Date: Nov. 12-14, 2010
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network 92.9 FM or 1660 AM ESPN
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com (paid)
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com (free)
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
WORLD VISION CLASSIC - BASKETBALL TRAVELERS
For the second straight season Baylor is hosting the Basketball Travelers' World Vision Classic. Last year Baylor won the tournament with a 3-0 record, defeating Idaho (82-37), UL-Lafayette (89-42) and Lamar (87-65) en route to the title.
Melissa Jones, Morghan Medlock and Brittney Griner were named to the all-tournament team.
Baylor is 28-8 all-time in season openers, 8-2 under head coach Kim Mulkey. The Lady Bears are 18-2 in Ferrell Center home openers, 10-0 under Mulkey.
UNFURLING THE BANNER
The Lady Bears' 2010 Final Four banner will be unfurled in pregame ceremonies on Friday. Baylor made its second trip to the Final Four in April when it played top-ranked UConn. The Lady Bears won the 205 NCAA championship.
BAYLOR VS. THE FIELD
The Lady Bears and the Florida International University Panthers will meet for the first time on Friday in the Ferrell Center. Baylor and the Montana State Bobcats have met three times before, the Lady Bears hold a 2-1 series lead. Sunday's matchup against the Rice Owls marks the 35th contest between the two former Southwest Conference foes. The series between the two schools is tied at 17-17.
Baylor and Montana State last met on Dec. 29, 2004, in Waco when the Lady Bears posted a 92-47 victory. The Owls and the Lady Bears' most recent matchup came in Houston on Nov. 23, 2008, when Baylor won 83-58.
Located in Miami, Fla., FIU Panthers, members of the Sun Belt Conference, enter the season after posting a 14-16 season record last year.
FIU lost four seniors to graduation, including the program's career leader in three-point field goals, Monika Bosilj. However, the Panthers return three of their top four scorers from a season ago, which includes redshirt senior forward Elisa Carey, a Sun Belt Conference Preseason first team selection and 2009-10 All-SBC second team member.
Head coach Cindy Russo (Old Dominion, 1975) is in her 32nd season at FIU and is 591-302. She has registered a 661-323 record in 33 seasons as a head coach.
MONTANA STATE BOBCATS
Montana State comes to Waco for its season opener. The Bobcats return seven letterwinners, including three starters off last season's 18-14 squad.
The Bobcats compete in the Big Sky Conference where they finished tied for fifth last season with a 9-7 record. MSU advanced to the title game of the Big Sky Conference tournament for the second time in three years.
Tricia Binford (Boise State, 1995) begins her sixth season at the Bobcat helm, she is 38-40 in five seasons as a head coach.
The Rice Owls return 11 players, including four starters, off last season's 13-17 squad. The Owls, members of Conference USA, posted a 7-9 league record last season, which garnered them a seventh place finish.
Head coach Greg Williams (Rice, 1970) begins his sixth season along the Rice sideline and sports a 71-66 record there. He is 272-225 in 17 years as a head coach.