Jayhawks Host Nebraska Saturday For Final Time In Allen Fieldhouse
Feb. 25, 2011
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LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas will host Nebraska for the final time as members of the Big 12 Conference when the Cornhuskers travel to Lawrence on Saturday, Feb. 26. The Jayhawks enter the game with an 18-9 overall mark and a 5-8 ledger in conference games. Nebraska is 13-14 overall and 3-10 in the Big 12 after defeating Missouri, 76-34, in its last outing. The Cornhuskers defeated KU, 75-61, in overtime in the two teams’ previous meeting this season, however Kansas owns a 48-31 lead in the all-time series. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse.
-Kansas is 13-3 on the season in home games, including a 3-3 record in Big 12 home games. KU has won three-straight games in Allen Fieldhouse.
-The Jayhawks have won four of their last six games after struggling to a 1-6 start in conference play. The turnaround can be partially attributed to a drastic improvement in shooting percentage. In the first six conference games, KU made just 37.2 percent (119-320) of its field goal attempts, including just 26.7 percent (23-86) of its three-point tries. Over the past seven games, Kansas has become much more efficient, making 49.7 percent (185-372) from the field, including 39.8 percent (33-83) from three-point range.
-KU is one of the younger teams in the country as it sends out a starting lineup with three sophomores, a redshirt freshman and a freshman. Four of the five freshmen on the squad have found themsleves in the starting lineup at least three times 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 (18.7) and Monica Engelman (11.9), the Baby Jays are scoring 59.0 of the team’s 72.3 points per game.
-Davis is shooting 66.7 percent from the field as she has knocked down 174-of-261 shots this season. She leads the Big 12 and ranks second in the NCAA in field goal percentage.
-Davis is averaging a team-best 18.4 points per game on the season overall, and is also pulling down 7.1 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 24th in the NCAA in scoring.
-Kansas leads in the all-time series with NU 25-9 in Lawrence, and has won two of the last three meetings with the Cornhuskers in Allen Fieldhouse.
-KU ranks sixth nationally (second in Big 12) in field goal percentage at 47.0 percent. The Jayhawks are led by Davis, who has made 174-of-261 shots from the field, good for a league-leading 66.7 percent. In all, seven KU players are shooting better than 40.0 percent on the season.
-Kansas sophomore guard Angel Goodrich has recorded double-figure assists in two of the last five games, including a personal-best 15 assists versus Iowa State. Goodrich has 116 assists on the year, marking her second-straight season with 100 or more assists. She leads the Big 12 in assists in conference play with 6.5 dimes per game. She now has 224 assists in 35 career games, for an average of 6.4 assists per game.
-Kansas guards Goodrich and Keena Mays have each eclipsed the 100 assist mark on the season, giving KU two players over the century mark for the second time in the last three seasons as LaChelda Jacobs and Ivana Catic each dished over 100 assists during the 2008-09 season. Engelman currently has 78 assists and is on pace to become the third Jayhawk to reach 100 assists this season.
-KU has knocked down 411-of-607 shots from the foul line. The Jayhawks’ opponents have only made 437 trips to the foul line compared to KU’s 607 attempts. Kansas is averaging 22.5 free throw attempts per game, compared to 16.2 attempts per game for its opponents. On the season, Kansas owns a 119 point advantage over its foes from the foul line.
-Kansas has dished 430 assists through 27 games, good for an average of 15.9 dimes per outing. The Jayhawks rank third in the Big 12 and 29th nationally in assists per game. Goodrich leads the way with 116 assists in 20 games (she is not eligible for Big 12 rankings in all games), good for an average of 5.8 per outing. Mays has 109 helpers on the year, ranking eighth in the Big 12 and 109th nationally. Engelman has recorded 78 dimes on the season.
-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.
-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.
A LOOK AT NEBRASKA
At 13-14, Nebraska enters the game versus KU after defeating Missouri, 76-34, in its last outing. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for NU. The Cornhuskers are 2-7 on the road on the season, and are searching for their first Big 12 road win of the season when they take on the Jayhawks. Two `Huskers are averaging double-figures led by freshman phenom Jordan Hooper with 14.7 points per game. Hooper also ranks second on the team with 6.8 boards. She has made 58-of-154 shots from beyond the arc, good for 37.7 percent. Sophomore Lindsey Moore turns in 13.1 points, 5.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Junior Kaitlyn Burke is averaging 6.6 points and 2.7 boards per game, but had a break-out game in Lincoln in leading the `Huskers to a 75-61 overtime win over KU in January. Burke had a career-best 20 points in the win. NU is coached by Connie Yori, who owns a 166-113 ledger in her 10th season with the `Huskers. Yori’s overall mark is 361-253 in her 21st season in the business.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is 18-9 overall and 5-8 in the Big 12 after picking up its second Big 12 road win of the season with a 73-66 victory at Oklahoma State Wednesday evening. KU has now won four of its last six games on the season. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis’ 18.4 points per game. Davis has posted 11 20-point games on the season, highlighted by a 34-point effort in KU’s overtime win over Missouri. Davis has now gone over the 30-point mark in two of her last four contests. She is also grabbing 7.1 boards per game. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman is averaging 11.9 points per game, while also pulling down 4.3 rebounds per game. Engelman leads Kansas in three-point field goal shooting as she is making 40.5 percent from beyond the arc. She also leads KU with 34 threes. Junior forward Aishah Sutherland is next in scoring with 9.5 points per contest off the bench. Sutherland leads the Jayhawks on the glass as she is pulling down 7.8 caroms per contest. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich leads KU with 1.5 steals per game, while also averaging a team-best 5.8 assists and 7.7 points per outing. Goodrich has stepped up her game in conference play as she is turning in 8.2 points, 6.5 assists and 3.0 boards per game in league play. Davis tops KU in blocks with 1.4 per game, while Sutherland blocks 1.1 per game. KU is shooting 47.0 percent from the field, which ranks second in the Big 12 and sixth in the NCAA. Kansas is holding its opponents to 38.8 percent from the field. Davis leads the team in field goal percentage as she is knocking down 66.7 percent of her shots, which tops the Big 12. Senior center Krysten Boogaard is behind her at 55.9 percent and five other Jayhawks are also shooting 40.0 percent or better. Freshmen Diara Moore and Tania Jackson round out the KU starting line up with Moore turning in 4.0 points and 2.3 boards per game and Jackson adding 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds an outing. Freshman guard Keena Mays is turning in 8.3 points and 4.0 assists per game off the bench.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Improve the Jayhawks to 19-9 on the season, giving KU its most wins since going 22-14 during the 2008-09 season … Give KU five wins in its last seven games, including three-straight wins … Improve the Jayhawks to 14-3 in home games … Move the Jayhawks to 49-31 all-time versus NU … Make the Jayhawks 292-288 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 92-147 mark since the league formed … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 6-10 against NU … Give Henrickson a 115-104 mark at Kansas, a 38-82 ledger against Big 12 foes and a 273-166 overall record … Make Kansas 712-502 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Drop KU to 13-4 in home games … Move the series to 48-32 in KU’s favor … Give KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson a 5-11 record against NU … Move the Jayhawks to 291-289 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 91-148 record since the league formed … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 114-105, 37-83 versus Big 12 schools and her overall mark to 272-167 … Make Kansas 711-503 all time … Be less good than a Jayhawks’ win.