Baylor and Oklahoma State set for showdown, Big 12 openers feature several ranked teams
No. 5 Baylor Lady Bears vs. No. 23 Oklahoma State Cowgirls
January 9, 2009
2:30 p.m. CT
Gallager-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Television: Cowboy Sports Network (Waco’s Grande: Ch. 20, Waco’s Time Warner Cable: Ch. 15 – digital tier)
Radio: Star 92.9 FM (Waco)
Video Web Stream: www.OKState.com
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
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Big 12 play opens Saturday with clashes between several nationally ranked teams. Preseason favorite No. 5 Baylor (13-1) heads north across the state line to face the No. 23 Oklahoma State Cowgirls (12-2) in Stillwater. The Lady Bears have a thirteen-game winning streak while the Cowgirls are led by the leagueâ€™s leading scorer, senior point guard Andrea Riley with 23.6 points a game.
Riley also leads the league in assists with 112 on the season which averages out to 8.0 a contest. Senior forward Tegan Cunningham completes OSUâ€™s double-digit scorers with 17.9 a contest. Cunningham, at 7.6 a game, shares team rebounding honors with junior transfer Precious Robinson while freshman Toni Young manages 6.4 an outing.
Three Lady Bears are averaging double-digit scoring. Freshman post Brittney Griner leads the team with 19.6 points a game while senior Morghan Medlock tallies 12.7 and junior guard Melissa Jones is averaging 11.6. Griner blocks more shots per game than 324 of the 332 NCAA Division I schools and only four teams beside Baylor (St. Maryâ€™s, Appalachian State, Michigan State and West Virginia) have blocked more shots than Griner. She recorded the programâ€™s first-ever triple-double with 34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocked shots against Oral Roberts in December.
In the series between the two teams, Baylor leads by 22-9 after taking all three meetings a year ago, including a 64-62 overtime win in Stillwater. The Lady Bears also claimed a 67-62 win in Oklahoma City during the second round of the Big 12 Championship. OSUâ€™s last wins in the series came in 2008 when the Cowgirls swept both games to end a nine-game losing streak to Baylor. OSU is 7-6 all-time in Stillwater against Baylor.
The Cowgirls broke into the Associated Press Top 25 Women’s College Basketball poll this week. OSU is Baylorâ€™s fourth ranked opponent this season and marks the beginning of a six-game stretch with five rated foes: No. 14 Oklahoma (Jan. 13), No. 12 Nebraska (Jan. 17), at Missouri (Jan. 23), No. 10 Texas A&M (Jan 27) and at No. 15 Texas (Jan. 31).
Big 12 Conference power
Seven Big 12 teams are ranked in this week’s AP Top 25:
10. Texas A&M
23. Oklahoma State
The remaining Big 12 openers:
- Kansas State vs. Kansas, Manhattan, Kansas, 11:00 a.m., FSN, Live Stats
- Colorado vs. Missouri, Boulder, Colo., 1:00 p.m., FSN, Live Stats
- Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech, Norman, Okla., 2:30 p.m., TTSN/SSN, Live Stats
- Texas vs. Texas A&M, Austin, Texas, 5:00 p.m., FSNSW, Live Stats
- Iowa State vs. Nebraska, Ames, Iowa, 7:00 p.m., Live Stats
- Was media criticism of Brittney Grinerâ€™s duo of dunks unfair?
- Griner dunks twice, sets a blocking record in Baylor rout of Texas State
- Kim Mulkey goes for 250th career win, No. 5 Baylor wraps up conference play
- Brittney Griner earns first triple-double in Baylor history in win over Oral Roberts
- TCU Overcomes Deficit To Take Down No. 10 Texas A&M
- Baylor victory over Louisiana Tech no consolation for Mulkey
- Big preview: Big 12 Conference womenâ€™s basketball
Around the Web
- Big 12 Conference Preview: Womenâ€™s Hoops Begins Conference Seasion (Big12sports.com)
- Associated Press Top 25 Women’s College Basketball poll