Nov. 20, 2006
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#15/#16 Baylor (3-1) hosts #9/#10 LSU (5-0)
Tuesday, Nov. 21 - 7 p.m.
Ferrell Center - Waco, Texas
OVER THE AIRWAVES
Video: Live video stream at BaylorBears.com
Audio: Live audio stream at BaylorBears.com
Radio: KRZI/ESPN - 1660 AM - Waco; KVCE Dallas - 1160 AM - Dallas
Rick May, play-by-play
Lori Fogleman, color analyst
BAYLOR Lady Bears
IN THE POLLS
15 - Associated Press
16 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Angela Tisdale - Jr., G, 5-5 - 11.0 ppg, 3.0 apg
Jhasmin Player - So., G, 5-10 - 4.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Jessica Morrow - So., G, 6-2 - 6.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Rachel Allison - So., P, 6-1 - 8.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
Bernice Mosby - Sr., P, 6-1 - 22.3 ppg, 12.5 rpg
LSU Lady Tigers
IN THE POLLS
9 - Associated Press
10 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Erica White - Jr., G, 5-3 - 4.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg
RaShonta LeBlanc - Jr., G, 5-7 - 7.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Quianna Chaney - Jr., G, 5-11 - 9.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Ashley Thomas - Jr., F, 6-0 - 3.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Sylvia Fowles - Jr., C, 6-6 - 17.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg
Baylor, ranked No. 15 in the Nov. 20 AP poll and No. 16 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, will play its third top 25 team in six days when it hosts the ninth-ranked LSU Lady Tigers on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
The Lady Bears enter the contest with a 3-1 record after competing in the Preseason WNIT. Baylor posted victories over North Texas (84-47), Hofstra (81-71) and No. 22 BYU (84-58) and suffered a 69-55 loss to 12th-ranked Purdue in the tournament's championship game.
LSU comes to Waco at 5-0 after downing West Virginia (64-25), Howard (88-44), Virginia Tech (70-40), UL-Lafayette (65-31) and Tulane (59-39).
The two teams feature very different experience levels. The Lady Bears have nine underclassmen on their 12-player roster while LSU features two freshmen, one sophomore, nine juniors and zero seniors on its roster.
The game features two very successful coaches as well. Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey, in her seventh season as a head coach, sports a 160-46 record which includes a 2005 NCAA championship. LSU head coach Pokey Chatman is 69-7 in her third season at the Lady Tigers' helm. During that time LSU has won back-to-back SEC titles and made three straight NCAA Final Four appearances.
HEAD COACH Kim Mulkey
When Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Kim Mulkey accepted the position of women's head basketball coach at Baylor University, few could have predicted the dramatic and prestigious turn the program was about to take. In just six years at Baylor, the former All-American and Olympic Gold medalist has guided the Lady Bear basketball program to the pinnacle of women's basketball, the 2005 NCAA national championship, five NCAA Tournament appearances and six 20-win seasons.
The 2005 national title was Baylor's first for a women's team sport and the only basketball national title, men's or women's, in the Big 12 Conference's 10-year history.
In winning the 2005 title, Mulkey became the first person, man or woman, to win a basketball national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
En route to the NCAA championship, the Lady Bears won their first Big 12 Conference championship and were the league's tournament champion as well.
Mulkey has produced amazing results since taking over the reins of the program on April 4, 2000, averaging 26.1 wins a season. In her seven years at the program's helm, she has posted an impressive 160-46 (.777) record which ranks her No. 7 nationally in winning percentage.
Since taking over a squad that was just 7-20 the season prior to her arrival, Mulkey has guided the Lady Bears to six postseason appearances, including five NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the 2003 WNIT finals. In 2004, the Lady Bears made their first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and have now played in three straight Sweet 16s.
LSU head coach Pokey Chatman, a former point guard and 1991 LSU graduate, is in her third season as the Tigers' head coach. She served one season as a student assistant coach, seven as an assistant coach and five as associate head coach prior to assuming the program's reins in 2005. She is 69-7 as a head coach.
The Lady Tigers are led on the season by 6-6 center Sylvia Fowles. Fowles, a first-team All-SEC selection and third-team All-American last season is averaging 17.0 points and 11.0 rebounds a game this season. LSU's second leading scorer is junior guard Quianna Chaney at 9.4 an outing. Erica White, a 5-3 guard, and Ashley Thomas, a 6-0 forward, follow Fowles in rebounding with 3.8 apiece.
SERIES RECORD VS. LSU
Tuesday's contest marks the 11th meeting between the Lady Bears and the LSU Lady Tigers. LSU holds a 7-3 series lead including a string of five straight wins from 1977 to 1985. In the last four meetings the series is split 2-2. This is LSU's second trip to Waco and the Ferrell Center, the other coming on March 20, 1998 in the semifinals of the Postseason WNIT when Baylor prevailed 66-61.
Beginning with the 1998 contest, the two teams have alternated winning.
On Jan. 30 of last season the third-ranked LSU Lady Tigers handed 10th-ranked Baylor an 88-57 loss at Baton Rouge.
Junior point guard Angela Tisdale was Baylor's top returning scorer in that contest with 13 points while sophomore post Rachel Allison led the team in rebounding with six.
For the Tigers, junior center Sylvia Fowles recorded a double-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and added three blocks.