Countdown to Tipoff


By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
March 02, 2013 10:01 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia plays host to top-ranked Baylor tonight at the WVU Coliseum on Senior Night for Ayana Dunning. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised to portions of the country on Fox Sports Net.

West Virginia lost to Baylor, 76-58, earlier this year in Waco and will be facing the Bears for just the fourth time in school history.

MSN’s radio coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on select stations throughout the state. Here is tonight’s Countdown to Tipoff:

10 – West Virginia’s game at Baylor on Jan. 19 was played before 10,245 fans – the TENTH-largest attendance in Baylor women’s history.

9 – Baylor’s Brittney Griner had NINE blocks in the Bears’ 76-58 win over West Virginia on Jan. 19, just missing a triple-double after also scoring 26 points and gabbing 15 rebounds.

8 – The Mountaineers have lost EIGHT times at the Coliseum the last two years while producing a 23-8 overall record. In 12 seasons under Coach Mike Carey, West Virginia owns a 134-36 record at the Coliseum (.787).

7 – West Virginia has posted SEVEN 21-win seasons in the last nine years and shows 17 wins this year with two regular season games remaining and postseason play.

6 – Junior guard Christal Caldwell has led the Mountaineers in scoring in Big 12 games SIX times this year; she currently leads the team in scoring with an average of 13 points per game.

5 – The Mountaineers have lost four Big 12 games this year by FIVE points or less: Oklahoma (three), Kansas (one), Texas Tech (four), Iowa State (four),

4 – Brittney Griner is currently FOURTH on the NCAA all-time scoring list with 3,045 career points.

3 – Baylor has already clinched its THIRD straight Big 12 regular season title and brings a nation’s best 25-game winning streak into Morgantown for tonight’s game.

2 – West Virginia ranks SECOND in the Big 12 in scoring defense giving up just 61.1 points per game. Baylor is tops giving up an average of 52.8 points per game.

1 – The Mountaineers are expecting a crowd approaching 10,000 for tonight’s game. Ranking FIRST on the school attendance list was West Virginia’s game against DePaul when 8,307 showed up on Feb. 16, 2008.

Enjoy tonight’s game and be sure to stop back afterward for complete postgame coverage.



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