Women's Basketball Travels To No. 13/13 Oklahoma Saturday Afternoon

Jan. 22, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

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OPENING TIP

The Kansas women’s basketball team travels to #13/13 Oklahoma on Saturday, Jan. 23. The Jayhawks will be looking to pick up their first win over a ranked team this season when they take on the Sooners in the Lloyd Noble Center at 2 p.m. KU owns a 27-26 advantage in the series, however, the Sooners have won 12-straight in the all-time series.

FAST BREAKS

-Kansas fell at No. 21 Iowa State, 53-42, Wednesday evening at Hilton Coliseum. Senior guard Sade Morris led the Jayhawks with 16 points in the game, while freshman guard Monica Engelman poured in 10 points off the bench, all in the second half. Freshman forward Carolyn Davis earned her second-straight start and pulled down a career-best nine rebounds to go along with her four points.

-Kansas senior guard-forward Danielle McCray ranks second in the Big 12 Conference and 12th in the NCAA in scoring with 20.0 points per game. McCray has scored in double figures in 16-of-17 games this season. She has eclipsed the 30-point mark on two occasions and has hit for 20 or more points in eight outings, including a 26-point performance versus Missouri. McCray is turning in 17.5 points per game in Big 12 action, which currently ranks fifth among league players.

-Kansas sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland leads the Jayhawks in rebounds with 7.9 caroms per contest and set a new career-high with 14 boards in KU’s game versus Oklahoma State (1-12-10). Sutherland ranks seventh in the Big 12 Conference in rebounding in all games and is tied for seventh in league games only with 7.8 caroms per contest. She has posted 10 or more rebounds in six contests this season.

-Sutherland leads the Jayhawks in free throw shooting as she has connected on 31-of-35 from the charity stripe, good for 88.6 percent. Sutherland has made 10 of her last 11 free throws after missing one foul shot in the second half of KU’s win over Creighton (12-13-09). Her 88.6 free throw shooting percentage ranks her second in the Big 12.

-The Jayhawks will dress out 13 players as freshman forward Tania Jackson is taking a redshirt this season and redshirt freshman guard Angel Goodrich will miss the remainder of the 2009-10 season with a knee injury suffered versus Oklahoma State (1-12-10). Goodrich became the fastest Jayhawk to 100 assists as she accomplished the feat in just 13 career games. Goodrich finished her first season in a Jayhawk uniform second in the Big 12 Conference and fourth in the NCAA in assists with 7.1 per game. In addition, she turned in 6.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA

The 13th-ranked Sooners enter Saturday’s game with a 13-4 overall mark, including a 3-1 ledger in Big 12 play. OU is led on the season by junior All-American guard Danielle Robinson with 16.4 points per game, to go along with a team-best 4.9 assists per game. Senior guard Nyesha Stevenson adds 14.4 points per game and leads OU with 38 threes on the year. Senior center Abi Olajuwon turns in 12.1 points and 6.6 boards per game, while senior forward Amanda Thompson averages 11.6 points and team-high 9.6 caroms per contest. OU is coached by Sherri Coale who owns a 299-136 record in her 14th season at the helm of the program. Coale’s overall coaching record is the same.

KU-OU SERIES HISTORY

The all-time series between the Jayhawks and Sooners is 27-26 in KU’s favor. OU defeated KU in both outings last season, defeating the Jayhawks, 69-54, in Lawrence and also took a 75-59 decision over KU in the Big 12 Championship. OU has won 12-straight in the series and owns a 12-9 advantage over KU in games played in Norman.

A LOOK AT KANSAS

Kansas enters Saturday’s game at Oklahoma unranked, but receiving votes in the Associated Press Poll. The Jayhawks spent the first nine weeks of the 2009-10 season ranked in the poll, including the preseason poll. The Jayhawks are 11-6 on the season, including an 2-3 ledger on the road. KU is averaging 70.9 points per game 39.4 rebounds an outing. Senior guard-forward Danielle McCray is leading the way with 20.0 points and 6.9 boards a game. McCray is shooting 46.1 percent from the field, including 43.0 percent from beyond the arc. She also dishes 2.9 assists per game. Sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland is registering 11.0 points and a team-leading 7.9 caroms per contest. Sutherland also leads the Jayhawks in blocks (22). Junior center Krysten Boogaard is turning in 5.9 boards per game, while also contributing 10.8 tallies an outing. Senior guard Sade Morris adds 9.4 points per game and recently became the 21st player in Kansas history to score 1,000 career points. Morris also turns in 3.2 boards and 1.5 steals per game. Freshman forward Carolyn Davis has started the last two contests and is averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 boards per game on the season. KU freshman guard Monica Engelman adds 4.1 points and 1.8 caroms per contest in a relief role. Junior forward Nicollette Smith adds 3.1 points and 2.7 rebounds off the bench. Kansas is led by sixth-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson who owns an 90-85 mark at the helm of the Jayhawk program. Henrickson is 248-147 in her 13th season in the business.