Women's Basketball Travels To #8/8 Baylor Wednesday
Jan. 14, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
KU, who will be playing its second-straight road game, will travel to #8/8 Baylor on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in search of its first Big 12 Conference win. The Jayhawks enter Wednesday’s tilt with an 11-14 overall mark, but an 0-2 ledger in conference action. The Lady Bears are 14-1 on the year with a perfect 2-0 mark in league play. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m. and will be televised nationally on CSTV.
-Sophomore guard-forward Danielle McCray returned to double digits with 14 points in KU’s loss at Nebraska. McCray had topped the 10-point mark in 14-straight games dating back to last season, before having the string broken with only nine points against Oklahoma State.
-Kansas sophomore Kelly Kohn missed the first game of her Jayhawk career in KU’s loss to #24/25 Oklahoma State. Kohn, who suffered a right ankle sprain in practice during the week, is listed as day-to-day after also missing the Nebraska game. She had played in 44-straight games, including 35 starts prior to the OSU game.
-The Jayhawks will be making their third national television appearance in the last four games when they take on Baylor. KU defeated Xavier, 62-60, on CSTV and fell at Nebraska, 71-51, on Fox Sports Net. The Kansas-Baylor game will mark the Jayhawks’ second and final appearance on CSTV this season.
-Kansas is currently listed at No. 26 in the most recent RPI update on collegerpi.com. Baylor is the second highest ranked Big 12 team on the chart, coming in at No. 11.
A LOOK AT BAYLOR
The Lady Bears are 14-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play after winning at Texas Tech and at home versus Texas A&M last week. BU has won seven-straight since falling at Stanford in December and is 11-0 at home this season. Baylor is led by senior Angela Tisdale’s 14.7 points per game. Four other Lady Bears are in double figures as junior Rachel Allison (13.6), junior Jhasmin Player (13.0), sophomore Danielle Wilson (12.2) and junior Jessica Morrow (11.6) each turn in 10 or more points per outing. Allison and Wilson lead BU on the boards with 7.9 per game, while Player also pulls down 6.2 caroms per contest. Baylor is outrebounding its opponents by nearly 10 rebounds a game. Wilson has collected 41 blocks on the season, while Player leads the team in assists with 58 and steals with 30. Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey is 197-54 in her eighth season in Waco. Mulkey’s overall coaching record is the same.
KANSAS-BAYLOR SERIES HISTORY
The Lady Bears lead the all-time series 11-6, including a 5-2 mark in games played in Waco. Baylor has won nine-straight in the series, defeating the Jayhawks on two occasions last season. KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 0-4 versus BU, including losses in her previous appearance in Waco.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas enters Wednesday’s contest with an 11-4 overall mark, including an 0-2 Big 12 Conferece record after falling to #24/25 Oklahoma State at home and Nebraska on the road during the opening week of conference play. The Jayhawks are 2-3 in road games with wins over San Jose State and Xavier and losses to #10 Cal, SMU and Nebraska. Sophomore guard/forward Danielle McCray is the top Jayhawk in scoring (15.9) and ranks second in rebounding (7.1). Fellow sophomore guard Sade Morris is also in double figures in points per game with 12.5 tallies an outing. Morris also gives KU 4.2 boards and 2.4 assists per game. Freshman center Krysten Boogaard has continued to improve as the season unfolds. Boogaard ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 8.2 points a game to go along with 4.5 caroms per contest. Senior forward Taylor McIntosh is tops on the team in rebounding with 7.8 boards per game, while also dropping in 8.3 points. McIntosh is also the team leader in blocks with 13 and field goal percentage as she connects on 54.9 percent of her shots. Junior point guard Ivana Catic is the team-leader in assists with 4.3 dishes per game, while also leading the Jayhawks in steals with 1.7 pilfers per outing. Freshman forward Nicollette Smith comes off the bench to provide 6.3 points per game and leads KU with 22 triples on the season. The Jayhawks are coached by Bonnie Henrickson who owns a 51-53 mark in her fourth season at the helm of the Kansas program. Henrickson owns an overall coaching mark of 209-115 in 11 seasons on the sideline.
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
– Kansas has two players from the state of Texas in sophomores LaChelda Jacobs (Mansfield) and Porscha Weddington (Temple). Baylor does not have any native Kansans on its roster.
– KU and Baylor played one common opponent outside of league competition this season in California. Baylor defeated the Golden Bears at home, while Kansas fell at Cal.