|Baylor vs. Tennessee
Dec. 18, 2012 | 7:03 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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Baylor Takes on Fourth Top-10 Foe as Tennessee Comes to Ferrell Center...
The defending national champion and third-ranked Baylor Lady Bears (8-1) play their fourth top-10 opponent, No. 10/12 Tennessee, on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7:03 p.m. (CT) in the Ferrell Center. The contest, Baylor’s fifth televised game and third on the ESPN family of networks of the young season, will be broadcast by ESPN with Pam Ward calling play-by-play while Kara Lawson serves as analyst.
The Tennessee Lady Vols currently ranked No. 10 by the Associated Press under the direction of first-year head coach Holly Warlick, are 7-1 on the season after posting a 94-75 victory over Texas in Austin on Sunday afternoon.
Baylor, led by 2012 National Coach of the Year Kim Mulkey, is 8-1 on the season after posting a 94-56 win over Oral Roberts, and has won 82 of its last 86 games since the start of the 2010-11 season.
- Preseason National Player of the Year Brittney Griner, a 6-8 senior post, leads BU in scoring and rebounding with 21.6 points and 7.3 boards per game. Griner produced her second straight double-double with her 22-point/10-rebound performance in Baylor’s 94-56 victory vs. Oral Roberts (ORU). She currently has 2,618 career points and 1,032 career rebounds.
- Junior point guard Odyssey Sims, who had been sidelined for four games with a hamstring injury but returned to action vs. Notre Dame a week ago, averages 15.0 points an outing, she tallied a season-high 28 points vs. ORU.
- Senior guard Jordan Madden leads the squad in assists (39), minutes played (26.8) and steals (16) while averaging 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds a contest. In addition, she is shooting .571 from the floor.
- Brooklyn Pope, enjoying her finest season as a Lady Bear, averages 11.1 points and 4.9 rebounds a contest, including 15.8 ppg over the last four contests.
- Both teams enter Tuesday’s matchup with win streaks intact.
- Since then-fourth-ranked Stanford snapped Baylor’s 42-game win streak on Nov. 16 in Honolulu, the Lady Bears have reeled off six consecutive victories; UT-Martin, Hawai’i, Liberty, Rice, No. 5 Notre Dame and Oral Roberts.
- Tennessee, after dropping its season opener to Chattanooga (80-71), has posted seven straight wins by downing Georgia Tech, Rice, Miami, Alcorn State, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina and No. 18 Texas.
- Baylor is 2-1 vs. ranked opponents this season and five players are averaging 9.3 or more points per game vs. rated foes: Brittney Griner (24.3), Odyssey Sims (12.3), Destiny Williams (10.7), Jordan Madden (10.0) and Brooklyn Pope (9.3).
- In Coach Mulkey’s 13 seasons at Baylor, the Lady Bears are 149-10 (.937) in regular season, non-conference games. Eight of the 10 losses have come against ranked opponents.
- Brooklyn Pope has averaged 15.8 points per game over last four contests, including a season-high 19 vs. Oral Roberts.
- Jordan Madden, who is tasked with defending the opponent’s best player, has been having her best season, averaging 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds an outing. She leads the team in minutes played (26.8), assists (39) and steals (16).
- Odyssey Sims had been sidelined for four games with a hamstring injury, she returned to action at No. 5 Notre Dame. She scored a season-high 28 points vs. Oral Roberts.
- The Lady Bears’ 44-game home win streak ranks No. 2 nationally to Stanford’s string of 81 straight wins.
- Brittney Griner has scored in double figures in 89 straight games and in 119 of 121 career games.
- Griner has blocked at least one shot in 118 of her 121-game career, including 58 straight outings. The three games in which she did not block a shot all came in her sophomore season (vs. FIU, vs. Clemson, vs. Kansas State).
- Senior guard Jordan Madden is having her finest season yet, averaging 8.9 points a game while hauling down 4.6 rebounds a contest.
- Madden leads the team in minutes played (241/26.8), assists (39) and steals (16).
- She has scored in double-digits in five of nine games this season with a season-high 16 points vs. then-No. 4 Stanford.
Pope Coming On...
- Baylor graduate Brooklyn Pope has proved impressive so far this season, averaging 11.1 points and 4.9 rebounds in just 15.4 minutes of action a game.
- Most impressive among her 2012-13 numbers are her shooting percentage from both the floor (.623) and free throw line (.585). The 6-2 forward/post shot 48.3 percent from the floor last season and just at 48.1 percent from the free throw line.
Tennessee Lady Vols...
- Located in Knoxville, Tenn., the Tennessee Lady Vols, members of the Southeastern Conference, bring their seven-game win streak to the Ferrell Center on Tuesday.
- The 10th-ranked Lady Vols, 7-1 on the season, are led by 5-9 junior guard Meighan Simmons’ 17.9 points a contest. She is followed by Bashaara Graves, a 6-2 freshman forward/center, who scores 15.0 a game and hauls down a team-leading 8.1 rebounds a contest. Isabelle Harrison, a 6-3 sophomore center, scores 10.0 points a game and pulls down 7.5 boards a contest.
- Tennessee is coached by first-year head coach Holly Warlick (Tennessee, 1981). Warlick owns a 7-1 (.875) career mark, she spent 27 years as the program’s assistant coach before being elevated to the head position on April 18, 2012, when legendary head coach Pat Summitt stepped into the role of head coach emeritus.
- BU leads series 4-2, including sweeping the last four meetings.
- Tuesday’s contest marks just the second time the Lady Bears have hosted Tennessee, BU leads the series 1-0 in games played in Waco.
- BU and Tennessee met twice last season with Baylor winning both games, a 76-67 victory in Knoxville (Nov. 27, 2011) and a 77-58 triumph in the NCAA Championships Elite Eight in the Des Moines Regional (March 26, 2012).
- In the contest in Knoxville, Brittney Griner (26) and Odyssey Sims (23) combined for 49 of Baylor’s 76 points. However, Tennessee won the rebounding war, 56-42.
- Griner and Sims again dominated in the NCAA Regional Finals as Griner turned in a double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds and added nine blocks while Sims led all scorers with 27 points. Kimetria Hayden completed Baylor’s double-digit scoring with 18 points.