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Lady Bears Meet Golden Bears Monday

March 19, 2017


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Baylor vs. California
March 20, 2017 | 8 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

TV:  ESPN2
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Monday, March 20 | 8 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center
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TV ESPN2 (Watch Online)
Radio Baylor Sports Network - IMG College (1660AM)
Radio Talent Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
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Notes Baylor Notes
Twitter @BaylorWBB
5/5 BAYLOR LADY BEARS
Record 31-3 (17-1 Big 12)
Ranking 5/5 (AP/ESPN)
Head Coach Kim Mulkey
Career: 504-95 (17th season)
BU Record: 504-95 (17th season)
NR/NR CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
Record 20-13 (6-12 Pac-12)
Ranking NR/NR (AP/ESPN)
Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb
Career: 194--103 (9th season)
Cal Record: 138--64 (6th season)

By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation

Even though Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb is just four years removed from a Final Four appearance, her goal is to make the Golden Bears more like the Baylor Lady Bears her team will face Monday night.

"The goal is still to be one of those programs that's in the conversation when you think about UConn and Notre Dame - and I think Baylor is at that level - year-in and year-out," said Gottlieb, whose ninth-seeded Golden Bears (20-13) will go up against top-seeded Baylor (31-3) at 8 p.m. Monday in an NCAA Tournament second-round game at the Ferrell Center.

"We want to be in that realm. You have to beat some of those teams to do it, and you have to continually be on this stage and continue to advance further."

Gottlieb understands the challenge of facing a top-seeded Baylor team. Three years ago, meeting in this same round and the same arena, the Lady Bears pulled away late in the second half for a 75-56 victory.

"They're really, really good," she said. "They're like a WNBA team, and I say that with a lot of respect for the WNBA. They have pros on the floor, they're in sync with one another and they do a great job. . . . They don't have real weaknesses, and they do a great job of playing to their strengths. Their inside game is unreal. They're bringing in the next big body after the next big body. And at the same time, their guard play is good."

Baylor's depth was on full display in Saturday's 119-30 victory over 16th-seeded Texas Southern, when 12 players scored and the Lady Bears set NCAA Tournament records for the widest margin of victory (89 points), most points in regulation, biggest rebounding margin (plus-41) and the best field goal percentage defense (13.8).

"It didn't matter who we played, that team last night was as focused and as ready as they have been at any point this year," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "You can say well maybe the loss (to West Virginia in the Big 12 Championship) . . . whatever it was, I know the four seniors in that locker room realized this is their last time to play on that floor. They realize this is their last chance to get to a Final Four."

The Lady Bears can get to their ninth straight Sweet 16 and 12th overall with a win over Cal, which advanced through the first round with a 55-52 win over eighth-seeded LSU.

"If we don't make it to where certain people think we should be - in a Final Four, I guess - they're going to call it a failure," Mulkey said. "I don't do that anymore. I'm blessed to have an elite program and coach elite basketball players, and there a handful across the country that get to do the same thing I get to do."

Of the eight teams that have already earned Sweet 16 berths, seven are top-3 seeds, including No. 1 seeds South Carolina in Stockton, Calif., and Notre Dame in Lexington, Ky. If Baylor gets through, the Lady Bears would face either fourth-seeded Louisville (28-7) or fifth-seeded Tennessee (20-11) in Friday's region semifinals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Forward Nina Davis, one of four Baylor seniors playing in their last game at the Ferrell Center, said the Lady Bears have to erase Saturday's game and "move on from that."

"It allowed a lot of us to get rest and the young players to get out there and get comfortable in their first NCAA Tournament game," said Davis, who is averaging 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. "We expected to win that game, so you move on from that. You just look forward to the next game. You don't look too far ahead, and you don't look in the past."

Cal is one of the biggest teams the Lady Bears have faced all season, starting a front line of 6-4 sophomore center Kristine Anigwe (21.0 ppg, 9.3 rebounds, 2.2 blocks), 6-3 junior forward Penina Davidson (6.6 ppg, 5.3 rebounds) and 6-2 junior guard/forward Mikayla Cowling (8.7 ppg, 4.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds).

A two-time first-team All-Pac 10 honoree, Anigwe scored 13 of her 15 points against LSU in the second half.

"Tremendous athleticism, leaps out of the gym, has great range, runs the floor well," Mulkey said of Anigwe. "She's just an athlete. She didn't score a lot last night, wbut we know that we've got to defend her. . . . We have the size to match up with her. I think playing Cal versus LSU, it's a little bit more traditional for us because of their size."

Baylor's size starts with 6-7 sophomore center Kalani Brown (15.4 ppg, 8.2 rebounds), who had 21 points and eight rebounds in the blowout first-round victory. Mulkey can keep throwing "big bodies" at the Golden Bears, with 6-4 sophomore Beatrice Mompremier (8.4 ppg, 6.3 rebounds), 6-4 freshman Lauren Cox (8.0 ppg) and 6-3 senior Khadijah Cave (6.9 ppg, 4.2 rebounds).

"They devastate people because of the size and the aggressiveness," Gotlieb said. "It's simple, we have to box out. . . . We will do some things, positioning-wise, to put ourselves in a position to succeed there, but you've got to get that done. They're big. We also have athleticism and we're capable of it, just need to make it a point of emphasis."

Baylor junior point guard Kristy Wallace, who had 12 points and six assists in the win over Texas Southern, has a little extra motivation this week. Her dad, John, stepmom, Geraldine, and half-sisters Brooke and Milly made the 16-hour flight trip from Australia.

"Very thankful that they got to make it up here for the tournament," said Wallace, who is averaging 7.4 points and 5.6 assists. "Very blessed to have my family here and very excited that they get to watch a few games. It's a big effort and a big trip to make, so I'm just thankful they get to be here."

Monday's game will be televised by ESPN2, with Lowell Galindo calling the action and WNBA standout Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm providing analysis.


CLASH OF THE BEARS...
No. 1 seeded Baylor Lady Bears (31-3) advanced to meet the No. 9 seeded California Golden Bears (20-13) in NCAA Tournament second round action with a record-setting first round victory over No. 16 seeded Texas Southern, 119-30. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (CT) inside the Ferrell Center in Waco, and the game will air live on ESPN2.

FOLLOW ALONG...
Fans can watch the Lady Bears compete on ESPN2 with Lowell Galindo (play-by-play) and Sue Bird (analyst) on the call. Live audio is also available on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and ESPN 1660 AM in Waco. Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (analyst) will call the action.

RECORD-BREAKING ROUND ONE...
• Baylor set four national and seven program NCAA Tournament records in its first round victory over the No. 16 seed Texas Southern.
• The Lady Bears set NCAA Tournament records for points in a game (119 -- regulation only, not overtime), margin of victory (89 points), rebounding margin (+41) and lowest opponent field goal percentage (13.8 percent).
• Baylor bested its previous NCAA Tournament point total of 91 (vs. Illinois State on March 19, 2005; vs. Florida on March 22, 2004) with 119 points.
• The Lady Bears pulled down 60 rebounds, four more than their previous record of 56 in an NCAA Tournament game (vs. Florida State on March 26, 2013).
• Baylor dished out 35 assists for another NCAA Tournament school record, topping its previous high of 27 (vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016).
• The Lady Bears shot a blistering 63.2 (48-76) percent from the floor to set new program records for field goal percentage (previously 58.9 percent (33-56) vs. Green Bay on March 27, 2011), field goals made (previously 37 vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016) and field goal attempts (previously 74 vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016; vs. Maryland on March 25, 2006) in an NCAA Tournament game.
• Baylor matched its school record with nine made three-point field goals against the Lady Tigers. This has happened four times for the Lady Bears in NCAA Tournament games.

BAYLOR VS. CALIFORNIA...
• Baylor leads Cal, 4-1, in the all-time series.
• Monday's game is 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.
• Under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 4-0 against the Golden Bears.

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 40-13 (.755) 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 NCAA 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 11 NCAA Tournament teams this year, compiling a 15-3 record (.833).
• Against teams within the Oklahoma City Regional bracket, Baylor is 5-0 this season with two wins against Oklahoma (home and away), one win against DePaul (neutral site), one win over Tennessee (away) and one win against Texas Southern.
• The Lady Bears are highly successful when playing NCAA Tournament contests in Waco, boasting an 12-1 (.923) record. The lone loss occurred on March 17, 2002, to Drake, 76-72, in the second round.
• Baylor is 15-1 (.938) 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.

WHAT'S IN A WIN...
• With a win, Baylor would advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the ninth consecutive season and 12th time in 16 NCAA Tournament appearances.
• The Lady Bears would meet the winner between No. 4 Louisville and No. 5 Tennessee, who play on Monday, March 20 at 5:45 p.m. (CT).
• The Sweet Sixteen contest is scheduled for Friday, March 24, inside Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

RESERVES SHOW RESOLVE IN OPENING ROUND...
• Baylor's reserves scored 63 of the team's 119 points scored in the NCAA Tournament first round victory over Texas Southern, accounting for 52.9 percent of the offensive production.
• Sophomore Beatrice Mompremier came off the bench in a big way, leading the Lady Bears with a career-high 22 points and 11 boards. She also added three blocks to tie for the team lead.
• Freshman Lauren Cox netted double-figures with 17 points, netting a career-high three three-pointers on four attempts.
• Freshman Natalie Chou also registered double figures off the bench with 12 points, knocking down 4-of-7 shot attempts.
• 12 Lady Bears contributed to the win, each playing a minimum of 12 minutes.

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.

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 made 61.0 (25-41) from the floor and 77.8 (7-9) percent from the foul line.

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 2,378 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 1,068 points in 133 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 1,014 points in 144 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.

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 64.4 percent in her career.
• Senior forward Nina Davis is tied for No. 2 on the list with a 57.1 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 53.8 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 504-95 (.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 585 of 599 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 56.2 percent (504) of the program's 897 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 (89.5), scoring defense (55.3), scoring margin (+34.2), field goal percentage (.498), field goal percentage defense (.309), three-point field goal percentage (.410), rebounding offense (51.8), rebounding defense (30.3), rebounding margin (+21.5), blocked shots per game (8.1), assists per game (22.0), assist to turnover ratio (1.6), offensive rebounds per game (17.7), defensive rebounds per game (34.1), defensive rebound percentage (.762) and offensive rebound percentage (.474).
• Two Lady Bears rank in the top 13 individually in scoring: No. 5 Kalani Brown (15.4) and No. 13 Alexis Jones (13.6).
• Three of the top five field goal percentage shooters are Lady Bears: No. 2 Brown (.674), No. 4 Nina Davis (.554) and No. 5 Beatrice Mompremier (.543).
• Three players are in the top 15 in rebounds, including No. 7 Brown (8.2), No. 12 Mompremier (6.3) and No. 14 Alexis Prince (5.7).
• Two of the top five in assists are on Baylor's roster, including No. 2 Kristy Wallace (5.6) and No. 4 Jones (4.7). The pair is also in the top three in assist to turnover ratio: No. 1 Wallace (2.8), No. 2 Jones (2.2).
• 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 Mompremier (1.5) and No. 10 Lauren Cox (1.5).
• 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 177 consecutive home games vs. non-ranked opponents, dating back to an April 4, 2003, homecourt loss to Auburn in the WNIT finals. BU is 215-4 (.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 65 of their last 66 home games, and are 276-23 (.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 13.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.7 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 (89.5), have had four or more players score in double figures in 24 of 34 games this season.
• Six players have netted double figures four 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 (15.4), senior Alexis Jones (13.6), senior Nina Davis (12.5) and senior Alexis Prince (12.0).
• Assists and offense go hand in hand and Baylor is second nationally in assists, dishing out 749 (22.0 per game) this season.
• Wallace and Jones lead the Lady Bears in the category, averaging 5.6 and 4.7 distributions per game, respectively.

BLOCK PARTY...
• The Lady Bears lead the country in blocked shots (275) and blocked shots per game (8.1) through 34 games played this year. Baylor' record for team blocks in a season is 310, which was set in 2011-12.
• The team's 8.1 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 nine 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 (30.9) and blocked shots per game (8.1).
• The Lady Bears have held opponents to an average of 55.3 points per game overall and 57.9 points per game in Big 12 play.
• In 19-of-34 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 three 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 34 games, 54.6 percent of Baylor's offense (1,664-3,044) has been recorded in the paint.
• The Lady Bears also hold a +21.5 rebounding advantage over their opponents, which leads the nation, outdoing 32-of-34 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 (8.1), another category influenced by size.
• Baylor has registered 10 or more blocks in nine 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 22.0 per game, due primarily to its stellar guard play of redshirt senior Alexis Jones and junior Kristy Wallace.
• Wallace has distributed a team-high 192 assists (5.6 per game) and Jones has tallied 127 assists (4.7 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 1.9 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 1,060 of their 2,925 overall points (34.8 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 34 games, with all 13 players seeing time in seven games and 12 players seeing action in 10 games.
• Sophomore Kalani Brown began as a force off the bench and earned starts in the last 23 games. She is averaging team-highs with 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
• Freshman Lauren Cox is averaging 8.0 points and 4.2 boards in 13.4 minutes per contest. She earned the first start of her career against Winthrop on Dec. 15, 2016.
• Freshman Natalie Chou is averaging 4.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14.1 minutes per game.
• Sophomore Dekeiya Cohen comes off the bench to average 3.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest.
• Sophomore Beatrice Mompremier, who has started 10 of 29 games played this year, is averaging 8.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE BREAKDOWN...
• Seven Lady Bears have notched a combined 25 double-doubles this season through 34 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 five 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; 22p/11r vs. Texas Southern).
• 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 (141), field goal percentage (57.1) and free throw attempts (790), third in free throws made (545), fourth in field goals made (915) and rebounding (1,058), fifth in scoring (2,378), sixth in field goal attempts (1,603) 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), tied for fourth in assist average (4.5), eighth in three-point field goals made (127) and 10th in three-point field goal attempts (305).
• With a career field goal percentage of 64.4, sophomore Kalani Brown leads all Baylor players.
• Senior Khadijiah Cave is fourth with a 56.7 career field goal percentage
• Sophomore Beatrice Mompremier is seventh with a 53.8 career field goal percentage.
• Junior Kristy Wallace is eighth all-time with a 38.4 three-point field goal percentage.
• Redshirt senior Alexis Prince is sixth all-time with 360 three-point field goal attempts and eighth with 130 three-point field goals made.

RECORD-SETTING RUNDOWN...
• Through 34 games this season, Baylor has set 25 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.
• Baylor set four national and seven program NCAA Tournament records in its first round victory over the No. 16 seed Texas Southern.
• The Lady Bears set NCAA Tournament records for points in a game (119 -- regulation only, not overtime), margin of victory (89 points), rebounding margin (+41) and lowest opponent field goal percentage (13.8 percent).
• Baylor bested its previous NCAA Tournament point total of 91 (vs. Illinois State on March 19, 2005; vs. Florida on March 22, 2004) with 119 points.
• The Lady Bears pulled down 60 rebounds, four more than their previous record of 56 in an NCAA Tournament game (vs. Florida State on March 26, 2013).
• Baylor dished out 35 assists for another NCAA Tournament school record, topping its previous high of 27 (vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016).
• The Lady Bears shot a blistering 63.2 (48-76) percent from the floor to set new program records for field goal percentage (previously 58.9 percent (33-56) vs. Green Bay on March 27, 2011), field goals made (previously 37 vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016) and field goal attempts (previously 74 vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016; vs. Maryland on March 25, 2006) in an NCAA Tournament game.
• Baylor matched its school record with nine made three-point field goals against the Lady Tigers. This has happened four times for the Lady Bears in NCAA Tournament games.

APPROACHING MILESTONES...
• Senior Nina Davis is second in career starts (141) and fifth on Baylor's all-time scoring list with 2,378 points. She is 103 from surpassing tying Sophia Young (2002-06), who is fourth with 2,480 career points.
• With 1,058 career rebounds, Davis is fourth on Baylor's all-time list. She is 248 boards from surpassing Brittney Griner, who is third with 1,305 rebounds.
• Redshirt senior Alexis Jones is 64 points from netting 1,000 points at Baylor with 936. 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 1,644 points and 565 rebounds in her career.

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.
• 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.
• Most recently on March 13, Morris (Texas) and Ursin (Louisiana) were named Gatorade State Players of the Year.

UP NEXT...
With a win against No. 9 seed California on Monday, March 20, Baylor would advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen for the ninth-straight season. The Lady Bears would meet the winner of No. 4 seed Louisville and No. 5 seed Tennessee, who play at 5:45 p.m. (CT) on Monday, March 20.

The Last Meeting
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March 24, 2014
Waco, Texas
Baylor Beats Cal 75-56, Advances to Sweet 16
Odyssey Sims scored 27 points in her final home game and Baylor advanced to its sixth consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen, taking over in the second half for a 75-56 victory over California on Monday night.


 

 

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