|Baylor vs. Kentucky
Dec. 6, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Arlington, Texas | AT&T Stadium (20,000)
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No. 9/9 Baylor Takes on No. 5/6 Kentucky...
The ninth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears will take on the fifth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats when the two teams meet in the Kentucky/Baylor Big 12/SEC Basketball Showdown presented by Advocare. The neutral site contest will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m., the first game of a double-header with the Kentucky and Baylor's men's teams.
The 7-0 Lady Bears face their first ranked opponent of the season when the two teams meet. The fifth-ranked Wildcats, 8-0 on the year, are coming into the contest after upsetting then-fourth-ranked Louisville in Lexington, 69-64.
Senior guard Odyssey Sims continues to lead the team in scoring at a Big 12-leading 27.6 points per game which ranks No. 2 nationally. The Irving, Texas, native is averaging 4.4 rebounds a contest while dishing out 5.1 assists per game and shooting 52.4 percent from the floor. With 505 career assists, Sims is now the program's all-time assist leader.
Freshman forward/post Nina Davis (5-11) is averaging 15.1 points and 6.0 rebounds a game. The Memphis, Tenn., native is leading the nation in field goal percentage, hitting an impressive 75.0 (42-56) percent of her shots.
Sophomore post Kristina Higgins is the team's top rebounder with 7.3 an outing, she also scores 8.9 points a game. Freshman Khadijiah Cave (6-2 post) ranks second on the team in rebounding with 6.7 an outing while junior post Sune Agbuke follows with 6.3 rpg and Davis manages 6.0 a contest.
ESPN3.com to Carry Game...
- ESPN3.com, which features live online sports viewing, will carry the Baylor/Kentucky women's game. Jon Sciambi and Fran Fraschilla will provide play-by-play and color analysis, respectively.
- With a career-high-tying 13 assists vs. San Jose' State, Odyssey Sims became the program's all-time assist leader with 505.
- Angela Tisdale (2004-08) previously held the record at 493.
Top Five Matchups...
- Friday's contest marks Baylor's 50th game vs. a team ranked among the top five in the Associated Press Poll.
- The Lady Bears are 12-37 in such contests, as all 12 top-five victories have come under head coach Kim Mulkey.
- Mulkey is 12-17 all-time vs. top-five ranked opponents.
- The Lady Bears' school-record 64-game home win streak ranks No. 1 nationally.
- Baylor's 40-game Big 12 Conference regular season win streak is the nation's longest active league win string.
- Baylor is off to a 7-0 start for just the ninth time in school history, six of which have come under Kim Mulkey's guidance, and the last of which was in 2011-12 when BU was 40-0.
- Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, is averaging 27.6 points, 5.1 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals.
- Sims ranks No. 2 nationally in scoring and No. 15 in assist/turnover ratio (3.83).
- Sims, with 505 career assists, now ranks No. 1 on Baylor's career list, breaking the record set by Angela Tisdale (493; 2004-08).
- Nina Davis, a 5-11 freshman forward/post, is averaging 15.1 points per game and leads the nation in field goal percentage at 75.0 (42-56) percent.
- In her 14 seasons at the program's helm, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 379-81 (.824) record which ranks her No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind UConn's Geno Auriemma (.864).
- BU has won 34-straight regular season games overall since a 71-69 loss to No. 4 Stanford, Nov. 16, 2012, in Honolulu.
- In 448 of 460 games under Kim Mulkey, the Lady Bears have held their opponent at or below 50 percent field goal shooting with only four of those efforts coming in the last 12 years.
- In Baylor's last 260 games, only one opponent (Stanford, .509) has shot 50 percent or above. Last season, the Cardinal broke BU's 217-game streak of holding an opponent to 50 percent or less shooting from the floor.
- Through three-plus years, fourth-year players Odyssey Sims and Makenzie Robertson are 115-5 (.958) overall and 51-1 (.981) in regular season Big 12 games and are undefeated in the Ferrell Center. The duo has six Big 12 titles, three NCAA Tournament trips, an NCAA championship and two Final Four appearances to their credit.
- In head coach Kim Mulkey's 14 seasons, Baylor is 100-59 (.629) against ranked opponents. Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 81-34 (.704) versus ranked opponents, including 13-0 in 2011-12 and 12-2 in 2012-13.
- Baylor's quintet of freshmen are making their presence felt. They are producing 38.4 percent of the team's points, hauling down 35.0 percent of its rebounds and playing 38.8 percent of the minutes.
- The rookies are holding their own in shooting percentage as well, the group is shooting 45.0 percent (98-218) from the floor while the team is managing 47.5 percent.
- Nina Davis and Imani Wright are two of Baylor's top four scorers with 15.1 and 8.7 points per game, respectively.
- Khadijiah Cave (6.7 rpg) and Nina Davis (6.0 rpg) are two of the team's top three rebounders.
- Located in Lexington, Ky., the fifth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats bring an 8-0 record into Friday's game. The Wildcats have posted wins over Marist (75-61), Wagner (96-57), Georgia Southern (103-38), Central Michigan (96-74), Lipscomb (116-49), Middle Tennessee (84-72), Bradley (117-77) and fourth-ranked Louisville (69-64).
- The Wildcats are 3-0 on the road this season.
- Kentucky is led by a quintet of double-digit scorers. Senior forward DeNesha Stallworth (6-3) leads the squad with 14.0 ppg while Kastine Evans (5-8, Sr., G) follows with 12.1 an outing, Jennifer O'Neill , a 5-6 junior guard, comes off the bench to average 11.1 ppg, Samarie Walker (6-1, Sr. F/C) manages 10.3 a contest and Bria Goss, a 5-10 junior guard, averages 10.0 a contest. Walker is the team's top rebounder at 10.0 rpg and is followed by Stallworth's 9.1 a game.
- In NCAA national statistical rankings through Dec. 2, the Wildcats are No. 2 in steals per game (14.8), No. 4 in scoring offense (94.5) and No. 6 in scoring margin (33.0).
- Kentucky is coached by ninth-year head coach Matthew Mitchell (Mississippi State, 1995). Mitchell owns a 182-91 career mark (.667) and is 152-62 (.710) in seven seasons along the Kentucky sideline.
- Baylor leads the series 1-0, the Lady Bears defeated Kentucky on Nov. 13 last season in Waco, 85-51.
- Kim Mulkey is 1-0 vs. the Wildcats.