Women's Basketball Hosts No. 14/15 Oklahoma Sunday At Noon On FSN
Jan. 21, 2011
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LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas will face its second-straight ranked opponent in Allen Fieldhouse when it hosts No. 14/15 Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon. The Jayhawks and Sooners will be meeting for the 55th time in program history with the series tied at 27-all. The Sooners have won 13-straight in the series, but KU leads 13-11 in games played in Lawrence. KU is 10-2 on the season in games played in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks and Sooners will tip-off at Noon with a live broadcast on FSN.
-Kansas is taking on its second-straight ranked opponent of the season in No. 14/15 Oklahoma. KU is 40-142 all-time versus ranked opponents, including a 24-46 mark at home. Kansas’ last win over a ranked team came with its 69-45 win over No. 5 Baylor on March 4, 2009.
-KU is one of the younger teams in the country as it sends out a starting line up with two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior. With only three upperclassmen on their roster, the Jayhawks are getting 79.3 percent of their scoring from players in either their first or second year in college. Led by the sophomore duo of Carolyn Davis (18.1) and Monica Engelman (12.6), the Baby Jays are scoring 53.9 of the team’s 74.6 points per game.
-Davis has opened Big 12 play shooting 63.0 percent from the field. Davis has knocked down 17-of-27 shots from the field. She has made 111-of-170 shots from the field on the season, good for 65.7 percent. She leads the Big 12 and ranks second in the NCAA in field goal percentage.
-Davis is averaging a team-best 18.1 points per game on the season overall, and is also pulling down 8.3 caroms per contest. She has upped her rebounding average to 9.0 boards a game in conference play. She has recorded five double-doubles on the season, including two in her four Big 12 games.
-KU ranks eighth nationally (third in Big 12) in field goal percentage at 46.8 percent. The Jayhawks are led by Davis, who has made 111-of-170 shots from the field, good for a league-leading 65.7 percent. In all, five KU players are shooting better than 45.0 percent on the season.
-Jayhawk junior forward Aishah Sutherland is second in the Big 12 and 40th nationally in rebounding as she is pulling down 9.0 caroms per contest. Sutherland has recorded double-figure rebounding games in eight games on the season.
-Kansas and Oklahoma are facing each other on Jan. 23 for the second-straight season.
-KU has knocked down 287-of-424 shots from the foul line. The Jayhawks’ opponents have only made 274 trips to the foul line compared to KU’s 424 attempts. Kansas is averaging 23.5 free throw attempts per game, compared to 15.2 attempts per game for its opponents. On the season, Kansas owns a 100 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 25.5 percent from three-point range. Kansas has been even better in conference play through four games, holding its Big 12 foes to a league-best 21.8 percent from three.
-Kansas has dished 286 assists through 18 games, good for an average of 15.9 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 90 helpers on the year. Mays ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 37th nationally. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich has 46 assists in 11 games, while Engelman has recorded 56 dimes on the season.
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA
At 14-3, Oklahoma enters the game versus KU with a perfect 4-0 mark in Big 12 Conference play. The Sooners are 3-3 in away games on the season, however, they have won both of their Big 12 road games to date. All-Big 12 honoree Danielle Robinson leads the way for OU with 18.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.2 steals per game. Robinson is joined in double figures by freshman guard Aaryn Ellenberg (16.4) and redshirt sophomore guard Whitney Hand (14.4). Ellenberg leads OU from the outside with 45 threes on the season, while fellow freshman guard Morgan Hook has connected on 43 from beyond the arc. Hand, who just returned to the line up five games ago, is also pulling down 7.2 boards to go along with her scoring. The Sooners are shooting a sizzling 77.2 percent from the foul line. OU is coached by Sherri Coale, who owns a 327-146 ledger in her 15th season with the Sooners. Coale’s overall mark is the same.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is 14-4 on the season after dropping back-to-back games at Oklahoma and versus top-ranked Baylor in Lawrence. Kansas is 10-2 at home on the season. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis’ 18.1 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 8.3 boards per game. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman is averaging 12.6 points per game, while also pulling down 4.4 rebounds per game. Junior forward Aishah Sutherland is next with 11.1 points per contest. Sutherland is nearly averaging a double-double as she is also pulling down 9.0 caroms per contest, which ranks second in the Big 12. Davis tops KU in blocks with 1.5 per game, while Sutherland blocks 1.3 per game. KU is shooting 46.8 percent from the field, which ranks third in the Big 12, while holding its opponents to just 36.3 percent from the field. Davis leads the team in field goal percentage as she is knocking down 65.7 percent of her shots, which tops the Big 12. Senior center Krysten Boogaard is right behind her at 58.8 percent and three other Jayhawks are also shooting 45.0 percent or better. Kansas is out-rebounding its opponents by 6.1 boards per game, led by Sutherland’s 9.0 per game. Freshman guard Keena Mays is turning in 8.9 points and a team-best 5.0 assists per game. Mays leads Kansas by shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich leads KU with 1.7 steals per game, while also averaging 4.2 assists and 5.7 points per outing.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Improve the Jayhawks to 15-4, 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 first win over Oklahoma since a 58-54 win over the Soooners on Feb. 20, 1999 … Improve the Jayhawks to 11-2 in home games … Make the Jayhawks 28-27 all-time versus OU … Make the Jayhawks 288-283 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 88-142 mark since the league formed … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 1-7 against OU … Give Henrickson a 111-99 mark at Kansas, a 34-77 ledger against Big 12 foes and a 269-161 overall record … Make Kansas 708-497 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Drop KU to 10-3 in home games … Make Kansas 14-5 to open the season for the first time since the 1999-00 season …. Move the series to 28-27 in OU’s favor … Give KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson an 0-8 record against OU … Move the Jayhawks to 287-284 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 87-143 record since the league formed … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 110-100, 33-78 versus Big 12 schools and her overall mark to 268-162 … Make Kansas 707-498 all time … Be less good than a Jayhawks’ win.
KU-OU SERIES HISTORY
The all-time series between the Jayhawks and Sooners is tied at 27 games a piece. OU defeated KU in Norman, 81-69, last season. OU has won 13-straight in the series, with KU’s last win coming on Feb. 20, 1999 when the Jayhawks defeated the Sooners, 58-54, in Lawrence. KU owns a 13-11 advantage in games played in Lawrence.