|Baylor vs. Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic
Nov. 16/17/18, 2012 | 6:30 p.m./8:30 p.m./6:30 p.m. (CT)
Honolulu, Hawai’i | Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
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Baylor Travels to Hawai’i for Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic...
The defending national champion and top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears will play their second-straight top-10 team when they take on fourth-ranked Stanford in the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday, Nov. 16. The Lady Bears will also play UT Martin (Saturday) and host Hawai’i (Sunday). Baylor, led by 2012 National Coach of the Year Kim Mulkey, is 2-0 on the season after defeating sixth-ranked Kentucky, 85-51, on Tuesday in Waco. The Lady Bears are led by preseason and reigning consensus National Player of the Year Brittney Griner’s 25.5 points a game, while junior point guard Odyssey Sims, a Preseason AP All-American, averages 14.5 and senior forward/post Destiny Williams adds 11.0 points and a team-leading 9.5 rebounds a game.Baylor’s matchup with Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer’s Cardinal will be a rematch of last year’s NCAA Division I Championship semifinal where the Lady Bears downed Stanford, 59-47, in Denver. Griner and former Lady Bear Terran Condrey shared BU scoring honors with 13 points each while Sims added 11 points. Williams was the team’s top rebounders with 10 and nine, respectively. The now-graduated Nneka Ogwumike was the lone Cardinal to score in double-digit, pouring in a game-high 22, she also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Friday - Baylor vs. Stanford - 6:30 p.m. (Central)
Saturday - Baylor vs. UT Martin - 8:30 p.m. (Central)
Sunday - Baylor vs. Hawai’i - 6:30 p.m. (Central)
Wounded Warrior Unit...
The Lady Bears will visit the Wounded Warrior Unit at Schofield Barracks after practice on Thursday. Former Lady Bear basketball player Dionne Brown (#50, 2002-04), is in the military and stationed on Oahu and was instrumental in arranging the visit.
-Baylor is making its third trip to Hawai’i, the second under head coach Kim Mulkey. The Lady Bears are 3-2 in games played on Oahu.
-In 1996 then-head coach Sonja Hogg brought her team to play Fairfield, Hawai’i and Oregon State, the Lady Bears defeated Fairfield (68-58, and lost to both Hawai’i (71-57) and No. 18 Oregon State (84-62).
-In Kim Mulkey’s second season (2001), the Lady Bears made their first appearance in Stan Sheriff Center. The ninth-ranked Lady Bears downed both Hawai’i (70-65) and Illinois-Chicago (62-43).
Ferrell Center West...
Hawai’i’s Stan Sheriff Center (SSC) will seem very familiar to Baylor players. The facility which opened in 1994, is modeled after BU’s Ferrell Center.
Baylor in Regular Season, Non-Conference Games...
-In Coach Mulkey’s 13 seasons at Baylor, the Lady Bears are 143-9 (.941) in regular season, non-conference games. Seven of the nine losses have come against ranked opponents.
2000-01 - 11-0
2001-02 - 12-0
2002-03 - 11-1, lost at Montana State (75-66)
2003-04 - 12-1, lost at No. 7 Penn State (74-63)
2004-05 - 10-1, lost to No, 3 LSU (71-70), State Farm Tip-Off Classic, Austin
2005-06 - 10-1, lost at No. 4 LSU (88-57)
2006-07 - 13-1, lost to No. 12 Purdue (69-55) at Waco (Preseason WNIT)
2007-08 - 12-1, lost at No. 5 Stanford (87-63)
2008-09 - 12-1, lost to Wisconsin (59-58) at Paradise Jam, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
2009-10 - 12-1, lost at No. 8 Tennessee (74-65) in State Farm Tip-Off Classic
2010-11 - 13-1, lost at Connecticut (65-64) in State Farm Tip Off Classic
2011-12 - 13-0
2012-13 - 2-0
- Baylor’s Ferrell Center record in regular season, non-conference games under coach Mulkey is 98-1 (.990). During that 13-year span, Baylor’s lone Ferrell Center loss came against 12th-ranked Purdue on Nov. 19, 2006, in the Preseason WNIT championship game. Since then, Baylor has won 59 straight non-league home games (including two 2011 NCAA Tournament contests).
- BU has won 25 straight regular season, non-league games since its Nov. 16, 2010, loss at UConn.
Season Theme - Back-2-Business...
- “Back-2-Business” ties in three themes; back represents back-to-back, two represents two in a row and business is a take on the unfinished business the 2011-12 Lady Bears took care of.
- Baylor seeks to become just the fourth team to win back-to-back NCAA titles; hoping to join USC, Tennessee (twice) and Connecticut (twice) in accomplishing the rare feat. Louisiana Tech won the final AIAW crown in 1981 and the first NCAA title in 1982.
- Brittney Griner needs 21 rebounds to reach 1,000 for her career. She currently has 979 and will become just the fifth Lady Bear to haul down 1,000 boards.
- With 606 career blocks, Griner needs 57 to claim the NCAA block record of 663, set by St. Mary’s (CA) Louella Tomlinson (2006-11).
- Griner has scored 2,476 career points and needs just five points to move past Sophia Young’s 2,480 career points and rank No. 2 on BU’s career scoring chart.
- Kimetria Hayden has scored 847 career points and needs just 153 to become the 30th Lady Bear to achieve the milestone.
All-Time Winning Streak...
- Baylor ranks fifth on the NCAA Division I women’s basketball’s all-time winning streak list with 42.
90 - UConn (2008-11)
70 - UConn (2001-03)
54 - Louisiana Tech (1980-82)
46 - Tennessee (1996-98)
42 - Baylor (2011-present)
- 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. BU defeated Kentucky, 85-51 in Waco.
- 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.