Cal v. Baylor Women's Basketball Open Thread 11.22.09

I know you are currently face down in a giant pile of alcohol still celebrating last night's THRILLING Big Game victory over the hated Stanford Cardinal.  And if you aren't currently drenched in some sort of liquid substance, what is wrong with you?????

But, it's time to take a look away from all the crazy highlights for a moment to realize that we got another BIG GAME! today, too.  The Cal Women's Basketball team, currently ranked as high as 11 is about to take on the Baylor Bears, ranked as high as 8th in the nation.  Clearly, a big test for our young, but talented Women's Basketball team.   The game starts at 2 PM PST and will be televised on Fox Sports Net.  Use this thread to discuss all the action.  GO BEARS!  BEAT THE............BEARS?

The Official Cal Bears website has a preview:

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS--A Look at Baylor The Baylor Bears (1-1) came into the season ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. The are currently ranked at No. 8 in the AP Poll and at No. 9 in the USA Today/ ESPN Coaches' Poll.

Baylor freshman Brittney Griner, a 6-8 forward with the ability to dunk, has been the most buzzed about player in women's college basketball as the season begins. Griner scored 15 points in Baylor's 74-65 season-opening loss at No. 9 Tennessee, nine of which came from the freethrow line. Guard Melissa Jones led the team with 21 points in the game, including going a perfect 10-for-10 from the freethrow line. Forward Morghan Medlock had a team-high 13 rebounds.

Baylor posted a 29-6 overall record last season and finished No. 5 in the final AP poll. The Lady Bears finished second in the Big 12 Conference, won the Big 12 Championship and were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 by eventual national runner-up Louisville. Baylor returns one starter off last season's squad and boasts eight returnees and five newcomers on this year's roster.

The Baylor Bears were scheduled to play at Haas Pavilion last season on Dec. 22, 2008, but the game was cancelled when a rare December snow storm stranded the team in Oregon.

Baylor and Cal have faced one another three times with Cal looking for its first-ever regular-season victory over Baylor. Cal's only victory was an 82-72 win in the first round of the WNIT, March 26, 1981. Baylor has won the last two match-ups, 69-56 Nov. 25, 2007 in Waco and Nov. 26, 2005 on a neutral court at the Caribbean Classic. This is the first time the two teams have played at Haas Pavilion.

Baylor is the first of two Big-12 teams that Cal should face this season. Texas A&M will be playing in the Collier's International Classic at Haas Pavilion Dec. 5-6 and could take on Cal in the second round of the tournament. Last season, Cal was 1-1 against Big-12 schools including a 68-54 victory over Texas Tech in the Paradise Jam Tournament and the 86-75 loss at the hands of Oklahoma.

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