Sooners, Bears set for Top 10 Showdown

No. 7 Oklahoma (12-1, 2-0) and No. 9 Baylor (15-1, 2-0) will tip-off at 7 p.m. Wednesday night Waco in a battle of 2-0 Big 12 teams. See inside for more pregame information, including quotes from OU head coach Sherri Coale on the matchup. (AP Photo)

The Teams
Oklahoma (12-1, 2-0) at Baylor (15-1, 2-0) -- 7 p.m. -- Waco, Texas -- The Ferrell Center (10,284)

Wednesday's game will be televised locally on the Sooner Sports Network (Cox Channel 16 in OKC/ Cox Channel 3 in Tulsa). The game will be called by Bob Carpenter (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst). The game can also be heard on the radio on KOKC 1520 AM. See the links below to find the television/radio stations that will broadcast the game in your area.

Television Broadcast Info | Radio Broadcast Info | Live Stats

The Matchup
The Sooners and Bears both come into Wednesday's matchup ranked in the Top 10 and 2-0 in Big 12 play. OU is ranked 7th in the Coaches Poll and 8th in the AP Poll, while the Bears are 9th in both polls.

The Bears come into Wednesday's showdown having won 12 in a row since a 69-65 loss on Nov. 19 to Purdue in the WNIT Finals in Waco. Their big win this season was a 64-60 upset over then-No. 9 LSU on Nov. 21 in Waco.

Newcomer Bernice Mosby led the way in the win over the Tigers with 21 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Mosby, a transfer from Florida, has helped ease the loss of former All-American forward Sophia Young leading Bears in scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.9 rpg).

Baylor and OU have both played two common opponents so far this season in UCLA and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Baylor beat the Bruins 83-70 at UCLA, while OU also won in Los Angeles 77-68. OU beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 87-42, while the Bears won 100-48.

The Sooners, who swept the Bears last season winning all three meetings, lead the all-time series 18-8. OU won 73-70 in Waco, 81-77 in overtime in Norman and 72-61 in the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas

Click the links below for more news and notes previewing the matchup.

OU Game Notes | Baylor Game Notes

Sherri Coale on Baylor
"They're really good, really solid. Incredibly athletic as always.

"Frantic pressure, all kinds of craziness all over the floor. We've got to make sure we're strong and smart and aggressive against their pressure. If you don't give them extra possessions then you put yourself in a really good situation.

"The post transfer from Florida — Bernice Mosby — has made them immediately good again. She's in her final season, but this is her first year at Baylor. She's kind of a new look and we've got to get adjusted to the way she plays.

"She's real aggressive. If you allow her to catch it with two feet in the lane something good's gonna happen for Baylor and something bad's gonna happen for us. So we've got to make sure we limit her touches."

What to watch
Oklahoma center Courtney Paris, who scored 24 points and grabbed 26 rebounds in OU's win over the Bears in last year's Big 12 Tournament title game, will be matched against a Baylor interior that leads the nation in blocked shots (8.3 per game). Freshman center Danielle Wilson will come off the bench, but individually she ranks No. 8 nationally in blocked shots at 3.3 per game.

Oklahoma Projected Starters :
G -- 33 --Britney Brown -- 5-9, Sr. --3.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg
G -- 34 --Erin Higgins -- 5-9, Sr. -- 4.8 ppg, 1.1 rbg
F-- 22 -- Chelsi Welch -- 5-9, Sr. -- 11.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg
F -- 24 --Leah Rush -- 6-1, Sr. -- 10.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg
C -- 3 -- Courtney Paris -- 6-4, So. -- 22.7 ppg, 15.5 rpg

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Baylor Projected Starters:
G -- 20 --Angela Tisdale -- 5-5, Jr. -- 11.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg
G -- 15 --Jhasmin Player -- 5-10 So. -- 6.6 ppg, 3.5 rbg
F -- 3 -- Jessica Morrow -- 6-2, So. -- 9.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg
F -- 32 --Bernice Mosby -- 6-1, Sr. -- 17.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg
F -- 14 -- Rachel Allison -- 6-1, So. -- 7.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg

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