WACO, Texas - Baylor's women's basketball team will be one of four women's teams to participate in ESPN's seventh annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon the network announced Monday, Aug. 4.
The Marathon will feature more than 24 hours of consecutive coverage to begin the 2014-15 season. Games beginning Monday, Nov. 17, will feature 19 men's and women's college basketball games across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. The marathon will include nine straight games tipping off every two hours beginning Monday, Nov. 17, with an ESPN2 Tripleheader.
The Lady Bears and the Kentucky Wildcats will open the marathon as they face off at 6 p.m. (CT) on Monday, Nov. 17, in Rupp Arena, while two-time defending national champion Connecticut plays Stanford in the second game at 8 p.m. (CT). Both games will be televised on ESPN2.
Baylor, ranked No. 13 in espnW.com's 2014-15 pre-preseason top 25, faced Kentucky twice last season. Kentucky, ranked No. 6 in espnW.com's pre-preseason poll, won the first game, a quadruple overtime victory, 133-130, in Arlington, Texas, while Baylor dealt the Wildcats a loss in the NCAA Championship Sweet 16, 90-72.
Baylor's men's team will also participate in the Marathon, as it will take on South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., at 11 a.m. (CT) on Tuesday, Nov. 18, on ESPN.
All telecasts will also be available through Watch ESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
BU returns three starters off last season's 32-5 squad that advanced to the NCAA Championship Elite Eight despite losing four 2013 starters. This year's returning starters include Big 12 Freshman of the Year Nina Davis, a 5-11 post, who averaged 15.0 points and a team-leading 8.9 rebounds a contest. Also returning as a starter in the post will be 6-4 senior Sune Agbuke (5.9 ppg/7.6 rpg). Junior point guard Niya Johnson will start again after averaging 5.3 points, 6.6 assists and posting a nation's-best 4.0 assist/turnover ratio.
Baylor also returns a trio of guards who have starting experience and could join the regular starting lineup this season. Sophomore Imani Wright averaged 5.3 points and 1.7 rebounds a game while sophomore Ieshia Small tallied 3.1 points and 1.5 rebounds a contest. Alexis Prince, after undergoing surgery last season and receiving a medical redshirt, averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in the four games she participated in. Also returning are posts Khadijiah Cave and Kristina Higgins. Cave, a sophomore, averaged 5.6 points and 5.1 rebounds a contest while Higgins, a 6-5 junior, tallied 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds a game. Chardonae Fuqua', a junior forward, tallied 1.7 points and 0.7 rebounds as a sophomore.