Kansas Welcomes Top-Ranked Baylor To Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday
Jan. 18, 2011
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LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas will look to get back in the win column when it plays host to top-ranked Baylor Wednesday evening in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are 14-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play after losing an overtime game at Nebraska in their last outing. The Lady Bears are 16-1 overall and a perfect 3-0 in Big 12 action after defeating Oklahoma State over the weekend. Baylor leads the all-time series versus KU, 11-7, however, the Jayhawks defeated BU, 69-45, the last time the two teams met in Lawrence in 2009. The game is featured as one of KU’s “Jay Days” where fans can purchase hot dogs, popcorn, candy and chips for just $2. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m., with a live broadcast on Sunflower Cablevision.
-Kansas is taking on its first ranked opponent of the season in No. 1 Baylor. KU is 40-141 all-time versus ranked opponents, including a 24-45 mark at home. The Jayhawks are 0-5 versus teams ranked No. 1. Kansas’ last win over a team ranked in the Top Five was its 69-45 win over No. 5 Baylor on March 4, 2009.
-Kansas sophomore forward Carolyn Davis has opened Big 12 play shooting 76.2 percent from the field. Davis has knocked down 16-of-21 shots from the field. She has made 110-of-163 shots from the field on the season, good for 67.5 percent. She leads the Big 12 and ranks second in the NCAA in field goal percentage.
-Davis is averaging a team-best 19.1 points per game on the season overall, and is also pulling down 8.5 caroms per contest. She has upped her rebounding average to 10.3 boards a game in conference play, leading the league in conference games only. She has recorded five double-doubles on the season, including two in her three Big 12 games.
-KU ranks eighth nationally (third in Big 12) in field goal percentage at 47.7 percent. The Jayhawks are led by Davis, who has made 110-of-163 shots from the field, good for a league-leading 67.5 percent. In all, five KU players are shooting better than 45.0 percent on the season.
-Jayhawk junior forward Aishah Sutherland is first in the Big 12 and 40th nationally in rebounding as she is pulling down 9.4 caroms per contest. Sutherland has recorded double-figure rebounding games in eight games on the season thus far.
-KU has knocked down 283-of-418 shots from the foul line. The Jayhawks’ opponents have only made 261 trips to the foul line compared to KU’s 418 attempts. Kansas is averaging 24.5 free throw attempts per game, compared to 15.3 attempts per game for its opponents. On the season, Kansas owns a 103 point advantage over its foes from the foul line.
-The Jayhawk defense has been especially stringent around the arc as KU is holding its opponents to just 25.6 percent from three-point range. Kansas has been even better in conference play through three games, holding its Big 12 foes to a league-best 21.4 percent from three.
-Kansas has dished 280 assists through 17 games, good for an average of 16.5 dimes per outing. The Jayhawks rank third in the Big 12 and 22nd nationally in assists per game. Freshman guard Keena Mays leads the way with 89 helpers on the year. Mays ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 37th nationally. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich has 44 assists in 10 games, while sophomore guard Monica Engelman has recorded 55 dimes on the season.
A LOOK AT BAYLOR
At 16-1 (3-0 Big 12), Baylor enters the game versus KU on a 13-game win streak, including three-straight to open conference play. The Lady Bears are 1-1 in away games on the season with their lone blemish coming at the hands then top-ranked Connecticut. National Player of the Year Candidate sophomore Brittney Griner leads Baylor in scoring and rebounding with a Big 12-best 22.0 points per game and 7.4 caroms per contest. Griner, who stands 6-foot-8, shoots 54.5 percent from the field and has recorded 83 blocks on the year. Also in double figures is freshman guard Odyssey Sims with 13.4 points an outing. Sims leads BU with 34 threes on the season. Senior guard Melissa Jones turns in 9.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per contest. BU is coached by Kim Mulkey, who owns a 280-77 ledger in her 12th season with the Lady Bears. Mulkey’s overall mark is the same.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is 14-3 on the season after dropping its first overtime game of the season at Nebraska Sunday afternoon. Kansas is 10-1 at home on the season. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis’ 19.1 points per game. Davis has already posted eight 20-point games on the season, highlighted by a 29-point effort at Wisconsin. Davis is also grabbing 8.5 boards per game. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman is averaging 12.9 points per game, while also pulling down 4.6 rebounds per game. Junior forward Aishah Sutherland is next with 11.6 points per contest. Sutherland is nearly averaging a double-double as she is also pulling down 9.4 caroms per contest, which ranks first in the Big 12. Davis tops KU in blocks with 1.4 per game, while Sutherland blocks 1.3 per game. KU is shooting 47.7 percent from the field, which ranks third in the Big 12. The Jayhawks are holding their opponents to just 35.5 percent from the field. Davis leads the team in field goal percentage as she is knocking down 67.5 percent of her shots, which tops the Big 12. Senior center Krysten Boogaard is right behind her at 62.5 percent and three other Jayhawks are also shooting 45.0 percent or better. Kansas is out-rebounding its opponents by 8.2 boards per game, led by Sutherland’s 9.4 per game. Freshman guard Keena Mays is turning in 8.9 points and team-best 5.2 assists per game. Mays leads Kansas by shooting 45.0 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich leads KU with 1.9 steals per game, while also averaing 4.4 assists and 5.8 points per outing.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Improve the Jayhawks to 15-3, giving KU its best season-opening record since the 1996-97 season, when KU opened the year with a 16-3 mark … Produce KU’s second-straight win over Baylor in Lawrence … Improve the Jayhawks to 11-1 in home games … Make the Jayhawks 8-13 all-time versus BU … Make the Jayhawks 288-282 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 88-141 mark since the league formed … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 2-6 against BU … Give Henrickson a 111-98 mark at Kansas, a 34-76 ledger against Big 12 foes and a 269-160 overall record … Make Kansas 708-496 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Drop KU to 10-2 in home games … Make Kansas 14-4 to open the season for the first time since the 1997-98 season …. Move the series to 7-14 in BU’s favor … Give KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson a 1-7 record against BU … Move the Jayhawks to 287-283 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 87-142 record since the league formed … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 110-99, 33-77 versus Big 12 schools and her overall mark to 268-161 … Make Kansas 707-497 all time … Be less good than a Jayhawks’ win.
KU-BU SERIES HISTORY
The all-time series between the Jayhawks and Lady Bears is 13-7 in BU’s favor. Baylor won last season’s meeting in Waco, 67-52. The Jayhawks were victorious over Baylor the last time the two teams met in Lawrence, claiming a 69-45 win. KU is 4-4 all-time versus BU in games played in Lawrence.