Jayhawks Travel To Colorado Tuesday

Jan. 21, 2008


Game Notes


The Kansas women’s basketball team will travel to Colorado Tuesday in search of its second-straight Big 12 Conference win. KU, 12-5 overall and 1-3 in conference play, will look to collect its first conference road win after knocking off Missouri 66-60 at home on Saturday. CU, 12-5 overall and 1-3 in league play, enters Tuesday’s match-up 0-2 at home in Big 12 games. The game is slated for an 8 p.m. (CST) tip-off at the Coors Event Center and will be televisted on FSN Rocky Mountain.


-Kansas snapped a three-game losing streak with a 66-60 win over Missouri on Saturday. The win gave the Jayhawks 12 wins on the season, eclipsing last season’s win total of 11 with 12 games left on the schedule.

-The Jayhawks are on the road for the sixth time in their last nine outings. KU is 2-3 on the road during that stretch and 2-4 on the road on the season.

-KU will be facing its fourth ranked team on the season when they travel to #25 Colorado. KU is 0-3 versus ranked teams with losses to #11 Cal, #24/25 Oklahoma State and #6/7 Baylor.

-Kansas sophomore Kelly Kohn missed her fourth-straight game versus Missouri with a right ankle sprain. Kohn is listed as day-to-day after missing games against Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Baylor and Missouri. She had played in 44-straight games, including 35 starts prior to the OSU game. Kohn dressed for the Missouri game, but was held out of action.


The Buffaloes enter Tuesday’s game with a 12-5 overall mark and a 1-3 ledger in Big 12 games. CU is led on the season by senior center Jackie McFarland with 18.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. McFarland also ranks second on the team in assists with 48 and blocks with 24 on the season. McFarland leads CU by shooting 60.1 percent from the field. Freshman Brittany Spears is adding 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds an outing. Spears is the top player on the team in steals with 38. Bianca Smith comes off the bench to provide 10.1 tallies per game. Smith leads the Buffs with 41 three-point baskets on the season. Sophomore forward Aija Putnina is solid for CU with 8.6 points and 8.1 caroms per contest. The Buffaloes are out-rebounding their opponents by nearly seven boards a game. Colorado head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller is 34-43 in her third season in Boulder. McConnell-Miller owns an overall mark of 125-131 in her eighth season.


The Buffaloes lead the all-time series 31-28, including a 16-9 mark in games played in Boulder. The two teams split the series last season, with each team winning at home. KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 3-3 versus CU, including a 2-1 mark in games played in Boulder.


Kansas enters Tuesday’s contest with an 12-5 overall mark, including an 1-3 Big 12 Conference record after defeating Missouri 66-60 in the first installment of the Border Showdown. The Jayhawks are 9-1 in home games with their lone loss coming in their last outing in Allen Fieldhouse versus the Cowgirls. Sophomore guard/forward Danielle McCray is the top Jayhawk in scoring (15.2) and ranks second in rebounding (6.8). 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 was inserted into the starting line-up after the team returned from its holiday break and 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 53.5 percent of her shots. Junior point guard Ivana Catic is the team-leader in assists with 4.1 dishes per game, while also leading the Jayhawks in steals with 1.6 pilfers per outing. Freshman forward Nicollette Smith comes off the bench to provide 6.1 points per game and leads KU with 23 triples on the season. The Jayhawks are coached by Bonnie Henrickson who owns a 52-54 mark in her fourth season at the helm of the Kansas program. Henrickson owns an overall coaching mark of 210-116 in 11 seasons on the sideline.


– Kansas does not have any players from the state of Colorado on its roster, however, Colorado has one player from the state of Kansas in senior foward Jackie McFarland of Derby.

– KU and CU have identical records entering the game. Both teams are 12-5 on the season and 1-3 in Big 12 play with both clubs collecting a win over Missouri.