Kansas Faces #25 Nebraska in Lincoln Saturday
Jan. 25, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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Matchup: <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas (6-13, 0-6) at #25 Nebraska (16-4, 4-2)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 27
Tip-Off: 7:05 p.m.
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Series: KU leads 44-23
Series in Lincoln: NU leads 14-13
Last Meeting: Jan. 13, 2007: NU 63, KU 54
Current Win Streak: 3, Nebraska
KU Coach: Bonnie Henrickson
Record: 193-104 overall and 35-42 at KU
vs. NU: 1-4
NU Coach: Connie Yori
Record: 274-203 overall and 79-63 at NU
vs. KU: 10-10
Jayhawk Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Nate Bukaty
Color Analyst: Brian Hanni
Kansas will return to the road to face No. 25 Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 24. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the DevaneyCenter. The game can be heard on the Jayhawk Radio Network.
The Jayhawks suffered a 59-55 setback to Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan on Wednesday … KU missed two shot attempts with less than seven seconds remaining that would have sent the game into overtime … Kansas dominated the Wildcats on the glass, out-rebounded KSU, 54-31 … The +23 margin was KU’s largest since pulling down 26 more rebounds against Hampton on Dec. 30, 2003 and the Jayhawks most ever against a Big 12 opponent … Kansas will look to avenge a 63-54 loss to the Cornhuskers on Jan. 13 … In that contest, Kansas, led by Sharita Smith’s defense, held NU’s Kiery Hardy in-check for the majority of the game, the Kansas City, Mo. native finshed the contest with 11 points … Freshman Kelly Kohn scored 20 points against the Huskers while junior Taylor McIntosh tallied 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds … A victory would even the all-time series in Lincoln as the Huskers currently lead 14-13 … On the season, KU’s non-starters have out-scored its opponents 479-269 … KU’s freshmen class has scored 673 of the Jayhawks 1,125 points this season (60 percent).
The Cornhuskers had their three-game Big 12 winning streak snapped on Wednesday with a one-point defeat to #21 Texas A&M in College Station … NU led the Aggies by four at halftime … The Huskers are ranked No. 25 in this week’s AP and ESPN/USA Today polls, marking the second time this year the Cornhuskers have been ranked … Nebraska is 6-2 at home this season and 1-1 against Big 12 teams … Senior Kiera Hardy and sophomore Kelsey Griffin give the Huskers a prolific inside-outside threat … Hardy is averaging 16.0 points and 2.9 assists on the year while Griffin is posting 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds … Hardy is a Naismith Trophy Candidate, two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and has scored 1,736 career points … Griffin hurt the Jayhawks in their last outing, scoring 18 points and pulling down 13 rebounds … The Cornhuskers are 4-2 in January and 4-1 during Saturday games this season … Saturday’s contest begins a three-game homestand for the Cornhuskers.
LAST MEETING VS. NEBRASKA
Freshman Kelly Kohn tallied 20 points, while junior Taylor McIntosh and freshman Danielle McCray added 11 points each, but it was not enough as the University of Kansas fell to Nebraska, 63-54, Jan. 13 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Despite trailing by as many as 12 early in the second half, the Jayhawks outscored the visitors 15-4 over an eight-minute stretch. Kohn scored seven of her game-high 20 points during KU’s second-half surge. Senior Sharita Smith cut the deficit to one with a jumper at the 10:45 mark of the half, however that’s as close as the Jayhawks would get. Nebraska scored nine of the next 11 points to regain control of the contest.
KU’s defense kept it close, forcing 21 turnovers and holding the Huskers to 63 points, 11 under their season average. However, the Jayhawks suffered through shooting woes of their own, hitting just 34.8 percent from the field.
Kohn’s 20 points, marked the second time this season the freshman has hit the 20-point plateau. The 5-foot-9 guard had an all-around game, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out five assists and collecting a season-high three blocks.
McIntosh led the team with eight rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, and added 11 points. McCray added a season-high five steals and 11 points. Freshman Porscha Weddington chipped in seven boards and added three points.
KU’S LAST OUTING
Kansas fell to KansasState, 59-55, Wednesday night at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. KU battled back from a seven-point halftime deficit in a game that saw six second half lead changes and five ties.
Trailing 36-29 at the half, KU scored the first eight points of the second stanza and held KSU scoreless for the first 5:06 of the second half. Senior Shaquina Mosley’s runner at 15:06 remaining gave Kansas its first lead of the game, 37-36.
KU would hold its last lead of the game on a Danielle McCray jumper with 10:05 remaining. The Jayhawks would tie the game four more times down the stretch but KansasState made 8-of-10 free throws to ice the contest.
Kansas dominated the glass during the contest, out-rebounding the Wildcats, 54-31. Freshman Porscha Weddington posted a career-high 12 boards to lead the Jayhawks. The Temple, Texas native also blocked three shots while dishing out the first two assists of her career.
For the second-straight game, Mosley led the Jayhawks in scoring with 17 points. McCray and fellow freshman Kelly Kohn poured in 13 points each.
The Wildcats opened the game on an 8-0 run, forcing KU to take an early time out. The Jayhawks responded with a 7-2 run of their own to close the gap to 10-7 before the first TV time out.
Kansas will return to Allen Fieldhouse for its first home game since Jan. 20 to face Texas Tech at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31. The Jayhawks and Lady Raiders will tip-off at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast tape-delay on College Sports Television (CSTV).
CLEANING THE GLASS IN RECORD FASHION
In their Jan. 24 meeting at KansasState, the Jayhawks out-rebounded KSU, 54-31. The +23 rebound margin was KU’s largest since pulling down 26 more than Hampton on Dec. 30, 2002. It also marked KU’s largest rebounding advantage ever against a Big 12 opponent. Surpassing the Jayhawks’ +22 advantage against Baylor on Jan. 11, 1997.