Road Trip to No. 6 Tennessee Awaits Top-Ranked WBB

Baylor [#1/1 (5-0)] at Tennessee [6/7 (2-1)]
Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 | 1 p.m. CT
Knoxville, Tenn. | Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678)

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Date Sunday, Nov. 27 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Location Knoxville, Tenn. | Thompson-Boling Arena
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Series Tied, 2-2
In Waco Baylor leads, 1-0
At Tenn.
Tennessee leads, 1-0
Neutral Tied, 1-1
Mulkey Record vs. Tennessee, 2-2
Record 5-0
Ranking 1 (AP), 1 (Coaches)
Last Game W, 109-59 vs. Yale
Head Coach Kim Mulkey
Career: 303-79 (12th season)
BU Record: same (12th season)
Record 2-1
Ranking 6 (AP), 7 (Coaches)
Last Game L, 69-65 OT at Virginia
Head Coach Pat Summitt
Career: 1,073-200 (38th season)
Tennessee Record: same (38th season)

• Last Sunday's game vs. No. 2 Notre Dame marked the start of the most difficult regular-season stretch in school history. After defeating the Fighting Irish at home on Sunday and Yale on Tuesday, the Lady Bears visit sixth-ranked Tennessee on Sunday, Nov. 27 and have a home game against second-ranked UConn on Dec. 18.
• Baylor is averaging 53.8 rebounds a contest, hauling down 52 four times and 59 against Chattanooga.
• Baylor's junior post Brittney Griner has registered 420 career blocked shots and needs 27 more rejections to break Oklahoma's Courtney Paris' Big 12 record of 446.
• Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 179 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006.
Brittney Griner moved to No. 8 on BU's career scoring chart with 1,618 points. She passed Karen Aulenbacher (1975-78), who played in the AIAW era and scored 1,608 points.
Odyssey Sims posted her first career double-double with 13 points and 13 assists vs. Yale. The 13 assists were the third highest single-game mark since Dec. 28, 2002. The last time a Lady Bear had more than 10 was Kelli Griffin (11) on March 20, 2010, vs. Fresno State.
Brittney Griner was selected Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week by a media voting panel for games from Nov. 15-20. Griner was recognized for the 13th time in her career.
• Baylor is the only school to have its women's basketball (No. 1), men's basketball (No. 9) and football (No. 21) teams ranked among the AP Top 25.
• Three Baylor players, Brittney Griner (31p/10r), Odyssey Sims (13p/13a) and Brooklyn Pope (16p/10r) recorded double-doubles vs. Yale. That feat hadn't occurred since Rachel Allison, Jhasmin Player and Danielle Wilson accomplished in on Nov. 29, 2007, at Southeast Missouri.
Brittney Griner has recorded back-to-back 30-point games (32 vs. Notre Dame, 31 vs. Yale). She also had back-to-back 30-plus games last season when she scored 30 vs. West Virginia and 40 vs. Green Bay, both in NCAA Championship play.

Located in Knoxville, Tenn., the sixth-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols enter Sunday's contest with a 2-1 record. The Lady Vols have posted home victories over Pepperdine (92-76) and seventh-ranked Miami (92-76) and suffered an overtime road loss to Virginia (69-64).

Four Lady Vols are averaging double-digit scoring. Taber Spani, a 6-1 junior guard, leads the team with 17.7 points per game while 6-3 senior forward Glory Johnson averages 16.0 a contest, Shekinna Stricklen, a 6-2 senior guard/forward, manages 14.7 an outing and 5-9 sophomore guard Meighan Simmons scores 11.3 a game. Stricklen and Simmons share team rebounding honors with 9.0 each a game.

The Lady Vols are coached by 38th-year head coach Pat Summitt (Tennessee-Martin, 1974). Summitt is 1073-200 (.843) in her 38 years along the Tennessee sideline.

The University of Tennessee women's basketball team will host games this season to support Coach Pat Summitt after her announcement of early onset dementia, Alzheimer's Type, in late August.

To coincide with National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month the matchup between the No. 6 Tennessee Lady Vols and the No. 1 Baylor Lady Bears on Sunday, November 27, at 1 p.m. (CT) has been designated as the first of two, "We Back Pat" games.

In head coach Kim Mulkey's 12 seasons, Baylor is 76-57 against ranked opponents. Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 58-32 versus ranked opponents, including 2-0 in 2011-12.

Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 179 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006, an 82-63 Sweet 16 loss to eventual national champion Maryland.

In 2010-11, BU held 14 of its 37 opponents to below a .300 field goal percentage.

This season, BU held its opponents to a .282 field goal percentage (Howard, .156, Chattanooga, .183, UCLA, .322, Notre Dame, .389, Yale, .338).

While the Lady Bears are known for their gritty defense, they can also score the basketball, as evidenced by their 2010-11 scoring average of 79.0 points per game, which ranked as the program's highest since a school-record 89.9 average over 41 games in 1977-78.

Baylor was 27-0 a year ago and is 5-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points and has now won 82 straight such games since a 78-72 overtime loss at North Carolina State in the 2nd Round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament at Raleigh, N.C. The Lady Bears also have a string of 87 consecutive victories, including a 5-0 record in 2011-12, when putting 80 or more points on the scoreboard, since a 103-99 triple-overtime loss at Nebraska in 2004-05.

All-told, Baylor is 224-13 (.945) under Kim Mulkey when scoring 70 or more points, including a 145-3 (.980) record when totaling 80 or more. The Lady Bears have averaged 70.4 or more points in 11 of Mulkey's 12 seasons along the BU sideline.



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