Aug. 30, 2007
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Baylor women's basketball's 2007-08 schedule features 13 teams that competed in postseason tournaments last year, including nine that earned NCAA Tournament bids, the Baylor athletics department announced today.
In addition, four of the teams featured on the upcoming schedule ranked among the nation's top 25 teams at season's end (No. 4 Stanford, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 24 Iowa State). The Lady Bears will play nine non-conference games in the Ferrell Center while they hit the road for three games.
Also, eight of Baylor's regular-season games are slated be televised nationally, seven on Fox Sports Network (FSN) and one on ESPN2. Five Big 12 Conference matchups (at Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, at Iowa State, at Texas A&M) and two Pacific-10 contests, California and at Stanford, will be broadcast by FSN. Baylor's game at Oklahoma has been picked up by ESPN2.
"I believe that we have assembled a non-conference schedule that will prepare our team for the rigors of the Big 12 Conference which is one of the nation's toughest women's basketball leagues," said head coach Kim Mulkey. "When I first took this job, we scheduled games to build confidence and games to help us get away from the losing mentality. I said when this program establishes a winning attitude then we would schedule tougher non-conference opponents. We are at a point with our program where losses won't devastate you as much as losses would have when we were trying to build. Win or lose, this program has a national reputation now, and we want to play opponents that will help us maintain what we have built," she added.
Baylor will begin non-conference action by hosting the three-day Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament Nov. 9, 10 and 11. Joining Baylor in the round-robin event will be Howard, Prairie View A&M and St. Mary's (CA). The Lady Bears first opponent will be Howard (Nov. 9), followed by St. Mary's (Nov. 10) and Prairie View A&M (Nov. 11). Prairie View A&M made its first NCAA Tournament appearance last season.
UT-Pan American returns to the Ferrell Center on Nov. 15 after a five-year hiatus, and then in three of its next four games, Baylor faces teams that played in the 2007 NCAA Tournament -- California, Southeast Missouri and Stanford. The Lady Bears will host Pacific-10 foe California on Nov. 25 for the third meeting between the schools then travels to Cape Girardeau, Mo., for a return contest against Southeast Missouri on Nov. 29. After taking a break for final exams, Baylor will host Oregon on Dec. 12 before hitting the road for the second time. The Stanford Cardinal, 2007 Pac-10 champions, and Baylor will meet in Maples Pavilion on Dec. 16, marking just the third meeting between the two private schools.
After returning from the California trip, the Lady Bears will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 19. In its final game before holiday break, Baylor will travel to New York where it will take on St. John's University on Dec. 22. Completing action for 2007 will be a home contest on Dec. 30 against former Southwest Conference foe Rice, a 2007 Postseason WNIT participant.
With the Big 12 Conference schedule beginning a week later than in previous years, Baylor will complete its non-conference action with home games against North Carolina A&T (Jan. 2) and Texas State (Jan. 4).
The Lady Bears open Big 12 Conference play at Texas Tech on Jan. 9 followed by home contests against Texas A&M (Jan. 12) and Kansas (Jan. 16). Two road games against Oklahoma (Jan. 20) and Missouri (Jan. 23) are followed by two Ferrell Center contests against Nebraska (Jan. 26) and Texas (Jan. 30).
The beginning of February sees Baylor at Kansas State (Feb. 2) and at Oklahoma State (Feb. 5) before returning home to host Texas Tech on Feb. 9. The rest of the league schedule sees the Lady Bears alternating home and away contests. Baylor will be at Texas (Feb. 13) before hosting Oklahoma on Feb. 17. An away game with Iowa State (Feb 23) precedes a Ferrell Center matchup against Colorado on Feb. 27. The conference portion of Baylor's schedule will be completed in March as Baylor plays at Texas A&M (March 1) and hosts Oklahoma State on March 6.
The 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship will return to Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., March 11-13, 15.
For season ticket information, contact the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office call 1-800-BAYLORU or 254-710-1000 or visit BaylorBears.com. For the most current schedule information throughout the season, visit BaylorBears.com.
All dates and times are subject to change.