Date: Friday, Nov. 19, 2010
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Radio: 92.9 FM
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com (paid)
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: 267-77 (11th season)
Baylor Record: same
Baylor vs. Michigan State: 1-0
MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
Ranking: 25/22 (AP/ESPN)
Head Coach: Suzy Merchant
Career Record: 271-155 (16th season)
Baylor Record: 70-35 (4th season)
MSU vs. Baylor: 0-1
The second-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, 3-1 on the season, will host the 25th-ranked Michigan State Spartans on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Ferrell Center. The contest marks the first of seven straight Lady Bear home games and is part of the Super Six Series.
The Spartans enter the contest at 2-0 after posting victories over IPUFW and Dayton.
Friday's contest marks Baylor's second game against a top-25 team.
SUPER SIX SERIES
The Big 12 has joined forces with five other conferences to create the Super Six Series women's basketball challenge. Leagues participating in addition to the Big 12 are the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Southeastern and Pacific-10 conferences.
This season marks the initial year of the Series which will continue through at least 2011-12. Two teams from each conference will participate, resulting in six games played in on-campus venues. Baylor and Nebraska will serve as the Big 12's participants in 2010 with BU hosting Michigan State on November 19 while NU travels to Washington State on November 22.
The parking shuttle which runs from the Dutton Street parking garage to the circle entrance of the Ferrell Center will begin running at 5 p.m. for Friday's game.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Located in East Lansing, Mich., the Michigan State Spartans, members of the Big Ten Conference, enter the contest with a 2-0 mark. They have posted home wins over IPFW (90-62) and Dayton (74-62).
Senior forward Kalisha Keane leads a trio of double-digit scorers with 16.5 ppg. She is followed in scoring by the squad's top rebounder, senior guard Cetera Washington, who averages 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Kelsey Smith, a 6-4 redshirt freshman center, completes the Spartans' double-digit scorers with 10.0 a contest. Michigan State features balanced rebounding with three players following Washington's 6.0 rebounds. Analise Pickrel manages 5.5 a game while Smith and Lykendra Johnson each pull down 5.0 a game.
Head coach Suzy Merchant (Central Michigan, 1991) is 70-35 in her fourth season at Michigan State and is 271-155 in 16 seasons as a head coach. She spent three seasons at Saginaw State (1995-98) and nine seasons at Eastern Michigan (1998-2007) prior to coming to the East Lansing campus.