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Radio: Baylor Sports Network IMG College, 1660 AM/92.9 FM in Waco
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Live Stats/In-Game: BaylorBears.com
Twitter: @BaylorWBB | #SicUND
Ranking: 8 - AP, 9 - Coaches
Last Game: Dec. 5, 2017 win vs. Stanford, 81-57
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 513-96 (18th season)
BU Record: 513-96 (18th season)
Ranking: NR - AP, NR - Coaches
Last Game: Dec. 2, 2017 win vs. Northern Iowa, 80-72
Head Coach: Travis Brewster
Career Record: 93-70 (6th Season)
UND Record: 93-70 (6th Season)
HOME STRETCH CONTINUES
The No. 8/9 Baylor Lady Bears (7-1) host North Dakota (4-2) inside the Ferrell Center on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. (CT). It is the third of four games in the team's two-week home stand.
Fans can tune in to Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (analyst) on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and 1660AM or 99.1FM in Waco on Tuesday. There will be a live web stream of the game available on Baylor All-Access.
HOME SWEET HOME
Baylor has won 63 of its last 64 games played inside the Ferrell Center, including nine in a row.
Baylor has won 181 consecutive home games vs. non-ranked opponents, dating back to an April 4, 2003, homecourt loss to Auburn in the WNIT finals. BU is 219-4 (.982) in non-league home games under Kim Mulkey.
Before its defeat by No. 11/13 Texas, 85-79, on Feb. 6, 2017, Baylor owned a 54-game home win streak overall dating back to March 2, 2014, when it lost to 11th-ranked West Virginia, 71-70.
The Lady Bears have won 70 of their last 71 home games, and are 281-23 (.924) in Mulkey's tenure in the Ferrell Center.
Sophomore Lauren Cox, a 6-4 forward, and junior Kalani Brown, a 6-7 center, were called `Double Trouble' by Hall of Famer and Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer and analyst LaChina Robinson posed the question, `are they the best 4/5 combination in women's basketball this year?, following Baylor's win over the No. 16/14 Cardinal.
The duo accounts for 41.4 percent of the Lady Bears' offensive output this season, netting 301 of the team's 729 points this season.
The pair has also recorded 38.8 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts, pulling down 147 of the squad's 379 rebounds this year.
Against ranked opponents, Brown averages 24.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, while shooting 76.9 percent from the floor.
Cox, who missed Baylor's game at No. 8/7 UCLA, averages a double-double (14.0 points, 12.0 rebounds) against two ranked opponents faced this season. She also averages 2.0 blocks and 4.5 assists, while shooting 43.3 percent from the floor against Top 25 foes.
`Double Trouble' is responsible for 42.7 percent of Baylor's scoring and 28.9 percent of Baylor's rebounding efforts against its three ranked opponents.
Cox and Brown were named to Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and Preseason All-Big 12 teams, respectively. Brown was tabbed Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year.
A LOOK AT UND
Baylor and North Dakota are meeting for the first time in program history.
The Fighting Hawks were selected to finish runner-up in the Big Sky Preseason Coach's Poll.
Junior forward Lexi Klabo was selected to the Big Sky Preseason Team, after being named to the All-Big Sky Second Team last season. She is averaging a double-double through six games (19.7 points, 10.2 rebounds).
The Fighting Hawks return seven letterwinners and four starters from last season's squad, which tied for first in the Big Sky Conference.
The roster, comprised of four freshmen, nine juniors and one senior, are led by sixth-year head coach Travis Brewster.
Three average double figures in scoring, including Klabo (19.7), Fallyn Freije (12.7) and Jill Morton (11.5).
PERFECT IN THE CHALLENGE
Baylor remained perfect, 2-0, in the Big 12/SEC Challenge with a victory over No. 20/22 Kentucky on Thursday, Nov. 30 in Waco, 90-63.
The Lady Bears (6-1) handed the Wildcats (6-1) their first loss of the season to take control of the all-time series, 3-2.
Baylor used a 14-2 run at the 9:04 mark to the 4:27 mark of the second peried to take a 37-23 lead and control of the game.
The Lady Bear defense did not allow the Wildcats to score a field goal in the third quarter (0-13 FG, 0-1 3FG). Kentucky's six points were scored at the free throw line (6-12 FT).
Six scored in double figures for the Lady Bears for the second time this season (vs. Lamar on Nov. 10), including Kristy Wallace (20), Alexis Morris (15), Juicy Landrum (14), Lauren Cox (13), Kalani Brown (13) and Dekeiya Cohen (10).
Wallace secured her third career 20-point effort with her performance and the first since scoring 23 against No. 6/8 Texas on Feb. 29, 2016.
Landrum matched her career-best, netting 4-of-4 three-point shots against the Wildcats (4-of-4 vs. Coppin State on Nov. 12, 2017). She is shooting 70.6 percent (12-17) from beyond the arc and 63.0 percent from the floor (17-27) this season.
It marked Baylor's first win of two Top 25 matchups this season, falling on the road to No. 8/7 UCLA on Nov. 18, 82-68. The Lady Bears were without sophomore starter Lauren Cox and head coach Kim Mulkey.
LADY BEARS SWEEP BIG 12 AWARDS
Sophomore forward Lauren Cox secured her first Big 12 Player of the Week honor and freshman guard Alexis Morris earned her first Big 12 Freshman of the Week award for their efforts at the Junkanoo Jam.
Cox, who was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week four times last season, averaged a double-double on the weekend (20.0 points, 13 rebounds).
Cox set or matched single game career-highs with 16 rebounds, seven blocks, three steals, 10 field goals made, 24 field goal attempts and 38 minutes played.
Cox, a 2017 Big 12 Sixth Man Award and All-Freshman Team honoree, has recorded three double-doubles in as many games (21 points, 10 rebounds vs Central Arkansas; 18 points, 10 rebounds vs Missouri State; 22 points, 16 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech).
Cox shot 48.6 points from the floor, 50 percent from three-point range and was perfect from the charity stripe.
Morris averaged 14.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds off the bench in Baylor's 2-0 week.
Morris set career-highs with 17 points and seven field goals made, while adding four assists and three rebounds in 22 minutes against Missouri State.
Morris scored in double figures for the third consecutive game and the fourth time this season with 11 points against Georgia Tech in 24 minutes played. She also added two rebounds and two assists.
Morris shot 58.8 percent from the floor, 66.7 percent from beyond the arc and was perfect from the free throw line.
The awards are the first weekly conference awards for Baylor. It is the first time the Lady Bears have swept league honors since Feb. 27, 2017, when Kalani Brown and Cox were named Big 12 Player of the Week and Big 12 Freshman of the Week, respectively.
BACK ON TRACK
The Lady Bears got back on track in paradise following a tough UCLA road trip, winning the Junkanoo Division of the 2017 Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas.
Baylor opened the tournament with a 100-58 win against Missouri State. The Lady Bears scored 100-plus points in the first five games of the season for the second year in a row and the third time in program history (1977-78, 2016-17, 2017-18).
BU bested a physical Georgia Tech squad to claim the team championship, 80-57.
Junior Kalani Brown (21.5 points per game, 5.0 blocks per game, 78.3 field goal percentage, Tournament MVP) and sophomore Lauren Cox (20.0 points per game, 13.0 rebounds per game, 5.0 blocks per game) were named to the Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament Team for their performance in the two-game stretch.
RECORD BY STARTING LINEUP
With guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Dekeiya Cohen, forward Lauren Cox and center Kalani Brown starting, Baylor is 7-0.
With guard Alexis Morris, guard Kristy Wallace, guard Natalie Chou, forward Dekeiya Cohen and center Kalani Brown starting, Baylor is 0-1.
CLIMBING THE CAREER SCORING LADDER
Junior Kalani Brown surpassed the 1,000-career point mark with 33 points at No. 8/7 UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Slidell, La., native is the 34th player to score 1,000-plus points for Baylor women's basketball and the first to do so since Khadijiah Cave, who graduated last spring and is playing professionally overseas, on March 4, 2017, in the Big 12 Championship opening round win over Texas Tech.
Through 83 career games, Brown has scored 1,107 points, which ranks 26th all-time at Baylor. She is 18 points from surpassing Mary Lowry (1992-94), who scored 1,124 points in her career and is 25th all-time, and 20 points from surpassing Rachel Allison (2005-09), who scored 1,126 points in her career and is 24th all-time.
THE MULKEY FILE
In her 18th season, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 513-96 (.842) record which ranks No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind Connecticut's Geno Auriemma (.881).
Kim Mulkey's 36 seasons as a player and coach have resulted in 36 postseason trips, including 35 to NCAA/AIAW Tournaments.
In 595 of 609 games under Mulkey, the Lady Bears have held their opponent at or below 50 percent field goal shooting with only six of those efforts coming in the last 14 years.
Mulkey has accounted for 56.6 percent (513) of the program's 907 all-time victories.
MILESTONE ON THE HORIZON
With 922 points, senior guard Kristy Wallace is 78 points away from reaching the 1,000-career points mark. Averaging 10.4 points per game so far this year, she is on track to join the club in eight games. Only 34 players have scored more than 1,000 points in their Baylor careers, most recently junior Kalani Brown.
Against Lamar on Nov. 10, junior All-American Kalani Brown recorded the program's first 20-point, 20-rebound performance since March 26, 2013, when WNBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner registered 33 points and 22 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Brown accomplished the feat with 26 points (11-16 FG, 4-5 FT) and 21 rebounds (5 offensive, 16 defensive) in 32 minutes played.
BIG 12 PRESEASON AWARDS
For the eighth time in program history and the third year in a row, league coaches selected a Baylor women's basketball player Preseason Player of the Year, junior All-American center Kalani Brown.
Brown earned WBCA All-American and Associated Press honorable mention All-American accolades in addition to being named unanimously to the All-Big 12 first team in 2017.
The Slidell, La., native led Baylor in scoring (15.4), rebounding (8.2), shot blocking (2.0) and field goal percentage (.679), despite averaging just 21.4 minutes per game last season.
Sophomore forward Lauren Cox and senior guard Kristy Wallace were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention team.
Cox, the reigning Big 12 Sixth Man Award winner, was named to the All-Freshman team after averaging 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game last year.
Wallace, who started every game for the Lady Bears last season, led the team in assists (208) and was second in the Big 12 in assists (5.6) and steals (1.3).
KEEPING IT 100
With its win over Missouri State, the Lady Bears have scored 100 or more points three times in its first five games for the second consecutive season and the third time in program history (1977-78, 2016-17, 2017-18).
NATIONAL AWARDS RUNDOWN
Junior Kalani Brown is in consideration for three national player of the year awards and the nation's top center award.
The 6-7 center has been named to the 2018 Citizen Player of the Year Watch List (national player of the year), 2018 Wade Trophy Watch List (national player of the year), 2018 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 (national player of the year) and the 2018 Lisa Leslie Award Watch List (nation's top center).
A WBCA All-American and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American in 2017, Brown was tabbed Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and named to the Preseason All-Big 12 First Team.
Brown, who leads the nation in field goal percentage (76.8), is fifth in field goals made (76) and seventh in points per game (23.3). She averages just under a double-double, leading Baylor in points per game and field goal percentage, and is second in rebounds per game (8.9).
Sophomore Lauren Cox is in consideration for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award (nation's top power forward), presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the WBCA.
Cox, who has recorded four double-doubles in her last five games played, is averaging 16.4 points, a team-high 10.9 rebounds and a team-high 3.1 blocks per contest.
The 2017 Six Man Award recipient and Big 12 All Freshman Team honoree is shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and 25.0 percent from three-point range.
STRONG OFFENSIVE START
The Lady Bears started the season with back-to-back 100-plus scoring efforts for the first time since 2013-14 and only the second time in program history.
Baylor opened the season with a 121-point performance against Lamar on Friday, Nov. 10 and turned in a 100-point effort against Coppin State on Sunday, Nov. 12.
The Lady Bears have made 12 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 16 overall. Those appearances have resulted in two national championships (2005, 2012), three Final Fours (2005, 2010, 2012), eight Elite Eights and 12 Sweet Sixteens.
Baylor has won seven consecutive Big 12 regular season and six of the last seven tournament titles. Overall the program has won eight regular season and eight tournament conference championships, most among all Big 12 programs.
Baylor is 248-21 (.922) over the past eight seasons, 34-3 in 2010-11, 40-0 in 2011-12, 34-2 in 2012-13, 32-5 in 2013-14, 33-4 in 2014-15, 36-2 in 2015-16, 33-4 in 2016-17, and 7-1 in 2017-18.
In that same span, BU is 136-8 (.944) in Big 12 play -- 118-7 (.944) in the regular season and 20-1 in Big 12 Tournament play.
217 of Baylor's 248 wins since 2010-11 have been by 10 or more points, and only 14 times in that span has its winning margin been five or fewer points (most recently three, 70-67, at No. 6/8 Texas, Feb. 20, 2017).
In Baylor's last 410 games, only three opponents (Texas, .516; Stanford, .509; West Virginia, .500) have shot 50 percent or above.
Baylor's current string of holding its opponent to .500 or less from the field is 19 games.
BU's string is 103-straight games holding its foe to .500 or below from the field was halted by No. 11/13 Texas, which shot .516 for a win on Feb. 6, 2017.
In the 2012-13 season, the Cardinal broke BU's 217-game streak of holding an opponent to 50 percent or less shooting from the floor.
MULKEY SIGNS TOP RECRUITING CLASS
The Lady Bear 2018 class, comprised of forward Caitlin Bickle (Cave Creek, Ariz.), forward Aquira DeCosta (Sacramento, Calif.), forward Queen Egbo (Houston, Texas), guard Honesty Scott-Grayson (Brick, N.J.) and forward NaLyssa Smith (Converse, Texas), is ranked No. 1 nationally by ESPN Hoopgurlz and Prospects Nation.
Each player owns a five-star rating and is ranked in the Top 30 overall by ESPN Hoopgurlz, solidifying Baylor's most talented class to date. The only other consensus top-ranked class in program history came in 2008-09, when Brittney Griner (No. 1 by ESPN Hoopgurlz), Mariah Chandler (No. 16), Jordan Madden (No. 58), Shanay Washington (No. 64) and Kimetria Hayden (unranked) signed NLIs.
A CHALLENGING SLATE
Baylor will face nine programs, Central Arkansas, UCLA, Kentucky, Stanford, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia, that made the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17.
Nine of those teams were represented in the preseason Top 25 polls, including No. 2/6 Texas, No. 7/8 UCLA, No. 10/9 Stanford, No. 13/15 West Virginia, No. 22/21 Oklahoma, rv/rv Georgia Tech, rv/rv Kansas State, rv/rv Kentucky and rv/nr Oklahoma State.
RECORD-SETTING 2016-17 SEASON
Throughout the course of the 2016-17 season, which saw the Lady Bears win their seventh-straight regular season Big 12 title and reach the NCAA Elite Eight, Baylor set 26 records.
Against Winthrop on Dec. 15, 2016, the Lady Bears set school records for points (140), field goals made (58), rebounds (75), assists (42), blocks (17), first half points (77), largest half-time lead (59 points) and largest margin of victory (108 points).
The 140-32 win over Winthrop also broke the NCAA women's basketball record for margin of victory (108 points).
At Kansas State on Jan. 25, 2017, Baylor broke its ninth school record for largest half time lead in Big 12 play (30 points). With the 91-49 final victory, the Lady Bears handed the Wildcats their worst-ever home loss (42 points).
Redshirt senior Alexis Jones tallied the program's first-ever points-rebounds-assists triple-double against Oklahoma on Jan. 29, 2017 (24 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).
Baylor scored 1,533 points in the Big 12 regular season, surpassing Oklahoma's 2001 squad (1,514) as the highest scoring conference regular season.
In the Big 12 Championships quarterfinal win against Texas Tech, Baylor set a record for double-doubles (3), field goals made (41) and rebounding margin (28, 51-23).
In the Big 12 Championships semifinal, the Lady Bears saw four records fall. Junior Kristy Wallace distributed a championships and semifinal game record 15 assists. Redshirt senior Alexis Prince set semifinal records with an 87.5 (7-8) field goal percentage and 1.000 (4-4) three-point field goal percentage.
Baylor also set a Big 12 Championship semifinal record with a 94.1 (16-17) free throw percentage.
Wallace tied a Big 12 Championships series record with 27 assists in the three-game stretch.
Baylor set four national and seven program NCAA Tournament records in its first round victory over the No. 16 seed Texas Southern.
The Lady Bears set NCAA Tournament records for points in a game (119 -- regulation only, not overtime), margin of victory (89 points), rebounding margin (+41) and lowest opponent field goal percentage (13.8 percent).
Baylor bested its previous NCAA Tournament point total of 91 (vs. Illinois State on March 19, 2005; vs. Florida on March 22, 2004) with 119 points.
The Lady Bears pulled down 60 rebounds, four more than their previous record of 56 in an NCAA Tournament game (vs. Florida State on March 26, 2013).
Baylor dished out 35 assists for another NCAA Tournament school record, topping its previous high of 27 (vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016).
The Lady Bears shot a blistering 63.2 (48-76) percent from the floor to set new program records for field goal percentage (previously 58.9 percent (33-56) vs. Green Bay on March 27, 2011), field goals made (previously 37 vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016) and field goal attempts (previously 74 vs. Idaho on March 18, 2016; vs. Maryland on March 25, 2006) in an NCAA Tournament game.
Baylor matched its school record with nine made three-point field goals against the Lady Tigers. This has happened four times for the Lady Bears in NCAA Tournament games.
Baylor set a NCAA Tournament record through three games for margin of victory, besting opponents by a combined 163 points.
Baylor hosts McNeese State on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 12 p.m. in Waco, before hitting the road to play its final nonconference game of the season at Nicholls State on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
After spending time at home for the Christmas holiday, the Lady Bears open Big 12 Conference play at Kansas State on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.