GAME CENTER: GAME 36
Date: Mon., March 27, 2010
Tip-Off: 6:04 p.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: 26-9
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 14/18
Last Game: W, 77-62, #3 Tennessee
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 263-75 (10th season)
Record at Baylor: same
Mulkey vs. Duke: first meeting
DUKE BLUE DEVILS
2009-10 Record: 30-5
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 6/6
Last Game: W, 66-58, San Diego State
Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie
Career Record: 398-169 (18th season)
Record at Duke: 82-21 (3rd season)
Duke 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 18-7 in NCAA Tournament games including 8-1 in first round games, 5-3 in second round games, 2-3 in the Sweet 16, 1-0 in the Elite Eight, 1-0 in the semifinals and 1-0 in championship games.
LADY BEARS MAKING SECOND TRIP TO ELITE EIGHT
Baylor is making its second trip to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. The Lady Bears' previous regional final appearance came in 2005, the same year they captured the national championship.
No. 14 Baylor, 26-9 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.
BU's most productive starting lineup is Kelli Griffin, Shanay Washington, Melissa Jones, Morghan Medlock and Brittney Griner at 13-0.
Baylor is 15-1 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 7-1 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 Tennessee (Memphis, Tenn.) and a loss to Oklahoma (Kansas City, Mo.).
In NCAA Tournament play this season, Brittney Griner leads the Lady Bears with 17.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 8.7 blocks per game. She is followed by Morghan Medlock's 10.3 points and 11.0 rebounds and Kelli Griffin's 9.0 points and 7.7 assists a contest. Melissa Jones manages 8.7 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Griner's 26 blocks in the NCAA tournament ranks her second in tournament history. Duke's Alison Bales holds the NCAA Tournament record with 30 in 2006.
Griner's 209 season blocks rank No. 6 on the Big 12 Conference's career block shot chart.
After its victory over No. 3 Tennessee (77-62), Baylor is now 2-1 versus top 10 teams this season and will face another top 10 foe, No. 8 Duke, on Monday. BU owns a win over No. 8 Texas A&M (61-53) and a season-opening loss at Tennessee (74-65).
With its win over top-seeded Tennessee on Saturday, BU has now posted four victories over No. 1 seeds. In 2005, the Lady Bears captured the NCAA national championship, they downed top-seeds North Carolina, LSU and Michigan State.
This will be the first meeting between Baylor and Duke. However, it isn't Kim Mulkey and Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie's first meeting. McCallie was Michigan State's head coach in 2005 when the Lady Bears downed the Spartans, 84-62, in the championship game.
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 (7.5); No. 2 in field goal percentage defense (33.2); No. 8 in field goal percentage (.463); No. 11 in rebound margin (8.0); No. 13 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.6); No. 14 in scoring margin (15.2); No. 22 in scoring defense (56.3) and No. 38 in scoring offense (71.5).
BU freshmen are gaining valuable minutes this season and producing points. On the season, BU's rookies account for 41.9 percent (2940-7025) of the minutes played and 51.0 percent (1277-2502) of the team's points.
In 10 seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 263-75 (.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 (.463), field goal percentage defense (.332), rebounding offense (43.0), blocked shots (7.5) and in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.276) and are No. 2 in scoring defense (56.3), scoring margin (+15.2) and assists (14.9).
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 182 assists and turned the ball over only 88 times this season. Over the past 10 games, Griffin has dished out 88 assists while committing only 36 turnovers for a 2.4 ratio.
Griffin now ranks No. 8 on Baylor's career assist chart with 357 and is tied for No. 2 on BU's single-season assist list with 182.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Duke, 30-5, and ranked No. 8 in both major polls, is making its eighth Elite Eight appearance in the last 13 years. The Blue Devils defeated Hampton (72-37), No. 21 LSU (60-52) and San Diego State (66-58) to advance to the regional finals.
The Blue Devils are coached by Joanne P. McCallie who is finishing her third season on the Duke sideline. McCallie sports an 82-21 record at Duke and is 398-169 in 18 years as a head coach.
Duke has two players averaging double-digit scoring on the season. Jasmine Thomas, a 5-9 junior guard, leads the way with 16.0 points while Joy Cheek, a 6-1 senior forward, manages 10.0 an outing. Junior Krystal Thomas, a 6-4 center, leads Duke in rebounding at 6.7 a game while Cheek follows with 5.9 a contest.