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Baylor WBB Hosts Idaho in NCAA Championship First Round

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2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship

Dallas Regional

First Round - March 18 (Friday)

Ferrell Center - Waco, Texas

No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 16 Idaho, 4:00 p.m. (ESPN2, 1660 AM)

No. 8 St. John’s vs. No. 9 Auburn, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Second Round - March 20 (Sunday)

Ferrell Center - Waco, Texas

Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 - TBA - ESPN2

BAYLOR LADY BEARS

2015-16 Record: 33-1

Ranking (AP/ESPN):  4/4

Last Game: W, vs. #7 Texas, 84-57

Head Coach: Kim Mulkey

Career Record: 470-91 (16th season)

Record at BU: Same

Baylor vs. Idaho: BU leads 3-0

Mulkey vs. Idaho: 2-0

IDAHO VANDALS

2015-16 Record:  24-9

Ranking (AP/ESPN):  nr/nr

Last Game: W, Idaho State, 67-55

Head Coach: Jon Newlee

Career Record: 224-200 (13th season)

Record at Idaho: 131-120 (8th season)

Newlee vs. BU: 0-2

GAME INFO

Date: Friday, March 18

Tip-Off:  4:00  p.m. (CT)

Location:  Waco, Texas

Arena:  Ferrell Center (10,284 )

Television:  ESPN2

Talent:  Pam Ward (pxp), Carolyn Peck (analyst)

Radio:  Baylor Sports Network - IMG College -ESPN 1660 AM

Talent:  Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (analyst)

Audio:  BaylorBears.com (subscription)

Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com

Gameday Central:  BaylorBears.com

Tickets:  (254) 710-6446 

Baylor in the NCAA Championship...

Baylor is competing in its 13th straight and 15th all-time NCAA Championship, as all appearances have come since head

coach Kim Mulkey assumed the program’s helm. BU is 36-12 (.750) in NCAA Championship play, including 13-1 in first

round games, 10-3 in second round games, 6-4 in the Sweet 16, 3-3 in the Elite Eight, 2-1 in the national semifinals and

2-0 in championship games.

Baylor is hosting first- and second-round games for the fourth straight year, the fifth time in six years and the sixth time

overall. BU is 9-1 in NCAA Tournament games played in Waco.

No. 4/4 Baylor Plays Idaho in NCAA Championship First Round...

The fourth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears (33-1) are competing in the NCAA Championship for the fourth time in program

history as one of the tournament’s four No. 1 seeds, and first since 2012-13.

Baylor is led by junior forward Nina Davis’ 15.6 points a contest. Redshirt junior guard Alexis Jones follows with 14.6

points a contest while freshman post Beatrice Mompremier leads the team in rebounding at 6.6 an outing. Senior point

guard Niya Johnson dishes out a nation’s-best 8.7 assists per contest.

The Lady Bears will take on the 16th-seeded Idaho Vandals on Friday at 4:00 p.m. (CT). Idaho, 24-9 on the season, will be

making its fourth overall NCAA Tournament appearance and second straight. The Vandals, under eighth-year head coach

John Newlee, won the  Big Sky Tournament and earned the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. 

No. 4/4 Baylor Hosts Idaho in NCAA Championship First-Round...

  • The fourth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears look to extend their 20-game win streak as one of four NCAA Championship’s No. 1 seeds,  BU will take on the Idaho Vandals at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18. Baylor enters the contest with an overall record of 33-1. Since its Dec. 30, league season-opening loss at Oklahoma State, BU has reeled off 20 straight victories. 

  • Sixteenth-year head coach Kim Mulkey’s Lady Bear squad is led on the season by a trio of All-American candidates in forward Nina Davis and guard Alexis Jones with 15.6 and 14.6 points per game, respectively. Senior point guard Niya Johnson, also an All-American candidate, averages 7.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and a nation-leading 8.7 assists a contest.  Johnson’s 953 career assists are a Big 12 record and rank sixth on the NCAA career assist list. Freshman post Beatrice Mompremier leads the Lady Bears on the boards with 6.6 an outing while Davis follows with 6.1 a game.

Quick Hits...

•           Since its Big 12 Conference season-opening loss at Oklahoma State, Baylor has reeled off 20 straight wins. Entering the postseason, BU owns the nation’s fourth-longest active win streak (UConn-69, Colorado State-28, Notre Dame-24, Baylor & James Madison-20).

•           Over the last four games, which included three vs. ranked opponents, BU is shooting .522 from the floor, .422 from 3-point range and .779 from the free throw line while outscoring its opponents by 25 (79.8-54.8) points per game.

•           Through 33 games, Baylor is maintaining a league-leading .487 (1,020-2,095) field goal percentage which ranks No. 5 nationally. 

•           Since allowing 37 points in the fourth quarter at TCU on Feb. 10, Baylor, over its last nine games, has limited its opponents to 51.0 points a contest while scoring 74.4 points an outing.

•           Baylor is 12-0 vs. ranked opponents on the year.

•           At 33-1, Baylor owns its sixth straight 30-win season, seventh under Kim Mulkey and 10th in program history.

•           BU ranks No. 9 nationally in season attendance average with 6,445 fans per game.

•           BU ranks No. 4 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense at .330.

•           Baylor averages 45.8 rebounds per game which ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 4 nationally. All told, BU has hauled down 50 or more rebounds 10 times.  The Lady Bears recorded a season-best 64 rebounds vs. Iowa State (Feb. 20).

•           BU ranks No. 3 nationally in rebound margin at 14.7; Baylor hauls down 45.8 per game to its opponent’s 31.1. The Lady Bears are out-scoring their opponents by 24.6 ppg (77.7-53.1) which ranks No. 2 nationally.

•           Baylor’s current rebounding average (45.8) ranks second to the 2013-14 team that finished the season at 47.3 rebounds per game.

•           Baylor is out-scoring its opponents in the paint, 1,462-700. BU is averaging 43.0 ppg in the paint while limiting its opponent to 20.6 ppg.

•           Baylor’s bench is outscoring its opponents by 11.3 ppg, 885-499 (26.0-14.7).

•           Niya Johnson ranks No. 1 nationally in assists per game (8.7) and total assists (286) while standing No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (3.3). She is one of five finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award which recognizes the nation’s top point guard.

•           Johnson needs 47 assists to become the fifth NCAA-era player to drop 1,000 dimes; she currently ranks sixth (953) on the NCAA’s career list and needs just 35 assists to move to No. 5. In fact, Johnson is just the 10th player to record 900 career assists.

•           Johnson is one of only five NCAA Division I women’s basketball players to record 900 assists and 500 rebounds, as she has 953 assists and 542 rebounds in her career.

•           Johnson is the Big 12’s all-time assist leader with 953 career dimes.

•           Among active NCAA Division I players, Johnson ranks No. 1 in assists per game (6.71), assists (953) and No. 4 in games played (142).

•           Nina Davis ranks No. 7 on BU’s all-time scoring list with 1,864 points.

•           In 16 of 34 games this season, the Lady Bears have shot .500 or better including three contests over .600 -- No. 19 DePaul (.632), Northwestern State (.625) and McNeese State (.606). Games over .500 include: Southern Miss (.535), Cincinnati (.544), No. 20 Michigan State (.551), Grambling (.591), Oral Roberts (.518), TCU (.533), at Iowa State (.500), K-State (.540), Kansas (.554), No. 6 Texas (.528), Texas Tech (.500), No. 24 Oklahoma (.556) and No. 7 Texas (509).

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