Jayhawks Head to Texas Tech Tuesday
Feb. 20, 2012
Kansas All-America Candidates
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Less than one month ago Kansas women’s basketball knocked off then-No. 21 Texas Tech on Jan. 25 and now the Jayhawks will look to sweep the season series as they travel to Lubbock, Texas to face the Red Raiders on Feb. 21. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. from United Spirit Arena. Both schools are 17-9 overall on the season but KU is just ahead of TTU in the conference standings with a 6-8 record. The Red Raiders are 5-9 in league play.
Follow the Jayhawks
The Jayhawk Radio Network will broadcast Tuesday’s game. Fans can also listen online through Jayhawk All-Access at www.KUAthletics.com. Texas Tech will provide live video streaming through www.TexasTech.com.
– Kansas will play the remainder of the 2011-12 season without leading scorer Carolyn Davis, who suffered a knee injury at Kansas State on Feb. 12.
– Senior Aishah Sutherland is recording 19.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game over the last four contests.
– Sutherland appeared in her 122nd career game versus Missouri Saturday which tied for the ninth-most appearances in program history.
– Junior Angel Goodrich has 200 assists so far in 2011-12 and needs eight more to break the school’s single-season assist record.
– Earlier this season the Jayhawks defeated then-No. 21 Texas Tech 72-63 on Jan. 15 and will search for their second series sweep of 2011-12 Tuesday. KU won both of its games versus Texas this year.
– Despite a -3.6 rebound margin in Big 12 games, Kansas has out-rebounded three of its last four opponents, including a +14 mark at Kansas State on Feb. 12, which was single-game high for KU during conference play.
– Five of KU’s nine losses have been by six points or less.
About the Jayhawks
Kansas suffered a 70-65 setback to Missouri Saturday to drop to 17-9 overall, including 6-8 in Big 12 play … KU is without leading scorer Carolyn Davis, who suffered a torn ACL at Kansas State on Feb. 12 and will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season … The Jayhawks have lost their last three games since Davis left the lineup … Without Davis in the lineup, Aishah Sutherland and Angel Goodrich are KU’s top offensive threats averaging 13.7 and 12.5 ppg, respectively … Sutherland, who also pulls down a team-high 9.3 rpg, has recorded 19.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game over the last four contests … Goodrich ranks as one of the best point guards in the country as her 7.7 apg rank second nationally while her 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio is in the top 20 … Freshman Chelsea Gardner has started the last two games in place of Davis and is averaging 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in that span … Kansas ranks in the top 10 nationally shooting 46.7 percent from the field and is third in the Big 12 scoring 69.7 ppg.
Scouting Texas Tech
Since losing to Kansas on Jan. 25, Texas Tech has gone 3-4 in league play and is 17-9 overall, including 5-9 in the Big 12 … The Red Raiders are coming off back-to-back road losses at Texas and at No. 1 Baylor … TTU led Baylor at halftime but lost 56-51 Saturday … Kierra Mallard paces Texas Tech with 11.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per contest … Casey Morris and Chynna Brown add 9.2 and 8.7 ppg, respectively … Monique Smalls (8.2 ppg) is second in the Big 12 with 2.8 steals per game while the team averages a league-leading 11.0 thefts per outing.
Kansas defeated then-No. 21 Texas Tech on Jan. 25 to halt a 12-game skid versus the Red Raiders and cut the Jayhawks’ deficit in the all-time series to 14-4. KU has won just once in Lubbock, the teams’ very first meeting on Dec. 2, 1978.
A Kansas Win Would…
Give KU at least seven Big 12 wins for the first time since 1999-2000 … Halt a three-game skid for the Jayhawks … Cut Kansas’ deficit in the all-time series with TTU to 14-5 … Give Kansas its first win in Lubbock since 1978 … Improve coach Bonnie Henrickson to 3-8 against Texas Tech, 135-117 at Kansas and 293-179 for her career … Give Kansas a 99-155 all-time record in Big 12 play … Make KU 732-514 all time.
A Kansas Loss Would…
Improve TTU’s record in the all-time series to 15-4 … Make coach Bonnie Henrickson 2-9 against Texas Tech, 134-118 at Kansas and 292-180 for her career … Give Kansas a 98-156 all-time record in Big 12 play … Make KU 731-515 all time.
Sutherland Steps Up in Davis’ Absence
Since losing leading scorer Carolyn Davis to injury, senior Aishah Sutherland has become Kansas’ top threat down low. Already leading the team on the boards with 9.3 rebounds per game, Sutherland has turned up her scoring input averaging 18.0 ppg in Davis’ absence. She has also shot better than 56 percent in her last two outings.
Goodrich Approaching School Record
With just eight more assists, Kansas point guard Angel Goodrich will eclipse the program’s single-season assist record which has stood for more than 20 years. Goodrich, who has 200 assists in 2011-12, is on pace to shatter Lisa Braddy’s school record of 207 during the 1987-88 season. One of the best point guards in KU history, Goodrich already became the fifth Jayhawk to ever record at least 400 career assists and she did so faster than any of the previous four players, reaching the milestone in only 58 games.
Kansas will welcome the number one team in the nation when it hosts the undefeated Baylor Bears on Friday, Feb. 24. The 6:30 p.m. contest will be televised on FSN.