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No. 1 WBB Hosts Kentucky in State Farm Tip-Off Classic

Baylor vs. Kentucky
Nov. 13, 2012 | 5 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

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Date Tuesday, Nov. 13 | 5 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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Record 1-0
Ranking 1/1 (AP/ESPN)
Last Game W, Lamar, 80-34
Head Coach Kim Mulkey
Career: 339-79 (13th season)
BU Record: 339-79 (13th season)
Record 1-0
Ranking 6/7 (AP/ESPN)
Last Game W, Delaware State, 90-50
Head Coach Matthew Mitchell
Career: 145-85 (8th season)
Kentucky Record: 115-56 (6th season)

Baylor Hosts Kentucky in State Farm Tip-Off Classic...
The defending national champion and top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears will serve as first-time hosts when the sixth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats visit the Ferrell Center to participate in the 20th annual State Farm Tip-Off Classic.

Baylor is making its fifth State Farm Tip-Off Classic appearance (2004, ‘05, ‘09, ‘10) and claims a 1-3 record in the event, while the Wildcats are making their first appearance in the prestigious event. The game will be televised on ESPN2 as part of the network's annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

The Women’s Final Four crew of Dave O’Brien (play-by-play), Doris Burke (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline) will be calling the action for ESPN2.

Baylor, led by 2012 National Coach of the Year Kim Mulkey, is 1-0 on the season after defeating Lamar, 80-34, in its season opener.

The Lady Bears were led by preseason and reigning consensus National Player of the Year Brittney Griner’s 24 points while junior point guard Odyssey Sims, a Preseason AP All-American, tallied 11 points and senior guard Jordan Madden scored 10. Senior Destiny Williams led the team in rebounding with seven.

Matthew Mitchell’s Kentucky Wildcats downed Delaware State, 90-50, in Saturday’s home season opener. A’dia Mathies led the Wildcats with 16 points while Bria Goss added 14 and DeNesha Stallworth tallied 11, while Samari Walker and Azia Bishop shared rebounding honors with seven each.

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame 2013 Class...
The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 15th class of inductees on July 16, 2012 during the USA vs. Brazil women's basketball game on ESPN2. The Class of 2012 includes Gary Blair (Coach), Jim Foster (Coach), Peggie Gillom-Granderson (Player), Jen Rizzotti (Player), Annette Smith-Knight (Player), and Sue Wicks (Player). The 2013 induction will take place on June 8, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The 2012-13 women's collegiate basketball season open as the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (WBHOF) teams up with State Farm, Intersport and ESPN to host the 2012 State Farm Tip-Off Classic.

With the addition of the Class of 2013, the WBHOF will recognize the Wayland Baptist University Flying Queens from 1953 to 1958 for their contributions to the game in a display at the Hall entitled “Trailblazers of the Game.”

Pregame Festivities…
-Baylor will unfurl a trio of banners commemorating its 2012 NCAA® Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, the Big 12 regular-season crown and the Big 12 Tournament title.
-In honor of their 2012 NCAA® Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, Beth Bass, CEO of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, will present head coach Kim Mulkey and the Baylor University Athletics Department with a pair of ladders from Werner Ladder, the Official Ladder of the 2012 NCAA® Basketball Championships. Mulkey will autograph both ladders used to cut down the 2012 championship nets, one ladder will be auctioned off to benefit Mission Waco.

Quick Hits...
-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.
-Through three years, fourth-year players Brittney Griner, Kimetria Hayden and Jordan Madden are 102-13 (.867). 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 601 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 62.
-Brittney Griner has scored 2,449 career points and blocked 601 shots; she is the first player in NCAA Division I 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 41 games, it ranks No. 5 all-time.
-The Lady Bears’ 41-game home win streak ranks No. 2 nationally, tied with Miami (Fla.), both of which trail Stanford’s string of 80 straight wins.
-Brittney Griner has scored in double figures in 81 straight games and in 111 of 113 career games.
-Griner has blocked at least one shot in 110 of her 113-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 has spent 27 weeks at No. 1 in the AP listing which ranks seventh all-time.
-Baylor hasn’t allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 216 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006.

Baylor in State Farm Tip-Off Classics...
-Baylor is 1-3 all-time in four appearances in the prestigious State Farm Tip-Off Classic.
2004 - Lost to LSU, 71-70, in Austin, Texas
2005 - Defeated Georgia, 84-72, in Lubbock, Texas
2009 - Lost to Tennessee, 74-65, in Knoxville, Tenn.
2010 - Lost to Connecticut, 65-64, in Hartford, Conn.

All-Time Winning Streak...
-Baylor ranks fifth on the NCAA Division I women’s basketball’s all-time winning streak list with 41.
90 - UConn (2008-11)
70 - UConn (2001-03)
54 - Louisiana Tech (1980-82)
46 - Tennessee (1996-98)
41 - Baylor (2011-present)

Tough Schedule...
-After posting a historic 40-0 record and claiming the NCAA Championship crown, the Lady Bears face their most daunting schedule in school history. Contests against the three other teams that played in the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four highlight Baylor's 2012-13 non-conference schedule.
-In addition to taking on Final Four participants No. 4 Stanford, No. 2 Connecticut and No. 7 Notre Dame in non-conference action, the Lady Bears have games scheduled against national powers Kentucky, ranked No. 6, and Tennessee. In fact, eight of BU’s 12 non-conference opponents posted 20 or more wins last season and three of those foes recorded 30-plus victories.

Back-To-Back Top 10 Opponents…
-Baylor takes on sixth-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday, Nov. 9, then will travel to Hawai’i to take on fourth-ranked Stanford on Friday, Nov. 16.
-It will mark just the sixth time the Lady Bears have played top 10 ranked opponents back-to-back and only the third time in the regular season. The three other occasions were in the NCAA Tournament (2005, ‘10, ‘12).
-Twice in 2004, Baylor played Texas and Texas Tech back-to back when both were ranked in the top 10.



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