The No. 2/2 Baylor Lady Bears (14-1, 3-0) continue their Big 12 road swing at Oklahoma State (12-2, 2-1) today. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. (CT) in Stillwater, Okla.
Fans can watch Saturday's game live here on Our Daily Bears by clicking on the video link below. 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.
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SERIES RUNDOWN... • Baylor leads Oklahoma State, 36-11, in the all-time series. • Under head coach Kim Mulkey, the Lady Bears are 30-6 against the Cowgirls. • In away games played, Baylor holds an 11-9 edge. Oklahoma State won the last matchup in Stillwater, 52-45, on Dec. 30, 2015, in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams. • The Lady Bears have won 15 of the last 16 games against the Cowgirls.
Game Preview by Jerry Hill of the Baylor Bears Foundation
From Baylor Bears dot com:
Nina Davis might not remember each of Baylor's 115 victories in her 3 ½ seasons. But, the dozen losses are etched in her mind forever.
That includes last year's 52-45 loss to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 opener, the Lady Bears' only setback until an Elite Eight loss to Oregon State.
"We came out and we weren't ready to play," said Davis, who returns to Stillwater when No. 2 Baylor (14-0, 3-0) faces the Cowgirls (12-2, 2-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. "We can play the excuse game and say we didn't have our point guard and I don't think (Alexis) Prince played in that game. But, it was definitely all us, and we don't want that to happen again."
While last year's loss has been mentioned, "you don't harp on it," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.
"I also compliment them, (because) we ran off how many victories after that. And that's hard to do," she said of Baylor's 23-game winning streak after that OSU loss. "I think we learned from that loss immediately."
Playing on the road doesn't seem to be a big deal for this year's team. After opening Big 12 with a pair of blowout victories at home, the Lady Bears traveled to No. 16/17 West Virginia for a midweek matchup and rolled to a 91-56 win over the Mountaineers.
"This team has the mentality of, `Coach, we're getting the job done. Coach, we're working hard,''' Mulkey said. "They're quiet and I want them to be a little more vocal. But, if they keep beating people the way they are, maybe I need to quit preaching it and let them just do their job."
Despite Baylor winning its first three conference games by an average margin of 37.3 points, "we're never satisfied, we're never complacent," junior guard Kristy Wallace said.
"And I think that's a good thing. We need to continue that through the rest of the season. Not be complacent, just take every game one at a time and work on the things we need to work on," she said.
Oklahoma State opened the season with 10 straight victories before a 73-54 loss to Oregon State in the Play4Kay Shootout in Las Vegas. The Cowgirls are 8-0 at home this year and 82-14 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in coach Jim Littell's five-plus seasons.
"That place, if you've never been there, is a hard place to win," said Mulkey, who is 11-5 all-time in Stillwater. "Everybody seems to be right on top of you, it's loud in there. It's a place where we've had a lot of success, but it's also a place where we've left there heartbroken."
This year's OSU team is led by the inside duo of 6-3 junior forward Mandy Coleman (12.6 ppg, 7.1 rebounds) and 6-4 junior center Kaylee Jensen (20.1 ppg, 10.4 rebounds), the conference leader in scoring and rebounding.
"His 4 and 5 players can score. And not only can they score in the paint and they're big bodies in there, they can also shoot the trail 3 and will shoot the 3," Mulkey said. "Jim is one of my favorites in the league, because he is old-school. He coaches man-to-man, but he realizes what his strengths and weaknesses are, and hell zone you some."
Baylor's balanced attack features five double-figure scorers, led by Jones at 16.0 points, 5.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. The sophomore post tandem of Kalani Brown (14.1 ppg, 8.7 rebounds) and Beatrice Mompremier (10.3 ppg, 8.2 rebounds) give the Lady Bears a strong inside-outside balance to go with Davis (12.0 ppg), Jones and Alexis Prince (11.4 ppg).
Because of the number of blowouts, Baylor has 11 of its 13 players averaging double-digit minutes.
"Us having that much depth, you don't really know who to stop or who's going to take the next shot," Davis said. "That also helps us. We have players that are kind of old, like myself, that have been here. And then you have Alexis Jones that sometimes needs rest. So, just having the confidence that the younger players are going to come in and maintain the lead is always great."
After the back-to-back road games, the Lady Bears return home to face TCU (8-6, 0-3) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferrell Center.