No. 9/9 Baylor Hosts Athletes in Action Classic... The ninth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears will host the four-team Athletes in Action Classic, Nov. 21-23. Joining Baylor in the round-robin tournament are Northwestern State (2-0), Savannah State (2-0) and UTSA (1-2). The Lady Bears put their nation’s-best and school-record 60-game home win streak on the line as they host Savannah State at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 21. The complete schedule is below.
Thursday, Nov. 21 5 p.m. - Northwestern State vs. UTSA; 7 p.m. - Savannah State vs. Baylor (Radio-1660 AM & 99.1 FM) Friday, Nov. 22 5 p.m. - UTSA vs. Savannah State; 7 p.m. - Northwestern State vs. Baylor (Radio-1660 AM & 99.1 FM) Saturday, Nov. 23 5 p.m. - UTSA vs. Baylor (Radio-92.9 FM) ; 7 p.m. - Savannah State vs. Northwestern State
Canned Food Drive- Bring canned food items for $5 admission (day of game only at ticket office)
Tournament Package- Tickets to all games for only $21
Only 1 ticket is needed for both games each day
The Lady Bears’ school-record 60-game home win streak ranks No. 1 nationally.
Baylor’s 40-game Big 12 Conference regular season win streak is the nation’s longest active league win string.
Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 guard, is averaging 28.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals as a senior.
Baylor’s five freshmen are scoring 44.3 percent of the team’s points, hauling down 43.0 percent of its rebounds and playing 41.2 percent of the minutes.
Of the team’s three players averaging double-digit scoring, two are freshmen (Nina Davis, 16.3 and Imani Wright, 12.0).
Sims, with 481 career assists, now ranks No. 2 on Baylor’s career assist list and needs only 13 to take over the top spot from Angela Tisdale (493; 2004-08).
National Player of the Year contender and Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 guard, is averaging 28.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals as a senior.
Including Sims’ 28.0 ppg, two players are averaging double-digit scoring, both of which are freshmen; Nina Davis (Fr., F/P) scores 16.3 and Imani Wright (Fr., G) manages 12.0.
On the boards, freshman post Khadijiah Cave is the team leader with 7.7 a contest while Davis averages 7.0 a game and Kristina Higgins hauls down 6.3 an outing.
Sophomore guard Niya Johnson is the team’s top distributor, averaging 6.7 assists an outing while Sims follows with 4.0 a game.
Baylor’s quintet of freshmen are making their presence felt. They are producing 44.3 percent of the team’s points, hauling down 43.0 percent of its rebounds and playing 41.2 percent of the minutes.
Nina Davis and Imani Wright are two of three BU players averaging double-digit scoring with 16.3 and 12.0 points per game, respectively.
Khadijiah Cave and Nina Davis are the team’s top two rebounders with 7.7 and 7.0 a game, respectively, while Davis leads the team in steals with 9.
The rookies are holding their own in shooting percentage as well, the group is shooting 54.4 percent (49-90) from the floor while the team is managing 50.5 percent.
Located in Natchitoches, La., the Northwestern State Lady Demons, members of the Southland Conference, bring a 2-0 season record into the tournament. The Lady Demons, embarking on their first road trip of the season, posted wins over Southern Arkansas (77-53) and Houston (74-70).
Two players combine to average 43 of the Lady Demons’ 75.5 points per game. Sophomore Keisha Le, a 5-5 guard, leads the team at 23.0 points per game while 6-1 senior forward Trudy Armstead follows closely with 20.0 points an outing. Armstead is the team’s top rebounder at 10.0 a contest while Lee follows with 7.0 boards.
Northwestern State is coached by co-head coaches Brooke (Louisiana Tech, 2002) and Scott Stoehr (Nebraska Wesleyan, 1997). The Stoehr’s are in their second season as head coaches and are 14-18 (.438).
Prior to arriving at Northwestern State, Brooke Stoehr was an assistant at Texas Tech. In addition, she spent a season on the staff at Southern Mississippi and three years on the staff at her alma mater, Louisiana Tech, following a stay at Arkansas-Little Rock. She played collegiately at Louisiana Tech from 1998-2002 where she served as a two-year captain and starting point guard as a junior and senior.
Stoehr was recruited to Louisiana Tech by current BU head coach Kim Mulkey and played two season for her.
Located in Savannah, Ga., the Savannah State Lady Tigers, members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, bring a 2-0 season record into the tournament. The Lady Tigers, also making their first road trip of the season, posted wins over Columbia College (88-41) and Charleston Southern (75-47).
Savannah State is led by 5-8 senior guard Ezinne Kalu’s 15.0 points a contest and is followed by Kenyata Hendrix, a 5-10 freshman guard, who scores 14.5 a game. Freshman center Tiyonda Davis is the team’s leading rebounder with 5.0 an outing.
Savannah State is coached by 21st-year head coach Cedric Baker (Voorhees College, 1990). Baker owns a 288-310 (.482) career mark and is 94-195 (.325) in 11 seasons along the Lady Tiger sideline.
Located in San Antonio, Texas, the UTSA Roadrunners, members of Conference USA, bring a 1-2 season record into the tournament. They dropped their season opening road contest to Texas (63-42) and suffered a 63-59 home loss to Lamar before rebounding to defeat UT-Arlington at home, 74-56.
UTSA is led by 5-6 junior guard Kamra King’s 15.7 points a contest. She is followed by Miki Turner, a 5-7 senior guard, who scores 9.0 a game. Sophomore guard/forward Niaga Mitchell-Cole and freshman center Tensha Smith each average 5.0 rebounds a game to lead the team.
UTSA is coached by first-year head coach Lubomyr Lichonczak (Idaho, 1978).