Lady Bears return home, ready to take on Texas Tech at home

Junior guard Alexis Jones drives against West Virginia on Jan. 12 at the Ferrell Center. Photo credit: Penelope Shirey

Looking to add on to their home win streak, the No. 4 Baylor Lady Bears look to take on Texas Tech at 7 p.m. today at the Ferrell Center.

With a win against Texas Tech, the Lady Bears could secure their 16th consecutive 20-win season, an ongoing Big 12 record.

The Lady Bears (19-1, 6-1) are coming off a road win, 77-61 win against Iowa State last Saturday.

The Lady Bears took an 11-point lead heading into the half, gaining full control of the game’s momentum. Head coach Kim Mulkey said the Lady Bears’ shooting helped fend off Iowa State’s comeback effort at home.

“If you hit those shots, you can come in and win a ball game. If you can’t hit them, it’s going to be a long night.” – Head coach Kim Mulkey

The Bears took revenge after losing to the Cyclones last season. Mulkey said last season’s loss to the Cyclones was an afterthought for her team that continues to plow its way through the Big 12 conference play.

“Really, it’s more about this year’s team and where we are and what we are trying to do. If you want to win the Big 12 you have to sneak in some places and win on the road.” – Head coach Kim Mulkey

The Lady Red Raiders (10-9, 1-7) are coming off a tough loss to Kansas State and presents a different test for the Lady Bears at home. Texas Tech, a team very much in a rebuilding phase, faces a tall order in taking down the Lady Bears tonight at the Ferrell Center.

Baylor is a historically dominant team on its home floor.

In addition to Baylor’s excellent form at home, senior guard Niya Johnson leads the NCAA with 9.7 assists per game. Baylor averages 58.1 points per game. The Lady Red Raiders are going to be up against a tough challenge.

However, Mulkey said no team in the Big 12 can be underestimated. No team just shows up to a game and gives away the win to the other team, Mulkey said.

“You’ve got to be able to nail some shots if you want to be a good basketball team. Because everyone knows we are pretty big inside. Nobody is just going to hand us the lay-up.” – Head coach Kim Mulkey

With 11 conference games remaining, the Bears will have the opportunity to continue to improve and make a run for the Big 12 title. They sit just one spot behind Texas at No. 2.