No. 2/4 Baylor Travels for Top 5 Showdown

BAYLOR HITS THE ROAD…

The No. 2/4 Baylor Lady Bears (2-0) head to Storrs, Conn., to play their first road game of the season at No. 3/2 Connecticut

(1-0) on Thursday, Nov. 17. It is the second Top 10 matchup of the week for the Lady Bears, who defeated No. 9/9 UCLA,

84-70, on Monday in Waco, Texas.

 

FOLLOW THE ACTION…

The powerhouse showdown between Baylor and Connecticut will be broadcast regionally on SportsNet-New York with

Eric Frede (play-by-play), Meg Culmo (analyst) and Justine Ward (sideline) on the call. Fans can also watch the game on

ESPN3.

 

THE BASICS…

• Baylor (2012) and Connecticut (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) have combined to win the last five NCAA Championships.

• In the all-time series, Connecticut holds a 3-2 edge.

• Under head coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor trails the Huskies, 3-2.

• Baylor’s last win over Connecticut came on Feb. 18, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., 76-70.

• Thursday marks the first time the teams will play in Storrs, Conn. Baylor and Connecticut have only met in Waco, Texas,

Hartford, Conn., or San Antonio, Texas.

• This is the only matchup of the series that was not picked up by ESPN or ESPN2.

What’s In a Win...

• With a victory Thursday, the Lady Bears would end a 76-game win streak and a 29-game home win streak for the fourtime

defending national champion Huskies.

• Baylor would defeat two Top 10 programs in back-to-back regular season games for the first time in program history.

Baylor Against the Top 10…

• The Lady Bears are 41-89 all-time against opponents ranked in the Top 10.

• Baylor has collected 40 of its 41 victories over Top 10 opponents under the watch of 17th-year head coach Kim Mulkey,

who is 40-40 in such games.

• The Lady Bears have only played Top 10 opponents back-to-back in the first three games of the season one other time,

on Nov. 13, 2012, against No. 6/8 Kentucky (W, 85-51) and Nov. 16, 2012, vs. No. 4/4 Stanford (L, 69-71) in Honolulu.

• Baylor has only met consecutive Top 10 opponents in the regular season one other time in 2003-04. The Lady Bears

played against No. 3/3 Texas (W, 78-64) on Jan. 14, 2004, and at No. 2/1 Texas Tech (L, 63-64) on Jan. 17, 2004.

 

AN ELECTRIC START…

• Post Kalani Brown opened her sophomore campaign in a big way, leading the Lady Bears to victory in back-toback

games.

• The Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection opened the season with a career-high matching 24-point

performance and followed it up with a career-high 25-point effort against No. 9/9 UCLA on Monday.

• Also against No. 9/9 UCLA, Brown set career-highs with 19 rebounds (the 10th highest single-game total recorded

in program history), field goals made (12), field goals attempted (15) and steals (6). She matched her career-high

with five assists as well.

• The contest signaled the second double-double of her career, the first coming against McNeese State on Dec. 13,

2015.

• Through two games, the Slidell, La., native owns an .800 field goal percentage (20-25), which is fourth in the Big

12 Conference and 19th nationally.

• For her efforts in the opener, Brown collected her first Co-Big 12 Player of the Week honor. She was named to the

conference’s all-freshman team in 2016 after earning two Big 12 Freshman of the Week accolades.

• As a freshman Brown averaged 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. So far this season, she is averaging a

double-double with 24.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per contest.

 

PRODUCTION IN THE PAINT…

• Through two games, Baylor has recorded 63.4 percent (128-202) of its offense in the paint.

• The Lady Bears are outrebounding their opponents by an average of 31 boards per game (57-26). BU outperformed

Houston Baptist, 62-27, and No. 9/9 UCLA, 52-25, on the glass.

 

IN THE POLLS...

Baylor remains ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 4 in USA Today Coaches Poll in week two, after opening

the season 2-0 with a rout of Houston Baptist and a Top 10 win against No. 9/9 UCLA.


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