WBB Readies for Top 10 Tilt vs Tennessee

#2/3 Baylor (9-1) vs. #6/7 Tennessee (8-1)
Dec. 14, 2010 | 6 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas
| Ferrell Center (10,284)
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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010
6 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
    Talent: Pam Ward (pxp), Carolyn Peck (analyst)
Radio: 1660 ESPN (Waco); 106.9 FM (Killeen)
    Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: www.ESPN3.com
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com (free)
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com

Ranking: 2/3 (AP/ESPN)
Last Game: W, 103-56, Minnesota
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
    Career Record: 273-77 (11th season)
    Record at Baylor: same
Baylor vs. Tennessee: 1-2

Ranking: 6/7 (AP/ESPN)
Last Game: W, 92-77, at #24 Texas
Head Coach: Pat Summitt
    Career Record: 1,046-197 (37th season)
    Record at Tennessee: same

The second-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, 9-1 on the season, will host the sixth-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols in the Ferrell Center on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The contest marks the final game of seven straight Lady Bear home contests and Baylor's fourth ranked opponent of the season.

Baylor is led on the season by sophomore post Brittney Griner's 22.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Senior guard Melissa Jones follows with 11.0 points a game and 7.0 rebounds while freshman guard Odyssey Sims averages 10.3 points a contest.

Tennessee, led by 37th-year head coach Pat Summitt, enters the game with a 9-1 mark and has a trio of double-digit scorers in freshman guard Meighan Simmons (16.9 ppg), senior guard Angie Bjorklund (11.7 ppg) and junior forward Shekinna Stricklen (11.1).

• Under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor is 62-2 (.969) during the month of December, including a 39-0 Ferrell Center record during that period.
Kim Mulkey bobbleheads will be distributed to the first 10,000 fans through the Ferrell Center doors for the Baylor/Tennessee contest. The bobble heads, a salute to the Lady Bears' Hall of Fame head coach, are courtesy of Texas Farm Bureau Insurance and Baylor Athletics.
• On Tuesday, Baylor plays its fourth ranked opponent of the season (No. 1 UConn, No. 25 Michigan State, No. 16 Notre Dame), marking a program best. Prior to this year, BU had only played a program-best three ranked opponents during its regular season non-conference slate (2006-07 & 2009-10).
• Sophomore post Brittney Griner became the program's all-time shot blocker against Texas Southern, passing Danielle Wilson's 249 rejections. Griner now has 275 career blocks which ranks No. 3 on the Big 12's all-time list (Texas Tech's Cisti Greenwalt is No. 2 with 300).
• Baylor has held its opponents to a .311 shooting percentage this season while shooting .499.
• On the season, senior guard Melissa Jones (9-19, .474), freshman point guard Odyssey Sims (17-37, .459) and freshman guard Makenzie Robertson (11-26, .435), are a combined 37-82 (.451) from 3-point range. Over the past seven games the trio is 31-of-60 (.517) from beyond the arc.
• Baylor's starting lineup consists of a freshman (Odyssey Sims), three sophomores (Brittney Griner, Kimetria Hayden, Brooklyn Pope) and a senior (Melissa Jones).

Located in Knoxville, Tenn., the Tennessee Lady Vols are 9-1 on the season and played at the University of Texas on  Sunday, registering a 92-77 win . The Lady Vols have posted victories over Louisville (63-50), Chattanooga (103-43), Virginia (85-73), Arizona State (80-64), Missouri (82-44), Georgia Tech (66-42), Lamar (99-55), Old Dominion (74-44) and Texas while suffering their lone loss to Georgetown (69-58).

Three players average double-digit scoring for the Lady Vols. Meighan Simmons, a 5-9 freshman guard from Cibolo, Texas, leads the team with 16.9 points a game while 6-0 senior guard Angie Bjorklund manages 11.7 a contest and 6-2 junior forward Shekinna Stricklen averages 11.1 points an outing. Glory Johnson, a 6-3 junior forward, is the squad's top rebounder at 9.7 a game.

The Lady Vols are coached by Pat Summitt, who is in her 37th season on the Tennessee sideline. A member of both the Naismith and the Women's Basketball Halls of Fame, Summitt sports a 1,046-197 career record, all at Tennessee.

Tennessee holds a 2-1 series lead. The two teams first met in the 2004 NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 in Norman, Okla., as the Lady Vols posted a 71-69 victory. The Lady Bears and Tennessee met twice last season. The first contest, the season opener for both squads, resulted in a 74-65 homecourt win for Tennessee while the Lady Bears avenged that loss with a 77-62 Sweet 16 win in Memphis, Tenn.

The two teams last met on March 27, 2010, in Memphis, Tenn., when 14th-ranked BU posted a 77-62 victory over third-ranked Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. After downing the Lady Vols, the Lady Bears went on to defeat sixth-ranked Duke (51-48) and advance to the NCAA Tournament's Final Four. Baylor lost in the semifinals to eventual national champion Connecticut.

Five Women's Basketball Hall of Fame coaches will be along the sidelines when the Lady Bears and Lady Vols meet. Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey and her assistant, Leon Barmore, were inducted in 2000 and 2003 respectively, while Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt (1999) and assistants Holly Warlick (2001) and Daedra Charles-Furlow (2007) are members as well.

Both Barmore (2003) and Summitt (2000) are also members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.



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