Sooners, Bears set for round three

Courtney Paris and 8th-ranked Oklahoma (28-4) will tip-off against Sophia Young and 10th-ranked Baylor (24-5) in the Women's Big 12 Tournament Championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday night at Reunion Arena in Dallas. See inside for news, notes and quotes previewing the matchup. (AP Photo/Ty Russell)

The Setting
Baylor (24-5) vs. Oklahoma (28-4) -- 6 p.m. CST -- Dallas, Texas -- Reunion Arena.

Radio
The game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net (Cox 37 in OKC). Kevin Eschenfelder (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) will call the action. To listen to the game online, click the link below and then click the black and white photo at the top of the page.

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The Matchup
If round three is played out like the first two rounds did between these two teams in Waco and Norman, then Saturday night's Big 12 Tournament title game should be a dandy.

Oklahoma (28-4) comes into the game riding a 16-game winning streak, while Baylor (24-5) has won seven straight since their loss in Norman on February 12.

The previous two games between the Sooners and Bears were decided by a total of seven points, with the first decided on a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left and the second in overtime. The Sooners won in Waco, 73-70, on January 21, and then in overtime, 81-77, in Norman.

The game will also feature the two best players in the Big 12 in Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and Baylor's Sophia Young, who was the 2005 Final Four MVP. Paris was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year last week, while Young edged her out for Big 12 Player of the Year honors. The duo also shared Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Paris scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in OU's win in Waco, while Young was held to 18 points and nine rebounds on 7-of-18 shooting from the field. In the game in Norman, Young finished with 36 points and 14 rebounds to Paris' 31 points and 19 boards.

The Sooners are ranked 8th in the Associated Press Poll, 8th in the Coaches Poll and 6th in the RPI. Baylor is ranked 10th in the AP Poll, 10th in the Coaches Poll and 10th in the RPI.

With a win, the Sooners would tie a school record with 17 straight victories and claim their third conference tournament title. The Sooners are 2-1 in Big 12 Tournament title games.

OU leads the all-time series against the Bears 17-8.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson on Oklahoma
"I hope it will be a showcase. I hope that both teams play well. I hope that the fans are entertained and I hope that the television audience is entertained. You've got what you had during the regular season. You had the No. 1 and the No. 2 teams facing off in the championship of the tournament. You have two teams regardless of the outcome of the game, they are probably going to get either 2 or 3 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. I think when the game is over, regardless of who wins it, we're both going to go, whew, because when you get to the NCAA Tournament, teams don't tend to know you as well as we know each other in the league."

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale on Baylor
"I think that Baylor is clearly -- and you guys gave me all kinds of grief for saying this during Big 12 play, but clearly they are the second-best team in the league. They finished in second place and they separated themselves, is my point, from the guys that were behind them. I think what Sophia Young does for that team and the sense of urgency that she's playing within her final season, a valiant opponent, and they still carry that National Championship banner around. It's theirs until somebody else takes it in April."

Baylor Projected Starters
G -- 20 -- Angela Tisdale -- 5-6, Sr. -- 12.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.4 apg
G -- 21 -- Chameka Scott -- 6-0, Sr.. -- 8.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg
F -- 35 -- Abiola Wabara -- 6-0, Jr. -- 8.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg
F -- 3 -- Jessica Morrow -- 6-2, Fr. -- 7.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg
F -- 33 -- Sophia Young -- 6-1, Sr. -- 22.4 ppg, 10.0 rpg

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Oklahoma Projected Starters:
G -- 33 --Britney Brown -- 5-9, Jr. -- 6.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg
G -- 34 --Erin Higgins -- 5-9, Jr. -- 8.8 ppg, 1.8 rbg
F-- 22 -- Chelsi Welch -- 5-9, Jr. -- 9.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
F -- 24 --Leah Rush -- 6-1, Jr. -- 10.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg
C -- 3 -- Courtney Paris -- 6-4, Fr. -- 21.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg, 3.3 bpg

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