Nearing the end of January, No. 3 Baylor has reached the halfway point of Big 12 play. The Lady Bears have dominated thus far, defeating all but one conference foe by at least 22 points. At West Virginia on Sunday, Baylor fought back after trailing by six at the half to top the Mountaineers by 11. The Lady Bears end the first half of league play atop the conference standings with a 9-0 record. Texas isn’t far behind in second place with a 7-2 record. Then it’s Oklahoma State and TCU each at 6-3 with West Virginia and Oklahoma at 5-5. From there, Kansas State sits seventh at 4-6, Iowa State is eighth at 3-7, Kansas is ninth at 2-8 and Texas Tech is 10th at 1-9.
Here are some of the numbers that tell the story for the Lady Bears midway through Big 12 play.
6 — Number of times in the last eight seasons that Baylor has opened Big 12 play 9-0.
15 — Number of statistical categories Baylor leads the Big 12 in through conference play — scoring offense (83.2), scoring defense (53.8), scoring margin (29.4), field goal percentage (50.4), field goal percentage defense (31.5), 3-point field goal defense (24.6), rebounding (49), opponent rebounding (28.7), rebounding margin (20.3), blocked shots (7.1), assists (18.8), assist/turnover ratio (1.3), defensive rebounds (33.4), defensive rebound percentage (77.8), offensive rebound percentage (44.9).
29.4 — Margin of victory in Big 12 contests for the Lady Bears.
52.3 — Percent of Baylor’s points in Big 12 play scored in the paint.
50.4 — Baylor’s field goal percentage, the only Big 12 team to shoot better than 50 percent.
31.5 — The Lady Bears’ field goal percentage defense. Again, Baylor is the only Big 12 team to hold its opponents to under 40 percent shooting from the floor.
57.5 — Percent of Baylor’s made buckets that are assisted.
77.8 — Percent of opponent’s missed baskets that the Lady Bears rebound.
20.4 — Percent of Baylor’s points scored in Big 12 action from second chance opportunities.
11 — Number of times the Baylor defense has held a Big 12 opponent to 10 points or less in a quarter.
6,518 — Average crowd to watch the Lady Bears play inside the Ferrell Center. That number is the second highest in the Big 12.
4 — Number of different leading scorers for Baylor in nine Big 12 games (Kalani Brown, Natalie Chou, Dekeiya Cohen, Kristy Wallace).
2 — Seed Baylor is currently at in ESPN’s Charlie Creme’s bracketology. The Lady Bears would be in the Kansas City region, where Mississippi State is projected as the top seed.
64.5 — Field goal percentage in conference play by Kalani Brown, good for first in the league.
4.0 — Natalie Chou’s assist-to-turnover ratio in Big 12 play with 28 assists to seven turnovers. That mark leads the conference.
14.6/11.1 — Lauren Cox’s average points and rebounds in Big 12 play. The Baylor sophomore is one of only two conference players to average a double-double against league foes.
10.6 — Minimum scoring average of four Lady Bears — Dekeiya Cohen (10.6), Kristy Wallace (13.1), Lauren Cox (14.6), Kalani Brown (20.3).