Dec. 3, 2006
WACO, Texas - #13/#13 Baylor (8-1) vs . Sam Houston State (3-3)
Monday, Dec. 4 - 7 p.m. (CT)
Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas
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Lori Fogleman, color analyst
BAYLOR Lady Bears
IN THE POLLS
13 - Associated Press
13 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Angela Tisdale - Jr., G, 5-5 - 10.3 ppg, 4.3 apg
Jhasmin Player - So., G, 5-10 - 5.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Jessica Morrow - So., G, 6-2 - 8.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Rachel Allison - So., P, 6-1 - 7.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg
Bernice Mosby - Sr., P, 6-1 - 19.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg
SAM HOUSTON STATE Bearkats
IN THE POLLS
NR - Associated Press
NR - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Kendall Homesley - Sr., G, 5-7 - 4.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Erica Parker - Sr., F, 5-9 - 10.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg
Whitney Smith - Fr., F, 5-11 - 10.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg
Britney Harris - Jr., F, 5-10 - 9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Adah Wells - Sr., C, 6-1 - 4.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg
The Baylor Lady Bears are coming off a tough stretch where they have played seven games in a 15-day period, which included three top 25 teams, to begin the season.
Baylor faces three more games within a five-day span (TAMU-CC, Nov. 30; Southeast Missouri, Dec. 2; Sam Houston State, Dec. 4) before a well-deserved nine-day break for final exams. Two down and one more to go in that three-game stretch after a 64-62 win over Texas A&M-CC on Thursday evening and an 81-47 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night.
Despite the exhausting schedule, the Lady Bears have managed to post an 8-1 record which includes wins over ninth-ranked LSU and No. 22 BYU and a championship of the Junkanoo Jam's Lucaya Division.
The Lady Bears are playing their most challenging non-conference schedule in program history. Baylor has played three teams ranked among the Associated Press' top 25 (No. 9 Purdue, No. 11 LSU, No. 23 BYU) and two others who are receiving votes (Hofstra, South Dakota State). In addition, Baylor's Dec. 17 opponent, UCLA, is receiving votes in the AP Poll.
Nine games into the season, two players are averaging double-digit scoring. Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby leads the way with 19.8 a game while junior point guard Angela Tisdale scores 10.3 points. Mosby is averaging a team-leading 10.1 rebounds a game while sophomore post Rachel Allison is the squad's second-leading rebounder with 7.7 a game and is followed by freshman post Danielle Wilson's 5.9.
ON DECEMBER 4
Tonight's game marks just the fourth time the Lady Bears have played on Dec. 4. Baylor is 1-2 in games played on that date including a 1-1 record at Waco and an 0-1 road mark.
Baylor defeated Western Michigan (68-60) in 1987, lost to Wichita State (70-68) in 1992 in Arlington, Texas and lost in 1995 to Arkansas State (64-57) at Waco.
SCOUTING THE BEARKATS
The Sam Houston State Bearkats, currently 3-3 on the season, have been idle since Nov. 27. First-year Bearkat head coach and former Sam Houston State player Brenda Welch-Nichols came to the Huntsville, Texas, campus from Mercer University after serving as its head coach. The Bearkats' victories have come against Texas Southern (81-65), LSU-Shreveport (65-56) and Wiley (97-76), all three contests were home games. They have suffered road defeats to SMU (84-50), Texas (84-56) and Rice (91-48).
Sam Houston State is led by senior forward Erica Parker and freshman forward Whitney Smith, both of whom average 10.0 points a game, while junior forward Britney Harris follows closely with 9.5 an outing. Parker is also the squad's top rebounder at 5.2 a game while junior center Adah Wells hauls down 4.3 a contest.
This will be the 14th meeting between the two schools. Baylor holds a 9-4 lead and has won four straight meetings. Sam Houston State's last win over the Lady Bears came on Dec. 11, 1997 at Huntsville, 72-66. Baylor owns a 5-1 record in games played in Waco. The Bearkats' last Waco victory came on Nov. 27, 1989 (87-81).
This contest will be the fifth straight season the two squads have met. On Dec. 29 last year the Lady Bears posted an 82-42 win in Waco.
VERSUS THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE This will be Baylor's 103rd game against a Southland Conference team and it holds a 67-35 series record lead.
If the Lady Bears continue their current pace blocking shots, they could break the record for blocks in a season that the 2002-03 squad set in 35 games with 204. At this point of the season in 2002-03 the Lady Bears had blocked 79 shots, while the current Baylor squad has blocked 78 so far.
Freshman Danielle Wilson and senior Bernice Mosby have combined to account for 44 of this year's rejections. In fact, Wilson could set a record for blocked shots by a Baylor freshman. She currently has 31 and former Lady Bear Sophia Young owns the top mark at 43 during her rookie season in 2002-03.
HITTING A DRY SPELL
In the three games prior to the victory over Southeast Missouri State (SEMO), the Lady Bears had struggled from long distance. They were 2-23 (.087) over that span from three-point range. Against SEMO the Lady Bears found their range and were an impressive 7-of-15 (.467), including four treys by freshman Latara Darrett and three by Angela Tisdale.
Under Coach Mulkey, Baylor sports a 49-3 non-conference mark in the Ferrell Center, with two losses coming in postseason play. In 2002 Baylor lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Drake, 76-72 and lost to Auburn (64-63) in the championship game of the 2003 Postseason WNIT. Purdue ended Baylor's 20-game non-league win streak on Nov. 19.
Baylor's overall record versus non-conference opponents since Coach Mulkey's arrival is 100-14.
MULKEY VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS
With Baylor's victory over ninth-ranked LSU on Tuesday, Nov. 21, head coach Kim Mulkey is now 32-31 against ranked opponents, including a 2-1 record this season.
Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas A&M during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 16-6 versus ranked opponents.