|No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 1 UConn
Nov. 16, 2010 | 5 p.m. CST
Hartford, Conn. | XL Center (16,294)
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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010
Tip-Off: 5 p.m. CT
Location: Hartford, Conn.
Arena: XL Center (16,294)
Talent: Dave Pasch (pxp), Doris Burke (analyst), Rebecca Lobo (sideline)
Radio: 1660 AM ESPN
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com (free)
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
Ranking: 2/T2 (AP/ESPN)
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 267-76 (11th season)
Baylor Record: same
Baylor vs. UConn: 0-1
Ranking: 1/1 (AP/ESPN)
Head Coach: Geno Auriemma
Career Record: 735-122 (26th season)
Baylor Record: same
UConn vs. Baylor: 1-0
In a matchup of last season NCAA Tournament semifinals, Baylor and UConn meet again on the court in the State Farm Tip Off Classic. Baylor enters the contest at 3-0 while UConn is 1-0. Baylor is making its fourth State Farm Tip-Off Classic appearance (2004, 2005, 2009, 2010) and claims a 1-2 record in the event. The games will be televised on ESPN2 as part of the network's third annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. It is the only women's game included in the marathon.
NO. 1 VS. NO. 2
UConn and Baylor come into the contest ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively. The two teams met last season in the NCAA Tournament semifinals where UConn defeated the Lady Bears, 70-50, and went on to win its second straight NCAA title.
The Lady Bears tipped off the 2010-11 season by playing four games in five days. Baylor hosted the four-team, three-day World Vision Classic facing FIU on Friday, Montana State on Saturday and Rice on Sunday. Early Monday morning BU left for Hartford, Conn., where, on Tuesday, Baylor will taken on the top-ranked UConn Huskies.
The game, broadcast nationally on ESPN2, is the only women's game included in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
The Lady Bears return home and host No. 25/24 Michigan State on Friday, Nov. 19, marking five games in eight days.
LEADING THE LADY BEARS
After three games, Baylor is led in scoring by sophomore post Brittney Griner's 16.0 points per game. Senior guard Melissa Jones follows with 14.0 points and a team-leading 10.0 rebounds a contest. Sophomore forward/post Brooklyn Pope, a transfer from Rutgers, is averaging 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds an outing.
UConn has won 79 consecutive games, the longest in NCAA Division I history. The Huskies also own the second-best win streak of 70 which they maintained from 2001-03. That streak broke Louisiana Tech's 54-game streak (1980-82), Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey was a player on that Louisiana Tech squad and current BU assistant coach Leon Barmore was associate head coach for the Lady Techsters during that stretch.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Located in Storrs, Conn., the Connecticut Huskies, members of the BIG EAST Conference, enter the season riding a 79-game win streak, the longest NCAA Division I win streak. The back-to-back defending national champions also have won 67 consecutive regular season games.
UConn lost five seniors to graduation last season and guard Caroline Doty will redshirt in 2010-11. After one game, a 117-37 win over Holy Cross, the Huskies are led by junior guard Tiffany Hayes' 32 points per game. Four others also tallied double-digits against Holy Cross - senior forward Maya Moore, 21; freshman guard Bria Hartley 18; sophomore guard Kelly Faris, 15.0 and freshman forward Samarie Walker, 12.
Head coach Geno Auriemma (West Chester, 1981) is in his 26th season at UConn and is 736-122 (.858).