Jayhawks Travel To #6/6 Texas A&M In Search Of Second-Straight Win
Feb. 10, 2011
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LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas will face its second-straight ranked opponent when it travels to College Station, Texas on Saturday, Feb. 12 to face No. 6/6 Texas A&M. The Jayhawks are 16-8 overall and 3-7 in Big 12 play, while A&M enters the game with a 20-2 overall record and a 8-1 ledger in conference action. The two teams will be meeting for the 16th time in program history, with A&M leading the all-time series 8-7. Kansas will be looking for its second-straight win and third in its last four games after defeating Iowa State, 86-85 in overtime, in its last game outing. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
-Kansas is 4-5 on the season in road games, including a 1-4 record in Big 12 road games. KU’s lone Big 12 road win came at Colorado (Jan. 12).
-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, four of the five freshmen on the squad have found themsleves in the starting lineup at least once during the season. With only three upperclassmen on their roster, the Jayhawks are getting 80.9 percent of their scoring from players in either their first or second year in college. Led by the sophomore duo of Carolyn Davis (18.2) and Monica Engelman (12.3), the Baby Jays are scoring 59.0 of the team’s 72.8 points per game.
-Davis is shooting 65.5 percent from the field as she has knocked down 152-of-232 shots this season. She leads the Big 12 and ranks second in the NCAA in field goal percentage.
-Davis is averaging a team-best 18.2 points per game on the season overall, and is also pulling down 7.4 caroms per contest. She has recorded five double-doubles on the season, including two in Big 12 games. Davis ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 45th in the NCAA in scoring.
-KU ranks sixth nationally (second in Big 12) in field goal percentage at 46.9 percent. The Jayhawks are led by Davis, who has made 152-of-232 shots from the field, good for a league-leading 65.5 percent. In all, six KU players are shooting better than 40.0 percent on the season.
-Jayhawk junior forward Aishah Sutherland is fourth in the Big 12 in rebounding as she is pulling down 8.1 caroms per contest. Sutherland has recorded double-figure rebounds in eight games.
-Kansas leads in the all-time series with TAMU 4-3 in College Station, but has dropped three-straight games versus the Aggies at Reed Arena.
-KU has knocked down 360-of-540 shots from the foul line. The Jayhawks’ opponents have only made 394 trips to the foul line compared to KU’s 540 attempts. Kansas is averaging 22.5 free throw attempts per game, compared to 16.4 attempts per game for its opponents. On the season, Kansas owns a 96 point advantage over its foes from the foul line.
-KU’s 81-53 win over Colorado marked the second-highest scoring margin for the Jayhawks in a Big 12 Conference win. The highest margin of victory was a 30-point win over Baylor on Jan. 11, 1997.
-Kansas has dished 382 assists through 24 games, good for an average of 15.9 dimes per outing. The Jayhawks rank third in the Big 12 and 39th nationally in assists per game. Freshman guard Keena Mays leads the way with 102 helpers on the year. Mays ranks seventh in the Big 12 and 90th nationally. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich has 96 assists in 17 games (5.6 per game), while Engelman has recorded 68 dimes on the season.
-Jayhawk sophomore Angel Goodrich etched her name in the KU record books again as she dished a career-best 15 dimes in KU’s win over Iowa State. Goodrich’s 15 assists rank second on the KU single game chart and are the most assists by a Kansas player since Lisa Braddy dished 18 helpers versus Creighton on Dec. 22, 1989. Her 15 assists are the most ever recorded by a Kansas player in Allen Fieldhouse (male or female) and are the most by a Big 12 player this season.
A LOOK AT TEXAS A&M
At 20-2 overall, Texas A&M enters the game with KU with an 8-1 ledger in Big 12 Conference games. The Aggies are 9-1 at home on the season, including a 3-1 ledger in league action. Senior forward Danielle Adams dominates for the Aggies as she turns in 22.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Adams shoots 52.6 percent from the field and 76.7 percent from the foul line. She is joined in double figures by juniors Tyra White (13.7) and Sydney Carter (10.2). Junior Adaora Elonu averages 9.5 points and 5.9 rebounds a game, while senior Sydney Colston leads A&M in assists (127) and steals (46). Texas A&M shoots 46.6 percent from the field and forces 23.2 turnovers per game off of 11.3 steals. The Aggies dish 17.5 assists per game, while only turning the ball over an average of 14.2 times per game. TAMU is coached by Gary Blair, who owns a 175-76 ledger in his eighth season with the Aggies. Blair’s overall mark is 583-239 in his 26th season in the business.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is 16-8 overall and 3-7 in the Big 12 after defeating No. 20/22 Iowa State, 86-85 (OT), in its last outing. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis’ 18.2 points per game. Davis has posted 10 20-point games on the season, highlighted by a 31-point effort in KU’s win over Iowa State. Davis is also grabbing 7.4 boards per game. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman is averaging 12.3 points per game, while also pulling down 4.3 rebounds per game. Junior forward Aishah Sutherland is next with 9.7 points per contest. Sutherland leads the Jayhawks on the glass as she is pulling down 8.1 caroms per contest, which ranks fourth in the Big 12. Davis tops KU in blocks with 1.3 per game, while Sutherland blocks 1.1 per game. KU is shooting 46.9 percent from the field, which ranks second in the Big 12 and sixth in the NCAA, while holding its opponents to 38.2 percent from the field. Davis leads the team in field goal percentage as she is knocking down 65.5 percent of her shots, which tops the Big 12. Senior center Krysten Boogaard is right behind her at 58.3 percent and three other Jayhawks are also shooting 40.0 percent or better. Kansas is out-rebounding its opponents by 3.0 boards per game, led by Sutherland’s 8.1 per game. Freshman guard Keena Mays is turning in 8.8 points and a team-best 42.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich leads KU with 1.6 steals per game, while also averaging a team-best 5.6 assists and 6.9 points per outing.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Improve the Jayhawks to 17-8 on the season … Give KU back-to-back wins over ranked teams for the first time since defeating #20 Iowa State and #5 Baylor in 2009 … Improve the Jayhawks to 5-5 in road games … Move the Jayhawks to 8-8 all-time versus TAMU … Make the Jayhawks 290-287 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 90-146 mark since the league formed … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 1-6 against TAMU … Give Henrickson a 113-103 mark at Kansas, a 36-81 ledger against Big 12 foes and a 271-165 overall record … Make Kansas 710-501 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Drop KU to 4-6 in road games … Move the series to 9-7 in TAMU’s favor … Give KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson an 0-7 record against TAMU … Move the Jayhawks to 289-288 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 89-147 record since the league formed … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 112-104, 35-82 versus Big 12 schools and her overall mark to 270-166 … Make Kansas 709-502 all time … Be less good than a Jayhawks’ win.
KU-TAMU SERIES HISTORY
Texas A&M leads the all-time series between the Jayhawks and Aggies at 8-7. The Aggies have won seven-straight in the series and defeated KU, 69-45, in last season’s matchup in Lawrence. KU leads TAMU 4-3 all-time in games played in College Station, but the Aggies have won the last three, including a 73-60 win over Kansas in the last outing between the two teams in Reed Arena.