Feb. 25, 2009

Courtesy of Baylor Athletics

No. 6/5 Baylor, 21-4 overall, 9-3 in the Big 12 and alone in second place in the league standings, will host the Texas Tech Lady Raiders on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:00 p.m. (CT).

Junior post Danielle Wilson leads the Lady Bears in both scoring and rebounding at 15.5 points and 9.6 boards a game while senior guard Jessica Morrow ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.8 a contest, while senior guard Jhasmin Player and senior forward/post Rachel Allison aren't far behind at 9.9 and 9.6 a game, respectively. Four players haul down 5.2 or more rebounds a contest, Wilson leads the way with 9.6, Allison follows with 6.0, while sophomore guard Melissa Jones manages 5.5 a contest and Player hauls in 5.2 an outing. The Lady Bears average 44.4 rebounds a contest while limiting their opponents to just 34.3.

The Lady Raiders are 15-11 on the season and 5-7 in league play. The Lady Raiders are 3-7 away from the United Spirit Arena this season and 3-3 in league road games. Their five league road wins have come over Texas (65-62), at Kansas (57-49), at Colorado (66-60), Texas A&M (60-53) and at Oklahoma State (74-70).
 
WILSON CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Junior Danielle Wilson, the Lady Bears' leading scorer and rebounder, is closing in on the 1,000 career point milestone. With 995 points, the 6-3 post needs to score five points to become the third Lady Bear to achieve the 1,000 milestone this season and the 27th overall.

Wilson's teammates Jessica Morrow and Rachel Allison achieved the milestone earlier this season. Only one other time in Lady Bear history have three players reached 1,000 career points in the same season; Debbie Polk, Gaye Pack and Jackie Valentine achieved the feat in 1982.

LADY BEAR LEADERS
With 25 games under its belt, Baylor continues to rank among the Big 12 Conference leaders in rebounding and is No. 6 nationally in rebounding margin (+10.1). Four players haul down 5.2 or more rebounds a contest, junior post Danielle Wilson leads the way with 9.6, senior post Rachel Allison follows with 6.0, while sophomore guard Melissa Jones manages 5.5 a contest and senior guard Jhasmin Player hauls in 5.2 an outing. The Lady Bears average 44.4 rebounds a contest while limiting their opponents to just 34.3.

Wilson leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 15.5 points and 9.6 boards a game while senior guard Jessica Morrow ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.8 a contest. Player and Allison aren't far behind at 9.9 and 9.6 a game, respectively.

BAYLOR LADY BEARS

IN THE POLLS
6 - Associated Press
5 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches

PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game)
21 Kelli Griffin-So., G, 5-8 - 6.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.3 apg
15 Jhasmin Player-Sr., G, 5-10 - 9.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.4 apg
3 Jessica Morrow-Sr., G, 6-0 - 10.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg
14 Rachel Allison-Sr., F, 6-1 - 9.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg
11 Danielle Wilson-Jr., P, 6-3 -15.5 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.1 bpg

SCOUTING THE LADY RAIDERS
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are 15-11 on the season and 5-7 in league play. The Lady Raiders are 3-7 away from the United Spirit Arena this season and 3-3 in league road games. Their five league road wins have come over Texas (65-62), at Kansas (57-49), at Colorado (66-60), Texas A&M (60-53) and at Oklahoma State (74-70). All five wins have come by eight or fewer points.

Head coach Kristy Curry is in her third season at Texas Tech after a highly successful head coaching stint at Purdue. Curry posted a 179-51 record in seven seasons at Purdue. She is 226-94 in 10 seasons as a head coach, including 47-43 at Texas Tech. Curry and Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey were both assistant coaches at Louisiana Tech serving under current Baylor assistant coach Leon Barmore. Mulkey served there from 1985-2000 while Curry was there for three seasons (1996-99).

Texas Tech is led in scoring by 5-10 senior forward Dominic Seals' 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds. Senior guard Jordan Murphree ranks second on the team in scoring at 11.7 points while 6-3 freshman center Kierra Mallard is the team's second-leading rebounder at 8.2 an outing.

TEXAS TECH'S PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game)
3 Maria Moore - Sr., G, 5-5 - 8.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.4 apg
13 Jordan Murphree - Jr., G, 6-0 - 11.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
41 Dominique Seals - Sr., F, 6-2 - 13.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg

SERIES RECORD
Baylor and Texas Tech will meet for the 68th time when the two teams square off on Wednesday evening in the Ferrell Center. Texas Tech leads the series 46-21, however Baylor has won 10 of the last 11 games including six straight, Baylor's longest win streak in the series.

Baylor is 8-20 all-time in games played in Waco. Head coach Kim Mulkey owns a 12-7 record against Texas Tech, including a 6-2 mark in Waco and four straight Ferrell Center victories.