Kansas Hosts No. 9 Baylor in Big 12 Home Opener Saturday
Jan. 4, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Matchup: No. 9/9 Baylor (14-1, 1-0) at <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas (5-8, 0-1)<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Date: Saturday Jan. 6
Tip-off: 3:05 p.m.
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse
BU leads 9-6
Series in Lawrence: Tied 3-3
Last Season: BU was 2-0 vs. KU
Current Win Streak: 7, Baylor
Record: 192-99 overall and 34-37 at KU
vs. BU: 0-2
BU Coach: Kim Mulkey
Record: 171-46 overall and at BU
vs. KU: 7-0
Jayhawk Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Nate Bukaty
Color Analyst: Patti Phillips
Fox Sports Net
Play-by-Play: Kevin Eschenfelder
Color Analyst: Brenda VanLengen
Kansas (5-8, 0-1 Big 12) hosts No. 9 Baylor (14-1, 1-0 Big 12) in its Big 12 home opener today. The Jayhawks and Lady Bears will tip-off at 3 p.m. with the game televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.
-Girl Scout pregame event in Horejsi and Anschutz for over 250 scouts to earn badges then attend the game sponsored by LawrenceMemorialHospital
-Upon entry fans will receive a Coach Henrickson paper mask, courtesy of Preferred Health Systems
-Lawrence Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a $25,000 contest at halftime.
-The last time Baylor played at Allen Fieldhouse was Feb. 23, 2005. Ranked No. 6, the Lady Bears escaped with a 70-60 victory.
-Kansas is 14-26 at home against ranked opponents and 22-33 overall.
-KU’s Strength of Schedule is ranked 42nd by CollegeRPI.com, first among Big 12 teams.
-Kelly Kohn’s 10.8 points per game is second among all Big 12 freshman, just behind OklahomaState’s Andrea Riley (10.9).
-Porscha Weddington leads all Big 12 freshmen in rebounding.
-KU’s freshmen class has scored 460 of the Jayhawks 781 points this season (59 percent).
-KU will hit the road on Wednesday, Jan. 10 to face OklahomaState. Tip-off at Gallagher-Iba Arena is set for 6 p.m. It’s one of only seven KU games not televised this season.
The Jayhawks return to Allen Fieldhouse for their Big 12 home opener after dropping their last game to Iowa State, 61-50 … KU is 3-4 at home this season … KU’s four-game losing streak is its longest of the season and longest since dropping its last four games at the end of the 2004-05 season … Bonnie Henrickson is 1-1 in Big 12 home openers including a 70-61 defeat of No. 23 Texas last season … Freshman Kelly Kohn is second in scoring among Big 12 freshmen … Kohn and junior Taylor McIntosh are the only two KU players to start every game this season … The Jayhawks shoot 43 percent from the field at home compared to 35 percent away from Allen Fieldhouse … KU’s bench has out-scored its opponents bench 338-196 this season.
TOUGH LOSSES, EVEN TOUGHER OPPONENTS
The Jayhawks Strength of Schedule according to CollegeRPI.com is 42nd out of 335 Division I teams. Of KU’s eight losses, seven have been against teams with an RPI of 51 or better. The Jayhawks SOS is the strongest in the Big 12.
The Lady Bears enter today’s contest 14-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12 … BU is ranked No. 9 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls … Baylor defeated Texas Tech, 61-54, in its Big 12 season opener on Wednesday … Baylor has a scoring margin of 25.3 points … BU was selected fourth in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll … Senior Bernice Mosby leads Baylor in scoring (17.2) for a team that averages 80.4 points per outing … Mosby is in her first and final season with the Baylor program after transferring from Florida … LaTara Darrett was named the Big 12 Co-Rookie of the Week on Tuesday after averaging 15.5 points a game, shooting .619 from the floor, including a 5-for-9 (.556) performance from three-point range … Baylor has only played one road game this year and two in a neutral setting … BU is coached by Kim Mulkey in her seventh season at the helm of the program … Mulkey has a .788 winning percentage including leading the Lady Bears to the 2005 national championship, five NCAA Tournament appearances and six 20-win seasons.
KU’S LAST OUTING
Kansas rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit only to drop its Big 12 Conference opener to Iowa State, 61-50, Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
In the first half, both teams traded scoreless droughts of over five minutes. Kansas held the Cyclones without a point for 5:30 to close the score to a 9-8 ISU lead with 11 minutes remaining. The Jayhawks then went cold and didn’t score a bucket until Sharita Smith’s jumper with 5:51 remaining cut the Cyclones lead to 17-10. IowaState would eventually take a 22-14 advantage into halftime.
The Jayhawks took their first lead of the game on a Kelly Kohn lay-up with 9:08 remaining in the contest. Kohn’s bucket capped a 26-16 Kansas run to start the second half. Kohn finished with a team-high 12 points while senior Shaquina Mosley tallied 10. Senior Sharita Smith added a season-best seven points and 27 minutes. Junior Taylor McIntosh grabbed 12 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.
Game Notes: Freshman Porscha Weddington scored a career-high six points in her second start of the season … Six Kansas players played in their first Big 12 game … The loss snaps a two-game winning streak against the Cyclones … Kansas is 1-2 in Big 12 opening games under Bonnie Henrickson and 4-7 all-time … KU’s 14 first half points was its lowest in a half this season … Kansas started four freshmen (Kelly Kohn, LaChelda Jacobs, Sade Morris, Porscha Weddington) and a junior (Taylor McIntosh) for the second consecutive game … Attendance at Hilton Coliseum was announced at 6,390 … The game was broadcast nationally on CSTV.