Women's Basketball Hosts Missouri In Border Showdown Match Up

Jan. 15, 2010


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The Kansas women’s basketball team hosts Border Showdown rival Missouri on Sunday, Jan. 17, with tip-off slated for 1 p.m. The Jayhawks are looking to snap a three-game losing streak when they welcome to the Tigers to Allen Fieldhouse. KU owns a 40-36 advantage in the series, while the two teams have split the season series in each of the last four seasons. Sunday’s game will have a live broadcast on Metro Sports.


-Sunday’s game is serving as both the Kansas women’s basketball Alumni Game and the National Girls and Women in Sports Day. KU is offering $1 tickets for females of all ages.

-Kansas senior guard-forward Danielle McCray ranks second in the Big 12 Conference and 13th in the NCAA in scoring with 20.5 points per game. McCray has scored in double figures in all 15 games this season. She has eclipsed the 30-point mark on two occasions and has hit for 20 or more points in seven outings, including a 28-point performance versus Oklahoma State in her last outing. McCray is turning in 19.0 points per game in Big 12 action, which currently ranks fourth among the league players.

-Kansas sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland leads the Jayhawks in rebounds with 8.3 caroms per contest and set a new career-high with 14 boards in KU’s game versus Oklahoma State (1-12-10). Sutherland ranks sixth in the Big 12 Conference in rebounding in all games and is tied for first in league games only. She has posted 10 or more rebounds in six contests this season, including three of the last four outings.

-Sutherland leads the Jayhawks in free throw shooting as she has connected on 31-of-35 from the charity stripe, good for 88.6 percent. Sutherland has made 10 of her last 11 free throws after missing one foul shot in the second half of KU’s win over Creighton (12-13-09). Her 88.6 free throw shooting percentage ranks her second in the Big 12.

-The Jayhawks will dress out 13 players as freshman forward Tania Jackson is taking a redshirt this season and redshirt freshman guard Angel Goodrich will miss the remainder of the 2009-10 season with a knee injury suffered versus Oklahoma State (1-12-10). Goodrich became the fastest Jayhawk to 100 assists as she accomplished the feat in just 13 career games. Goodrich finished her first season in a Jayhawk uniform second in the Big 12 Conference and fourth in the NCAA in assists with 7.1 per game. In addition, she turned in 6.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.


The Tigers are led by senior forward Jessra Johnson who is averaging 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Junior forward Shakara Jones and senior guard Amanda Hanneman are also in double figures in scoring for MU as Jones turns in 10.9 points and Hanneman adds 10.3 tallies per outing. Junior guard RaeShara Brown collects 3.8 assists and 3.3 steals per game, while also pouring in 9.0 points per game. Sophomore Christine Flores leads Mizzou in blocks with 1.5 per game, and also scores 9.3 points a contest. MU is coached by Cindy Stein who owns a 183-164 record in her 12th season at the helm of the program. Stein’s overall coaching record is 248-187 in 18 seasons.


The all-time series between the Jayhawks and Tigers is 40-36 in KU’s favor. KU won last season’s meeting with MU, 75-58, in Lawrence, and fell to the Tigers, 74-60, in Columbia. The two teams have split the season series in each of the last four seasons. KU is 19-11 all-time versus MU in games played in Lawrence.


Kansas enters Sunday’s game versus Missouri unranked for the first time this season. The Jayhawks spent the previous nine weeks, including the preseason poll, ranked by the Associated Press. The Jayhawks are 10-5 on the season, including an 8-1 ledger at home. KU is averaging 72.7 points per game 39.7 rebounds an outing. Senior guard-forward Danielle McCray is leading the way with 20.5 points and 7.1 boards a game. McCray is shooting 47.3 percent from the field, including 43.8 percent from beyond the arc. She also dishes 3.1 assists per game. Sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland is registering 11.9 points and a team-leading 8.1 caroms per contest. Sutherland also leads the Jayhawks in blocks (19). Junior center Krysten Boogaard is turning in 6.5 boards per game, while also contributing 11.7 tallies an outing. Senior guard Sade Morris adds 8.6 points per game and recently became the 21st player in Kansas history to score 1,000 career points. Morris also turns in 3.5 boards and 1.5 steals per game. KU freshman guard Monica Engelman adds 3.8 points and 1.9 caroms per contest in a relief role. Junior forward Nicollette Smith adds 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds off the bench. Kansas is led by sixth-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson who owns an 89-84 mark at the helm of the Jayhawk program. Henrickson is 247-146 in her 13th season in the business.


Sunday marks the 10th Kansas-Missouri meeting of the 2009-10 academic year in the annual Border Showdown with the women’s basketball game in Lawrence. The winner of KU-MU head-to-head competition is awarded points. Currently, Missouri holds an advantage against Kansas, 8.5 to 4.5. Though the state rivalry dates back to the pre-Civil War era, the athletics rivalry started in 1891 with football and 1907 in men’s basketball. The Border Showdown trophy has been presented seven times with MU winning five times – 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 – and KU twice in 2004 and 2006.