|Baylor vs. Grambling
Nov. 9, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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No. 10/10 Baylor Opens Regular Season vs. Grambling State...
The 10th-ranked Baylor Lady Bears open the 2013-14 season on Saturday, Nov. 9, hosting Grambling State at 7 p.m. Grambling, under the direction of head coach Patricia Bibbs, finished the 2012-13 season at 9-23 and is led by Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC) Preseason Player of the Year Joanna Miller.
The Lady Bears, 34-2 last season, will be led by consensus preseason All-American Odyssey Sims. The 5-8 point guard averaged 12.9 points and 5.3 assists per game as a junior while shooting 47.7 percent from the perimeter and 83.2 percent from the free throw line. She ranked No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio with a mark of 2.7 while checking in at No. 25 in assists and No. 36 in steals (2.8). Sims recently returned from the USA Women's National Team mini-camp and this past summer earned her second World University Games gold medal while receiving the tournament’s co-MVP honor. By earning her second championship, Sims became the first women’s basketball two-time gold medalist for the USA at the World University Games.
Baylor is a young team with nine underclassmen (four sophomores and five freshmen) on its roster. The sophomore class consists of Chardonae Fuqua’ , Kristina Higgins, Niya Johnson and Alexis Prince, while the rookies include Khadijiah Cave, Nina Davis, Breanna Hayden, Ieshia Small and Imani Wright. Upperclassmen beside Sims are fellow seniors Mariah Chandler and Makenzie Robertson and junior Sune Agbuke.
Dropping the Banners...
In pregame ceremonies, Baylor will drop its three 2012-13 banners; a Big 12 Conference regular-season championship, a Big 12 Conference tournament title and NCAA Sweet 16 banner.
Baylor in Season Openers...
Baylor is 31-8 (.795) all-time in season openers, 11-2 (.846) under head coach Kim Mulkey. The Lady Bears are 21-2 (.913) in Ferrell Center home openers, 13-0 under Mulkey.
In Baylor’s two exhibition contests, a 111-52 triumph over Palm Beach Atlantic and a 91-49 win over Oklahoma City University, Odyssey Sims led the Lady Bears, averaging 22.0 points per game. Senior guard Makenzie Robertson and freshman post Khadijiah Cave each averaged a double-double, Cave registering 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while Robertson averaged 10.0 points and 10.0 rebounds an outing.
The Lady Bears dominated the boards, outrebounding the opponents 57.5 to 25.5. In addition, BU registered 25 steals and forced 52 turnovers.
- When Baylor was in the house, 2012-13 opponents saw an average increase of 3,642 fans per game; all-told 103,447 fans flocked to see the nation’s top-ranked team in regular season action on the road (see chart on page 6).
- Baylor’s 2013 Big 12 Conference six-game league winning effort was second only to its 2012 seven-game margin.
- Baylor’s final Big 12 game of the 2013 season, a victory over Kansas State, gave the Lady Bears their second straight perfect league record, becoming the first Big 12 team to achieve two undefeated league campaigns (and fourth all-time).
- In her 13 seasons at the program's helm, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 372-80 (.823) record which ranks her No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind UConn’s Geno Auriemma (.863).
- The Lady Bears’ school-record 57-game home win streak ranks No. 1 nationally after UConn snapped Stanford’s string of 82 straight wins on Dec. 29, 2012.
- Baylor’s 40-game Big 12 Conference regular season win streak is the nation’s longest active league win string.
- In 441 of 453 games under Kim Mulkey, the Lady Bears have held their opponent at or below 50 percent field goal shooting with only four of those efforts coming in the last 11 years.
- In Baylor’s last 253 games, only one opponent (Stanford, .509) has shot 50 percent or above. Last season, the Cardinal broke BU’s 217-game streak of holding an opponent to 50 percent or less shooting from the floor.
- Redshirt senior Mariah Chandler graduated in May 2013, Makenzie Robertson will graduate in December 2013 and Odyssey Sims and Sune Agbuke are slated to walk across the stage in May 2014.
- Through three-plus years, fourth-year players Odyssey Sims and Makenzie Robertson are 108-5 (.956) overall and 51-1 (.981) in regular season Big 12 games. The tandem has six Big 12 titles, three NCAA Tournament trips, an NCAA championship and two Final Four appearances to their credit.
- In head coach Kim Mulkey’s 13 seasons, Baylor is 100-59 (.629) against ranked opponents. Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 81-34 (.704) versus ranked opponents, including 13-0 in 2011-12 and 12-2 in 2012-13.
- Baylor is 108-5 (.964) over the past three seasons, 34-3 in 2010-11, 40-0 in 2011-12 and 34-2 last season. In that same span, BU is 60-1 in Big 12 play (51-1 in regular season and 9-0 in Big 12 Tournament).
- 97 of Baylor’s 108 wins over the last three seasons have been by 10 or more points, and only five times has its winning margin been five or fewer points.
- BU is 74-2 over the past two seasons.
- Baylor has won nine Big 12 titles, four regular season (2005, ‘11, ‘12, ‘13) and five postseason (2005, ‘09, ‘11, ‘12. ‘13).
- Baylor’s 34 wins last season equaled the second-most in school history joining a 34-win campaign in 2010-11 and just behind 2011-12 40-victory effort.
- National Player of the Year contender and Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, averaged 12.4 points an outing and also dished out 5.8 assists per game last season. Sims shot .476 from the field, including .338 from 3-point range, and ranked No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio (2.8).
Baylor’s Record Win Streaks...
- Baylor has won a nation’s-best and school-record 57 straight home contests, as its last home loss came on March 7, 2010, vs. Texas, 70-54.
- The Lady Bears have won a Big 12-record and nation’s-best 40 consecutive regular season league contests.
- Baylor has won 49 straight Big 12 games overall, a continuing league record.
- Baylor has won 20 or more games in each of the last 13 seasons, an ongoing Big 12 record.
- BU has 10 straight seasons of 25-plus wins, and three consecutive 30-win campaigns and seven overall.