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Baylor Lady Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks - Basketball Preview and Game Thread

Baylor Women’s Basketball takes on Kansas in the Ferrell Center at 2:00 p.m. CT this afternoon. Happy New Years!

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Baylor v Kansas State
Guard Alexis Prince
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No. 3 Lady Bears vs. Kansas

The No. 3/4 Baylor Lady Bears kick off the new year with their second Big 12 Conference matchup in four days against Kansas today at 2 p.m. (CT) inside the Ferrell Center.

SERIES HISTORY... • Baylor leads Kansas, 25-8, in the all-time series with a 12-2 record inside the Ferrell Center. • Under head coach Kim Mulkey, the Lady Bears are 23-2 against the Jayhawks. • BU has defeated Kansas in 13 of the last 14 meetings, including the last five consecutive matchups. • The Lady Bears have not lost to the Jayhawks since Jan 19, 2014, 76-60, in Lawrence, Kan. • In Waco, Kansas has not recorded a win since Jan. 19, 2000, 81-67.

A PERFECT DECEMBER... • The Lady Bears were dominant in the month of December, recording a 5-0 record. • Baylor saw six records fall, including the NCAA record for margin of victory (108 points) and Baylor records for points scored (140), rebounds (75), field goals made (58), assists (42) and blocks (17). • The Lady Bears outscored their opponents 484-213 (+54.2) and outrebounded their opponents 286-153 (+26.6) in the five-game stretch. • Six players averaged double figure scoring in December, including senior Nina Davis (14.4), sophomore Kalani Brown (14.2), redshirt senior Alexis Prince (13.4), redshirt senior Alexis Jones (13.3), freshman Lauren Cox (10.6) and senior Khadijiah Cave (10.2). • Baylor also recorded a 51.2 field goal percentage, 42.5 three-point field goal percentage and 70.2 free throw percentage in December.

About the Jayhawks... Kansas' three-game win streak to conclude nonconference action came to an end after the Jayhawks' loss to No. 20 Oklahoma, 84-54, in their Big 12 Conference opener. With the loss, KU dropped to 6-6 on the season and 0-1 in league play.

The Jayhawks are averaging 66.6 points per game with a scoring margin of -1.0. KU is making 36.1 percent of its shots from the field, while converting 30.7 percent of its attempts from the 3-point line. Kansas is averaging 45 boards per game, the third-best rebounding average in the Big 12. The Jayhawks have also swiped 9.3 steals per contest, good for the third-most by any team in the conference.

Redshirt junior guard Jessica Washington led all scorers in KU's Big 12 opener against Oklahoma (12/29) with 22 points, her second game in a row scoring 20 or more points. Washington has netted seven double-digit scoring efforts this season. Redshirt sophomore guard McKenzie Calvert scored 13 points against the Sooners, increasing her double-figure performances to a team-leading eight. Defensively, sophomore Kylee Kopatich grabbed nine boards in the first game of league play, tying her season-high mark for the third time this season. Junior forward Chayla Cheadle leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per contest.

More on the Lady Bears... After opening Big 12 Conference action with an 87-57 victory over Kansas State, the Lady Bears extended their win streak to 10-straight games. BU is 12-1 on the season and its only loss of the year was a 72-61 decision at UConn (11/17).

The Lady Bears lead the league in points per game with 94.6 and have a +44.3 scoring margin. Additionally, Baylor is connecting on 41.5 percent of its shots from long range. Defensively, the Lady Bears are averaging 53.5 rebounds, 7.5 steals and 8.4 blocks per game.

Redshirt senior guard Alexis Jones leads BU's offense with 15.5 points per game, while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and dishing out 61 assists. Sophomore Kalani Brown is averaging 14.2 points and is connecting on 67.2 percent of her attempts. Brown also leads the team with 8.9 boards and 2.1 blocks per game.

No. 3 Baylor women keep focus on team as whole

There was more rest for the starters — valuable because of the grind that awaits in Big 12 play. There were more minutes for the backups — including a trio of freshmen that need all the time on the floor they can get.

And, most importantly, the Lady Bears were able to move forward with no hesitation, which is something that can’t be undersold with Kansas (6-6, 0-1 Big 12) coming to the Ferrell Center on Sunday afternoon and a showdown at undefeated, No. 12 West Virginia on Wednesday.

“I actually ended up watching more of Kansas than going back and watching Kansas State,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “And I even got some work in on West Virginia … you win, you tend to just remember the things you jotted down during the game, work on them in practice and move forward pretty quickly.”

Of the 21 team statistical categories the Big 12 keeps, Baylor (12-1, 1-0) leads the league in 14 categories and is second in four more. That’s drawn more praise from Mulkey than any individual recognition heaped on the Lady Bears so far.

And while no Baylor player is in the top 10 in the league in scoring, Alexis Jones, Kristy Wallace and Calveion “Juicy” Landrum are in the top 10 in assists while Kalani Brown and Beatrice Mompremier are in the top 10 in rebounding.