July 6, 2009
WACO, Texas -
Baylor women's basketball's upcoming non-conference schedule features four road trips, hosting a four-team classic and six additional home games. Headlining the non-league schedule are road games at Tennessee and California and a first-ever trip to Madison Square Garden.
In addition to a trip to Cal, Baylor will be traveling to the State Farm Tip-Off Classic, Maggie Dixon Classic, the Las Vegas Hoops Classic and hosting the World Vision Classic.
After exhibition games against St. Edward's University (Nov. 3) and Incarnate Word (Nov. 7), the Lady Bears will open the 2009-10 season by traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., and Thompson-Boling Arena to take on the Tennessee Lady Vols in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 15. It will mark Baylor's third appearance in the Classic, the Lady Bears faced third-ranked LSU in 2004-05, suffering a 71-70 loss in Austin, Texas, and downed eighth-ranked Georgia, 84-72, in Lubbock, Texas, in 2005-06. It will mark State Farm's 17th year of sponsoring the event.
"Since we're not allowed to play exhibition games against AAU teams any more, we are playing Division II schools and will bring back coaches with Lady Techster and Baylor backgrounds. Jennifer White, a former Lady Techster is now head coach at St. Edwards, and Angela Lawson, a former Lady Bear assistant coach and Louisiana Tech player who heads up the Incarnate Word program, will bring their squads to the Ferrell Center," said head coach Kim Mulkey.
"Also, we are honored to open up on national television versus Pat Summitt and her Lady Vols in Knoxville in the State Farm Classic. They've cut back the State Farm Classic from two games to one so it's very special to be selected to play in it," Mulkey added.
After the trip to Knoxville, Tenn., Baylor will return home for a game against Tennessee Tech (Nov. 17) before traveling to Berkeley, Calif., to play the California Golden Bears (Nov. 22). This one-game road trip is to make up for the game between the two schools that was cancelled last year due to weather issues.
From there it's back to Waco for five games, three of which are in the Baylor-hosted World Vision Classic. On Nov. 24, Jacksonville State will make its first trip in Waco followed by the Basketball Travelers' World Vision Classic. Joining host-Baylor in the tournament will be Idaho, Lamar and Louisiana-Lafayette (Nov. 27-29). Baylor's Dec. 5 contest will have special significance when the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters come to the Ferrell Center. Lady Bear head coach Kim Mulkey and current assistant coach Leon Barmore, both former Louisiana Tech coaches, will see a familiar face on the Lady Techster bench as Teresa Weatherspoon is now the program's head coach. Weatherspoon played at Louisiana Tech for both Mulkey and Barmore.
On Dec. 13 the Lady Bears will make their first-ever Madison Square Garden appearance when they play Boston College in the Maggie Dixon Classic. The third annual Maggie Dixon Classic honors the former Army women's coach who died of cardiac arrest in 2006. Baylor will then return to the Ferrell Center to play Oral Roberts on Dec. 16.
Dec. 19 and 20 will see Baylor participating in the three-team Las Vegas Hoops Classic where it will play Arizona State and Gonzaga, respectively.
The Lady Bears will close out their non-conference schedule with two home contests, a Dec. 30 matchup with UT-Pan American and a Jan. 2 game against Texas State.
"This is a very challenging schedule, the toughest non-conference slate we've ever assembled. Even with five freshmen, four sophomores, three juniors and a senior on the roster, it's one that our program is ready to embrace. We're in a position to embrace the challenge regardless of the outcome, we're excited," said Mulkey.
Baylor's 16-game Big 12 slate will be announced at a later date. The Lady Bears play home and away games against Big 12 South foes Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, will host Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska and will play at Iowa State, Kansas State and Missouri.