Jayhawks Open Big 12 Championship Against Oklahoma State Tuesday
March 4, 2007
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Date: Tuesday, March 6
Tip-Off: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Venue: CoxConvention Center
Series: KU leads 27-20
Series on Neutral Court: KU leads 4-3
First Meeting: Jan. 10, 2007: OSU 68, KU 54
Current Win Streak: 1, OklahomaState
KU Coach: Bonnie Henrickson
Record: 197-110 overall and 39-48 at KU
vs. OSU: 1-2
OSU Coach: Kurt Budke
Record: 375-82 overall and 22-35 at OSU
vs. KU: 1-1
Jayhawk Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Nate Bukaty
Color Analyst: Patti Phillips
Cox Cable (first round)
(remaining rounds on FSN)
Play-by-Play: Kevin Eschenfelder
Color Analyst: Debbie Antonelli
The University of Kansas will face OklahomaState in the first round of the Big 12 Championship on Tuesday, March 6. The 11th-seeded Jayhawks and sixth-seeded Cowgirls will be the final game of day one at the tournament and are scheduled to tip-off at 8:30 p.m.
Kansas is 6-10 all-time in the Big 12 Championship … Kansas and Oklahoma State have meet twice before in the Big 12 Championship with the Jayhawks victorious both times (second round in 1999, first round in 2001) … KU’s bench has out-scored its opponents non-starters 629-400 this season … KU’s freshmen class has scored 977 of the Jayhawks’ 1,750 points this season (56 percent) … For the first time this season, senior Shaquina Mosley leads the Jayhawks in scoring at 10.7 points per game … Kelly Kohn’s 1.62 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fourth in the Big 12 and is the best among Big 12 freshmen … Kohn ranks fourth in scoring, ninth in rebounding, third in steals and third in assists among Big 12 freshmen … Danielle McCray and Kohn are third and fourth, respectively, among Big 12 Freshmen … McCray has scored double-figures in each of KU’s last six games … Bonnie Henrickson is 1-2 all-time against Oklahoma State and 0-2 in the Big 12 Championship.
MOSLEY NAMED ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM
Shaquina Mosley was named All-Big 12 Second Team, as announced by the league Friday. The honors were voted on by the league’s head coaches, with coaches not allowed to vote for their own players.
The Lancaster, Calif., native leads the Jayhawks in points (10.7) and assists (110) and ranks second in rebounds (4.8). Mosley is averaging 16.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists in KU’s last 16 games.
Mosley has four double-doubles this season and scored double-figures 16 times. The 5-foot-6 guard set a career-high with 26 points in KU’s 70-66 victory over Missouri in its regular season finale on Thursday.
KU’s four conference victories have all been exciting, nail bitting finishes. A layup by Shaquina Mosley with four seconds remaining in overtime lifted Kansas to a 70-68 victory over Colorado on Feb 6. Mosley made it two in a row for the Jayhawk with a layup with only 0.4 seconds remaining against Texas in Austin on Feb. 10, giving KU a 50-49 victory. The Jayhawks then needed two extra sessions to defeat Kansas State, 82-74, on Feb. 18 on a jumper and free throws with under 12 seconds remaining by Mosley were the difference in KU’s 70-66 win over Missouri on March 1.
Oklahoma State is 6-10 all-time in the Big 12 Championship … After going 0-16 in the Big 12 last season, the Cowgirls earned the sixth-seed with an 8-8 Big 12 record … The seed is OSU’s second highest ever, and best since receiving the fifth seed in 1998 … Big 12 Rookie of the Year, Andrea Riley, has led OSU’s resurgance … The guard leads all Big 12 freshmen and is second on the team with a 12.5 points per game average and a team-best 141 assists and 57 steals … Rashidat Sadiq leads the squad with a 12.8 ppg average … Juniors Danielle Green and Maria Cordero round out OSU players averaging double-figures with 11.5 and 10.2, respecively … Sadiq, Cordero and Brisa Silva attended the same community college (Central Arizana) as KU’s Shaquina Mosley … OSU leads the Big 12 with 10.97 steals per contest … The Cowgirls are second only to Oklahoma for most defensive rebounds per game (28.28) … Kurt Budke is in his second year at the helm of the OSU program … Budke earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Washburn in 1984 before adding a master of science degree from Wichita State in 1985, as a player, he earned all-conference honors at Barton County Junior College in 1981
Oklahoma State defeated Kansas, 68-54, Wednesday Jan. 10 in Stillwater, Okla. Kansas battled back to cut OSU’s lead to just five points with 3:22 remaining in the contest but were out-scored 12-3 down the stretch. The Cowgirls were led by freshman guard Andrea Riley with 18 points including 10-of-14 from the free throw line.
Shaquina Mosley tied a then career-high with 12 points. Kelly Kohn also tallied 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Norman, Okla., native Sade Morris tallied eight first half points and finished with 11.
The game started with both teams trading 6-0 runs. The Cowgirls countered the Jayhawks’ run with a 7-0 spurt, taking a 13-6 lead. OSU led by as many as 14 points in the first stanza before Kansas cut the lead to 11 before halftime. OSU shot 46 percent in the first half compared to KU’s 30 percent clip. Kansas shot 45 percent in the second half.