Jan. 17, 2009

#5/5 Baylor (14-1, 2-0) vs. #22/#22 Oklahoma State (12-3, 1-1)

Saturday, Jan. 17 - 7 p.m. (CST)
Ferrell Center (10,284) Waco, Texas


TV: None

Webcast: BaylorBears.com
live audio (free) and video (pay)

Radio: ISP Sports Network

Radio Talent:
Rick May (Play-by-play)
Lori Fogleman (Color analyst)

Live Stats: www.baylorbears.com

No. 5/5 Baylor puts its eight-game win streak on the line when it hosts 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State in the Ferrell Center on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. (CST). Baylor is 14-1 overall, 2-0 in the Big 12 and owns a 9-0 home mark. The Lady Bears have won 26 of their last 27 home games with the lone loss coming against OSU in the 2007-08 regular season finale.

Baylor seeks to start Big 12 play at 3-0 for just the second time in the league's 13 year history. Baylor has been 2-0 five times, including each of the last three years. The Lady Bears began their 2008 Big 12 slate at 8-0.

Oklahoma State, 12-3 on the season and 1-1 in league play after a 79-43 home victory over Colorado on Wednesday, comes to Waco winners of nine of its last 10 games. The Cowgirls are led by the league's top scorer, junior guard Andrea Riley's 22.0 points per game.

The Oklahoma State contest marks Baylor's third matchup against a top 25 team and the second in a stretch of three-straight contests versus ranked opponents. Baylor downed then-No. 2 Stanford on Nov. 16, 81-65, and No. 20 Iowa State, 68-57, both games were in Waco.

Saturday night is Family Night for the Lady Bears. The players and student staff, along with their families, will be honored at halftime.


5 - Associated Press
5 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches

21 Kelli Griffin-So., G, 5-8 - 5.7 ppg, 2.8 ppg, 3.7 apg
15 Jhasmin Player-Sr., G, 5-10 -9.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.9 apg
3 Jessica Morrow-Sr., G, 6-0 - 10.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg
14 Rachel Allison-Sr., F, 6-1 - 13.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg
11 Danielle Wilson-Jr., P, 6-3 15.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.3 bpg

5 Melissa Jones-So., G, 5-10 - 6.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg
55 Morghan Medlock-Jr., F, 6-2 - 6.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg
24 Ashley Field-Fr., G, 6-2, 4.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg

With 15 games under its belt, Baylor continues to lead the Big 12 Conference in rebounding and the nation in rebounding margin (+14.3). Five players haul down 5.1 or more rebounds a contest, junior post Danielle Wilson leads the way with 8.2, senior post Rachel Allison follows with 7.1, sophomore guard Melissa Jones and junior forward/post Morghan Medlock come off the bench to haul down 5.8 and 5.1 respectively, and senior guard Jhasmin Player averages 5.3 an outing. The Lady Bears average 46.2 rebound a contest while limiting their opponents to just 31.9.

Wilson leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 15.3 points and 8.2 boards a game while Allison ranks second in both categories with 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds an outing. Senior guard Jessica Morrow completes Baylor's double-digit scoring at 10.3 a game while Player isn't far behind at 9.6 a contest.

- All three of Baylor's seniors, Rachel Allison, Jessica Morrow and Jhasmin Player, are scheduled to graduate in May 2009.
- Baylor's Jan. 10 victory at Colorado marked Kim Mulkey's 100th win versus Big 12 teams, she is 101-47 (.682).
- Freshman Cherrish Wallace will celebrate her 19th birthday, Friday, Jan. 16.
- Baylor achieved its highest Associated Press poll ranking of the season as it checks in this week at No. 5. The Lady Bears had been ranked No. 6 twice this season, Nov. 24 and Jan. 6. Baylor is now No. 5 in the USA Today ESPN Coaches' Poll for the second straight week.
- Baylor has not been out-rebounded this season and owns a +14.3 rebounding advantage over its opponents. The Lady Bears rank No. 1 nationally in rebound margin.
- BU leads the Big 12 in two of three rebounding categories, rebound offense (46.2), and rebound margin (+14.3). The Lady Bears are second in the league in rebound defense (31.9)
- The Lady Bears own the Big 12's top two team rebounding marks this season. They hauled down 70 against Florida Atlantic (Nov. 14) and 64 versus Lamar (Dec. 8).
- Baylor has topped the 50-rebound mark five times this season (Florida Atlantic-70; Rice-52; UCF-50; Lamar-64; UT-Pan Am-50).
- Junior post Danielle Wilson blocked six shots against Stanford. Currently, at the 15-game mark, she has rejected 49 shots and totals 215 for her career to extend her school record. She is over half-way to her Baylor single-season record of 86 blocks she set as a rookie in 2006-07.
- Wilson currently ranks No. 4 on the Big 12's career shot block chart.
- Over the past nine games, Wilson has averaged 18.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and a .630 (68-108) shooting percentage. In addition, she has posted a double-double in five of the last seven games.
- Wilson ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference in blocks per game (3.3) and No. 9 nationally.
- Wilson leads the team in double-doubles with six (Wisconsin, Lamar, Samford, UT-Pan Am, Oregon, Iowa State).
- Allison has two double-doubles to her credit this season, both have been recorded by halftime (Florida Atlantic, Rice).
- Allison saw her 46 consecutive starts and 109 consecutive games-played streaks halted when she sat out the UT-Pan American game with an injured left ankle.
- Jessica Morrow became the 25th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points when she achieved the feat on Dec. 8 versus Lamar. She now has 1,074 career points to rank 22nd on Baylor's all-time list.
- Rachel Allison became the 26th Lady Bears to score 1,000 career points when she achieved the feat on Jan. 3 versus Texas State. She now has 1,029 career points to ranks 24th on Baylor's all-time list.
- The then-19th-ranked Lady Bears downed No. 2 Stanford, 81-65, on Sunday, Nov. 16. BU's victory over No. 2 Stanford marked the program's highest-ranked regular season win.
- Senior post Rachel Allison, 6-1, scored 25 points and hauled down eight rebounds against Stanford's tall posts.
- Baylor tallied a school record 70 rebounds versus an NCAA opponent in its win over Florida Atlantic.
- After scoring a three-pointer in 43 straight games, dating back to Feb. 28, 2007, the Lady Bears have come up empty from behind the arch three times this season, they were 0-6 against Wisconsin and Colorado and 0-9 from 3-point range versus Samford.

Baylor's Danielle Wilson, an All-American candidate, has been on a roll recently. Over the past nine games, the junior post has produced six double-doubles, including five in the last seven games, led the team in scoring on seven occasions and rebounding in six contests. In addition, against Texas State she poured in a career-high 26 points.

Over the nine games she has averaged a team-leading 18.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.0 blocks while shooting 63.0 percent (68-108) from the floor.

Wilson has raised her season averages to 15.3 points and 8.2 rebounds a game, both of which lead the team, and owns the squad's top field goal percentage at 54.4 percent (93-171). She has blocked a team-leading 49 shots which ranks her No. 2 in the Big 12.

As of games through Jan. 11, Wilson ranks No. 9 nationally in blocked shots (3.1) and No. 34 in field goal percentage (.537).

Wilson has hauled down 123 rebounds, 66 (53.7 percent) of which are off the offensive glass.

Baylor All-American candidate Rachel Allison has begun the season with considerable success. After hanging 18 points and 13 rebounds against Florida Atlantic, the 6-1 forward/post scored 25 points, 20 of which came in the first half, against No. 2 Stanford. She was 9-for-16 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. In addition, she hauled down eight rebounds and had a block and a steal. She continues to excel, notching another double-double (11p/10r) in the first half against Rice en route to a 16 point and 14 rebound effort.

On the season, Allison is averaging 13.7 points an outing and 7.1 rebounds per game, both of which ranked No. 2 on the squad. Due to an ankle injury, she sat out the UT-Pan American game which halted her 46 consecutive starts and 109 consecutive games-played streaks.

All three of Baylor's seniors, Rachel Allison, Jessica Morrow and Jhasmin Player, are scheduled to graduate in May 2009. Baylor boasts a 100% graduation rate by Lady Bears who have completed their athletic eligibility at BU since coach Mulkey's arrival.

The 2008-09 season marks the 13th year of competition for women's basketball in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor has a record of 117-77 (.603) all-time in regular season Big 12 games. However in Kim Mulkey's nine years, Baylor is 90-40 (.692) in Big 12 play and has never posted a losing conference record. The 2004-05 Lady Bears claimed their first-ever Big 12 Conference championship, winning both the regular season and tournament titles.

Lady Bears under Kim Mulkey in regular season Big 12 games:
2000-01 - 9-7
2001-02 - 12-4
2002-03 - 8-8
2003-04 - 10-6
2004-05 - 14-2
2005-06 - 12-4
2006-07 - 11-5
2007-08 - 12-4 (best Baylor start in league history at 9-1)
2008-09 - 2-0

As a team, the Lady Bears rank among the NCAA's top 50 teams in eight categories: No. 1 rebounding margin (+15.2), No. 7 scoring margin (+22.5), No. 8 won-lost percentage (92.9), No. 13 scoring offense (75.9), No. 15 scoring defense (53.4), No. 16 field-goal percentage (45.0), No. 23 field-goal percentage defense (34.9) and No. 48 blocked shots per game (4.7).

Among individuals, Danielle Wilson is No. 9 in blocked shots (3.1) and No. 34 in field goal percentage (53.7) while sophomore point guard Kelli Griffin ranks No. 31 in assist-turnover ratio (1.86).

In its latest poll (Jan. 12), the Associated Press lists Baylor at No. 5, its highest AP ranking of the season. Prior to the No. 5 listing, Baylor had been ranked No. 6 twice, Nov. 24 and Jan. 5. In addition, it is the Lady Bears' highest ranking since they were listed at No. 5 on Feb. 4, 2008. Baylor has been ranked in a school-record 101 straight AP polls dating back to week nine of the 2003-04 listing when it broke in at No. 24.

In the latest USA Today ESPN Division I Top 25 Coaches' poll, the Lady Bears are ranked No. 5.

Baylor's 123 Associated Press Top 25 poll appearances in the 2000s, all of which have come under head coach Kim Mulkey, rank No. 13 on the wire service's all-time list. The Lady Bears' average ranking during that time frame is 10.89. Tennessee and Connecticut top the 2000s list with 181 each.

Baylor's average rank (10.89) during the 2000s is the highest among the five Big 12 schools included in the AP's top 25 listing: Baylor (10.89), Texas Tech (10.93), Oklahoma (12.08), Kansas State (12.80), Texas (13.63).

All told, the Lady Bears have appeared in the Associated Press Top 25 poll 139 times which ranks No. 33.

With Baylor's victories this season over second-ranked Stanford on Nov. 16, 2008 and Iowa State on Jan. 14, 2008, head coach Kim Mulkey is now 41-41 against ranked opponents. Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 26-17 versus ranked opponents.

The 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 12-3 on the season and 1-1 in conference action, enter the game winners of nine of their last 10 games, their lone loss during that time span came in their Big 12 opener, a 63-55 defeat at Iowa State.

OSU head coach Kurt Budke is in his fourth season as the Cowgirls' head coach and 16th year as a head coach overall. Budke is 65-44 in his four seasons at OSU and 145-60 in seven NCAA Division I campaigns. He is 2-4 versus Baylor.

Sophomore guard Andrea Riley leads the Cowgirls in scoring average with a league-leading 22.0 a game. Junior forward Tegan Cunningham and senior forward Shaunte' Smith each score 11.9 a game. Smith leads the Cowgirls in rebounding at 7.7 followed by senior forward Shyvon Spears' 6.2 a contest.

10 Andrea Riley - Jr., G, 5-5 - 22.0 ppg, 7.2 apg
13 Taylor Hardeman - Sr., G, 5-10 - 7.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
1 Tegan Cunningham - Jr., F, 6-1 - 11.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg
32 Shaunte' Smith - Sr., F, 6-0 - 11.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg
40 Shyvon Spears - Sr., F, 6-1 - 3.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg

Baylor and Oklahoma State will meet for the 28th time when the two teams square off on Saturday night. Baylor leads the series 18-9, However the Cowgirls won both contests last season, 77-67, at Stillwater and 72-68, at Waco. Baylor holds a 12-2 lead in games played in Waco. The Cowgirls' most recent Waco win came on March 6, 2008, 72-68.

Head coach Kim Mulkey owns a 12-4 record against Oklahoma State, including a 7-1 mark in Waco.