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Lady Bears Take on UTSA in NCAAs

Morghan Medlcok has been hot off the bench for the Lady Bears this season.

Morghan Medlcok has been hot off the bench for the Lady Bears this season.

March 19, 2009

#5/5 Baylor (27-5) vs. UT-San Antonio (24-8)

Sunday, March 22 - 8:30 p.m. (CT)
NCAA First Round
United Spirit Arena (15,050)
Lubbock, Texas

OVER THE AIRWAVES

TV: ESPN2*

Ron Franklin, play-by-play
Fran Fraschilla, analyst

* Complete coverage in home market with whip-around coverage from other games provided.

Internet Feeds
Webcast: BaylorBears.com
Live audio (free)
ESPN360.com

Radio: KLRK - 92.9 FM - Waco

Radio Talent:
Rick May, play-by-play
Lori Fogleman, color analyst

2009 NCAA Tournament
Raleigh Regional

First Round - March 22 (Sunday)
United Spirit Arena - Lubbock, Texas

No. 7 South Dakota State (31-2) vs. No. 10 TCU (20-10) - 6 p.m. (CDT)
No. 2 Baylor (27-5) vs. No. 15 UT-San Antonio (24-8) - 8:30 p.m.(CDT)

Second Round - March 24 (Tuesday)
Winner game 1 vs. Winner game 2 - 8:30 p.m. (CDT)

No. 5/5 Baylor is competing in its sixth straight and eighth all-time NCAA Tournament, as all eight appearances have come since head coach Kim Mulkey assumed the program's helm. BU is 13-5 in NCAA Tournament games including 6-1 in first round games, 3-3 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, a No. 2 seed for the third time in program history, have made three Sweet 16 appearances and won the 2005 NCAA championship. Baylor secured the program's second automatic bid after claiming the Big 12 Championship with a victory over 10th-ranked Texas A&M in the title game. The Lady Bears, ranked No. 5 in the final AP Poll, are competing in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed.

UT-San Antonio qualified for its second consecutive NCAA Tournament by winning the Southland Conference Tournament. UTSA earned a No. 15 seed last year in the program's first-ever NCAA postseason appearance and lost to second-seeded Texas A&M in the first round at Baton Rouge, La.

 

 

ESPN TO BROADCAST ALL GAMES
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com and ESPN FULL COURT will combine to present all 63 games from the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship for the seventh consecutive year. During the first-and second-rounds, ESPN and ESPN2 will present 48 games within 12 telecast windows, while ESPN FULL COURT, the out-of-market pay-per-view package, will offer complete game telecasts of all 48 games. The final 15 games from the regional semifinals, regional finals and Women's Final Four will all have national telecast windows on ESPN or ESPN2.

HEAD COACH Kim Mulkey
When Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Kim Mulkey accepted the position of women's basketball head coach at Baylor University, few could have predicted the dramatic and prestigious turn the program was about to take. In just eight 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, eight NCAA Tournament appearances and nine 20-win seasons.

The 2005 national title was Baylor's first for a women's team sport and the first basketball national title, men's or women's, in the Big 12 Conference's 12-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. Baylor claimed another Big 12 title by winning the league's 2009 postseason tournament.

Mulkey has produced amazing results since taking over the reins of the program on April 4, 2000, averaging 26.1 wins a season. In her nine years at the program's helm, she has posted an impressive 235-65 (.783) record which ranks her No. 8 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 nine postseason appearances, including eight NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the 2003 WNIT finals.

Mulkey's autobiography, "Won't Back Down," hit bookstores on Nov. 1, 2007, the paperback edition became available on Sept. 8, 2008.

Since coming into the league in 2000-01, Kim Mulkey owns the top winning percentage and most victories among Big 12 coaches at 78.3 percent (235-65).

In addition, under Mulkey, BU has won at least 25 games in each of the last eight years, the league's longest active 20-game win streak and with 12 Big 12 wins this season, Mulkey has now registered 10 or more league wins in seven of her nine seasons at Baylor, including six straight campaigns. Next best is Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, who have won 10 or more games four times during the six-year period.

In 28 seasons as a player and coach, Mulkey is making her 27th trip to the NCAA/AIAW Tournament.

BAYLOR Lady Bears

IN THE POLLS
5 - Associated Press
5 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches

PROBABLE STARTERS
21 Kelli Griffin - So., 5-8 - 6.5 ppg, 3.8 apg
15 Jhasmin Player - Sr., 5-10 - 10.8 ppg, 5.7 apg
3 Jessica Morrow - Sr., 6-0 - 11.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg
14 Rachel Allison - Sr., 6-1-8.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg
24 Ashley Field - Fr., 6-2 - 3.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg

UTSA Roadrunners

IN THE POLLS
N/A - Associated Press
N/A - USA Today/ESPN Coaches

PROBABLE STARTERS
33 Monica Gibbs - Sr., G, 5-8 - 15.6 ppg, 6.6 apg
10 Amber Gregg - So., G, 5-6 - 11.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg
11 Jordan Stark - So., F, 5-11 - 10.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg
13 Ryba Pawlaczyk - Sr., F, 6-3 - 10.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg
31 Onika Anderson - Sr., F, 5-10 - 13.6 ppg, 10.5 rpg

BAYLOR'S NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Baylor is competing in its sixth straight and eighth all-time NCAA Tournament, as all appearances have come since head coach Kim Mulkey assumed the program's helm. BU is 13-6 in NCAA Tournament games including 6-1 in first round games, 3-3 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. BU has won its first-round game in each of its last six NCAA trips.

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)v 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. No. 12 seed Chattanooga 68-55
Second round - lost to No. 4 seed North Carolina State 78-72 OT

2008 - No. 3 seed - Spokane Regional - Albuquerque (New Mexico host)
First round - def. No. 14 seed Fresno State 88-67
Second round - lost to No. 6 seed Pittsburgh 67-59

2009 - No. 3 seed - Raleigh Regional - Lubbock (Texas Tech host)
First round - vs. No. 15 seed UT-San Antonio

LADY BEARS RED HOT IN 2009 POSTSEASON
Senior guard Jessica Morrow has led Baylor in scoring in the Lady Bears' three 2009 postseason games. She is averaging 17.0 points a game, including 11-of-19 from 3-point range (.579). Against 18th-ranked Iowa State she poured in a season-high 24 points, including a career-high six treys. Jhasmin Player, a senior guard, ranks second, behind a season-high 24 points in the Big 12 Championship game, at 13.3 a contest while Morghan Medlock and Melissa Jones come off the bench to average 12.7 and 9.3 points, respectively. Senior forward/post Rachel Allison adds 7.7 and sophomore point guard Kelli Griffin scores 6.3 an outing.

Allison is the squad's top rebounder in the postseason at 9.3 while Jones hauls down 7.7 and Player manages 7.5.

The Lady Bears are shooting an impressive 66-of 165 (.400) from the floor, including 19-of-32 (.528) from beyond the arch. In addition, they are 51-of-66 (.773) from the free throw line.

27 VICTORIES
With their 27 season victories, the 2008-09 Lady Bears have tied the second-most wins under head coach Kim Mulkey, as the 2001-02 squad also posted 27 victories. The only year Baylor produced more victories under Coach Mulkey was 2005, the year it won the NCAA championship with 33 wins.

SINCE WILSON'S INJURY
Since junior post Danielle Wilson's knee injury, Feb. 28, the Lady Bears have posted a 5-1 record which includes four victories over top 25 ranked opponents (No. 16 Texas, No. 10 Texas A&M [twice], No. 18 Iowa State) and a Big 12 Conference postseason tournament championship.

Over those six games, Jessica Morrow has led the team with 15.7 points a game while Jhasmin Player has contributed 13.3 and Morghan Medlock comes off the bench to contribute 9.3 an outing. Rebounding has been balanced as Rachel Allison hauls down 8.0 a game while Melissa Jones averages 7.7, Player 7.5 and Medlock 4.0.

LADY BEAR LEADERS
With 32 games under its belt, Baylor continues to rank among the Big 12 Conference leaders in rebounding and is No. 8 nationally in rebounding margin (+8.5). Four players haul down 5.7 or more rebounds a contest, junior post Danielle Wilson leads the way with 9.6, senior post Rachel Allison ranks second on the squad with 6.3 and sophomore guard Melissa Jones hauls in 5.9 while senior guard Jhasmin Player manages 5.7. The Lady Bears average 43.6 rebounds a contest while limiting their opponents to just 35.2.

Wilson leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 15.1 points and 9.6 boards a game while senior guard Jessica Morrow ranks second on the team in scoring at 11.8 a contest and Player completes Baylor's double-digit scorers at 10.8 a game.

BAYLOR QUICK HITS
• All three of Baylor's seniors, Rachel Allison, Jessica Morrow and Jhasmin Player, are scheduled to graduate in May 2009. The trio has posted a 104-27 (.794) record, including a 59-7 (.894) Ferrell Center mark, throughout their four years. This class has posted three Big 12 Conference second-place finishes, one third-place finish and a Big 12 Championship postseason tournament championship (2009).

• Over the past four games, Jessica Morrow has averaged 18.5 points a game (23, Texas A&M; 15, Oklahoma State; 24, Iowa State; 12, Texas A&M). She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 Big 12 Championship.

• Senior Jhasmin Player now ranks No. 10 on BU's all-time steals list with 190. In addition, she needs 35 points to reach 1,000 for her career.

• Baylor has led at the half in 28 of 32 games this season and is 25-3 when leading at the half.

• BU is 26-0 on the season when scoring 60-plus points, 1-5 when totaling 59 or fewer points. In its five losses this year, BU has averaged 53.45 points per game. In those same five games, the Lady Bears yielded 61.6 points per game.

• Baylor is 9-3 versus ranked opponents this season and 4-2 against top 10 teams.

• Baylor has outrebounded its opponent in 25 of 32 games this year. The 2008-09 Lady Bears rank No. 8 nationally in rebound margin.

• BU has won at least 25 games in each of the last eight years, the league's longest active 20-game win streak. The Lady Bears have posted nine consecutive 20-win seasons all told.

• Baylor eclipsed the 100,000 mark in home attendance for the fourth straight season with 104,925 fans in 2008-09. The ranks as the third-highest single-season total in school history and is also No. 3 in attendance average at 6,558 fans per contest.

• With 12 Big 12 wins this season, Kim Mulkey has now registered 10 or more league wins in seven of her nine seasons at Baylor, including six straight campaigns. Next best is Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, who have won 10 or more games four times during the six-year period.

• Baylor has registered a win streak of at least 10-straight games in each of the last five seasons, including 2008-09. All told, BU has had at least one 10-game win streak in seven of Kim Mulkey's nine seasons in Waco. Prior to her arrival Baylor had only recorded one double-digit win streak in school history.

• Baylor is 138-30 (.821) since the start of the 2004-05 season with 22 of the 30 setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents.

• Baylor is 176-13 (.931) under Coach Mulkey when scoring 70 or more points, including a 104-3 (.972) mark when putting 80 or more in the scoreboard.

• The Lady Bears have won 33 consecutive games when scoring more than 70 points since a 78-72 overtime loss to North Carolina State in the second-round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament at Raleigh, N.C. Baylor has also won 45 straight when scoring 80 or more since a 103-99 loss in triple overtime at Nebraska in 2004-05.

• Since coming into the league in 2000-01, Kim Mulkey owns the top winning percentage and most victories among Big 12 coaches at 78.3 percent (235-65). Please see chart at the bottom of page two for complete listing.

FOUR AT 1,000, IT COULD HAPPEN
Jhasmin Player is just 35 points shy of scoring her 1,000th career point. She will become the fourth Lady Bear this season and the 28th all-time to accomplish the feat. In addition, it will mark the first time in Baylor history and 17th time in NCAA Division I women's basketball history that four teammates achieved 1,000 career points in the same season.

Teammates Rachel Allison, Jessica Morrow and Danielle Wilson all recorded their 1,000th career point earlier this season.

SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS
The UT-San Antonio Roadrunners, 24-8 on the season, enter the contest riding a nine-game win streak and are winners of 22 of their last 24 games. The Roadrunners earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Southland Conference tournament, downing UT-Arlington, 74-63.

This marks UTSA's second appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as it lost in first-round action to Texas A&M in 2008.

UTSA head coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair is in her eighth season in San Antonio with a record of 137-98. Rippetoe-Blair is 244-142 in her 12 years as a head coach. She also served eight seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State before becoming UTSA's head coach.

All five UTSA starters average double-digit scoring. Leading the way is 5-8 senior point guard Monica Gibbs' 15.6 points while 5-10 senior forward Onika Anderson scores 13.6, sophomore guard Amber Gregg averages 11.3, senior forward Ryba Pawlaczyk manages 10.8 and sophomore forward Jordan Stark averages 10.1 a contest. Anderson is the squad's top rebounder at 10.5 a game while the 6-3 Pawlaczyk follows closely with 9.1 boards a contest.

SERIES RECORDS
Baylor and UT-San Antonio will meet for the 14th time when the two teams square off on Sunday evening. Baylor leads the series 8-5 and holds a five-game win streak over the Roadrunners. Sunday's matchup will be the first between the two schools since Dec. 16, 1996, when Baylor posted a 77-50 win in Waco. The series is tied 1-1 when playing on a neutral court.

Head coach Kim Mulkey has never faced UTSA.

COMMON OPPONENTS
Baylor and UTSA have four common opponents this season. UTSA posted two wins over Texas State and Lamar while BU defeated both teams, both squads defeated Rice, while the Roadrunners lost to Kansas State (80-51) and Baylor posted a 59-50 win over the Wildcats.

BAYLOR VERSUS POSTSEASON TEAMS
Baylor faced 12 opponents that are participating in postseason competition and holds a 15-4 record versus those teams. Baylor posted a 10-2 record against its seven former opponents playing in the NCAA Tournament: Iowa State (2-0), Kansas State (1-0), Oklahoma (0-2), Stanford (1-0), Texas (2-0), Texas A&M (3-0) and UCF (1-0). The Lady Bears are 5-2 against their five opponents participating in the Women's WNIT: Kansas (0-1), Nebraska (1-0), Oklahoma State (3-0), St. John's (1-0) and Wisconsin (0-1).

Leon Barmore, SAME TOURNAMENT, DIFFERENT ROLE
First-year Baylor assistant coach Leon Barmore, a member of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, is coaching in his 21st NCAA Tournament but in a different capacity than previously. Barmore, in his 20 seasons as Louisiana Tech's head coach, guided the Lady Techsters to 20 trips to the NCAA Tournament, which included a national championship in 1988, four NCAA runner-up appearances and nine NCAA Final Four appearances.

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