|Baylor vs. Oklahoma City
Oct. 30, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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BAYLOR LADY BEARS
Baylor, the defending NCAA Division I national champion, will take on Oklahoma City University (OCU) in the first of its two exhibition contests. The Lady Bears, 40-0 in 2012, return all five starters to the court this season. Baylor is led by returning All-Americans Brittney Griner, Odyssey Sims and Destiny Williams. Baylor’s 2012-13 roster features nine returnees and an impressive cast of newcomers. Griner, averaged 23.2 points and 9.5 rebounds a contest in 2012, Sims, a 5-8 guard, returns after scoring 14.9 an outing and Williams, a 6-1 forward/post, averaged 10.1 points and 9.1 rebounds a year ago. The other two returning starters, guards Kimetria Hayden and Jordan Madden, tallied 9.1 and 4.3 points a game, respectively. Brooklyn Pope, a 6-1 forward/post who graduated in May 2012, came off the bench to average 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds a contest. Also returning are junior guard Makenzie Robertson and sophomore post Sune Agbuke. Back on the court after utilizing a redshirt season is 6-2 forward/post Mariah Chandler.
Baylor’s four freshmen represent one of the program’s most talented newcomer groups. The class is led by 6-1 guard Alexis Prince (Orlando, Fla.) who averaged 19.7 points and 7.6 rebounds as a senior. Prince earned McDonald’s, WBCA and Parade Magazine All-American honors and was MVP of the McDonald’s All-American game. Another Floridian, Niya Johnson (Gainesville) averaged 19.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists a game. The 5-8 point guard was also a McDonald’s All-American and was a WBCA All-American honorable mention. Adding height to the lineup is 6-5 post Kristina Higgins from El Paso, Texas. The all-state selection averaged 18.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 4.4 blocks as a senior. Chardonae Fuqua’ (Birmingham, Ala.) excelled in both track (high jump) and basketball at Hoover HS where she helped lead the school to two state basketball championships.
OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS
OCU comes to Waco as defending NAIA national champions. The Stars, 35-1 last season, return seniors Lauren Gober and Desiree Jeffries as well as juniors Kayla MacKenzie and Cara Pugh from last season’s championship team. Transfers Tiffany Bellamy, Ravven Brown, Katie Hall, Autumn Huffman, Jessica Lankston and Clara Russell join the Stars for head coach Latricia Trammell’s first season at the helm.
TELEVISION ADDITIONS/TIME CHANGES
As part of Baylor’s third-tier television package with FOX Sports Southwest (FSSW), five additional Lady Bear basketball games will be televised regionally. Game dates remain the same as previously announced but some game times have been changed.
Date; Time; Opponent (Network)
Nov. 9: 12:00 p.m. - Lamar (FSSW)
Dec. 12: 6:00 p.m. - Oral Roberts (FSSW Plus)
Jan. 19: 7:00 p.m. - West Virginia (FSSW)
Feb. 12: 6:00 p.m. - Texas Tech (FSSW)
Feb. 23: 12:00 p.m. - Texas (FSSW)
Baylor has sold a school-record 6,651 women’s basketball season tickets thus far. Season Tickets for Baylor Lady Bear basketball games are available through the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center or by calling 1-800-BAYLORU or 254-710-1000. Tickets may also be purchased at BaylorBears.com.
Destiny Brown DISMISSED
Freshman guard Destiny Brown has been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules. Brown, a native of Coatesville, Pa., was a Sporting News All-American and averaged 24.1 points and 6.2 rebounds for Gateway High School. She was rated the No. 39 guard in the Nation by HoopGurlz.