|Baylor at Rice
Nov. 27, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Houston, Texas | Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Baylor Travels To Houston, Home for Griner...
The defending national champion and third-ranked Baylor Lady Bears will travel to the hometown of senior post Brittney Griner as BU takes on Rice on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse.
Baylor, led by 2012 National Coach of the Year Kim Mulkey, is 5-1 on the season after posting a 92-60 Ferrell Center victory over Liberty on Friday night. The Rice Owls enter Tuesday’s game at 2-3 after a 76-48 loss at UALR. Tuesday’s contest marks the first game of a seven-game homestand for Rice. The Owls are led by 6-2 junior forward Jessica Kuster’s 19.0 points and 9.4 rebounds a contest. She is followed by Megan Palmer, a 6-1 freshman forward, who scores 10.8 a game while hauling down 6.8 rebounds an outing.
• Preseason National Player of the Year Brittney Griner, a 6-8 senior post, leads BU in scoring with 18.7 points per game. Over the past three games Griner has averaged just 19 minutes per game. She currently has 2,537 career points and 999 career rebounds.
• Senior forward/post Destiny Williams leads BU in rebounding at 6.5 per game and ranks No. 2 in scoring with 10.7 a contest.
• Junior point guard Odyssey Sims, currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, averages 10.7 points an outing.
• Senior guard Jordan Madden leads the squad in assists (24) and minutes played (26.3) while averaging 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds a contest. In addition, she is shooting .575 from the floor, including .333 from 3-point range.
Griner Returns to Hometown...
• Brittney Griner makes her first appearance in Houston as a Lady Bear when Baylor plays at Rice on Tuesday night.
• Baylor’s Wednesday, Dec. 5 game at No. 5 Notre Dame has been changed from ESPNU to ESPN2.
• Brittney Griner needs one rebound to reach 1,000 for her career. She currently has 999 and will become just the fifth Lady Bear to haul down 1,000 boards.
• With 610 career blocks, Griner needs 53 to claim the NCAA block record of 663, set by St. Mary’s (CA) Louella Tomlinson (2006-11).
• Griner has scored 2,537 career points and ranks No. 2 on BU’s career scoring chart.
• Kimetria Hayden has scored 882 career points and needs just 118 to become the 30th Lady Bear to achieve the milestone.
• Senior guard Jordan Madden is having her finest season yet, averaging 10.0 points a game while hauling down 4.3 rebounds a contest.
• Madden leads the team in minutes played (26.3 mpg), assists (24) and steals (14).
• She has scored in double-digits in five of six games this season including a season-high 16 vs. then-No. 4 Stanford.
Hayden Picking it Up...
• Senior guard Kimetria Hayden turned in her best performance this season with a team-leading 18 vs. Liberty and also dished out five assists and recorded five steals.
• Hayden was 7-of-9 from the floor vs. Liberty and scored 12 of her 18 points in the first half.
From 3-Point Range...
• Over their first three games, the Lady Bears were 4-for-24 (.167) from 3-point range.
• In its last three contests, BU is 19-of-37 (.514) from beyond the arch.
• Located in Houston, the Rice Owls return to their home court, Tudor Fieldhouse, after four straight road contests. The Owls will, beginning with Baylor, play the next seven games at home.
• Rice is 2-3 on the season and is led by 6-2 junior forward Jessica Kuster’s 19.0 points and 9.4 rebounds a contest. She is followed by Megan Palmer, a 6-1 freshman forward, who scores 10.8 a game while hauling down 6.8 rebounds an outing.
• Rice is coached by 20th-year head coach Greg Williams (Rice, 1970). Williams owns a 308-258 career mark (.544) and is 107-119 (.474) in eight seasons along the Rice sideline.
• Vs. Rice - BU leads series 18-17, but trails 6-9 in games played in Houston.
• In the five games between the two teams since Coach Mulkey’s arrival, BU has averaged 82 points while limiting the Owls to 56.
• Baylor enters the contest having won five straight vs. the Owls.
• BU and Rice last met on Nov. 13, 2010, in the Baylor-hosted Basketball Travelers World Vision Classic, the Lady Bears posted a 95-51 victory.
• Brittney Griner led the Lady Bears with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. Two other Lady Bears hauled down double-digit rebounds with Brooklyn Pope and then-senior Melissa Jones each garnering 10.
• Baylor out-rebounded the Owls 62-37 in the contest.