Lady Bear Hoops to Host Tip-Off Tournament

Nov. 8, 2007

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Baylor is hosting the four-team Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament, November 9-11 in the Ferrell Center. Joining the Lady Bears in the competition will be Howard University, Saint Mary's College and Prairie View A&M.

Friday - November 9
5:30 p.m. - Prairie View A&M vs. Saint Mary's
7:30 p.m. - Baylor vs. Howard

Saturday - Nov. 10
5:30 p.m. - Howard vs. Prairie View A&M
7:30 p.m. - Baylor vs. Saint Mary's

Sunday - Nov. 11
12:00 p.m. - Howard vs. Saint Mary's
2:30 p.m. - Baylor vs. Prairie View A&M

Tickets for the tournament and all Lady Bear games are available through the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at Floyd Casey Stadium (8 a.m.-5 p.m.), the Ferrell Center Ticket Office (11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily) or by calling 1-800-BAYLORU or 254-710-1000.


TV: None

Friday & Saturday - 92.9 FM - KLRK - Waco
Sunday - 1660 AM - KRZX - Waco

Radio Talent:
Rick May (Play-by-play)
Lori Fogleman (Color analyst)

BAYLOR Lady Bears

15 - Associated Press
15 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches

PROBABLE STARTERS (2006-07 statistics listed)
20 Angela Tisdale-Sr., G, 5-7 - 10.8 ppg, 3.7 apg
15 Jhasmin Player-Jr., G, 5-10 - 7.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg
3 Jessica Morrow-Jr., G, 6-0 - 9.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg
14 Rachel Allison-Jr., F, 6-0 - 7.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg
11 Danielle Wilson-So., P, 6-3 -8.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg

1 Jessika Bradley-So., F, 6-3 - 3.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg
5 Melissa Jones-Fr., G, 5-10

The Lady Bears are 26-7 in season openers, including a 13-1 record at home. Under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 6-1 in season openers including a 3-0 mark in the Ferrell Center.

This marks the fourth time since Coach Mulkey's arrival that the Lady Bears have opened the season playing in a tournament and the third time for BU to host a tournament.
2000-01 - Defeated Miami (Ohio), 75-62, at Boston (Boston University Invitational)
2001-02 - Defeated North Texas, 85-78, at Reno (Nevada Bell Classic)
2002-03 - Defeated Princeton, 86-47, at Waco (Women's Sports Foundation Tournament)
2003-04 - Defeated Mississippi State, 88-45, at Waco
2004-05 - Lost to LSU, 71-70, at Austin (State Farm Tip-Off Classic)
2005-06 - Defeated Georgia, 84-72, at Lubbock (State Farm Tip-Off Classic)
2006-07 - Defeated North Texas, 84-47, at Waco (Preseason WNIT)

In home openers at the Ferrell Center, Baylor is 16-3 (since Nov. 25, 1988). In fact, Baylor has won 14 consecutive home openers beginning with the 1993-94 season. Baylor has opened its season in the Ferrell Center six times and is 5-1 in those games.
1988 - Lost to Southwest Texas, 88-76, Nov. 25, 1988
1993 - Defeated Prairie View A&M, 103-35, Dec. 1, 1993
1996 - Defeated North Texas, 69-57, Nov. 22, 1996
1999 - Defeated McNeese State, 71-41, Nov. 20, 1999
2003 - Defeated Mississippi State, 88-45, Nov. 21, 2003
2007 - Defeated North Texas, 84-47, Nov. 10, 2006

In fact, this is one of the earliest season openers in program history. Only twice have the Lady Bears opened on or prior to Nov. 9. The earliest season opener occurred on Nov. 8, 1978 when Baylor defeated Texas State (formerly Southwest Texas), 116-64 in Waco. On Nov. 9, 1976, BU defeated Texas State in Waco, 104-64.

Friday's contest marks Baylor's first meeting against Washington, D.C. based Howard University.

Baylor and Saint Mary's will be playing for the first time as well. Baylor did play in the Saint Mary's Thanksgiving Tip-Off Classic in Moraga, Calif., to begin the 1994-95 season but did not play the Gaels.

Sunday's game will mark the 13th meeting between Prairie View A&M and Baylor, the Lady Bears hold a 12-0 series lead. BU defeated the Lady Panthers last season, 117-50, in Waco (Dec. 4).

When Baylor and Saint Mary's face off on Saturday, two coaches with NCAA championships to their credit will be patrolling the sidelines. Baylor's Kim Mulkey claimed her first NCAA title as a head coach in 2005, while Saint Mary's skipper, Paul Thomas, led Cal Poly Pomona to back-to-back NCAA Division II national championships in 2001 and 2002.

The Lady Bears are ranked No. 15 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Preseason Polls.

Baylor has been ranked in a school-record 68 straight regular-season AP polls dating back to week nine of the 2003-04 listing when it broke in at No. 24.

Houston Jaguars - Five of the six players that played in Baylor's Nov. 1 exhibition opener against the Houston Jaguars scored in double figures propelling the Lady Bears to a 99-57 victory.

Senior point guard Angela Tisdale led all scorers with 29, hitting 10-of-16 from the floor including six treys. Three players, Jhasmin Player, Jessika Bradley and Rachel Allison, all collected double-doubles. Player tallied 21 points to go with 11 boards while Bradley turned in a 17-point, 15-rebound performance and Allison scored 16 while hauling down 10 boards.

USA National Team - Awesome and word describes the USA National Team, one word described the Baylor Lady Bears at the beginning of the exhibition game on Nov. 6. After falling behind 14-3 at the beginning of the contest, the Lady Bears gained their composure and fought back to go toe-to-toe with the elite squad. At the 3:23 mark of the first half, BU held a five-point lead, 29-24. Going into the lockerroom at the half, the USA squad held a one-point advantage, 34-33. However, the red, white and blue outscored the Lady Bears 48-23 in the second stanza to claim an 82-56 victory.

Despite going against players five and six inches taller, Baylor's 6-1 Rachel Allison led all rebounders with 12. Jessica Morrow led the Lady Bears in scoring with 17 points while Tisdale followed with 14.

In Baylor's two exhibition games, Angela Tisdale led the team in scoring with 21.5 a game. Four other Lady Bears registered double-digit scoring averages as well. Jessica Morrow managed 17.0, Jhasmin Player tallied 12.5, and freshman guard Melissa Jones scored 12.0 an outing. Rachel Allison averaged a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds a contest.

Howard University begins the 2007-08 season returning six players off last season's 8-22 squad. Two starters, Shannon Carlisle and Asha Santee, return off the team that played in the semifinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament. Head coach Cathy Parsons (West Virginia, 1984) begins her eighth season as the Bison's head coach and owns a 101-92 record at the Washington, D.C., based school. Parson's career record stands at 314-175 in 18 seasons along the sidelines.

(2006-07 statistics listed, ! indicates returning starter)
20 ! Shannon Carlisle-Sr., G, 5-4 - 15.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg
32 ! Asha Santee-Sr., G, 5-8 - 5.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg
33 Jasmine Lipford-Jr., F, 6-1 - 2.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg
24 Charae Baulkman-So., F, 6-1 - 0.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg
31 Tamaya Daniels-Jr., C, 6-2 - 3.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg

Third-year head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke returns 10 lettermen, including three starters, off last season's 19-14 squad. The Lady Panthers are aiming to repeat as Southwestern Athletic Conference champions and make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. Cooper-Dyke owns a two-year career record of 26-35.

Shavonne Smith and Gaati Werema were selected preseason first-team All-SWAC. Werema, last season's SWAC Freshman of the Year, was also selected as the SWAC's Preseason Player of the Year. After finishing last season with an overall record of 19-14 and 13-4 in conference play, the Lady Panthers were also picked to finish number one in the conference's preseason poll.

As a rookie, Werema, a 6-0 sophomore, led PVAMU in points per outing with 14.5 per game and 9.9 rebounds per game. She also shot a team-high 72 percent from the free throw line and ranked number one on the team in blocks with 1.2 blocks per game. Smith, a 5-7 senior, managed 13.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 2006-07. Other returning starters include Waco High graduate Candice Thomas, a 5-5 sophomore, and Twila Stokes, a 6-0 junior forward.

(2006-07 statistics listed, ! indicates returning starter)
24 ! Candice Thomas-So., G, 5-8 - 11.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg
22 ! Shavonne Smith-Sr., G, 5-8 - 13.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg
23 Kandis Brown-Jr., G, 5-9 - Transfer
20 ! Gaati Werema-So., F, 6-0 - 14.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg
32 Aminata Dieye-Jr., C, 6-5 - Transfer

Second-year head coach Paul Thomas and his Saint Mary's College Gaels posted a 14-14 mark in 2006-07 and return eight letterwinners, including three starters, to this season's squad.

The 14-14 overall record and 8-6 conference mark was the best record by SMC in West Coast Conference play since the 2001 season.

Saint Mary's College comes into the game after a 93-86 overtime exhibition victory over Loyola University of New Orleans. In that contest, 6-4 freshman forward Louella Tomlinson led the Gaels with 22 points and nine rebounds on the night. Junior guard Jontelle Smith added 21 and 6-1 senior forward Maija Lahde registered a double-double with a 12-point, 14-rebound performance. She also tallied a team-high five steals.

(2006-07 statistics listed, ! indicates returning starter)
22 ! Jontelle Smith-Jr., G, 5-5 - 11.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg
30 Brianna Clay-So., G, 5-7 - 0.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg
20 ! Serena Benavente-Sr., G, 5-6 - 8.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg
1 ! Maija Lahde-Sr., F, 6-1 - 10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg
14 Mikaela Cowles-Jr., F, 6-0 - 1.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg



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