Kansas Seeks Series Sweep Versus Texas Wednesday
Feb. 6, 2012
Kansas All-America Candidates
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball will go in search of a series sweep versus Texas when it hosts the Longhorns on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. The Jayhawks defeated then-No. 23 Texas, 72-67, earlier this season on Jan. 4 in their Big 12 Conference opener. Both teams are looking to get back on track having each lost their last three contests.
Follow the Jayhawks
Wednesday’s contest will be televised on Metro Sports, while the Jayhawk Radio Network will carry the game over the air waves. Fans can also listen and watch the team online through Jayhawk All-Access at www.KUAthletics.com.
– KU is 2-3 versus Top 25 opponents in 2011-12 and has defeated multiple ranked foes for the first time since 2008-09.
– The Jayhawks are ranked No. 33 in the latest NCAA ratings percentage index (RPI) report and are one of five Big 12 schools in the top 40.
– Kansas is just three wins shy of reaching its 100th all-time Big 12 regular-season win.
– Over the last two contests, KU has been especially active on the offensive glass averaging 16 offensive rebounds in that span, up from its season average of 11.2 offensive boards per game. Kansas limited TAMU to just five second chance points on Saturday.
– Kansas has held 21 of its opponents to under 50 percent shooting from the field. Baylor was the only team to hit the 50-mark, recording a 50.0 field goal percentage on Jan. 28.
– The Jayhawks are 2-3 at home during Big 12 Conference play. Its two wins have been versus Iowa State and No. 21 Texas Tech.
About the Jayhawks
No. 25 Kansas will look to break a three-game skid after suffering a 62-51 setback at No. 16 Texas A&M over the weekend … Kansas is 16-6 overall, including 5-5 in the Big 12, and sits in fifth place in the conference standings … Kansas ranks sixth in the nation with a 46.9 field goal percentage and third in the conference averaging 71.4 ppg but is eighth allowing 61.5 ppg … While they rank second in the Big 12 with a 34.7 three-point field goal percentage, the Jayhawks do not rely on long-distance shooting averaging just 3.2 made treys per game … Junior Carolyn Davis is one of the top forwards in the country ranking second with a 60.5 field goal percentage … She leads the team and ranks third in the Big 12 with 17.5 ppg … Complementing Davis in the back court is point guard Angel Goodrich, who is third in the country dishing 7.6 apg … She also adds 12.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 3.0 spg … Senior Aishah Sutherland leads KU on the boards pulling down 9.1 rpg to go along with 12.6 ppg … Sophomore CeCe Harper has seen an increase in floor time over the last three games averaging 7.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 22 minutes per game in that span.
Similar to Kansas, Texas is riding a three-game losing streak after losses at Texas Tech, vs. Kansas State and at Iowa State over the last week and a half … Texas is 13-9 overall and ninth in the Big 12 standings with a 3-7 conference record … The Longhorns rank third in the country averaging 6.5 blocks per game led by Ashley Gayle’s 3.1 swats per contest to rank 10th nationally … Gayle also paces UT with 7.2 rpg … Chassidy Fussell is one of three Longhorns averaging double-digit points with a team-high 16.3 ppg … Ashleigh Fontenette and Yvonne Anderson follow with 11.5 and 11. 4 ppg, respectively … Fussell has sank 41 three-pointers, third in the Big 12, and is second in the league shooting 87.3 percent at the foul line.
Texas has claimed 10 of the last 13 contests versus Kansas to lead the all-time series 14-8, including 5-4 in games played in Lawrence. The Jayhawks have lost their last two games to Texas in Lawrence and last defeated UT at Allen Fieldhouse 70-61 on Jan. 3, 2006. KU won its meeting with Texas earlier this year to break a four-game losing streak with the Longhorns.
Last Meeting with Texas
Season high performances from juniors Monica Engelman and Angel Goodrich staved off a late Texas surge and propelled Kansas to a 72-67 win versus the 23rd-ranked Longhorns. Kansas led by as much as 23 points in the second half, but Texas made a push with under five minutes to play and eventually whittled its deficit down to two, 69-67, with 15 seconds remaining after a fade-away jumper from Ashleigh Fontenette. KU senior Aishah Sutherland was sent to the foul line in KU’s next possession and hit her first attempt to put the Jayhawks up by three. Although she missed the second free throw, Sutherland blocked UT’s shot on the other end of the floor to seal the Kansas victory.
Sutherland finished with 10 points in the contest and was one of four Jayhawks with double-digit points. Junior Carolyn Davis turned in 16 points, 14 of which came after halftime. She also led the team on the boards with 10 rebounds for her third-straight double-double.
A Kansas Win Would…
Give KU at least six Big 12 wins for the second-straight year … Halt Kansas’ three-game skid and give KU a series sweep over the Longhorns … Make the Jayhawks 3-3 in conference home games … Cut KU’s deficit in the all-time series versus Texas to 14-9 and even the record to 5-5 in games played in Lawrence … Improve coach Bonnie Henrickson to 3-5 against Texas, 134-114 at Kansas and 292-176 for her career … Give Kansas a 98-152 all-time record in Big 12 play … Make KU 731-511 all time.
A Kansas Loss Would…
Make the all-time series 15-8 in favor of Texas, including 6-4 in games played in Lawrence … Drop Kansas to 2-4 in conference home games … Give coach Bonnie Henrickson a 2-6 record against Texas, 133-115 at Kansas and 291-177 for her career … Give Kansas a 97-153 all-time record in Big 12 play … Make KU 730-512 all time.
Harper Heating Up
Sophomore CeCe Harper has made the most out of her time off the bench as of late. Over the past three games, Harper is averaging 7.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 22 minutes per game. She is also 3-for-5 (60.0 percent) from beyond the arc in that span.
Jayhawks For a Cure
The annual Jayhawks For a Cure game has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 when Kansas welcomes rival border Missouri. One dollar for every fan in attendance will be donated to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the KU Cancer Center. In addition, KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson will also donate $1 for every student in attendance. Since 2008, Kansas women’s basketball has raised more than $26,000 for Jayhawks For a Cure.
Kansas will get a rematch with in-state rival Kansas State this weekend on Sunday, Feb. 12. The Wildcats defeated KU 63-57 earlier this season on Jan. 7 in Lawrence.