Jayhawks Host #15/18 Wildcats In Sunflower Showdown On FSN
Jan. 22, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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The University of Kansas women’s basketball team plays host to in-state rival #15/18 Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 24, with tip-off scheduled for 11 a.m., in Allen Fieldhouse. It is the second round of the Sunflower Showdown as KSU took the first game, 72-39, in Manhattan. The Jayhawks enter the game with a 12-5 overall mark, including a 1-3 ledger in Big 12 action. KSU is 16-1 on the season, with a 3-1 mark in conference play.
-Kansas is looking to snap a two-game losing streak as the Jayhawks have suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season with losses to Texas Tech and Nebraska in succession.
-The Jayhawks are attempting to collect their 10th win in Allen Fieldhouse this season. KU is 9-1 at home in 2008-09.
-Junior guard-forward Danielle McCray has posted 20 or more points in seven games this season, including a career-best 30 points in her last outing. She made 12-of-18 shots from the field, including all three of her three-point attempts at Nebraska on Wednesday. McCray, who is leading KU with 18.6 points per game, currently ranks second in the Big 12 Conference in scoring behind only Andrea Riley of Oklahoma State.
-Sophomore center Krysten Boogaard has collected 33 rebounds in her last three outings, good for 11.0 boards per game. The 6-foot-5 Canadian has also turned in 35 points, as she has averaged a double-double with 11.6 points and 11.0 rebounds over the three-game stretch.
-KU has made 94 three-point baskets on the season, while holding its opponents to just 55. The Jayhawks have connected on 94-of-233 shots from beyond the arc, good for 40.3 percent, which ranks first in the Big 12 Conference. KU currently ranks fourth in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage, led by sophomore Nicollette Smith who shoots a Big 12 best 41.8 percent.
-Kansas junior Sade Morris continues to be listed as day-to-day after suffering an injury in the first half of the Jayhawks game versus Texas Tech. Morris had started 49-straight games before missing KU’s game at Nebraska. Kansas is without the services of senior Katie Smith and freshman Angel Goodrich, who are out with knee injuries.
A LOOK AT KANSAS STATE
#15/18 K-State enters Saturday’s game in third play in the Big 12 standings with a 3-1 mark in conference play. The Wildcats are led on the season by senior Shalee Lehning, who has posted two triple-doubles in 17 games. Lehning, who leads the NCAA in assists with 8.8 per outing, leads the Wildcats on the boards with 7.7 per game, while also averaging 11.9 points per game. Junior Ashley Sweat leads KSU in scoring with 15.5 points per game and senior Marlies Gipson turns in 13.5 tallies a game. Gipson pulls down 7.0 caroms per contest and Sweat grabs 4.6. Junior Kari Kincaid is the top long range shooter as she has knocked down 35-of-88 three-point baskets. Senior Danielle Zanotti rounds out the starting five with 3.1 points and 2.8 rebounds a game. Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson is 256-139 in her 13th season at the helm of the Wildcat program. Her overall coaching mark is the same.
KU-KSU SERIES HISTORY
The Wildcats lead the all-time series 56-41, including a 72-39 win over KU two weeks ago in Manhattan. KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 1-9 versus KSU, including an 1-3 mark in games played in Lawrence.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas enters Saturday’s game with a 12-5 overall record, including a 1-3 ledger in Big 12 Conference play. Led by a trio of double figures scorers in Danielle McCray, Sade Morris and Krysten Boogaard, the Jayhawks are outscoring their opponents by 13.7 points per game. McCray tops the Jayhawk scorers with 18.6 points per game, while Morris adds 12.3 and Boogaard turns in 11.2. In addition, LaChelda Jacobs and Nicollette Smith are adding 8.0 and 7.3 points per game, respectively. KU is shooting 46.1 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 35.8 percent field goal shooting. Three different Jayhawks are making better than 50.0 percent of their shots, led by Rebecca Feickert at 60 percent. The Jayhawks have recorded 137 steals compared to just 112 for their opponents, led by McCray with 31 pilfers. Jacobs is the leader in assists with 72 dimes in 17 games, while Ivana Catic has dished 55 assists and Morris 37. McCray is pulling down a team-leading 8.3 rebounds and Boogaard is grabbing 6.9 per game. Kansas is also shooting well from the three-point line as it has connected on 94-of-233 shots from beyond the arc, good for 40.3 percent, tops in the Big 12 Conference. Smith is leading the way from beyond the arc as she has knocked 28-of-67 shots. Ivana Catic leads the Jayhawks from the foul line as she has connected on 17-of-18 attempts, good for 94.4 percent. McCray has connected on 85.5 percent of her foul shots.
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
-Kansas has just one player from the state of Kansas on its roster in junior Danielle McCray (Olathe), while KSU fields six Sunflower state natives on its roster.
-The Jayhawks and Wildcats share just one common opponent outside of conference play this season in Creighton. Both teams knocked off the Bluejays with KSU defeating Creighton, 64-55, in Manhattan and KU defeating CU, 59-58, in overtime in Omaha.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Make Kansas 13-5 for the first time since the 1999-00 season … Give the Jayhawks a 42-56 mark versus Kansas State, including a 24-23 mark in games played in Lawrence … Make KU 77-120 all-time in Big 12 Conference action and a 276-259 all-time mark versus Big 12 Conference schools … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 2-9 versus Kansas State … Give Henrickson a 70-70 mark at Kansas and a 228-132 overall record … Make Kansas 666-468 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Drop KU to 12-6 for the second-straight season … Make the series versus KSU 41-57, including an 1-10 mark for KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson … Give the Jayhawks a 23-24 mark versus the Wildcats in games played in Lawrence … Make KU 76-121 overall versus the Big 12 Conference … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 69-71 and her overall mark to 227-133 … Make Kansas 665-469 all time.