No. 17 Baylor hosts Kansas in televised matchup
#17/17 Baylor (20-7, 7-6) vs. Kansas (15-11, 5-8)
Sunday, Februrary 28, 2010, 4:00 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas, Ferrell Center (10,284)
Baylor and Kansas meet for the 18th time Sunday in Waco. Baylor leads the series 12-7 while Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey is 10-1 versus the Jayhawks, 4-0 in Waco. Prior to last season’s 69-45 Kansas victory in Lawrence, Baylor had won 10 straight against the Jayhawks. The loss at Lawrence was Mulkey’s first to Kansas.
The Kansas Jayhawks are 15-11 overall and 5-8 in Big 12 action. Kansas, which recently lost its top player, senior Danielle McCray, to a season-ending left knee ACL tear, enters the contest losers of five of its last six games.
Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson is in her sixth season in Lawrence with a record of 94-90. Henrickson’s 13-year career record is 252-152.
Since the Feb. 4 season-ending injury to the team’s top scorer (19.8) and rebounder (7.2), senior guard/forward Danielle McCray, the Jayhawks have two players scoring in double digits. Sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland now leads the team in both scoring and rebounding with 10.4 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. Senior guard Sade Morris ranks second in scoring with 10.1 an outing.
No. 17 Baylor is 20-7 on the season and 7-6 in Big 12 play. With its 20 wins this season, Baylor has now posted its 10th-straight 20-win season and 16th overall. Mulkey has had 10, 20-win seasons as a head coach and 28 in 29 years as a player, assistant and head coach in the college game.
As a team, Baylor ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (7.4); No. 2 in field goal percentage defense (32.8); No. 6 in field goal percentage (.474); No. 8 in rebound margin (9.6) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.4); No. 10 in scoring margin (17.4) ; No. 25 in scoring offense (73.60) and No. 28 in scoring defense (56.2).
The Bears are led by freshman center Brittney Griner with 18.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Griner also leads Baylor in blocks with 6.0 per game, which ranks second nationally. She leads the NCAA in triple-doubles with three on the season. Junior guard Melissa Jones ranks second on the team with 11.3 points per game, while also pulling down 6.4 boards. Jones is currently listed as day-to-day with a stress reaction. Senior forward Morghan Medlock ranks second on the team with 7.0 caroms per contest and adds 9.6 points a game.