KU Women Travel To Kansas State Saturday For Sunflower Showdown
Jan. 27, 2011
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LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas will look to get back in the win column when it travels to in-state rival Kansas State Saturday for the first edition of the 2011 Sunflower Showdown. The Jayhawks are 4-3 on the road on the season, including a 1-2 mark in conference play. Kansas State is undefeated at home on the season, including a 3-0 ledger in Big 12 home games. Saturday’s game will mark the 101st meeting between the two schools with the Wildcats owning a 58-42 advantage in the all-time series. Game time is slated for 2 p.m., with a live broadcast on Metro Sports.
-Kansas is 4-3 on the season in road games, including a 1-2 road mark in conference play. KU has defeated Wisconsin, SMU, Creighton and Colorado and has dropped games at Michigan, Nebraska and Missouri.
-KU is one of the younger teams in the country as it sends out a starting lineup with three sophomores, a junior and a senior. However, three of the four freshmen on the squad have found themsleves in the starting lineup for at least three games during the season. With only three upperclassmen on their roster, the Jayhawks are getting 80.3 percent of their scoring from players in either their first or second year in college. Led by the sophomore duo of Carolyn Davis (18.0) and Monica Engelman (12.0), the Baby Jays are scoring 59.1 of the team’s 73.6 points per game.
-Davis is shooting 64.6 percent from the field as she has knocked down 122-of-189 shots this season. She leads the Big 12 and ranks second in the NCAA in field goal percentage.
-Davis is averaging a team-best 18.0 points per game on the season overall, and is also pulling down 7.9 caroms per contest. She has recorded five double-doubles on the season, including two in her six Big 12 games. Davis ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 31st in the NCAA in scoring.
-KU ranks 10th nationally (third in Big 12) in field goal percentage at 46.1 percent. The Jayhawks are led by Davis, who has made 122-of-189 shots from the field, good for a league-leading 64.6 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 in rebounding as she is pulling down 8.7 caroms per contest. Sutherland has recorded double-figure rebounds in eight games.
-Kansas State leads the series with KU 28-13 in Manhattan, and has won nine-straight games versus KU in Bramlage Coliseum dating back to 2001.
-KU has knocked down 313-of-472 shots from the foul line. The Jayhawks’ opponents have only made 297 trips to the foul line compared to KU’s 472 attempts. Kansas is averaging 23.6 free throw attempts per game, compared to 14.9 attempts per game for its opponents. On the season, Kansas owns a 112 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 27.3 percent from three-point range.
-Kansas has dished 310 assists through 20 games, good for an average of 15.5 dimes per outing. The Jayhawks rank fourth in the Big 12 and 41st nationally in assists per game. Freshman guard Keena Mays leads the way with 93 helpers on the year. Mays ranks sixth in the Big 12 and 55th nationally. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich has 55 assists in 13 games, while Engelman has recorded 62 dimes on the season.
A LOOK AT KANSAS STATE
At 14-5, Kansas State enters the game versus KU with a 4-2 ledger in conference play, including a perfect 3-0 mark in Big 12 Conference home games. KSU has defeated Oklahoma State, Missouri and Nebraska at home and beat Colorado on the road in its most recent outing. The Wildcats are 10-0 in home games on the season. Sophomore guard Brittany Chambers leads the way with 15.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Chambers leads KSU in three-point shooting with 48 triples on 35.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Junior forward Jalana Childs turns in 11.7 points and 4.9 caroms per contest, while sophomore guard Taelor Karr adds 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds a game. Sophomore guard Mariah White leads the Wildcats in both assists (83) and steals (34), while also grabbing 4.5 rebounds. Junior forward Branshea Brown is the top field goal shooter on the team as she has knocked down 51.5 percent of her shots from the floor. Additionally, Brown leads KSU with 21 blocks. KSU is coached by Deb Patterson, who owns a 293-169 ledger in her 15th season with the Wildcats. Patterson’s overall coaching record is the same.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is 14-6 overall and 1-5 in the Big 12 after dropping four-straight games in conference play. Kansas is 4-3 on the road on the season. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis’ 18.0 points per game. Davis has posted eight 20-point games on the season, highlighted by a 29-point effort at Wisconsin. Davis is also grabbing 7.9 boards per game. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman is averaging 12.0 points per game, while also pulling down 4.5 rebounds per game. Junior forward Aishah Sutherland is next with 10.4 points per contest. Sutherland is close to averaging a double-double as she is also pulling down 8.7 caroms per contest, which ranks first in the Big 12. Davis tops KU in blocks with 1.5 per game, while Sutherland blocks 1.2 per game. KU is shooting 46.1 percent from the field, which ranks third in the Big 12, while holding its opponents to 37.3 percent from the field. Davis leads the team in field goal percentage as she is knocking down 64.6 percent of her shots, which tops the Big 12. Senior center Krysten Boogaard is right behind her at 56.9 percent and three other Jayhawks are also shooting 45.0 percent or better. Kansas is out-rebounding its opponents by 4.6 boards per game, led by Sutherland’s 8.7 per game. Freshman guard Keena Mays is turning in 8.9 points and a team-best 4.7 assists per game. Mays leads Kansas by shooting 44.7 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich leads KU with 1.6 steals per game, while also averaging 4.2 assists and 6.6 points per outing.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Improve the Jayhawks to 15-6, giving KU its best season-opening record since the 1997-98 season, when KU opened the year with a 15-5 mark … Produce KU’s second-straight win over Kansas State and its first win in Manhattan since claiming a 65-62 win over the Wildcats on Jan. 27, 2001 … Improve the Jayhawks to 5-3 in road games … Make the Jayhawks 43-58 all-time versus KSU … Make the Jayhawks 288-285 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 88-144 mark since the league formed … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 3-11 against KSU … Give Henrickson a 111-101 mark at Kansas, a 34-79 ledger against Big 12 foes and a 269-163 overall record … Make Kansas 708-499 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Drop KU to 4-4 in road games … Make Kansas 14-7 to open the season for the first time since the 1998-99 season …. Move the series to 42-59 in KSU’s favor … Give KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson a 2-12 record against KSU … Move the Jayhawks to 287-286 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 87-145 record since the league formed … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 110-102, 33-80 versus Big 12 schools and her overall mark to 268-164 … Make Kansas 707-500 all time … Be less good than a Jayhawks’ win.
KU-KSU SERIES HISTORY
The all-time series between the Jayhawks and Wildcats is 58-42 in KSU’s favor. The Wildcats defeated Kansas, 69-35, in Manhattan in last season’s meeting at KSU. KU then defeated the Wildcats, 65-54, in Lawrence. KU trails KSU 28-13 all-time in games played in Manhattan and has lost nine-straight at KSU.