Kansas Women Travel To Colorado For Big 12 Road-Opener Wednesday
Jan. 11, 2011
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LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas will look to pick up a win in its Big 12 Conference road opener for the first time since the 2003-04 season when it travels to Colorado on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Both teams enter the contest with a 0-1 mark in conference play after opening the Big 12 season with a loss. Kansas is 3-1 on the road this season, while CU is 9-1 at home. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. (CST), in the Coors Events Center with a live broadcast on FSN-Rocky Mountain.
-At 13-2, Kansas is off to its best start since it recorded an identical 13-2 mark to begin the 1994-95 season.
-Kansas sophomore forward Carolyn Davis has recorded three-consecutive double-doubles. Davis, who averages a team-best 19.1 points per game on the season, averaged 21.3 points and 13.0 boards per game over the last three outings. She made 24-of-37 shots from the field, good for 64.9 percent. Over the last six games, Davis is averaging 20.0 points and 9.8 rebounds, while shooting a sizzling 73.3 percent from the field (44-60).
-KU ranks fourth nationally (first in Big 12) in field goal percentage at 49.2 percent. Additionally, KU ranks 15th in scoring margin and 18th in rebounding margin and three-point field goal defense.
-Jayhawk junior forward Aishah Sutherland is second in the Big 12 and 45th nationally in rebounding as she is pulling down 9.5 caroms per contest. Sutherland has recorded double-figure rebounding games in two out of the last three games and has eight on the season thus far.
-KU is shooting 49.2 percent from the field after 15 games. The Jayhawks are led by Davis, who has made 98-of-147 shots from the field, good for a league-leading 66.7 percent. Davis ranks second nationally and first in the Big 12. Five other Kansas players are shooting better than 45.0 percent on the season. Senior center Krysten Boogaard is second on the team shooting 63.2 percent.
-Kansas has dished 250 assists through 15 games, good for an average of 16.7 dimes per outing. The Jayhawks have held their opponents to just 145 assists on the season, nearly doubling them up. Freshman guard Keena Mays leads the way with 5.6 helpers per game. Mays ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 26th nationally. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich is dishing out 4.5 assists per game, which ranks eighth in the Big 12. KU ranks 26th nationally in assists and also ranks 20th in assist-to-turnover ratio.
A LOOK AT COLORADO
At 9-5, Colorado enters the game versus KU after dropping its Big 12 opener at Texas A&M, 85-57. The Buffaloes are 9-1 at home on the season with their lone blemish coming at the hands of Illinois. Two Buffs are averaging double-figures led by All-Big 12 performer Brittany Spears with 17.6 tallies per game. Spears also ranks second on the team with 7.6 boards. She has made 33-of-93 shots from beyond the arc, good for 35.5 percent. Sophomore guard Chucky Jeffery is turning in 14.8 points per game, while also pulling down an impressive 9.1 boards per game from her guard position. Jeffery ranks third in the league in rebounding. She also leads CU in assists (67) and steals (43). CU is coached by Linda Lappe, who owns a 9-5 ledger in her first season with the Buffs. Lappe’s overall mark is 59-41 in her fourth season in the business.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is 13-2 on the season after dropping its Big 12 home opener to Texas Tech, 61-57, Saturday evening. Kansas is 3-1 on the road on the season. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis’ 19.1 points per game. Davis has already posted seven 20-point games on the season, highlighted by a 29-point effort at Wisconsin. Davis is also grabbing 8.4 boards per game. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman is averaging 12.9 points per game, while also pulling down 4.3 rebounds per game. Junior forward Aishah Sutherland is next with 11.5 points per contest. Sutherland is nearly averaging a double-double as she is also pulling down 9.5 caroms per contest, which ranks second in the Big 12. Davis tops KU in blocks with 1.5 per game, while Sutherland blocks 1.3 per game. KU is shooting 49.2 percent from the field, which ranks first in the Big 12. The Jayhawks are holding their opponents to just 35.1 percent from the field. Davis leads the team in field goal percentage as she is knocking down 66.7 percent of her shots, which tops the Big 12. Boogaard is right behind her at 63.2 percent and four other Jayhawks are also shooting 45.0 percent or better. Kansas is out-rebounding its opponents by 9.3 boards per game, led by Sutherland’s 9.5 per game. Freshman guard Keena Mays is turning in 9.3 points and team-best 5.6 assists per game. Mays leads the Big 12 by shooting 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich leads KU with 1.6 steals per game, while also averaing 4.5 assists and 6.0 points per outing.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Improve the Jayhawks to 14-2 for the first time since the 1994-95 season, when KU opened the year with a 14-2 mark … Produce KU’s first win in a Big 12 Conference road opener since defeating Missouri on Jan. 10, 2004 … Improve the Jayhawks to 4-1 in road games … Make the Jayhawks 33-33 all-time versus CU … Make the Jayhawks 287-281 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 87-140 mark since the league formed … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 8-5 against CU … Give Henrickson a 110-97 mark at Kansas, a 33-75 ledger against Big 12 foes and a 268-159 overall record … Make Kansas 707-495 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Drop KU to 3-2 in road games … Move the Jayhawks to 1-2 in January … Make Kansas 13-3 to open the season for the first time since the 2005-06 season …. Move the series to 34-32 in CU’s favor … Give KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson a 7-6 record against CU … Move the Jayhawks to 286-282 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 86-141 record since the league formed … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 109-98, 32-76 versus Big 12 schools and her overall mark to 267-160 … Make Kansas 706-496 all time … Be less good than a Jayhawks’ win.
KU-CU SERIES HISTORY
The all-time series between the Jayhawks and Buffaloes is 33-32 in CU’s favor. Kansas swept Colorado last season, with the win in Boulder snapping a four-game KU losing streak at the Coors Events Center. Prior to last year, the two teams have split the season series in the three previous seasons, and Colorado owns an 18-10 advantage in games played in Boulder.