GAME CENTER: GAME 34
Date: Mon., March 22, 2010
Tip-Off: 9:05 p.m. CDT
Location: Berkeley, Calif.
Arena: Haas Pavilion (11,877)
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: 24-9
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 14/18
Last Game: W, 69-55, Fresno State
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 261-75 (10th season)
Record at Baylor: same
Mulkey vs. Georgetown: 0-0
2009-10 Record: 26-6
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 13/13
Last Game: W, 62-42, Marist
Head Coach: Terri Williams-Flournoy
Career Record: 96-83 (sixth season)
Record at Georgetown: same
Georgetown vs. Baylor: first meeting
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 16-7 in NCAA Tournament games including 8-1 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.
No. 14 Baylor, 24-9 on the season, is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight year and ninth time in the last 10 years.
Georgetown, 26-6, and ranked No. 13 in both polls, is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance and first since the 1992-93 season. The Hoyas advanced to the Sweet 16 that season, defeating Northern Iowa (76-74) and Penn State (68-67) before falling to Virginia, 77-57. Georgetown defeated Marist, 62-42, in 2010 first-round action.
For the second straight game, 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. The Hoyas have made 31.7 percent (205-646) of their 3-point attempts while BU limits its foes to 27.8 percent from beyond the arch.
Georgetown has almost made more 3-point baskets (205) than Baylor has attempted (282). The Hoyas' Sugar Rodgers has made 83 treys on the season while Baylor, as a team, has made 80. In addition, Monica McNutt has popped in 65 treys.
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 42.4 percent (2811-6625) of the minutes played and 51.3 percent (1218-2376) of the team's points.
In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 261-75 (.777), 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 2.1 and No. 4 in assists (5.2). She has doled out 170 assists and turned the ball over only 82 times this season. Over the past nine games, Griffin has dished out 76 assists while committing only 30 turnovers for a 2.5 ratio.
Griffin now ranks No. 8 on Baylor's career assist chart with 345 and is No. 4 on BU's single-season assist list with 170 and needs two to move into No. 6.
Baylor averages 77.7 points and allows 52.8 in its 24 wins on the year, but in its nine losses is scoring just 56.8 ppg and yielding 67.6 ppg. In its losses, BU is 19-of-105 (.181) from 3-point range, compared to 61-of-177 (.345) in its wins.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Georgetown, 26-6, and ranked No. 13 in both major polls, is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance and first since the 1992-93 season. The Hoyas advanced to the Sweet 16 that season, defeating Northern Iowa (76-74) and Penn State (68-67) before falling to Virginia, 77-57. Georgetown defeated Marist, 62-42, in 2010 first-round action.
Head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy is in her sixth season along the Georgetown sideline and owns a 96-83 mark.
The Hoyas are led by BIG EAST freshman of the year Ta'Shauna "Sugar" Rodgers, she is just the third player in program history to win the award. She was an All-BIG EAST first-team selection, while junior Monica McNutt was a second-team selection.
Rodgers and McNutt both average double-digit scoring for the Hoyas. Rogers, a 5-11 guard, leads the Hoyas with 17.8 points a game while McNutt, a 6-0 junior guard, manages 11.5 a contest. Jaleesa Butler , a 6-0 senior forward, is the team's top rebounder at 6.2 an outing.