|Baylor vs. Lamar
Nov. 9, 2012 | 12 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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Baylor Opens 2012-13 Season vs. Lamar...
The defending national champion and top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears open the 2012-13 campaign sporting the nation's longest active win streak at 40 games. The Lady Bears host the Lamar Lady Cardinals on Friday, Nov. 9, at 12:05 p.m. The contest will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest (FSSW) with John Morris calling the action and Lori Fogleman handling color analyst duties.
Baylor returns all five starters off last season's squad, which includes 90.4 percent of the scoring and 86.8 percent of individual rebounds returning to the court. Baylor will be led on the season by 2012 consensus National Player of the Year Brittney Griner and All-Americans Odyssey Sims and Destiny Williams.
Baylor's 2012-13 roster features nine returnees and an impressive cast of newcomers. Beside Griner, who averaged 23.2 points and 9.5 rebounds a contest, 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. Four newcomers, Chardonae Fuqua', Kristina Higgins, Niya Johnson and Alexis Prince, will add talent and depth to an already impressive roster.
Lamar, led by former Baylor assistant coach Larry Tidwell, opens its season for the second straight year playing the defending national champion. The Lady Cardinals, 16-15 in 2011-12, fell to Texas A&M in the Aggies' first game after claiming the NCAA title. Lamar is led by senior guard Kalis Loyd who tallied 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds a game as a junior.
Lady Bears Earn Preseason Big 12 Honors...
In a vote by the league's head coaches, senior post Brittney Griner was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year for the third consecutive season while Alexis Prince was tabbed Preseason Freshman of the Year as part of the Conference's 2012-13 Women's Basketball preseason awards. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
In addition, Baylor was selected as the preseason favorite for the fourth consecutive year and fifth time in Conference history to win the 2012-13 Big 12 women's basketball regular season title, in a vote of the league's head coaches. The Lady Bears received nine of 10 first-place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team) after sweeping both the Big 12 regular season and postseason titles for the second straight year.
-Baylor's 2012-13 roster features six McDonald's All-Americans. Seniors Brittney Griner and Destiny Williams were honored in 2009, while Brooklyn Pope was a 2008 selection, junior Odyssey Sims was a 2010 recipient and Alexis Prince and Niya Johnson were selected in 2012.
-Seniors Brittney Griner, Kimetria Hayden, Jordan Madden and Destiny Williams and redshirt junior Mariah Chandler are on track to graduate this year. Brooklyn Pope walked across the stage in August 2012 ceremonies.
-Last year's senior class of Terran Condrey, Ashley Field and Lindsay Palmer were 130-19 (.872) in four seasons with an NCAA crown, five Big 12 titles, four NCAA Tournament trips and a pair of Final Fours to their resume.
-Through three years, fourth-year players Brittney Griner, Kimetria Hayden and Jordan Madden are 101-13 (.866). They have four Big 12 titles, three NCAA Tournament trips, an NCAA Championship and two Final Four appearances to their credit.
-Brittney Griner has registered a Big 12 record 599 career blocked shots, and ranks No. 2 on the NCAA Division I Career Top 10 list; she trails record-holder Louella Tomlinson's (Saint Mary's [CA]) 663 rejections by 64.
-Brittney Griner has scored 2,425 career points and blocked 599 shots; she is the first player in NCAA Division basketball history to record 2,000 points and 500 blocks (blocked shots were added to the NCAA records beginning with the 1985-86 season).
-The Lady Bears own NCAA Division I women's basketball's longest active win streak at 40 games, it ranks No. 5 all-time.
-Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims were both named 2012 WBCA All-Americans, the first time BU has had two recipients. Destiny Williams was an honorable mention selection.
-The Lady Bears' 40-game home win streak ranks No. 2 nationally, tied with Miami (Fla.), both of which trail Stanford's string of 79 straight wins.
-Brittney Griner has scored in double figures in 80 straight games and in 110 of 112 career games. -Griner has blocked at least one shot in 109 of her 112-game career, including 50 straight outings. The three games in which she did not block a shot all came in her sophomore season (vs. FIU, vs. Clemson, vs. Kansas State).
-Baylor is 74-3 over the past two seasons, 34-3 in 2010-11 and 40-0 last season.
-Baylor has spent 27 weeks at No. 1 in the AP listing which ranks seventh all-time. It marked just the eighth time that a women's team has run the table in the AP Poll.
-Baylor is one of six school with both its men's and women's teams among the preseason AP Top 25; Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State.
-Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 215 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006.
Baylor in Season Openers...
-Baylor is 30-8 (.790) all-time in season openers, 10-2 (.833) under head coach Kim Mulkey. The Lady Bears are 20-2 (.909) in Ferrell Center home openers, 12-0 under Mulkey.
-Located in Beaumont, Texas, the Lamar Lady Cardinals will play Baylor for the first time since 2009 when the Lady Bears posted an 87-65 victory in Waco.
-Lamar, 16-15 last season, is led by senior guard Kalis Loyd who averaged 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds a contest last season.
-The Lady Cards are led by sixth-year head coach Larry Tidwell who sports a 106-55 career record. Tidwell served as a Lady Bear assistant coach from 1992-98 under both Pam Bowers and Sonja Hogg.