Hoops Roundup

April 27, 2007

Lady Bears: 26-8
The Baylor Lady Bears continue to be a March Madness fixture under coach Kim Mulkey's leadership. Despite fielding one of its youngest teams ever, Baylor advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and won 20 games for the seventh straight season, both continuing school records.
Mulkey's 2006-07 Lady Bears finished 26-8 overall and third in the Big 12 Conference at 11-5 while reaching postseason play for a school-record seventh straight year. The only Big 12 program to win at least 26 games overall and 11 or more league games in each of the last four seasons, Baylor beat Chattanooga, 68-55, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, then dropped a 78-72 overtime decision to North Carolina State in round two.
Despite their youth, the Lady Bears featured tremendous offensive balance, as seven players contributed 7 points or more per game. Senior Bernice Mosby, who earned first-team All-Big 12 and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors by the league coaches, led the Lady Bears and finished No. 3 in the Big 12 in both scoring (17.6 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg), while second-team All-Big 12 guard Angela Tisdale, a junior, ranked No. 2 on the squad in scoring at 10.8 points per game.
Baylor will return four starters among its nine returning letterwinners for the 2007-08 campaign as it looks to continue its successful run under Mulkey's direction.

Bears: 15-16
The 2006-07 season was Baylor's most successful in the four seasons since head coach Scott Drew undertook the massive rebuilding project in Waco.
The young Bears, playing a full schedule and with a full allotment of scholarships for the first time in Drew's four seasons, posted a 15-16 record - which marked the highest number of wins in six seasons (since 2000-01, 19-12). Baylor also recorded its first win in Big 12 Championship play in six years (since two wins in the 2001 tournament).
Other accomplishments included the school's second-ever Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team selection - sophomore guard Curtis Jerrells (first since 2001, DeMarcus Minor); the most points scored (2,333) in 14 years (since 1992-93, 2,350) and the highest team field goal percentage (.460) in 15 years (since 1991-92, .470).
Baylor posted a 10-3 non-conference record and finished 4-12 in Big 12 play. The Bears finished the season with three wins in their final six games, including an impressive performance in the Big 12 Championship which included a memorable 97-83 upset over Missouri (in which Baylor set a tournament record by shooting 63 percent from the field) and leading heavily favored Texas by 20 points before falling in the quarterfinals.
Despite its 11th place Big 12 finish, Baylor increased its competitiveness in conference games, evidenced by the fact that eight of its 12 league losses were by 10 points or less (in 2005-06 BU lost nine Big 12 games by 15 points or more).
The Bears also fought through injuries in 2006-07, as eight different players missed a total of 57 games during the season.