After a two-game road swing, the No. 2/2 Baylor Lady Bears (15-1, 4-0) return to the Ferrell Center for a midweek matchup against TCU (8-7, 0-4) tonight, at 7 p.m. (CT).
Tonight's game against TCU will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Southwest with John Morris (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) calling the action. Live audio is also available on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and ESPN 1660 AM in Waco. Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogelman (analyst) are on the call.
You can also stream the game online through Baylor Bears Dot com: Premium Stream Online.
Game Preview by Jerry Hill of the Baylor Bears Foundation
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With the second-ranked Baylor Lady Bears (15-1, 4-0) winning their first four Big 12 games by an average margin of 37 points, Kim Mulkey's had to come up with creative ways to coach and motivate this team.
Things like telling them not to look at the scoreboard or "win the next possession," and even challenging them every day in practice. But, that can get a little dicey at times.
"I have to worry about them beating each other up. Things can get a little intense . . . in a good way," Mulkey said. "What helps Kalani (Brown) is she gets to go against Beatrice (Mompremier) and (Lauren) Cox every day. What better players to make you better than those guys?"
Tied atop the conference standings with No. 16/17 Texas (10-4, 4-0), the Lady Bears put their 13-game winning streak overall and 21-game streak in Big 12 play on the line when they host TCU (8-7, 0-4) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferrell Center.
Senior guard Alexis Jones, who leads Baylor with 15.9 points, 4.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game, said every player on the team "has something that motivates them."
"I think that's what's keeping us going right now, because everybody has their individual goals they're trying to reach, which is keeping us together," Jones said, "because everybody's trying to get better every single game. So, if everybody has an individual goal and they're trying to get better, we just keep on pushing and keep trying to be great."
The Lady Bears have certainly been great in league play. Since opening with an 87-57 win over Kansas State, their closest game has been a 35-point blowout on the road at West Virginia.
Brown, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, has been at her best over the last four-game stretch. In conference-only games, she's averaging 16.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks and shooting a phenomenal 73.5 percent from the floor and 84.2 percent from the line.
"What I look at is her defense first - is she getting fatigued? Running the floor second, and thirdly is she missing wide-open shots and having to get her own rebound and put it back in?" Mulkey said. "She's shooting a tremendous percentage from the field. And she's not getting in foul trouble is the other thing."
Baylor is 31-5 all-time versus the Horned Frogs and 8-0 since they joined the Big 12. TCU led the nation in 3-point shooting percentage until hitting just 4-of-24 from deep in an 83-54 loss to Texas Saturday in Austin.
Junior guard AJ Alix leads the Frogs in scoring at 11.6 per game, while 6-2 sophomore forward Amy Okonkwo is averaging 11.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. In the four league games, TCU has put up 101 3-pointers, compared to just 48 for the Lady Bears.
"We're going to have to defend the 3," Mulkey said. "On the offensive end, they move a lot, spread you out. It's going to be a different look for us defensively, because through the first four games (in conference) we've been able to have what I call a traditional matchup with post players. Because they're smaller, their post players are at the high post a lot and spread the floor on you."
Baylor returns to the road to face Kansas (6-9, 0-4) at 1 p.m. Sunday in Lawrence. The Lady Bears rolled to a 90-43 win over the Jayhawks on New Year's Day in Waco.