Women's Basketball Hosts Colorado Wednesday
Feb. 3, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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The University of Kansas women’s basketball team hosts Colorado on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the first of two meetings between the teams this season. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse, with a live broadcast on Metro Sports. KU (12-7, 1-5) is looking to defeat the Buffaloes in Lawrence for the third-straight season. Colorado (10-9, 2-5) is attempting to put together back-to-back conference wins for the first time this season.
-Kansas is attempting to collect its 10th home win of the season when it plays host to Colorado. KU is 9-2 in Allen Fieldhouse this season.
-The Jayhawks are looking to pick up their second win in Big 12 Conference play and also snap a four-game losing skid. KU defeated Missouri, 75-58, in its Big 12 home opener on Jan. 14 in its last win.
-Junior guard-forward Danielle McCray has posted 20 or more points in nine games this season, including a 24-point performance in her last outing. She has now scored 20 or more points in four-straight games. McCray, who is leading KU with 19.3 points per game, currently ranks second in the Big 12 Conference in scoring behind only Andrea Riley of Oklahoma State.
-The Jayhawks have knocked down 46.1 percent of their shots on the season, connecting on 488-of-1059 attempts. Four different players are shooting better than 50 percent on the season, with junior Rebecca Feickert leading the way at 60.0 percent. KU ranks third in the Big 12 Conference and seventh in the NCAA in field goal percentage.
-KU has made 99 three-point baskets on the season, while holding its opponents to just 59. The Jayhawks have connected on 99-of-249 shots from beyond the arc, good for 39.8 percent, which ranks first in the Big 12 Conference. KU currently ranks fifth in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage, led by junior Danielle McCray who has made 40.7 percent of her threes.
-Kansas junior Sade Morris returned to the Jayhawk line up at Texas A&M after missing two-straight games with a concussion. Morris posted 11 points, six rebounds and five assists in the game, while playing all 40 minutes.
A LOOK AT COLORADO
Colorado (10-9, 2-5) enters Wednesday’s game fresh off a 75-73 win over Nebraska on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Brittany Spears scored with five seconds to go to spark the Buffs to the win. Spears leads Colorado and ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring at 18.2 points per game. She scored 25 points against Nebraska, in leading CU to a win in its last outing. Senior center Kara Richards is having her most productive season, ranking second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg) while leading the way from the floor at 57.4 percent (89-of-155). Richards is averaging 9.5 rebounds through seven Big 12 games, fourth best on the league charts. Junior guard Bianca Smith is third on the team in scoring at 11.1 points per contest and is Colorado’s leading 3-point shooter with 52 on the season, ranking second in the Big 12. CU head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller is 51-62 in her fourth season at the helm of the Buffalo program. Her overall coaching mark is 142-150 in 10 seasons in the business.
KU-COLORADO SERIES HISTORY
The Buffaloes lead the all-time series 32-29. The two teams split the series last season. The Jayhawks own a 15-12 advantage in games played in Lawrence. KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 4-4 versus CU, including a 2-2 mark in games played at Allen Fieldhouse.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas enters Wednesday’s game with a 12-7 overall record, including a 1-5 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 out scoring their opponents by 11.1 points per game. McCray tops the Jayhawk scorers with 19.3 points per game, while Morris adds 12.2 and Boogaard turns in 10.4. In addition, LaChelda Jacobs and Nicollette Smith are adding 8.3 and 6.7 points per game, respectively. KU is shooting 46.1 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 36.9 percent field goal shooting. Four different Jayhawks are making better than 50.0 percent of their shots, led by Rebecca Feickert at 60.0 percent. The Jayhawks have recorded 150 steals compared to just 127 for their opponents, led by McCray with 33 pilfers. Jacobs is the leader in assists with 79 dimes in 19 games, while Ivana Catic has dished 60 assists and Morris 42. McCray is pulling down a team-leading 7.9 rebounds and Boogaard is grabbing 6.5 per game. Kansas is also shooting well from the three-point line as it has connected on 99-of-249 shots from beyond the arc, good for 39.8 percent, tops in the Big 12 Conference. McCray is leading the way from beyond the arc as she has knocked 37-of-88 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 87.3 percent of her foul shots.