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Preseason WNIT Championship
#16/#16 Baylor (3-0) vs. #12/#13 Purdue (4-0)
Sunday, Nov. 19 - 6 p.m.
Ferrell Center - Waco, Texas
BAYLOR Lady Bears
IN THE POLLS
16 - Associated Press
16 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Angela Tisdale - Jr., G, 5-5 - 13.0 ppg, 3.3 apg
Jhasmin Player - So., G, 5-10 - 4.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Jessica Morrow - So., G, 6-0 - 8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg
Rachel Allison - So., P, 6-0 - 8.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Bernice Mosby - Sr., P, 6-1 - 21.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg
IN THE POLLS
12 - Associated Press
13 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
FahKara Malone - Fr., G, 5-3 - 8.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Katie Gearlds - Sr., G, 6-1 - 20.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg
Jodi Howell - So., G, 5-11 - 8.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Erin Lawless - Sr., F, 5-10 - 13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton- Sr., C, 6-3 - 12.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg
OVER THE AIRWAVES
Webcast: FREE for all WNIT games.
Radio: KRZI/ESPN - 1660 AM
Rick May (Play-by-play)
Lori Fogleman (Color analyst)
PRESEASON WOMEN'S NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT (WNIT)
The Preseason WNIT field began with 16 high-caliber teams. The field has now been trimmed to two teams: Baylor and Purdue.
The championship is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. (CT) in Baylor's Ferrell Center.
Preseason WNIT Championship
Sunday, Nov. 19
Purdue at Baylor (6 p.m. CT)
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SECOND APPEARANCE IN PRESEASON WNIT
Baylor is making its second appearance in the Preseason WNIT. The Lady Bears hosted first and second round games in 1998, winning their first round contest against Louisiana-Monroe (84-65) before losing in the second round to 22nd-ranked Florida, 70-58. Baylor is now 4-1 in Preseason WNIT contests.
Baylor is hosting its third WNIT championship game, the other two were Postseason WNIT games. Baylor lost in the 1998 finals to Penn State (59-56) and dropped a 64-63 thriller to Auburn in 2003. Baylor is 8-3 in Postseason WNIT contests and 4-1 in Preseason WNIT games.
HOW THEY GOT TO THE FINALS
Baylor advanced to the Preseason WNIT finals with homecourt victories over North Texas (84-47), Hofstra (81-71) and BYU (84-58).
Purdue posted impressive victories over Belmont (67-43), Hartford (83-51) and North Carolina State (68-38). All three games were in the Boilermakers' Mackey Arena.
Both teams have posted large scoring margins over opponents in the Preseason WNIT. Baylor's scoring margin is +24.3 while Purdue's is +28.7.
WNIT RECORDS BROKEN
The Lady Bears have broken two WNIT records so far. In its three games, Baylor has registered 30 blocked shots shattering the old record of 21 set by Connecticut in 2005 in four games.
Freshman post Danielle Wilson has blocked 15 shots so far, bettering Oklahoma standout Courtney Paris' record of 12 which she accomplished last year in four games.
ON NOVEMBER 19TH
Baylor has played two games on November 19, both against Indiana, and owns a 2-0 record on that date. The Lady Bears won a home game against the Hoosiers (60-47) in 2004 and defeated Indiana (74-62) at Bloomington in 2005.
Ironically, current Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp was Indiana's coach last season.
This will mark the second season in a row that Baylor will have played a Sharon Versyp-coached team on Nov. 19.
Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp, a former star point guard and 1989 Purdue graduate, returned to her alma mater after former head coach Kristy Curry left the program to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech. In her first season at the Boilermaker helm, Versyp's career record is 120-65 in seven seasons, five at Maine and one at Indiana.
Eight letterwinners, including three starters, return from last year's Sweet 16 squad which finished the season at 26-7. The Boilermakers enter the game with a 4-0 record after posting an 88-64 home win over the University of Washington on Friday.
Senior guard/forward Katie Gearlds leads the squad in scoring with 20.0 points a game and assists with 15. Senior forward Erin Lawless manages 13.5 points a game and has gone to the free throw line a team-high 25 times and has drained 22 of them. Lindsay Wisdon-Hylton, a junior forward, completes the Boilermakers' double-digit scoring with 12.5 an outing and is the team's top rebounder at 9.3 a contest.
On the season, Purdue has outscored its opponents 76.5 to 49.0 for a +27.5 scoring margin.
SERIES RECORD VS. PURDUE
Sunday's contest marks the first meeting between the Lady Bears and the Boilermakers.
BAYLOR VS. BIG TEN
Baylor holds a 5-3 series lead against Big Ten Conference teams. Baylor is 2-0 versus Indiana, holds 1-0 leads against Michigan State and Minnesota, trails Penn State 1-2 and is 0-1 versus Wisconsin.
CAN YOU FOLLOW THIS?
Both Purdue and Baylor have won NCAA championships. Purdue claimed its title in 1999 and Baylor won the championship in 2005.
Current Florida head coach Carolyn Peck was Purdue's leader for its championship run. Peck was Bernice Mosby's head coach at Florida when she transferred to Baylor.
BAYLOR IN THE RANKINGS
The Lady Bears are ranked in both major polls. They are listed at No. 16 in the most recent AP Poll which extends their school-record streak to 50 straight weeks. BU is also ranked No. 16 in the current USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
BAYLOR ON THE SEASON
Three games into the season, four players, including two freshmen, are averaging double-digit scoring..
Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby leads the way with 21.0 a game, junior point guard Angela Tisdale manages 13.0 points, while Latara Darrett, a freshman guard, drains 10.3 and freshman post Danielle Wilson tallies 10.0.
Mosby is averaging a double-double with 13.0 rebounds a game to go with her 21.0 points. Wilson is the squad's second-leading rebounder with 7.0 a game.
When she's in the game, freshman post Danielle Wilson has the ability to alter the opponent's game plan. In just three games Wilson has used her expansive wing span (82 1/4") to block a team- and league-leading 15 shots for an average of 5.0 an outing.
Wilson broke Oklahoma's Courtney Paris' WNIT blocked shot record. Paris set her record last season with 12, Wilson already has 15 with one game to go.