Kansas Welcomes In-State Rival Kansas State Saturday
Jan. 5, 2012
- Coach Henrickson
- A. Goodrich
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Coming off an upset of No. 23 Texas in its Big 12 Conference opener, Kansas women’s basksetball will look to extend a five-game winning streak when it returns to Allen Fieldhouse for its league home opener versus Kansas State in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown on Saturday, Jan. 7. The game is set for a 7 p.m. tip and will be shown on Metro Sports.
The game, already made big by the in-state rivalry, has even more importance as both teams are coming off wins versus ranked opponents. KU topped the 23rd-ranked Longhorns on the road Wednesday, while K-State defeated defending national champion and eighth-ranked Texas A&M that same night in Manhattan.
Follow the Jayhawks
Saturday’s game will be televised live on Metro Sports. The game will also be broadcast over the Jayhawk Radio Network and can be heard online through Jayhawk All-Access at www.KUAthletics.com.
– Sunflower Showdown bag giveaway
– Sixty local Jazzercise instructors and customers from the Lawrence and Topeka Jazzercise Centers will perform a live demonstration of the largest dance-fitness program in the world at halftime. Participants were asked to make a donation to the Just Food food pantry of Lawrence, in order to partake in this event. To date, Jazzercise has collected approximately 150 food items and raised $400 for Just Food.
– Family Day for Kansas players
– Kansas knocked off No. 23 Texas Wednesday night for its first win over a ranked opponent since it topped No. 20 Iowa State on Feb. 9, 2011 in Lawrence. More importantly, it was KU’s first road win over a ranked foe since overcoming No. 10 Iowa State back on Feb. 16, 2000 in Ames.
– The Jayhawks improved to 42-146 all-time versus ranked foes after their win at Texas.
– Of the five Big 12 openers Wednesday evening, Kansas was the only team to win on the road.
– KU continues to receive votes in both national basketball polls. In the ESPN/USA Today poll the Jayhawks are garnering 10 votes and are three spots out of the top 25. KU is also receiving a vote in the AP poll.
– The Jayhawks are 10-0 at home in 2011-12.
– As of Jan. 1, Kansas led the nation in field goal percentage. KU is currently shooting 50.2 percent after its win at Texas led by Carolyn Davis’ 65.4-percent mark, which ranks in the top five nationally.
– Davis is coming off her third-straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds versus the nationally-ranked Longhorns.
– Angel Goodrich is coming off a career night in which she had 22 points at Texas. It marked the second 20-point game of her career. Goodrich was a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and has gone 4-for-6 (66.6 percent) from the three in her last two outings to rank third in the Big 12 with a 43.8 three-point percentage.
– For the third time in the last four games, freshman Natalie Knight did not turn the ball over. The guard has the fewest turnovers of KU’s starting lineup with 17 on the season.
About the Jayhawks
Following a 72-67 win at No. 23 Texas Wednesday to open the Big 12 portion of its schedule, Kansas is 12-1 overall and riding a five-game win streak. Juniors Angel Goodrich and Monica Engelman had strong performances that included a career-high 22 points from Goodrich and a season-best 19 tallies for Engelman. Engelman returned to the starting lineup four games ago and is averaging 15.0 ppg in that span, up from her 9.9 average on the season. Goodrich is one of three Jayhawks averaging double-figures as she turns in 12.6 ppg and also adds a team-high 8.2 apg and 3.7 spg, which both rank in the top 10 nationally. Leading the team in scoring is junior Carolyn Davis with 17.3 ppg and she is one of the top players in the country shooting 65.4 percent from the field. As a team, the Jayhawks are shooting 50.2 percent from the field, one of the best marks in the nation, while their 77.8 ppg ranks in the top five as well. Davis has three-straight double-doubles heading into Saturday’s contest after collecting 16 points and 10 rebounds at Texas. She is averaging 6.8 rpg, second to senior Aishah Sutherland’s 8.8 caroms per contest. Sutherland also adds 13.5 ppg. Freshman Natalie Knight rounds out the starting lineup. The guard, who is second on the team with 31 assists, has the fewest turnovers among KU’s starters (17) and has zero miscues in three of the last four games.
Scouting Kansas State
Kansas State toppled No. 8 Texas A&M in overtime Wednesday in its Big 12 opener to improve to 10-3 overall. The win had almost a deja vu feeling as the Wildcats defeated a top-10 ranked Texas A&M last year in its conference finale. Brittany Chambers leads the Wildcats with 16.0 points per game and is one of two players averaging double-digits. Jalana Childs is next adding 15.2 points per outing behind a team-best 46.3 shooting percentage. Her 6.2 rpg also lead the squad while Branshea Brown follows with 5.9 boards per game to go along with 4.2 ppg. Mariah White is another big contributor for the Wildcats. The guard, who provided the game-winning layup against the Aggies, is fourth in the Big 12 with 4.9 apg and is adding 5.5 points and 2.2 steals per game. As a team, Kansas State leads the league holding opponents to an average of 50.6 points per contest but also ranks last in the Big 12 scoring 59.8 ppg and a 38.8 shooting percentage.
Kansas trails the all-time series with Kansas State, 60-42, including 25-24 in games played in Lawrence. The Wildcats have claimed the last two meetings and seven of the last eight. The Jayhawks’ last two wins versus KSU have been in Lawrence (2010 and 2007), but those are their only two victories dating back to 2001.
A Kansas Win Would…
Extend KU’s win streak to six games … Make Kansas 2-0 in conference play since 1998-99 … Keep the Jayhawks undefeated at home this season at 11-0 … Cut Kansas’ deficit in the all-time series with Kansas State to 60-43 … Improve coach Bonnie Henrickson to 3-13 against KSU, 130-109 at Kansas and 288-171 for her career … Give Kansas a 94-148 all-time record in Big 12 play … Make KU 727-507 all time.
A Kansas Loss Would…
End KU’s five game win streak and give the Jayhawks their first loss at home this season … Give KSU a 61-42 advantage in the all-time series … Make coach Bonnie Henrickson 2-14 against KSU, 129-110 at Kansas and 287-172 for her career … Give Kansas a 93-149 all-time record in Big 12 play and 726-508 mark all time.
What to Watch For
Having reached the 1,000-point plateau earlier this season, Carolyn Davis is now well on her way to achieving 500 career rebounds. If the junior forward can do it, she will become the 14th Jayhawk in program history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in her career. Davis is currently at 486 caroms in her two-plus seasons at KU.
The Jayhawks stay at Allen Fieldhouse for their next contest when they welcome Iowa State on Wednesday, Jan. 11 for a 7 p.m. game. The contest will be televised on Knology.