| Baylor [#1/1 (6-0)] vs. Texas Southern [NR/NR (1-3)]
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 | 7 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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• BU's Nov. 25 game vs. then-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 Nov. 20 and Yale on Nov. 22, the Lady Bears defeated then-sixth-ranked Tennessee on Sunday, Nov. 27, in Knoxville and have a Dec. 18 home game against second-ranked UConn.
• Baylor is averaging a league-leading 51.5 rebounds a contest, hauling down 50 or more five times.
• Baylor's junior post Brittney Griner has registered 427 career blocked shots and needs 20 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 180 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006.
• The Lady Bears sport a 26-game home win streak, BU's last home loss came vs. Texas on March 7, 2009, 70-54.
• Baylor leads the nation in scoring offense (89.2) and is one of 31 teams, including six Big 12 teams, with a perfect record this season.
• Brittney Griner ranks No. 8 on BU's career scoring chart with 1,644 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.
• Baylor is the only school to have its women's basketball (No. 1), men's basketball (No. 7) and football (No. 19) teams ranked among the AP Top 25.
• The Lady bears are 44-4 over their last 48 games.
• BU is bidding for its first 7-0 start since 2007-08 and just the eighth such opening in school history.
• Baylor's Ferrell Center record in regular season, non-conference games under coach Mulkey is 91-1 (.989). During that 12-year span, Baylor's lone Ferrell Center loss came against 12th-ranked Purdue on Nov. 19, 2006, in the Preseason WNIT championship game. Since then, Baylor has won 52 straight non-league home games (including two 2011 NCAA Tournament contests).
LADY BEARS GETTING DEFENSIVE
Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 180 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006, an 82-63 Sweet 16 loss to eventual national champion Maryland.
In 2010-11, BU has held 14 of its 37 opponents to below a .300 field goal percentage.
This season, BU held its opponents, including three ranked foes, to a .284 field goal percentage.
Baylor ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division I statistics in field goal percentage defense (.284).
THE GRINER EFFECT
With Brittney Griner's 6-8 presence in the paint and her ability to block shots, BU's opponents have increased their 3- point shot attempts since her arrival. In 2008-09, the year before Griner came to Baylor, BU opponents took 570 shots from beyond the arc, in 2009-10 foes took 740 treys and they took 750 last season.
So far this season, BU opponents have taken 127 (21.2 per game) shots beyond the arc.
LADY BEARS LOVE THE 70s & 80s
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 6-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points and has now won 83 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 225-13 (.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.
HOME, SWEET HOME
In Kim Mulkey's 12 seasons along the Ferrell Center sideline, her teams have posted some impressive numbers on their home court. The Lady Bears have maintained a 170-19 (.900) Ferrell Center record during that time span. Mulkey's first four seasons produced a 56-10 (.849) Ferrell Center mark while over the past eight years the Lady Bears are 114-9 (.927).
The Lady Bears have won 114 of their last 123 home games, including 72 of their last 77.
Since a 16-3 homecourt record in 2006-07, the Lady Bears have registered Ferrell Center records of 17-1 (07-08), 14-2 (08- 09), 15-2 (09-10) and last year's record-breaking 21-0 mark.
Baylor is 5-0 at home this season and has won 26 straight home games since a 70-54 loss to Texas in the 2010 regular season finale.
Baylor has posted two undefeated Ferrell Center records; 2004-05 with a 14-0 mark and 21-0 in 2010-11.