|[#4 seed] Baylor (25-9) vs. [#1 seed] Tennessee (32-2)
Saturday, March 27, 2010 | 11:04 a.m. CDT
Memphis, Tenn. | FedExFroum (18,085)
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GAME CENTER: GAME 35
Date: Sat., March 27, 2010
Tip-Off: 11:04 a.m. CDT
Location: Memphis, Tenn.
Arena: FedExForum (18,05)
Talent: Dave O'Brien (pxp), Doris Burke (color), Holly Rowe (sideline)
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: 25-9
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 14/18
Last Game: W, 49-33, #13 Georgetown
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 262-75 (10th season)
Record at Baylor: same
Mulkey vs. Tennessee: 0-2
TENNESSEE LADY VOLS
2009-10 Record: 32-2
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 3/3
Last Game: W, 92-64, Dayton
Head Coach: Pat Summitt
Career Record: 1037-195 (36th season)
Record at Tennessee: same
Tennessee vs. Baylor: Tennessee leads 2-0
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 17-7 in NCAA Tournament games including 8-1 in first round games, 5-3 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.
LADY BEARS MAKING FIFTH TRIP TO SWEET 16
Baylor is making its fifth trip and second straight to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. The Lady Bears have made Sweet 16 appearances in 2004, `05, `06, `09 and `10.
ESPN TO AIR MEMPHIS REGIONAL GAMES
ESPN will carry the Memphis Regional semifinals and finals live on Saturday and Monday. Dave O'Brien will handle play-by-play duties, Doris Burke will provide color analysis and Holly Rowe will serve as sideline reporter.
SCHOOLS WITH BOTH TEAMS STILL IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Baylor is one of just five teams with both its men's and women's teams advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. BU is joined by Duke, Kentucky, Tennessee and Xavier.
No. 14 Baylor, 25-9 on the season, is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight year and ninth time in the last 10 years.
With its win over Georgetown, BU posted its seventh straight 25-win season and eighth in 10 seasons under Kim Mulkey. The Lady Bears have posted 12, 25-win seasons in program history.
With Kimetria Hayden starting in place of Shanay Washington against Georgetown, Baylor used its ninth different starting lineup of the season. BU's most productive starting lineup is Kelli Griffin, Shanay Washington, Melissa Jones, Morghan Medlock and Brittney Griner at 12-0.
Baylor is 14-1 on the season with Melissa Jones in the starting lineup, the lone loss came against Tennessee in both team's season opener.
The Lady Bears are 6-1 on neutral courts this season with wins over Boston College (Madison Square Garden), Gonzaga and Arizona State (Las Vegas), Colorado (Kansas City, Mo.), Fresno State and Georgetown (Berkeley, Calif.) and a loss to Oklahoma (Kansas City, Mo.).
In NCAA Tournament play this season, Brittney Griner leads the Lady Bears with 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per game. She is followed by Morghan Medlock's 9.5 points and 11.0 rebounds and Melissa Jones' 9.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Kelli Griffin manages 8.5 points and 8.0 assists a contest.
Brittney Griner served her two-game suspension following her ejection from the Lady Bears' 69-60 victory at Texas Tech, March 3. Griner sat out against No. 18 Texas and the Lady Bears' Big 12 Championship opener against Colorado.
Griner received five Big 12 Conference awards in her rookie campaign. She was named the league's Freshman of the Year, Co-Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Big 12 first team, All-Defensive team and All-Freshman team.
Griner was one of seven players named WBCA/State Farm All-Region 5.
As a team, Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (7.4); No. 2 in field goal percentage defense (33.2); No. 8 in field goal percentage (.462); No. 11 in rebound margin (8.3); No. 13 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.5); No. 14 in scoring margin (15.2); No. 22 in scoring defense (56.1) and No. 38 in scoring offense (71.3).
BU freshmen are gaining valuable minutes this season and producing points. On the season, BU's rookies account for 42.0 percent (2863-6825) of the minutes played and 51.0 percent (1237-2425) of the team's points.
In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 262-75 (.778), 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.
Only two Baylor players, juniors Melissa Jones and Kelli Griffin, have two or more years in the Lady Bear system. Morghan Medlock, a senior, transferred last season from Southern California and junior Whitney Zachariason has just over a year in the program after transferring from Arkansas. All the rest of the squad are freshmen and sophomores.
Baylor returned one starter (Kelli Griffin) and eight letterwinners from its 2009 NCAA Sweet 16 team which finished the season 29-6.
The Lady Bears remain the Big 12 leader in field goal percentage (.462), field goal percentage defense (.332), rebounding offense (43.1), blocked shots (7.4) and in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.275) and are No. 2 in scoring defense (56.1), scoring margin (+15.2) and assists (14.8).
Junior point guard Kelli Griffin ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 Conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.0 and No. 4 in assists (5.1). She has doled out 175 assists and turned the ball over only 88 times this season. Over the past 10 games, Griffin has dished out 81 assists while committing only 36 turnovers for a 2.3 ratio.
Griffin now ranks No. 8 on Baylor's career assist chart with 350 and is tied for No. 3 on BU's single-season assist list with 175.
Griner became just the seventh female to dunk in a regular-season NCAA contest when she threw one down against Jacksonville State, Nov. 24. Griner added two more dunks to her total against Texas State (Jan. 2) and registered another at Kansas State (Feb. 3). She is also a defensive threat as a shot blocker and alterer with her 88" wing span. She has blocked a school, Big 12 and NCAA Division I record 199 shots and altered 89 more.
Baylor averages 76.6 points and allows 52.0 in its 25 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-181 (.337) in its wins.
Griner recorded the program's first-ever triple-double with 34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocked shots against Oral Roberts, she added her second and third of the season against Colorado (26 pts., 11 blocks, 10 reb.) and Oklahoma (17 pts., 11 blocks, 10 reb.). Her three triple-doubles tie the Big 12 single-season record.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Tennessee, 32-2, and ranked No. 3 in both major polls, is making its 28th appearance in the regional semifinals Saturday. The Lady Vols' lone absence from the Round of 16 in the tournament's 29-year history came after last season's 71-55 loss to Ball State in the opening round.
The Lady Vols are coached by Pat Summitt who is finishing her 36th season on the Tennessee sideline. A member of both the Naismith and the Women's Basketball Halls of Fame, Summitt sports a 1,037-195 career record, all at Tennessee.
Tennessee has five players averaging double-digit scoring on the season. Angie Bjorklund leads the way with 14.0 points, Shekinna Stricklen manages 12.6, Kelley Cain scores 10.5 and Alyssia Brewer and Glory Johnson each tally 10.3 a contest. Johnson leads the Lady Vols in rebounding at 7.7 a game while Cain manages 7.6 and Stricklen hauls down 6.1 an outing.
Tennessee holds a 2-0 series lead over Baylor. The first meeting between the two teams came in the 2004 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in Norman, Okla., on ESPN2.
The Lady Vols' Tasha Butts hit two free throws after a foul with 0.2 seconds left to give top-seeded Tennessee a 71-69 victory over Baylor. Shyra Ely missed a fast-break layup as the clock ticked down and Butts was unable to tap in the putback. In the scramble for the loose ball, Baylor's Jessika Stratton collided with Butts and was called for a foul.
Officials huddled after the buzzer and reviewed the replay on a courtside television monitor to see if the foul came before time ran out. After a few moments, Butts went to the line and sank both shots.
In both team's 2009-10 season opener, Tennessee posted a 74-65 win in Knoxville on Sunday, Nov. 15, on ESPN2.