Jayhawk Women Open 2011 Big 12 Championship With Colorado Tuesday
March 6, 2011
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2011 Big 12 Championship Bracket in PDF Format
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas will face Colorado in the opening game of the 2011 Big 12 Championship at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, March 8, at 11 a.m. The winner of the game between the eighth-seeded Jayhawks and ninth-seeded Buffaloes will face top-seeded Baylor on Wednesday, March 9 at 11 a.m. Kansas enters the game with a 19-11 overall mark and finished Big 12 regular season play with a 6-10 ledger. The Buffaloes are 15-14 overall and also finished conference play with a 6-10 mark. KU leads the all-time series with CU, 34-33, and won both meetings in the series this season. A pep rally will be held prior to the game at the Power and Light District on the KC Live Stage. The Kansas band and spirit squads will make an appearance with the rally beginning at 9:45 a.m., and concluding at 10:05 a.m.
-Kansas is will be playing its first neutral site game of the season. KU finished the regular season 14-4 at home and 5-7 in road games.
-The Jayhawks have won three of their last five games, and four of their last seven, after struggling to a 1-6 start in conference play. The common thread in Jayhawk wins is field goal percentage. KU is shooting a blistering 52.7 (168-319) percent in its six conference wins, including 41.8 (28-67) percent from beyond the arc. KU also knocked down 96-127 shots from the foul line, good for 75.6 percent, in its six wins. Conversely, the Jayhawks made just 38.0 (206-542) percent from the field, including 26.6 (34-128) percent from three in its 10 losses. KU also struggled from the foul line in its Big 12 losses as it made only 59. 5 (91-153) percent from the charity stripe.
-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 senior. With only three upperclassmen on their roster, the Jayhawks are getting 81.8 percent of their scoring from players in either their first or second year in college. Led by the sophomore duo of Carolyn Davis (18.4) and Monica Engelman (11.8), the Baby Jays are scoring 57.7 of the team’s 70.5 points per game.
-Engelman closed regular season play leading the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage in conference games as she knocked down 43.1 percent from beyond the arc. She made 22-of-51 from three-point land in 16 conference games. She ranks fifth in overall games at 40.2 percent.
-Davis is shooting 66.4 percent from the field as she has knocked down 198-of-298 shots this season. She leads the Big 12 and ranks second in the NCAA in field goal percentage. Davis has made 104-of-156 shots from the floor in conference play, good for 66.7 percent.
-Davis is averaging a team-best 18.4 points per game on the season overall, and is also pulling down 7.3 caroms per contest. She has recorded six double-doubles on the season, including three in Big 12 games. Davis ranks third in the Big 12 and 29th in the NCAA in scoring.
-KU ranks sixth nationally (second in Big 12) in field goal percentage at 46.4 percent. The Jayhawks are led by Davis, who has made 198-of-298 shots from the field, good for a league-leading 66.4 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 three games on the season, including a personal-best 15 assists versus Iowa State (Feb. 9). Goodrich has 138 assists on the year, marking her second-straight season with 100 or more assists. Her 138 assists rank in a tie for seventh place on the KU single-season assist chart with Lisa Braddy (1984). She is second in the Big 12 in assists and ranks 11th nationally with 6.0 dimes per game. She has upped her average in conference games with a league-best 6.6 helpers per outing.
-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 85 assists and is on pace to become the third Jayhawk to reach 100 assists this season.
-KU has knocked down 429-of-640 shots from the foul line. The Jayhawks’ opponents have only made 466 trips to the foul line compared to KU’s 640 attempts. Kansas is averaging 21.3 free throw attempts per game, compared to 15.5 attempts per game for its opponents. On the season, Kansas owns a 114 point advantage over its foes from the foul line.
-Kansas has dished 457 assists through 29 games, good for an average of 15.8 dimes per outing. The Jayhawks rank third in the Big 12 and 25th nationally in assists per game. Goodrich leads the way with 132 assists in 22 games. Goodrich is dishing out 6.0 assists per game which ranks second in the Big 12 and 11th nationally. Mays has 109 helpers on the year, ranking 10th in the Big 12. Engelman has recorded 84 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.
-Kansas is 8-6 in Big 12 Championship openers. The Jayhawks are 3-3 in Big 12 Championship openers under head coach Bonnie Henrickson. KU has won three of its last four opening round games at the conference tournament, but fell 61-56 to Oklahoma State in last season’s opening round game.
A LOOK AT COLORADO
At 15-14 overall, Colorado enters the game at KU with an identical 6-10 ledger in Big 12 Conference games. The Buffaloes are 0-1 in neutral site games on the season, with a loss to Dayton in December. Two Buffs are averaging double-figures led by All-Big 12 performer Brittany Spears with 18.0 tallies per game. Spears also ranks second on the team with 8.0 boards. She has made 66-of-198 shots from beyond the arc, good for 33.3 percent. Sophomore guard Chucky Jeffery is turning in 13.7 points per game, while also pulling down an impressive 8.1 boards per game from her guard position. Jeffery ranks third in the league in rebounding. She also leads CU in assists (107) and steals (67). CU is coached by Linda Lappe, who owns a 15-14 ledger in her first season with the Buffs. Lappe’s overall mark is 65-50 in her fourth season in the business.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is 19-11 overall and finished 6-10 in Big 12 regular season games. KU won three of its last five games, but suffered a 56-51 setback to Kansas State in its regular-season finale. KU will be playing its first neutral site game of the season when it takes on Colorado in the first round of the 2011 Big 12 Championship. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis’ 18.4 points per game. Davis has posted 12 20-point games on the season, highlighted by a career-best 36-point effort in KU’s win over Nebraska on Feb. 26. Davis has now gone over the 30-point mark in three contests on the season and four in her career. She is also grabbing 7.3 boards per game. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman is averaging 11.8 points per game, while also pulling down 4.0 rebounds per game. Engelman leads Kansas in three-point field goal shooting as she is making 40.2 percent from beyond the arc. She also leads KU with 37 threes. Junior forward Aishah Sutherland is next in scoring with 9.1 points per contest off the bench. She leads the Jayhawks on the glass as she is pulling down 7.7 caroms per contest. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich leads KU with 1.5 steals per game, while also averaging a team-best 6.0 assists and 7.3 points per outing. Goodrich has stepped up her game in conference play as she is turning in 7.6 points, 6.6 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 46.4 percent from the field, which ranks second in the Big 12 and sixth in the NCAA. Kansas is holding its opponents to 39.4 percent from the field. Davis leads the team in field goal percentage as she is knocking down 66.4 percent of her shots, which tops the Big 12. Six other Jayhawks are also shooting 40.0 percent or better. Senior Marisha Brown and redshirt freshman Tania Jackson round out the KU starting line up with Brown turning in 3.9 points and 2.5 boards per game and Jackson adding 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds an outing. Freshman Keena Mays is turning in 7.7 points and 3.7 assists.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Improve the Jayhawks to 20-9 on the season, giving KU its 20-win season under Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson and its second 20-win season in the last three years (22-14, 2008-09) … Improve the Jayhawks to 1-0 in neutral site games … Make KU 10-14 all-time in Big 12 Championship play … Move the Jayhawks to 35-33 all-time versus CU … Make the Jayhawks 293-290 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 93-149 mark since the league formed … Improve Henrickson to 10-5 against CU … Give Henrickson a 116-106 mark at Kansas, a 39-84 ledger against Big 12 foes and a 274-168 overall record … Make Kansas 713-504 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Drop KU to 0-1 in neutral site games … Move the series to a 34-all tie … Give KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson a 9-6 record against CU … Make KU 9-15 all-time in Big 12 Championship play … Move the Jayhawks to 292-291 all-time versus schools from the Big 12, including a 92-150 record since the league formed … Drop Henrickson’s record at KU to 115-107, 38-85 versus Big 12 schools and her overall mark to 273-169 … Make Kansas 712-505 all time.
KU-CU SERIES HISTORY
KU leads the all-time series between the Jayhawks and Buffaloes 34-33. Kansas swept the season series this year, winning 68-58 in Boulder and 81-53 in Lawrence. The Jayhawks lead the all-time series 5-3 in neutral site games, but the teams are meeting for the first time in Big 12 Championship history Tuesday.