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Baylor vs. Iowa State, 7:00 pm CT, at the Ferrell Center.

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The No. 2/2 Baylor Lady Bears (17-1, 6-0) begin a two-game home stand with a matchup against Iowa State (10-7, 1-5) tonight at 7 p.m. (CT) inside the Ferrell Center. It is the first meeting of the conference season between Baylor and the Cyclones. The Lady Bears enter the contest on a 15-game win streak.

Fans can watch tonight’s game against Iowa State online through Fox Sports Southwest Plus. John Morris (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) will be 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.

Game Preview with Lady Bear Kristi Wallace

Baylor leads Iowa State, 22-7, in the all-time series and has won 12 consecutive games in Waco.

Under head coach Kim Mulkey, the Lady Bears own a 21-4 edge.

In games played in Waco, Baylor is 12-1.

The Lady Bears haven’t lost to the Cyclones inside the Ferrell Center since the first meeting of the series on Feb. 5, 1997, when Iowa State registered an 88-43 win.

Baylor is one of four schools to have both men’s and women’s basketball programs undefeated on its home court.

The Lady Bears and Bears own a combined 21-0 record as of Tuesday afternoon. Texas Tech (21-0), Duke (19-0) and UCLA (19-0) are also undefeated at home.

About the Lady Bears

The most recent lineup of redshirt senior Alexis Jones, junior Kristy Wallace, redshirt senior Alexis Prince, senior Nina Davis and sophomore Kalani Brown is 6-0, leading the Lady Bears to a dominant start in their Big 12 Conference slate. These five starting Lady Bears alone average 60 points per game. The Baylor bench averages an additional 32 points per game. That’s right - our Lady Bears are averaging 92.6 points per game.

About the Cyclones

  • The Iowa State women's basketball team dropped another close one TCU on the road. Iowa State held as much as a 13-point lead, but TCU used a 17-2 run to take back the lead and earn the victory over the Cyclones.
  • Iowa State was led by Bridget Carleton who scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed nine boards. Seanna Johnson netted 14 points and grabbed 1-0 rebounds for her 31st career double-double. Johnson also moved into 10th all-time in ISU history with 1,453 career points. Emily Durr (12) and Jadda Buckley (11) chipped in double figure efforts in the loss.
  • Averaging 78.6 points per game, the Cyclones rank 21st nationally in scoring offense. ISU has surpassed the 100-point mark twice this season against Arkansas State (105-53) and New Orleans (100-63).
  • Seanna Johnson currently ranks 10th in school history in points (1,453), fourth in rebounds (933) and is third in double-doubles (31). She needs just 42 points to pass Stacy Frese for ninth in school history. Her 933 rebounds ranks eighth in the nation among active career leaders.
  • Johnson was also named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award and is the third Cyclone in the last five years to make the initial list.
  • Jadda Buckley currently ranks 10th all-time in Iowa State history with 403 career assists. Her 403 career assists rank 34th nationally and third among juniors. Buckley's 6.0 assists per game, also ranks second in the Big 12 and 24th in the nation. Her 102 assists on the season rank 23rd nationally as well.
  • The Cyclones rank fourth in the nation in free throw percentage (80.8%). ISU led the nation in 2012-13 and 2013-14 at the charity stripe.
  • Buckley is currently sixth in the nation in free-throw percentage on the year (92.9) and Bridget Carleton ranks ninth (91.9). Buckley's 87.5 career free-throw percentage is second in the ISU record and ranks second in the nation among active career leaders, just under Washington's Kelsey Plum's 88.1 percent. The NCAA record for free throw percentage in a season is 96.4 set by Penn State's Adrienne Squire in 2006.
  • Iowa State has three of the Big 12's top nine scorers with Johnson in third (17.5), Carleton in fifth (15.7) and Buckley in ninth (14.4). No other Big 12 school has more than one in the top nine.
  • Johnson currently ranks sixth in school history in free throws attempted (360) and is sixth in free throws made (471). She needs 23 attempts to pass Chelsea Poppens for fifth all-time and 57 makes to pass Hallie Christofferson for fifth all-time.
  • The 2016-17 season marks the 22nd in the tenure of Bill Fennelly. Fennelly has led Iowa State to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, which is tied with Oklahoma as the most of any Big 12 team since 1997. Fennelly boasts a 457-230 record at Iowa State and a 623-283 record in his 28-year career as a head coach. His 623 career wins lists him in the top-20 in the NCAA among active coaches.