First Round - March 22 (Saturday) Ferrell Center - Waco, Texas No. 7 California (21-9) vs. No. 10 Fordham (25-7) - ESPN2/ESPN3 - 3:00 p.m. (CT) No. 2 Baylor (29-4) vs. No. 15 Western Kentucky (24-8) - ESPN2/ESPN3 - 5:30 p.m. (CT)
Second Round - March 24 (Monday) Game 1 winner vs. game 2 winner - ESPN2/ESPN3 - 8:00 p.m.
Most of the first- and second-round tournament games will be televised on ESPN2, within 12 telecast windows in a regionalized format with home market protection. ESPN3 and ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, will offer complete games as a supplement to the regionalized coverage. WatchESPN is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku via WatchESPN to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
Baylor in the NCAA Tournament... Baylor is competing in its 11th straight and 13th all-time NCAA Tournament, as all appearances have come since head coach Kim Mulkey assumed the program's helm. BU is 30-10 (.757) in NCAA Tournament play, including 11-1 in first round games, 8-3 in second round games, 4-4 in the Sweet 16, 3-1 in the Elite Eight, 2-1 in the national semifinals and 2-0 in championship games. BU has won its first-round game in each of its last 11 NCAA trips.
Baylor Hosts NCAA First & Second Rounds...
The Lady Bears will host the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds on March 22 & 24, 2014, in the Ferrell Center.
It marks the second straight year Baylor has hosted NCAA Tournament first and second rounds and the third time overall.
Baylor is 5-1 at home in NCAA Championship play.
All-session tickets are $45 for adult reserved seats and $30 for youth; which includes a ticket for both sessions, a total of three games. Single session tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth. Every person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the facility.
Contact the Baylor Ticket Office at 254-710-1000, order online at www.BaylorBears.com or purchase at the Baylor Athletic Ticket office at the Ferrell Center.
No. 5/6 Baylor Begins Play in NCAA Championship vs. Western Kentucky...
The fifth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears enter the NCAA Championship for the third time in program history as one of the tournament's four No. 2 seeds. The Lady Bears will take on the Western Kentucky Lady Toppers in first-round action and if victorious will meet the winner of the California/Fordham contest. Western Kentucky will be making its 17th overall NCAA Tournament appearance but first since 2007-08. The Lady Toppers, under second-year head coach Michelle Clark-Heard, won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. They enter the contest on a 10-game win streak.
National Player of the Year Candidate Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, is averaging 28.4 ppg, which ranks No. 2 nationally, as well as 4.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She is shooting .445 from the floor, .405from 3-point range and .799 from the free throw line.
Sims, with 619 career assists and 249 treys, ranks No. 1 in both categories on Baylor's all-time list.
Sims' 89 made treys this season breaks Emily Niemann's BU single-season record of 75 (2003-04).
Sims has scored a Big 12 record 938 points as a senior which ranks No. 4 on BU's single-season list. Her season average (28.4 ppg) is well ahead of both the BU (24.6 ppg, Suzie Snider Eppers, 1976-77) and Big 12 (26.7 ppg, OSU's Andrea Riley, 2010) season marks. The NCAA Division I women's single-season record is 1,062 points by Missouri State's Jackie Stiles in 2001 while the Big 12 mark of 929 was set by Baylor's Brittney Griner over 40 games in 2011-12.
Sims (938 points) broke Brittney Griner's Big 12 Conference single season scoring record of 929 set over 40 games in 2011-12.
National Freshman of the Year candidate Nina Davis, a 5-11 freshman forward/post, is averaging 14.6 points per game and ranks No. 4 nationally and leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal shooting at 60.5 (185-306) percent. She is leading the league in rebounding at 8.9 per contest. Against ranked opponents this season, Davis is averaging 15.4 ppg and 12.4 rpg and shooting 56.4 percent from the field.
Niya Johnson, a 5-7 guard, ranks No. 1 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 3.84 per contest, dishing out 211 assists with only 55 turnovers, and is No. 12 nationally in assists per game (6.4). Johnson has four double-digit assist games to her credit this season ( 14 vs. San Jose State, 11 vs. #5 Kentucky, 12 vs. #12 Oklahoma State and 10 vs. Iowa State).
Johnson needs just six assists to become the program's single-season leader, she has 211 while Sheila Lambert (2001-02) holds the record at 216 in 33 games. In addition, Johnson has averaged 8.9 apg over the past eight games and 8.7 ppg over the past seven contests.
Sune Agbuke, a 6-5 junior, has 98 career blocks to rank No. 10 on BU's career chart. With 64 blocks this season, Agbuke ranks No. 9 on Baylor's single-season block list.
In her 14 seasons at the program's helm, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 401-85 (.825) record which ranks her No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind UConn's Geno Auriemma (.864).
The ONLY women's basketball coach, and one of only three in men's and women's basketball (joining Bob Knight and Dean Smith), who have won a national championship as both a player and coach.
The ONLY basketball coach to win a national championship as a head coach, assistant coach and player.
The first individual ever to play for a women's team ranked No. 1 among AP voters while also later becoming coach of a team selected to No. 1.
Lady Bear Seeds, Three Times No. 2 Seed...
After earning its third No. 2 tournament seed, it marks 12 NCAA Tournament trips that the Lady Bears have been a top five seed. Baylor was a No. 1 seed in 2011, `12 and `13, a No. 2 seed three times (2002, `05, `14), a No. 3 seed three times (2006, `08, `09), a No. 4 seed twice (2004, `10) and a No. 5 in 2007.
Baylor One of 10 Programs...
Baylor is one of 10 programs to have appeared in each of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments, joining: Tennessee, 33 (1982-present) Stanford, 27 (1988-present) UConn, 26 (1989-present) Duke, 20 (1995-present) Georgia, 20 (1995-present) Notre Dame, 19 (1996-present) Oklahoma, 15 (2000-present) Vanderbilt, 15 (2000-present) DePaul, 12 (2003-present) Baylor, 11 (2004-present)
Baylor Versus Postseason Teams...
Baylor faced nine opponents that are participating in 2014 postseason competition, eight teams competing in the NCAA Championship and one Women's WNIT entrant. BU holds a 14-3 record versus those teams overall.
Baylor posted a 12-3 record against 2014 opponents playing in the NCAA Tournament: Connecticut (0-1), Iowa State (2-0), Kentucky (0-1), Northwestern State (1-0), Oklahoma (2-0), Oklahoma State (3-0), Texas (2-0) and West Virginia (2-1).
The Lady Bears were 2-0 against their lone 2014 Women's WNIT opponent, TCU.