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Women's Hoops Readies for McNeese State

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Baylor [#1/1 (11-0)] vs. McNeese State [NR/NR (9-2)]
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 | 7 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

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Date Wednesday, Dec. 21 | 7 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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BAYLOR-MCNEESE STATE SERIES
Series McNeese State leads, 6-5
In Waco Series tied, 3-3
At McNeese
Series tied, 2-2
Neutral McNeese State leads, 1-0
Mulkey
1-0 vs. McNeese State
#1/1 BAYLOR LADY BEARS
Record 11-0
Ranking 1 (AP), 1 (Coaches)
Last Game W, 66-61 vs. #2 Connecticut
Head Coach Kim Mulkey
Career: 309-79 (12th season)
BU Record: same
MCNEESE STATE COWGIRLS
Record 9-2
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game W, 89-32 at Centenary
Head Coach Brooks Donald Williams
Career: 66-68 (5th season)
McNeese State Record: same

QUICK HITS
Brittney Griner has registered a Big 12 record451 career blocked shots.
Brittney Griner ranks No. 6 on BU's career scoring chart with 1,749 points and needs 54 to climb to No. 5.
• Baylor is the only school to have its women's basketball (No. 1), men's basketball (No. 6) and football (No. 15) teams ranked among the AP Top 25.
• The Lady Bears are 49-4 over their last 53 games.
• BU is bidding for its first 12-0 start since 2001-02 and just the third such opening in school history. The Lady Bears began the 2000-01 season 13-0 and were 12-0 to start the 2001-02 season.
• Entering Wednesday's contest, Baylor is the only Division I school with both its men's (10-0) and women's (11-0) basketball teams sporting perfect records.
• When it hosted the second-ranked UConn Huskies on Sunday, Dec. 18, the Lady Bears tied an all-time Ferrell Center attendance record when 10,627 attended the game. The men's team also drew 10,627 when it hosted Texas in the final regular season game last year.
• The BU/McNeese contest marks the Cowgirls' second game vs. the nation's top-ranked team. McNeese faces Louisiana Tech in the early 80's when it was ranked No. 1, Kim Mulkey was a member of that team.
• BU has won 21 straight regular season, non-league games since last year's loss at No. 1 UConn.
• The Lady Bears rank No. 2 nationally in assists per game (20.3), blocked shots per game (8.4) and scoring margin (31.8); No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.41), No. 4 in both scoring offense (84.2) and field goal percentage (.486) and No. 5 in field goal percentage defense (.305) .
• In individual national statistics, Brittney Griner is No. 1 in blocks per game (5.3), No. 4 in field goal percentage (.642), No. 7 in points per game (23.0) and No. 17 in rebounds (10.5). Odyssey Sims is No. 4 in steals per game (4.3) and No. 5 in assists per game (6.8) and senior guard Terran Condrey ranks No. 16 in assist/turnover ratio (2.54).
• Baylor hasn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field in 185 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2006.

SCOUTING THE COWGIRLS
Located in Lake Charles, La., the McNeese State Cowgirls enter the contest at 9-2, fresh off an 89-32 victory at Centenary, Dec. 19. The Cowgirls' lone losses came at UCLA (67-59) and vs. LSU (64-43). They have posted wins over Manhattan College (69-52), UAB (61-56 ot), UL-Lafayette (80-59), UT-Pan American (67-46), Houston (72-59), ULM (68-60) and Southern [LA] (78-23).

A pair of 5-6 junior guards, Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett, lead the team in scoring with 14.7 and 13.9 points, respectively. Maritka Hull, a 5-11 senior forward, is the Cowgirls' top rebounder at 8.4 a game while Kendra Wells, a 5-11 senior forward, follows closely with 8.3 a contest.

The Cowgirls are coached by fifth-year head coach Brooks Donald Williams. Williams is 66-68 (.493) in her five seasons as a head coach, all at McNeese State.

GRINER NAMED NATIONAL, BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brittney Griner was selected USBWA national player of the week and Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games from Dec. 12-18. Griner was recognized by the Big 12 for the second time this season and 14th week in her career.

Griner scored a game-high 25 points, hauled down nine rebounds and blocked a season-high nine shots in No. 1 Baylor's 66-61 win over No. 2 Connecticut. The 6-8 junior set the Big 12 career blocked shots record, breaking Courtney Paris' (Oklahoma) mark of 446. Griner now has 451 blocks and moved up two spots to No. 4 on the NCAA all-time blocks list. She shot 60 percent (9-of-15) from the floor and was perfect from the free throw line with seven makes while adding a steal.

VS. THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
Baylor is 81-35 all-time vs. Southland Conference schools.

Kim Mulkey is 21-0 vs. Southland Conference opponents.


 

 

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