Jayhawks Take on Border Rival Missouri Sunday on FSN
Jan. 13, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Following its thrilling double overtime victory versus Iowa State Wednesday, Kansas women’s basketball returns to action when it travels to Border Showdown rival Missouri on Sunday, Jan. 15 for an 11:30 a.m. contest. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Network (FSN) as the Jayhawks will go in search of their fourth win over the Tigers in the last five meetings.
Follow the Jayhawks
Sunday’s game will be televised live on FSN. The game will also be broadcast over the Jayhawk Radio Network and can be heard online through Jayhawk All-Access at www.KUAthletics.com.
– The Jayhawks’ double overtime win over Iowa State was their first double OT victory since 2006-07, when they defeated Kansas State 82-74 at Allen Fieldhouse. Under coach Bonnie Henrickson, Kansas is 11-2 in overtime games.
– After opening its game versus Iowa State shooting just 28.6 percent from the field, Kansas got progressively better as the game went on, eventually hitting 58.3 percent of its shots during overtime. KU is second in the Big 12 shooting 48.7 percent, which also ranks fourth nationally. Carolyn Davis is second among Division I players with a 63.0 field goal percentage.
– The Jayhawks are ranked No. 36 in the latest NCAA ratings percentage index (RPI) report. Kansas is one of five Big 12 schools in the top 40.
– KU continues to receive votes in both national basketball polls. In the ESPN/USA Today poll the Jayhawks are garnering five votes, while the AP poll has KU with four.
– Kansas has improved its ball protection since the start of Big 12 play. After averaging 18.9 turnovers per game in non-conference games, the Jayhawks have turned the ball over 13.3 times per outing in Big 12 action and lead the conference during league games with a +5.3 turnover margin.
– The Jayhawks have held all 15 opponents to under 50 percent shooting from the field.
– Both of Kansas’ losses this season have been by six points or less.
– Natalie Knight has been one of the top ball handlers for KU committing just one turnover in the last four games. She has the fewest miscues among KU’s starting lineup with 18.
– Angel Goodrich opened Big 12 play scoring a career-best 22 points at Texas on Jan. 4. It marked the second 20-point game of her career.
– Goodrich leads Kansas with 17 charges taken in 15 games this season.
– Tania Jackson went 5-for-9 (55.6 percent) versus Iowa State during a season-high 30 minutes and leads the team shooting 53.8 percent from the field in Big 12 games.
About the Jayhawks
For the first time since 1999-2000, Kansas has gotten off to a 2-1 start in Big 12 play (13-2 overall) following a double overtime victory versus Iowa State Wednesday. Carolyn Davis recorded her sixth 20-point game of the year with a team-high 21 tallies, all after halftime. The forward ranks fourth in the Big 12 averaging 17.6 ppg on the year and leads the league with a 63.0 field goal percentage, one of the top marks nationally. Davis often teams up with point guard Angel Goodrich to form one of the best inside-outside duos in the country. Goodrich paces the Big 12 with 8.2 assists per game and is second averaging 3.7 steals per outing and a 2.6 assist/turnover ratio. She balances her stat line with 12.4 ppg, with the help of a team-high 17 three’s, to make her one of the most versatile guards in the nation. Aishah Sutherland and Monica Engelman round out KU’s double-figure scorers. Sutherland (12.9 ppg) leads the team and is fourth in the league with 8.7 rpg and has a team-high 23 blocks. Engelman is chipping in with 10.0 ppg. As a team, Kansas is in the conference’s top three for field goal percentage (2nd–48.7 percent), assists (2nd–16.9 apg), steals (2nd–10.5 spg) and scoring offense (3rd–76.1 ppg).
The Missouri Tigers are looking to bounce back from a midweek loss to Kansas State, 72-46, as they dropped to 10-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12. Senior forward Christine Flores led MU with 13 points and seven rebounds, while senior forward BreAnna Brock and junior guard Sydney Crafton both chipped in 11 points. Brock, who is averaging 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds on the season, tallied four blocks during the contest. Flores is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 20 points per contest and 13 ppg in Big 12 play, second only to Baylor’s Brittney Griner. Crafton also puts up solid numbers for the Tigers, averaging 6.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. As a team, Missouri is third nationally for blocks per game, averaging 7.3 per contest. The squad is ranked third in the Big 12 for both free throw percentage (.722) and three-point field goal percentage (.343).
Kansas leads the rivalry, 43-37, but the Tigers hold the advantage in Columbia, 15-18. Last season, the two teams split, each winning on its home court. The Jayhawks used an overtime period for their win over the Tigers, 75-70. KU has won three of the last four meetings and four of the previous six.
A Kansas Win Would…
Make Kansas 3-1 in conference play for the first time since 1999-2000 … Give the Jayhawks a 3-1 mark in road games this season … Make KU 44-37 all-time versus Missouri, including 16-18 in games played in Columbia … Improve coach Bonnie Henrickson to 10-6 against MU, 131-110 at Kansas and 289-172 for her career … Give Kansas a 95-149 all-time record in Big 12 play … Make KU 728-508 all time.
A Kansas Loss Would…
Give the Jayhawks a 2-2 mark on the road this season … Make KU 43-38 all-time versus Missouri … Give coach Bonnie Henrickson a 9-7 record against MU, 130-111 at Kansas and 288-173 for her career … Give Kansas a 94-150 all-time record in Big 12 play … Make KU 727-509 all time.
Hitting the Hardwood
Since the start of conference play, KU’s starting lineup has seen extended floor time as all five players- Aishah Sutherland, Carolyn Davis, Angel Goodrich, Monica Engelman and Natalie Knight- average more than 30 minutes per outing. Goodrich leads the group, and the Big 12, with 42.3 minutes per outing following the team’s double overtime victory versus Iowa State.
Davis Approaching Another Milestone
Having reached the 1,000-point plateau earlier this season, Carolyn Davis is now nearing 500 rebounds for her career. 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 496 caroms in her two-plus seasons at KU.
Goodrich About to Reach Rare Feat
Only four other Jayhawks in program history have achieved this milestone and Angel Goodrich is about to join the elite group. With just one more assist, Goodrich will become the fifth Kansas women’s basketball player to record at least 400 assists in her career. If she can do it at Missouri, Goodrich will reach the milestone faster than any player at KU, doing so in 58 games. Lisa Braddy (1987-90) collected 400 dimes in 73 contests.
Kansas completes its two-game road swing at Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Jan. 18 with a 7 p.m. game.