WBB Preview: Oklahoma vs. Baylor

The Sooners (22-4, 12-3) and Bears (24-5, 11-4) will tip-off at 8 p.m. Wednesday night in Norman. With a win, Courtney Paris and the Sooners will clinch at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title. See inside for more pregame notes, including quotes from OU head coach Sherri Coale on the matchup.

The Teams
#11/12 Oklahoma (22-4, 12-3) vs. #14/16 Baylor (24-5, 11-4) -- 8 p.m. -- Norman, Okla. -- Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)

Wednesday's game will be televised by Fox Sports Net. The game will be called by Kevin Eschenfelder (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLangren (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.

Radio Broadcast Info | Live Stats

The Matchup
Coming into Wednesday's all-important regular season finale, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are tied atop the Big 12 standings at 12-3. Thus it all comes down to this.

With a win over Baylor Wednesday night in Norman, the Sooners would clinch a share of the Big 12 regular season title. With a win and a Texas A&M loss to Texas Wednesday in College Station, the Sooners would win the conference outright. And the Aggies and Longhorns are scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, so the Sooners will know exactly what they're playing for when they tip it off at 8 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center.

However, getting their piece of the Big 12 title won't be easy because standing in their way is the 14th-ranked Bears, who are currently in third place in the conference standings at 11-4. The Bears are also hoping for a piece of the conference title with a win over the Sooners and a Texas A&M loss, so the stakes are high for both teams at the LNC Wednesday night.

The Bears, who lost to the Sooners in the first meeting between the two teams, 76-63, on Jan. 10 in Waco, are led by senior forward Bernice Mosby. Mosby ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring (18.1) and third in rebounding (9.5). Baylor will also pose another tough test for OU center Courtney Paris, as they lead the league in blocked shots. However, Paris got the best of the Bears in the first matchup scoring 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

Oklahoma is currently on a four-game winning streak against Baylor and lead the all-time series 19-8 and 8-4 in Norman.

Game 1 Recap | Oklahoma Game Notes | Baylor Game Notes

Sherri Coale on Baylor
"Baylor's good. Sophia Young finally graduated and we all went, "Whew, at least we don't have to deal with that.' And I'll be darned if they didn't go out and find one that's almost just like her. Bernice Mosby is a transfer from Florida that came in and sat last year as a redshirt. She is just explosive and athletic and long. She's just really competitive, an aggressive rebounder, shotblocker, all those things. She really makes them go. As Bernice goes they go.

"They've got a tough little point guard in Angela Tisdale and then they've got a lot of guys around her who are capable of scoring. They didn't hit a three on us when we played in Waco before, but their season 3-point percentage in conference play is actually a little bit higher than ours is. So these are guys who are capable of knocking down 3-point shots.

"They have a good, strong supporting cast. Rachel Allison, in the post, fights and rebounds and goes after everything. And then they come in with one of the most talented freshman in the league — Danielle Wilson, in the post — who's also an amazing shotblocker.

"So they're a typical Baylor team and they're fighting for a share of the title on Wednesday night just like we are. We would like A&M to stub their toe a little bit. But you know what? Whatever happens, happens. We have an opportunity to control our own destiny and win a piece of that conference championship. That's what we have to focus on.

"Hopefully we'll have a packed house for this. I think there are still a few tickets remaining. The conference championship is on the line and it's an opportunity for us to secure a 2 seed, maybe a 1 seed, in the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City depending on what happens with Texas and Texas A&M. But it's an opportunity to cut down some nets on Wednesday if we take care of our business."

Oklahoma Projected Starters :
G -- 11 --Jenna Plumley -- 5-4, Fr. -- 3.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg
G -- 34 --Erin Higgins -- 5-9, Sr. -- 5.0 ppg, 1.4 rbg
F -- 21 -- Amanda Thompson -- 6-1, Fr. -- 6.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg
F -- 24 --Leah Rush -- 6-1, Sr. -- 9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg
C -- 3 -- Courtney Paris -- 6-4, So. -- 23.8 ppg, 15.9 rpg, 3.6 bpg

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Baylor Projected Starters:
G -- 20 --Angela Tisdale -- 5-5, Jr. -- 11.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg
G -- 15 --Jhasmin Player -- 5-10 So. -- 7.7 ppg, 3.8 rbg
F -- 3 -- Jessica Morrow -- 6-2, So. -- 9.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg
F -- 32 --Bernice Mosby -- 6-1, Sr. -- 18.1 ppg, 9.5 rpg
F -- 14 -- Rachel Allison -- 6-1, So. -- 7.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg

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