Jayhawks Host #17/19 Kansas State On Senior Night
March 4, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
The University of Kansas plays host to Kansas State on Wednesday, March 5. KU (15-13, 4-11) enters the game with a 12-3 record at home. The Wildcats (20-8, 12-3) are looking to claim a piece of the Big 12 title with a win over KU. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 54-41, however, the two teams have split the last two games in the series. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. KU will honor its two seniors as a part of Senior Day festivities following the game.
-Senior forward Taylor McIntosh had a career day in Kansas’ match-up with Iowa State. The 5-foot-11 Wichita, Kan., native, pulled down 16 rebounds to go along with her team-leading 15 points. She also had a team-high three steals and one block. McIntosh made 6-of-8 shots from the field and added 3-of-6 baskets from the foul line. McIntosh’s double-double was her fourth of the season and eight of her career.
-Sophomore guard-forward Danielle McCray also recorded a double-double on the week as she had 19 points and 10 boards versus Texas. It was McCray’s sixth double-double of the season.
-Sophomore guard LaChelda Jacobs was solid last week off the bench for KU. Jacobs posted eight points off of a perfect 4-for-4 shooting night versus Texas. She followed it up with a nine-point, four-rebound performance at Iowa State.
A LOOK AT KANSAS STATE
The Wildcats, who enter Saturday’s game with a 20-8 overall mark and a 12-3 ledger in conference games, are tied at the top of the Big 12 standings with Baylor and Oklahoma. Should all three teams finish in a tie, the Wildcats would play in the conference tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Wildcats are led by senior Kimberly Dietz with 15.4 points per game. Dietz also dishes 2.9 assists per game. Junior forward Marlies Gipson is the top rebounder with 8.0 boards per game to go along with her 11.8 points an outing. Sophomore forward Ashley Sweat and junior guard Shalee Lehning also turn in double figures in points with 11.5 and 10.5 tallies per game, respectively. Lehning, one of the most versatile players in the conference, pulls down 7.2 rebounds and also leads the team with 182 assists and 63 steals. The Wildcats shoot 45 percent from the field, while holding their opponents to 37 percent shooting. KSU takes good care of the ball, averaging just 14.4 miscues per game, while forcing 15.9 opponent turnovers. Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson is in her 12th season at the helm of the Wildcat program, collecting a 238-136 mark. Her overall coaching record is the same.
KANSAS-KANSAS STATE SERIES HISTORY
The Wildcats lead the all-time series 54-41, however, KU leads 23-22 in games played in Lawrence. Kansas snapped a KSU 12-game winning streak with an 82-74 overtime win over the Wildcats in the last meeting in Lawrence. KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 1-7 versus KSU, including an 1-2 mark in games played in Lawrence.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas enters Saturday’s contest with a 15-12 overall mark, including a 4-10 Big 12 Conference record after knocking falling at Texas on Wednesday. Sophomore guard/forward Danielle McCray is the top Jayhawk in scoring (14.6) and rebounding (7.2). McCray also leads the Jayhawks in steals with 45. Fellow sophomore guard Sade Morris is also in double figures in points per game with 10.1 tallies an outing. Morris also gives KU 3.6 boards and 2.4 assists per game. Freshman center Krysten Boogaard was inserted into the starting line-up after the team returned from its holiday break and ranks third on the team in scoring with 9.4 points a game to go along with 5.7 caroms per contest. Boogaard also leads the Jayhawks in blocks with 31 on the season, while shooting 50.2 percent from the field. Senior forward Taylor McIntosh is second on the team in rebounding with 6.8 boards per game, while also dropping in 6.7 points. Junior point guard Ivana Catic is the team-leader in assists with 3.3 dishes per game, while also collecting 42 pilfers on the year. Freshman forward Nicollette Smith comes off the bench to provide 6.4 points per game and leads KU with 40 triples on the season. The Jayhawks are coached by Bonnie Henrickson who owns a 55-62 mark in her fourth season at the helm of the Kansas program. Henrickson owns an overall coaching mark of 213-124 in 11 seasons on the sidelines.
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
-Kansas has two players on its roster from the state of Kansas in senior Taylor McIntosh (Wichita) and sophomore Danielle McCray (Olathe). Meanwhile, KSU has seven players on its roster from the Sunflower state.
-The Jayhawks and Wildcats have shared one common opponent this in Creighton. KU defeated the Blue Jays 91-56 in Allen Fieldhouse, while KSU dropped a 62-69 decision at Creighton.
Three Jayhawks will take part in their last regular season game at Allen Fieldhouse. Manager Shelby Scholz and players Jamie Boyd and Taylor McIntosh will each be honored following the game. A brief biography for the three is below:
Shelby Scholz: A native of Atchison, Shelby is in his fourth year with the women’s basketball program. Scholz, who will graduate in May with a degree in Psychology, spent one season on the scout team and the last three years as a team manager.
Jamie Boyd: One of the top vocal leaders on the team, Boyd was selected as a team captain in her final season as a Jayhawk. Respected for her work ethic and positive energy, Boyd has seen action in 69 games, including five starts. She posted a career-high 10 points in a win over Western Illinois during her junior season and pulled down a personal best seven rebounds in a Jayhawk victory over Dartmouth her freshman season. Boyd is a two-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and has been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in each of her four seasons at Kansas. The Underwood, Iowa native will graduate in December of 2008 with a degree in Communication Studies.
Taylor McIntosh: A four-year starter for the Jayhawks, McIntosh’s contributions on the court have increased in each of her four seasons at KU. McIntosh, one of the top rebounders and defenders on the team, has increased her offensive role as a senior scoring in double figures in nine games. McIntosh was at her best in KU’s last outing where she turned in 15 points and a career-best 16 rebounds to go along with three steals. For her career, the Wichita native has seen action in 117 contests, including 114 starts. A two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member, McIntosh will graduate in May with a degree in human biology.