Women's Basketball Hosts Texas Tech Saturday Evening
Jan. 15, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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The University of Kansas hosts Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 17 in its second-straight home game. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse, with a live broadcast on Sunflower Cablevision. KU (12-3, 1-1) is looking to pick up back-to-back Big 12 wins after knocking off Missouri 75-58 in its last outing. Texas Tech (10-5, 1-1) is looking to pick up its first road victory of the season and its second Big 12 win after it defeated Texas in its conference opener a week ago.
-Kansas is looking to remain unbeaten at home when it plays host to Texas Tech. The Jayhawks have collected a perfect 9-0 mark in Allen Fieldhouse this season. KU has won 10-straight games at home, dating back to last season.
-The Jayhawks are looking to improve to 2-1 in Big 12 Conference play for the first time since the 1999-00 season.
-Junior guard-forward Danielle McCray has scored in double figures in 13-of-15 games this season and leads the Jayhawks with 17.7 points per game. McCray currently ranks third in the Big 12 Conference in scoring behind only Andrea Riley of Oklahoma State and Brittany Spears of Colorado.
-Kansas is making 47.1 percent of its shots from the field, which ranks second in the Big 12 behond only Oklahoma. The Jayhawks have made better than 50 percent of their shots in five games on the season, all of which resulted in Kansas wins.
-KU has made 89 three-point baskets on the season, while holding its opponents to just 46. The Jayhawks have connected on 89-of-212 shots from beyond the arc, good for a Big 12 Conference best 42.0 percent. KU currently ranks second in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage, led by sophomore Nicollette Smith who shoots a Big 12 best 45.6 percent.
-The Jayhawks are out-rebounding their opponents by 7.5 rebounds per game, led by McCray’s 8.3 caroms per contest. Sophomore Krysten Boogaard is pulling down 6.2 boards a game.
A LOOK AT TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech is 10-5 on the season, including an 1-1 mark in league play after falling at Texas A&M on Tuesday. The Lady Raiders knocked off Texas in Lubbock to open Big 12 Conferece play a week ago. Senior forward Dominic Seals leads the Lady Raiders in both scoring and rebounding with 14.0 points per game and 8.1 caroms per contest. Seals also tops the team in blocks with 23 on the year. Junior guard Jordan Murphree is also in double figures in scoring with 11.8 points per outing. Freshman center Kierra Mallard adds 8.6 points and 7.1 rebounds a game and senior guard Maria Moore leads TTU in assists with 60 on the season. Head coach Kristy Curry is 42-37 in her third season at the helm of the TTU program. Curry’s overall coaching mark is 221-88 in her 10th season in the business.
KU-TTU SERIES HISTORY
The Lady Raiders lead the all-time series 11-3, including a 4-2 edge in games played in Lawrence. Texas Tech currently has a nine-game winning streak in the series. KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 1-4 versus TTU, including an 0-2 mark in games played in Lawrence.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is off to a 12-3 start to the 2008-09 season, the best start for the Jayhawks since the 2005-06 season. Led by a trio of double figures scorers in Danielle McCray, Sade Morris and Krysten Boogaard, the Jayhawks are outscoring their opponents by 16.7 points per game. McCray tops the Jayhawk scorers with 17.7 points per game, while Morris adds 12.8 and Boogaard turns in 10.8. In addition, LaChelda Jacobs and Nicollette Smith are adding 8.1 and 7.7 points per game, respectively. KU is shooting 47.1 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 34.9 percent field goal shooting. Four different Jayhawks are making better than 50.0 percent of their shots, led by Rebecca Feickert at 60 percent. The Jayhawks have recorded 122 steals compared to just 97 for their opponents, led by McCray with 26 pilfers. Jacobs is the leader in assists with 65 dimes in 15 games, while Ivana Catic has dished 50 assists and Morris 37. McCray is pulling down a team-leading 8.3 rebounds and Boogaard is grabbing 6.2 per game. Kansas is also shooting well from the three-point line as it has connected on 89-of-212 shots from beyond the arc, good for 42.0 percent, tops in the Big 12 Conference. Smith is leading the way from beyond the arc as she has knocked 26-of-57 shots. Ivana Catic leads the Jayhawks from the foul line as she has connected on 17-of-18 attempts, good for 94.4 percent. McCray has connected on 85.7 percent of her foul shots.
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
-Kansas has two players from the state of Texas in juniors LaChelda Jacobs (Mansfield) and Porscha Weddington (Temple). Texas Tech does not have any native Kansans on its roster, but does have a Kansas City, Mo., native in senior guard Keisha Walker. Walker attended Hickman Mills High School and then Fort Scott (Kan. ) Community College prior to arriving at Texas Tech.
-KU and TTU played one common opponent outside of league competition this season in UCLA. The Lady Raiders defeated UCLA in Lubbock, while the Jayhawks lost to the Bruins in LA.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Make Kansas 13-3 for the first time since the 1999-00 season … Produce KU’s first set of back-to-back Big 12 Conference wins since defeating Colorado and Texas in succession during the 2006-07 season … Make KU 2-1 in league play for the first time since the 1999-00 season … Give the Jayhawks a 4-11 mark versus Texas Tech, including a 3-4 mark in games played in Lawrence … Make KU 77-118 all-time in Big 12 Conference action and a 276-257 all-time mark versus Big 12 Conference schools … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 2-4 versus Texas Tech … Give Henrickson a 70-68 mark at Kansas and a 228-130 overall record … Make Kansas 666-466 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Drop KU to 12-4 for the second-straight season … Make the series versus TTU 12-3, including an 1-5 mark for KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson … Give the Jayhawks a 2-5 mark versus the Lady Raiders in games played in Lawrence … Make KU 76-119 overall versus the Big 12 Conference … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 69-69 and her overall mark to 227-131 … Make Kansas 665-467 all time.