WACO, Texas —
“They are better, which is how can you be better when you were perfect,” said Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly, whose team lost 67-39 at Baylor last week and still moved up a spot in the new Top 25 poll Monday. “Who they’ve beaten and what they’ve done, they’re the best team in the country, no doubt about it. It’s going to take something special for anyone to beat them.”
The Lady Bears have won 48 consecutive home games, the longest active streak. Stanford’s 82-game home streak was snapped last month by Connecticut, which a week after that lost at home to Notre Dame and cleared the way for Baylor to be No. 1 again.
Baylor has won 26 consecutive conference games, a Big 12 record that goes to 32 if including their last two conference tournament titles. Stanford won 81 in a row against conference teams before another home loss, to California on Sunday.
Griner is the Big 12’s leading scorer at 21 points a game, but the 6-foot-8 post player is unusually seventh with 7.7 rebounds a game.
Of course, that could be attributed to Griner playing only 27 1/2 minutes a game, five minutes below her average her first three seasons. Plus, the Lady Bears are making so many of their shots (480 of 953).
“Everybody’s scoring and everybody’s contributing,” Griner said.
“I know that I’ve never coached a team at Baylor that’s led the country in field goal percentage on the offensive end,” Mulkey said. “We always take pride in the defense. I don’t know that I’ve ever had this many players with assist-to-turnover ratios that are ranked in the top 25 in the country.”
Kimetria Hayden has 63 assists and 21 turnovers to rank second among Division I players with a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, while Jordan Madden (2.5-to-1) is 11th and freshman Niya Johnson (2.14-to-1) is 26th. Baylor (1.62-to-1 as a team) is the only team to have multiple players ranked that high.