|Baylor vs. Nicholls State
Nov. 14, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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No. 9/9 Baylor Hosts Nicholls State...
The 10th-ranked The ninth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears put their nation's-best and school-record 58-game home win streak on the line as they host Nicholls State at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 14. Baylor moved up a spot in both polls after Saturday's 110-55 season-opening victory over Grambling State.
The Nicholls State Colonels come to the Ferrell Center with a 1-0 mark after posting a 91-58 home win over Southern University of New Orleans.
The Lady Bears, 1-0, are led by consensus preseason All-American Odyssey Sims. The 5-8 point guard is averaging 28.0 points, 5.0 steals, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. After one game, eight of Baylor's 12 active players average 8.0 or more points per game. Mariah Chandler, a post-baccalaureate student, recorded her first career double-digit scoring effort with 14 points vs. Grambling. She was followed by freshman Nina Davis and sophomore Kristina Higgins with 11 points each while freshman Imani Wright tallied 10 points. Two more freshmen, Breanna Hayden and Ieshia Small, scored nine apiece and junior Sune Agbuke tallied eight. Higgins led all rebounders with a career-high nine boards.
In her 19th season overall and sixth at Nicholls State, head coach DoBee Plaisance's Colonels are led by Emani White, a 5-4 sophomore guard. White scored 33 points, dished out five assists and registered four steals in the team's season opener. Marina Lilly and KK Babin each tallied 14 points while Shay Arnick came off the bench to score 10 points.
Moving Up in the Rankings...
After debuting at No. 10 in both The Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls, Baylor moved up to No. 9 in both lists after posting a season-opening 110-55 victory over Grambling. The Lady Bears have 204 AP Top 25 poll appearances in the 2000s, all of which have come under head coach Kim Mulkey, to rank No. 12 on the wire service's active all-time list. BU has been ranked in a school-record 179 straight AP polls dating back to week nine of the 2003-04 listing when it broke in at No. 24.
Baylor has won a nation's-best and school-record 58 straight home contests, as its last home loss came on March 7, 2010, vs. Texas, 70-54. In fact, seniors Odyssey Sims and Makenzie Robertson have never lost a game in the Ferrell Center. In the duo's rookie season BU was 21-0, posted a 19-0 mark as sophomores, was 17-0 last season and is 1-0 in 2013-14.
- In her 14 seasons at the program's helm, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 373-80 (.822) record which ranks her No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind UConn's Geno Auriemma (.863).
- The Lady Bears' school-record 58-game home win streak ranks No. 1 nationally.
- Baylor's 40-game Big 12 Conference regular season win streak is the nation's longest active league win string.
- In 442 of 454 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 12 years.
- In Baylor's last 254 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 109-5 (.956) overall and 51-1 (.981) in regular season Big 12 games and are undefeated in the Ferrell Center. The two has six Big 12 titles, three NCAA Tournament trips, an NCAA championship and two Final Four appearances to their credit.
- Baylor is 109-5 (.956) over the past four seasons, 34-3 in 2010-11, 40-0 in 2011-12, 34-2 last season and 1-0 this year. 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 109 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.
- Odyssey Sims, with 473 career assists, now ranks No. 2 on Baylor's career assist list and needs only 21 to take over the top spot from Angela Tisdale (493; 2004-08).
- Sims, with 1,507 career points, is No. 10 on BU's career scoring list.
- Last year, guard Sims, with 38 straight free throws made, broke Jessika Stratton's (2003-04) school record of 32
- Sims finished 2011-12 with 11 straight makes from the charity stripe and until she missed her first free throw vs. Iowa State (Jan. 9, 2013) was 27-of-27 from the free throw line to start the 2012-13 season.
- Sims, with 161 3-pointers, needs just three treys to move into the No. 2 spot on BU's career chart.
Nicholls State Colonels...
- Located in Thibodaux, La., the Nicholls State Colonels, 19-11 last year and 1-0 this season, opened the 2013-14 campaign with a 91-58 home win over Southern University of New Orleans. The Colonels are members of the Southland Conference.
- The Colonels are led by Emani White, a 5-4 sophomore guard. White scored 33 points, dished out five assists and registered four steals in the team's season opener. Marina Lilly (6-3, Fr., C) and KK Babin (5-4, Sr., G) each tallied 14 points while Shay Arnick (6-2, Jr., C) came off the bench to score 10 points.
- The Colonels are coached by 19th-year head coach DoBee Plaisance, a 1986 Southern Mississippi graduate. She is 206-320 in her coaching career and 49-97 in her six seasons at Nicholls State.
- Baylor leads the series 1-0, as it downed the Colonels, 93-44, on Nov. 22, 2003 in Waco.
2013-14 Lady Bear Honors
- Alexis Prince - Preseason All-Big 12 (honorable mention)
- Ieshia Small - Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year
- Odyssey Sims - Preseason AP All-American; Wade Trophy Watch List; Wooden Award Watch List; Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year; Preseason All-Big 12
- Sophomore guard Alexis Prince is sidelined with left foot pain and is listed as week-to-week.