|Baylor vs. Rice
Nov. 18, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FSSW Plus
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No. 9/9 Baylor Hosts In-State Rival Rice...
The ninth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears put their nation's-best and school-record 59-game home win streak on the line as they host Rice at 7:05 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 18.
The contest marks Baylor's first televised broadcast of the season. John Morris will call the play-by-play for the Fox Sports Southwest Plus broadcast while Jim Haller will offer color commentary.
The Rice Owls come to the Ferrell Center with a 2-1 mark after posting wins over Prairie View A&M (77-63) and Texas Southern (61-54) and Thursday's a road defeat to McNeese State (65-54).
In his 21st season overall and ninth at Rice, head coach Greg Williams' Owls are led by senior forward Jessica Kuster's 20.7 points and 15.0 rebounds a contest. She is followed by Megan Palmer, a 6-1 freshman forward, who scores 9.7 a game. Junior post Cristal Porter is the team's second-leading rebounder with 10.0 an outing.
Baylor has won a nation's-best and school-record 59 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 2-0 in 2013-14.
- Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 guard, is averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals as a senior.
- Baylor's five freshmen are scoring 48.0 percent of the team's points, hauling down 45.9 percent of its rebounds and playing 42.8 percent of the minutes.
- Of the team's five players averaging double-digit scoring, three are freshmen (Nina Davis, 19.5; Imani Wright, 12.5, Khadijiah Cave, 10.0).
- Sims, with 478 career assists, now ranks No. 2 on Baylor's career assist list and needs only 16 to take over the top spot from Angela Tisdale (493; 2004-08).
- In her 14 seasons at the program's helm, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 374-81 (.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 59-game home win streak ranks No. 1 nationally.
- Through three-plus years, fourth-year players Odyssey Sims and Makenzie Robertson are 110-5 (.957) overall and 51-1 (.981) in regular season Big 12 games and are undefeated in the Ferrell Center. The duo has six Big 12 titles, three NCAA Tournament trips, an NCAA championship and two Final Four appearances to their credit.
- National Player of the Year contender and Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Odyssey Sims is averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals as a senior.
- Including Sims' 25.5 ppg, six players are averaging double-digit scoring, three of which are freshmen; Nina Davis (Fr., F.P) scored 19.5, Mariah Chandler (Gr., F/P) 14.0, Imani Wright (Fr., G) 12.5, Kristina Higgins (So., P) 10.0 and Khadijiah Cave (Fr., P) 10.0.
- On the boards, Cave is the team leader with 8.0 a contest while Davis and Higgins each average 7.5 a game.
- Sophomore guard Niya Johnson is the team's top distributor, averaging 6.5 assists an outing while Sims follows with 4.5 a game.
- Odyssey Sims moved into second all-time on Baylor's career list for 3-point field goals made. Her four 3-pointers Thursday moved her past Angela Tisdale (2004-08) and Kristin Mayberry's (1991-95) mark of 164. Sims has 165 3-point field goals headed into Baylor's game with Rice.
- Sims extended her streak of double-digit scoring games to 12. Sims was last held to single-digits against UConn, Feb. 18, 2013, when she had nine.
- Sims' 23 points gave her three-straight games with at least 20 points dating back to last year's NCAA Tournament game with Louisville; and marked the 20th time in her career she passed the 20-point mark.
- Freshman Nina Davis' 28 points helped her reach double figures in each of her first two collegiate games, she also posted her first career double-double with 21 points and 11 boards.
- Freshman Imani Wright scored 15 points, on 5 of 8 shooting, to give her back-to-back games; with double-digit points; she scored 10 against Grambling.
- Freshman Khadijiah Cave had the first double-double of her career; she had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
- Baylor's 111 points vs. Nicholls State and 110 vs. Grambling, gave the Lady Bears their first back-to-back 100+ point games since 2006.