Women's Basketball Travels To Oklahoma State Wednesday
Feb. 24, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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The University of Kansas women’s basketball team travels to Oklahoma State for a mid-week game on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Game time is set for 7 p.m., at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Kansas (14-11, 3-9) is fresh off its first win over a ranked team in over three years after knocking off #21/23 Iowa State at home on Sunday. Oklahoma State (15-10, 4-8) enters Wednesday’s game with a 10-5 mark in its home games, despite losing its last outing versus Texas Tech on its home court. Kansas leads the all-time series 28-22, but OSU claimed wins in both match-ups last season.
-Kansas is attempting to collect consecutive wins in Big 12 Conference play for the first time this season after knocking off #21 Iowa State, 58-47, in its last outing.
-The Jayhawks are looking to pick up their first win on the road in Big 12 play this season. KU has lost 12-straight league road games.
-Junior guard-forward Danielle McCray had scored 20 or better in 13 games on the season, including eight of the last 10 outings. McCray, who is leading KU with 19.0 points per game, ranks second in the Big 12 Conference in scoring behind only Andrea Riley of Oklahoma State.
-Kansas junior Sade Morris has now scored in double figures in four-straight games with 16 points in KU’s win over Iowa State. On the season, Morris has tallied 10 or more points in 17-of-26 games. Morris averages 11.9 points per game on the season, second best on the team.
-Jayhawk senior Ivana Catic has made her presence felt without scoring many points. Catic, who has only scored nine points in 12 conference games this season, has dished 32 assists in league play and has also 12 steals. Catic, KU’s top free throw shooter by percentage on the season, knocked down two clutch free throws in the Jayhawks’ win over Iowa State.
-KU junior LaChelda Jacobs came up big on the boards in the Jayhawks game at Colorado. Jacobs pulled down 10 boards to lead all players. It marked her first career double-figure rebounding game. Jacobs, who added seven points and three assists in the game, is the fourth Jayhawk to pull down 10 or more rebounds in a game this season (Boogaard, McCray, N. Smith).
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA STATE
The Cowgirls enter Wednesday’s game with a 15-10 overall mark, including a 4-8 record in Big 12 Conference games. OSU is led on the season by All-America guard Andrea Riley, who leads the team and the Big 12 with 24.0 points per game. Riley also leads the Cowgirls with 7.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Riley has knocked down 176-of-233 free throws on the season, helping the Cowgirls outscore their opponents 367-289 at the foul line. Shaunte Smith turns in 11.0 points per game and leads OSU with 8.4 rebounds per contest, while junior Tegan Cunningham is also in double figures with 10.9 tallies per game. Taylor Hardeman is OSU’s top outside threat as she has connected on 40-of-129 from beyond the arc, while averaging 6.4 points per game. Head coach Kurt Budke is in his fourth season with the Cowgirls, having collected a 68-51 coaching record at OSU. His overall coaching record is 421-98 in his 16th year in the business.
KU-OKLAHOMA STATE SERIES HISTORY
The Jayhawks lead the all-time series 28-22. Oklahoma State took two games from the Jayhawks last season, knocking off KU in Lawrence and then also defeating the Jayhawks in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals. KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 2-4 versus OSU, including a 0-2 mark in games played in Stillwater.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas enters Wednesday’s game with a 14-11 overall record, including a 3-9 ledger in Big 12 Conference play. Led by a pair of double figures scorers in Danielle McCray and Sade Morris, the Jayhawks are out scoring their opponents by 7.6 points per game. McCray tops the Jayhawk scorers with 19.0 points per game, while Morris adds 11.9. Sophomore Krysten Boogaard is next with 9.5 points per game. In addition, LaChelda Jacobs and Nicollette Smith are adding 7.8 and 7.3 points per game, respectively. KU is shooting 45.2 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 38.4 percent field goal shooting. Three different Jayhawks are making better than 50.0 percent of their shots, led by Rebecca Feickert at 60.0 percent. The Jayhawks have recorded 188 steals on the season, led by McCray with 38 pilfers. Jacobs is the leader in assists with 92 dimes, while Ivana Catic has dished 76 assists and Morris 57. McCray is pulling down a team-leading 7.6 rebounds and Boogaard is grabbing 5.5 per game. Kansas is also shooting well from the three-point line as it has connected on 118-of-309 shots from beyond the arc, good for 38.2 percent, tops in the Big 12 Conference. McCray is leading the way from beyond the arc as she has knocked 46-of-121 shots. Ivana Catic leads the Jayhawks from the foul line as she has connected on 21-of-22 attempts. McCray has connected on 84.5 percent of her foul shots.
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
-Kansas has three players from the state of Oklahoma in junior Sade Morris (Norman), sophomore Nicollette Smith (Tulsa) and freshman Angel Goodrich (Tahlequah). Oklahoma State has one native Kansan on its roster in sophomore Ashley Jappa (Kansas City).
-OSU has three players (Tegan Cunningham, Ashley Jappa and Shyvon Spears) who attended junior college in Kansas.
-OSU head coach Kurt Budke is a Kansas native and 1984 of Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.
-OSU Director of Basketball Operations Bruce Erickson is a 1984 KU grad and spent 24 years as a high school head coach in the state of Kansas before taking his position at OSU.
– KU junior guard Sade Morris and OSU senior guard Taylor Hardeman are both graduates of Norman High School in Norman, Okla. The duo teamed up for two seasons under head coach Matilda Mossman, leading Norman High to the Class 6A state title in 2005.
-The Jayhawks and Cowgirls did not share any common opponents outside of conference play this season.
LAST TIME VERSUS OKLAHOMA STATE
Despite 18 points from Danielle McCray and 17 from Krysten Boogaard, the sixth-seeded Kansas women’s basketball team fell to No. 3 Oklahoma State, 82-62, in round two of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. McCray helped Kansas to an early lead scoring nine of the team’s first 13 points but Oklahoma State soon tied the game 11-11 at the 14:27 mark. With 14:08 remaining in the first half, OSU’s Andrea Riley took the ball hard to the basket and was fouled on her way up. Riley’s layup and free throw gave the Cowgirls their first lead of the game and one that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the contest. Kansas struggled to find the bottom of the net midway through the half but made a strong comeback at the end of the opening frame outscoring Oklahoma State 12-7 in the final four minutes to cut OSU’s lead to 43-31 at the break. Free throws became a major factor in the first half as OSU was sent to the line 17 times, while Kansas failed to make a single trip to the charity stripe. When McCray was limited with foul trouble in the second half, Krysten Boogaard, who had a quiet six points in the first 20 minutes, stepped up to fill the void scoring all 10 of the team’s points in the first six and a half minutes of the half to keep the Jayhawks within 10 of OSU. With 13:31 remaining and the Cowgirls ahead 55-41, OSU’s Taylor Hardeman sank a three to jump-start a 14-5 run as Oklahoma State pulled out of the Jayhawks’ reach. Joining McCray and Boogaard in double figures was LaChelda Jacobs who pitched in 15 points for the Jayhawks to go along with six rebounds. McCray added 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season, while Boogard pulled down seven.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Make Kansas 15-11 for the second-consecutive season … Give the Jayhawks a 29-22 mark versus Oklahoma State, including an 11-10 mark in games played in Stillwater … Give Kansas its first Big 12 road win since winning at Missouri on March 1, 2007, snapping a streak of 14 cosecutive losses … Make KU 79-126 all-time in Big 12 Conference action and a 278-265 all-time mark versus Big 12 Conference schools … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 3-4 versus Oklahoma State and give Henrickson her first win in Stillwater … Give Henrickson a 72-76 mark at Kansas and a 230-138 overall record … Make Kansas 668-474 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Drop KU to 14-12 overall and 3-10 in Big 12 play … Make the series versus OSU 28-23, including a 2-5 mark for KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson … Give the Jayhawks a 10-11 mark versus the Cowgirls in games played in Stillwater … Make KU 78-127 overall versus the Big 12 Conference … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 71-77 and her overall mark to 229-139 … Make Kansas 667-475 all time.