Women's Basketball Set To Face Nebraska In First Round Of Big 12 Championship

March 9, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

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OPENING TIP

The eighth-seeded Kansas women’s basketball travels to Oklahoma City for the 2009 Big 12 Championship where they will face No. 9 seed Nebraska in the opening round of play on Thursday, March 12. The Jayhawks (17-12, 6-10) are looking for their third-straight win in conference tournament openers. Nebraska (15-14, 6-10), winners of two-straight, will be looking for its second win over the Jayhawks this season as the Cornhuskers and Jayhawks split the season series with each team winning at home. Game time is slated for 1:30 p.m., at the Cox Convention Center with the winner facing top-seeded Oklahoma Friday at 11 a.m.

FAST BREAKS

-Kansas is looking to get back in the win column after suffering a loss at #22 Iowa State in the regular-season finale. KU had won four-straight games prior to the loss at ISU. KU and Nebraska split on the season, with Nebraska winning in Lincoln in January and Kansas winning in Lawrence just two weeks ago.

-Junior guard-forward Danielle McCray has scored 20 or better in 16 games on the season, including 30 or more points in three games. McCray, who is leading KU with 20.2 points per game, ranks second in the Big 12 Conference in scoring behind only Andrea Riley of Oklahoma State. She has averaged 26.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in KU’s last five games.

-Kansas junior Sade Morris has scored in double figures in six of the last eight games with 15 points in KU’s win over Nebraska. On the season, Morris has tallied 10 or more points in 19-of-27 games. Morris averages 11.4 points per game on the season, second best on the team.

-KU sophomore center Krysten Boogaard knotched her third double-double of the season and sixth of her career with 18 points and 11 boards in Kansas’ win over #5 Baylor. Boogaard connected on 7-of-12 shots from the field and 4-of-5 shots from the foul line. She led Kansas with four offensive rebounds in the win.

-Jayhawk senior Ivana Catic had an oustanding game in KU’s home win over Nebraska. Catic knocked down 5-of-10 shots on her way to a season-high 10 points. She also dished two assists and had just one turnover in her 34 minutes of play. Catic followed that up with six assists in KU’s upset win over #5 Baylor, moving her into fifth place on the KU all-time assist chart.

A LOOK AT NEBRASKA

The Huskers are 15-14 overall and 6-10 in the Big 12 Conference entering Thursday’s game against Kansas. Nebraska has won five of its last seven games, and compiled a 1-1 mark against the Jayhawks this season. Junior Cory Montgomery leads the Cornhuskers with 14.9 points per game, while also pulling down a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game. Montgomery is making 43.8 percent of her shots from the field and 84.8 percent of her foul shots. Junior Yvonne Turner is turning in 12.0 points per game, while leading Nebraska with 60 steals. Turner ranks second on the team in assists with 53 and has knocked down a team-high 57 three-point baskets. Sophomore Dominique Kelley is the third `Husker in scoring with 9.9 points per game. Kelly is the leader in assists with 74 on the season and also pulls down 3.4 rebounds per game. Head coach Connie Yori is 121-95 in her seventh season at the helm of the NU program. Yori’s overall coaching mark is 316-235 in her 19th season in the business.

KU-NEBRASKA SERIES HISTORY

The Jayhawks lead the all-time series 47-28, including an 9-2 mark in games played on neutral courts. The two teams split the season series this year, with each team winning at home. KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 4-7 versus NU, picking up three of her wins in the last four outings versus Nebraska. KU defeated Nebraska, 73-67, in last season’s Big 12 Championship first round. Kansas and Nebraska have split the regular season series each of the last two seasons.

A LOOK AT KANSAS

Kansas enters Wednesday’s game with a 17-12 overall record, including a 6-10 ledger in Big 12 Conference play after picking up four wins its its last five games to close out the regular season. Led by a pair of double figures scorers in Danielle McCray and Sade Morris, the Jayhawks are out scoring their opponents by 8.0 points per game. McCray tops the Jayhawk scorers with 20.2 points per game, while Morris adds 11.4. Sophomore Krysten Boogaard is next with 9.4 points per game. In addition, Nicollette Smith and LaChelda Jacobs are adding 7.3 and 6.8 points per game, respectively. KU is shooting 45.3 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 37.7 percent field goal shooting. Three different Jayhawks are making better than 50.0 percent of their shots, led by Rebecca Feickert at 56.7 percent. The Jayhawks have recorded 207 steals on the season, led by McCray with 42 pilfers. Jacobs is the leader in assists with 95 dimes, while Ivana Catic has dished 91 assists and Morris 66. McCray is pulling down a team-leading 7.8 rebounds and Boogaard is grabbing 5.6 per game. Kansas is also shooting well from the three-point line as it has connected on 138-of-361 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 61-of-146 shots. Ivana Catic leads the Jayhawks from the foul line as she has connected on 26-of-30 attempts. McCray has connected on 85.54 percent of her foul shots.

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION

-Kansas has one player from the state of Nebraska in senior guard Katie Smith (Omaha). Nebraska does not have any native Kansans on its roster.

-KU sophomore center Krysten Boogaard and NU sophomore guard Kaitlyn Burke both hail from Canada and arrived at their respective college campuses after being two of 12 players selected to attend the Canadian National Elite Development Academy. Of the 12 players selected for the academy, six are currently playing in the United States at Division I schools.

-Jayhawk junior guard LaChelda Jacobs and Nebraska sophomore Catheryn Redmond both attended high school in Mansfield, Texas. Jacobs prepped at Mansfield Summit High, while Redmond played at Mansfield Timberview. KU freshman forward Aishah Sutherland and `Husker senior guard Tay Hester each prepped at Perris High School in Perris, Calif.