Kansas Concludes Road Swing at Oklahoma State Wednesday
Jan. 16, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Riding a two-game win streak, the Kansas women’s basksetball team (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) will travel to Oklahoma State (10-3, 2-2 Big 12) for a mid-week matchup on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Gallagher-Iba Arena and the game will be televised on Metro Sports in Kansas City. KU is 2-0 in conference road wins this year while its 3-1 Big 12 mark is its best conference start since 1999-2000.
Follow the Jayhawks
Wednesday’s game will be televised by the Cowboy Sports Network but can be seen on Metro Sports in Kansas City. The game can also be heard on the Jayhawk Radio Network or online through Jayhawk All-Access at www.KUAthletics.com.
– Kansas is 14-2 overall for the second-straight season. Its 3-1 Big 12 mark is its best conference start since 1999-2000.
– 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 is 3-1 in road games this season, including 2-0 during Big 12 play.
– During conference games, KU leads the league with a +6.0 turnover margin. The Jayhawks had 10 turnovers at Missouri Sunday, its second-best mark this year.
– KU recorded a 52.8 percent field goal percentage at Missouri and has hit 50 percent or better from the field nine times this season.
– The Jayhawks have held all 16 opponents to under 50 percent shooting from the field.
– Both of Kansas’ losses this season have been by six points or less.
– Senior Aishah Sutherland tied her career high with 24 points at MU. The forward has two 20-point games this season and three for her career.
– Sutherland needs 18 points to hit the 1,000-point mark for her career.
– Junior Carolyn Davis notched her second-straight 20-point game at Missouri chipping in 24 tallies. She is second in the Big 12 with 20.0 ppg in league games.
– Davis is one rebound shy of reaching 500 career boards.
– With her six assists at MU, junior Angel Goodrich became the fifth Jayhawk in program history to amass 400 career assists. She currently has 405 for her career.
– Goodrich leads Kansas with 17 charges taken in 16 games this season.
About the Jayhawks
Kansas picked up its second-straight win at Missouri with a 72-63 victory to improve to 14-2 overall for the second consecutive season. KU’s 3-1 Big 12 mark is its best conference start since 1999-2000. As a team, the Jayhawks are one of the top offensive teams in the conference with their league-leading 48.9 field goal percentage, which ranks second nationally. Kansas is second in the Big 12 averaging 75.9 ppg and fourth with its 33.6 three-point field goal percentage.
Junior Carolyn Davis has back-to-back 20-point games and is second in the Big 12 averaging 20.0 ppg. For the season, the forward is scoring 18.1 ppg and her 62.7 field goal percentage is the third-best mark in the country. Senior Aishah Sutherland leads KU on the boards with a team-high 8.8 rpg. She tied a career best with 24 points at Missouri Sunday and is scoring 13.6 ppg to go along with a team-high 25 blocks. Point guard Angel Goodrich teams up with the post players to form one of the best inside-outside duos in the country. Goodrich paces the nation with 8.1 assists per game and is 10th averaging 3.6 steals per outing while her 2.5 assist/turnover ratio ranks eighth. The junior balances her stat line with 12.0 ppg and has been KU’s top threat from long range with a team-high 17 threes. Junior Monica Engelman is just under the double-digit mark adding 9.9 ppg and freshman Natalie Knight rounds out the Jayhawks’ starting lineup. Knight (5.1 ppg) is second on the team with 37 assists and 27 steals, while her 19 turnovers are the fewest among KU starters.
Scouting Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State kept its unblemished record at home in tact last Saturday with a 66-63 win over Oklahoma. The win improved the Cowgirls to 10-3 overall, including 2-2 in Big 12 games. Liz Donohoe paces OSU with 14.6 ppg and is one of three players averaging over six rebounds per game with 6.2 boards per outing. She also leads the league with a 93.9 free throw percentage. As a team, OSU is first in the Big 12 shooting 74.1 percent at the charity stripe. The Cowgirls have also limited opponents to 30.7 percent shooting from the field to rank third in the country in field goal percentage defense. Toni Young adds 12.1 ppg for Oklahoma State and is tops on the team with 6.9 rpg. Tiffany Bias (10.8 ppg) averages 7.8 assists per contest, second nationally only to KU’s Angel Goodrich, and owns a team-high 42 steals.
The Jayhawks hold a 30-24 advantage in the all-time series with Oklahoma State, including a 12-10 edge in games played in Stillwater. KU won the teams’ lone meeting last season, 73-66, at OSU and has won its last two games in Stillwater. Kansas is 13-9 during the Big 12 era versus the Cowgirls.
A Kansas Win Would…
Make Kansas 4-1 in conference play for the first time since 1996-97 … Give the Jayhawks a 4-1 mark in road games this season, including 3-0 in Big 12 play … Improve KU 31-24 all-time versus Oklahoma State, including 13-10 in games played in Stillwater … Give Kansas its third-straight win in Gallagher-Iba Arena … Make coach Bonnie Henrickson 5-6 against OSU, 132-110 at Kansas and 290-172 for her career … Give Kansas a 96-149 all-time record in Big 12 play … Make KU 729-508 all time.
A Kansas Loss Would…
Spoil Kansas’ two-game win streak … Give the Jayhawks a 3-2 mark in road games this season, including 2-1 in Big 12 play … Give KU a 30-25 record all-time versus Oklahoma State, including 12-11 in games played in Stillwater … Make coach Bonnie Henrickson 4-7 against OSU, 131-111 at Kansas and 289-173 for her career … Give Kansas a 95-150 all-time record in Big 12 play … Make KU 728-507 all time.
Protecting the Rock
Kansas has improved its ball protection since the start of Big 12 play. After committing 18.9 turnovers per game in non-conference games, the Jayhawks are averaging 12.5 turnovers per outing in Big 12 action and lead the conference during league games with a +6.0 turnover margin. Freshman Natalie Knight has been one of the top ball handlers for KU committing just two turnovers in the last five games. She has the fewest miscues among KU’s starting lineup with 19.
The Jayhawks return home this weekend to host the defending national champions, No. 12/10 Texas A&M, on Saturday, Jan. 21. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.