoma, 166, 5.9 bpg).

All-Time Big 12 Single-Season List:
1. 240, Baylor (2007)
2. 232, Texas Tech (2005)

ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Bernice Mosby...
Senior transfer Bernice Mosby, an All-America candidate, was named Newcomer of the Year by the Big 12 coaches and was recently named one of 12 finalists for the WBCA's 2007 Wade Trophy and was named one of 16 finalists for the Wooden Award.

Mosby, in her two-plus seasons at the University of Florida, averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. She averaged a team-leading 15.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 30.3 minutes a game as a junior before leaving the team in late March. She amassed 1,124 points and 625 rebounds at Florida and was voted 2004 Southeastern Conference Sixth Woman of the Year. Mosby was also named to the 2003 SEC All-Freshman team and second-team All-SEC by the coaches and media in 2005.

Since her arrival at Baylor she has stepped up her averages and leads the Lady Bears and is one of the Big 12's top players at 17.3 points and 9.2 rebounds a game. She has produced 89 double-figure scoring efforts, 36 double-figure rebounding games with 30 double-doubles throughout her career.

Even more impressive this season are her numbers versus Baylor's 11 ranked opponents, 20.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game with six double-doubles.

FRESHMAN REJECTION...
When she's in the game, freshman post Danielle Wilson has the ability to alter the opponent's game plan. In 33 games, Wilson has used her expansive wing span (82 1/4") to block a team-leading and school season record 85 shots for an average of 2.58 an outing. In fact, Wilson has recorded at least two blocks in 25-of-33 games and at least one block in every game but two (Colorado & Oklahoma) this season with four or more blocks 10 times.

In addition, Wilson ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 19 in NCAA Division I statistics in blocked shots at 2.6 per outing. In total blocks on the season, Wilson sits at No. 19 nationally with 85. Only two freshmen have registered more blocks this season than Wilson, Michigan State's 6-9 Allyssa DeHaan has 144 to rank No. 2 nationally and Xavier's Amber Harris (6-5) sits at No. 3 with 136.

With her five blocks against North Carolina A&T, Wilson cracked BU's single season top 10. Wilson recorded two blocks against Texas A&M on Feb. 25 to break Carol Reeves Brandenburg's 27-year-old single season blocks record of 76. Wilson now has 85 in her rookie season.

At Oklahoma, Wilson blocked four shots to move her up to No. 9 on BU's career top 10, surpassing Danielle Crockrom's 80.

The rookie currently ranks No. 4 on the Big 12's single season blocks list, just five behind Crystal Boles' (Texas Tech 1997) 90.

BAYLOR QUICK HITS...
- All seven of Baylor's losses have come against ranked opponents (Purdue, Oklahoma three times, Texas A&M twice, Nebraska).
- Baylor has posted 26-or-more victories in five of Kim Mulkey's seven seasons at the helm.
- The Lady Bears had a season-low tying 10 turnovers versus Chattanooga.
- Baylor ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division I statistics in blocked shots at 7.3 a game (through games of March 18).
- In its seven losses this season, Baylor is 26-of-93 (.280) from 3-point range compared to .375 (104-277) percent beyond the arc in its 26 wins.
- Since her arrival at Baylor, Kim Mulkey has posted the most victories (183) and the best winning percentage (.779) among Big 12 coaches.
- Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby averages 20.5 points and 10.3 rebounds a game versus ranked teams this season. The Lady Bears have played 11 ranked opponents.
- Angela Tisdale's seven treys versus Iowa State rank as the Big 12's best single-game mark this season and second-best in Lady Bear history all-time.
- Over the last two games, Jessica Morrow has led the team in scoring and has averaged 19.0 points, a career-high 25 versus Oklahoma and 13 against Chattanooga.
- Since Feb. 7, Baylor has risen from No. 12 in the league in 3-point percentage defense to No. 7. In the 10 games since then (Texas Tech, ISU, OSU, Texas, Colorado, Texas A&M, OU twice, Kansas, Chattanooga), Baylor has limited its opponents to 39-of-146 (.267) from beyond the arc, improving its 3-point percentage defense from .324 to the present .315.
- Baylor is 85-17 (.833) since the start of the 2004-05 season with 14 of the 17 setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. Baylor's last 12 losses have come to ranked opponents.
- Four Lady Bears have posted double-doubles this season: Bernice Mosby (13 - UNT, Hofstra, Purdue, LSU, SEMO, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Colorado), Rachel Allison (2, UAPB, Oklahoma State), Danielle Wilson (2 - LSU & NCAT) and Angela Tisdale (SDSU).
- Two freshmen, Danielle Wilson (85) and Bradley (26), have combined for just under half of Baylor's blocked shots, 111-of-240. Senior Bernice Mosby has added 48 as well while Jessica Morrow tallied 27 and Rachel Allison has 23.
- Danielle Wilson, a Big 12 All-Rookie Team selection, ranks No. 19 nationally in blocked shots (85) and is No. 1 on Baylor's single season top 10, recently passing Carol Reeves Brandenburg's 76 during the 1979-80 season.
- Wilson now ranks No. 9 on Baylor's career top 10 in blocked shots with 85.
- Tisdale ranks No. 6 on Baylor's career charts in assists (380) and No. 7 in treys made (99).
- With her two blocks against Kansas on March 7, Wilson's 85 blocks ranks No. 4 on the Big 12 single season list. Texas Tech's Crystal Boles (1997) sits at No. 3 with 90.
- Baylor is 143-12 (.923) under Mulkey when scoring 70 or more points, including 87-3 (.967) when putting 80 or more on the scoreboard. In 2006-07, the Lady Bears are 20-0 when scoring 70 or more points, 11-0 when topping the 80-point barrier.

 

 

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