Women's Basketball Welcomes Creighton For WNIT Second Round Game Sunday

March 20, 2010

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The Kansas women’s basketball team plays host to Creighton on Sunday, March 21 in its WNIT second round game at 1 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks and Bluejays will be facing off for the second time this season as KU defeated CU, 77-56, in Lawrence in December. Kansas and Creighton also played each other in last seasons WNIT second round in Lawrence, with KU prevailing, 79-64. KU leads the all-time series 20-12 and has won six-straight games versus the Bluejays. Creighton advanced after defeating Sam Houston State in the opening round and sporting a 21-10 overall mark.


-KU snapped a six-game losing streak by defeating Prairie View A&M, 82-70, in its 2010 WNIT first round game Wednesday, March 17. Kansas was led by a career-best performance by junior center Krysten Boogaard who poured in 37 points and eight rebounds. Boogaard’s previous career-high in scoring was 24 points during her freshman season. She knocked down 12-of-19 shots from the floor and all 13 of her free throw attempts. Freshman guard Monica Engelman (12) and senior guard Sade Morris (10) were also in double figures, while sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland collected a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with eight points.

-Jayhawk interior players Carolyn Davis and Krysten Boogaard have each gone over the 30-point mark in KU’s last two outings. Davis connected on 12-of-13 shots versus Oklahoma State in KU’s opening round game of the 2010 Big 12 Championship on her way to a career-best 31 points. Boogaard followed that up with a personal-best 37 points versus Prairie View A&M by knocking down 12-of-19 shots from the field. The duo has combined to score 77 points off of 27-of-35 shooting from the field (77.1 percent).

-KU freshman guard Monica Engelman has recorded double figures in nine of her last 15 games. She recorded a career-best 22 points versus Texas (2-13-10). Engelman is averaging 12.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds since replacing injured guard-forward Danielle McCray in the starting line-up 11 games ago. She has made 29-of-31 shots from the foul line, good for 93.5 percent.

-Kansas ranks second in the NCAA with seven different players having scored 20 or more points in a game this season. South Florida is the top team with eight players reaching the 20-point plateau. Danielle McCray (9), Sade Morris (2), Krysten Boogaard (2), Aishah Sutherland (1), Carolyn Davis (3), Monica Engelman (1) and Angel Goodrich (1) have each scored 20 or more this season for KU. Three different player for KU have posted 30 or more points in McCray (2), Davis (1) and Boogaard (1).

-The Jayhawks will dress out 12 players as freshman forward Tania Jackson is taking a redshirt this season and redshirt freshman guard Angel Goodrich and senior guard Danielle McCray will miss the remainder of the 2009-10 season with knee injuries.


The Bluejays enter Sunday’s game with a 21-10 overall mark and a concluded the season with a 12-5 ledger in Missouri Valley Conference play. Creighton has two double-figure scorers in senior Megan Neuvirth with 13.1 points per game and junior Sam Schuett with 12.8 tallies. Neuvirth, a two-time All-MVC First Team honoree, also pulls down 7.0 boards per game and leads the Bluejays with 2.2 steals an outing. Senior forward Kellie Nelson turns in 9.8 points per game, while junior guard Kelsey Woodard adds 9.5 points a game. Schuett leads Creighton with 7.6 rebounds a game, while also leading the Bluejays in blocks with 38 on the season. Creighton has knocked down 224 three point baskets on the season, compared to just 133 by its opponents. The Bluejays are coached by Jim Flanery who owns a 152-102 record in his eighth season at the helm of the program. Flanery’s overall coaching record is the same.


Kansas leads the all-time series between the Jayhawks and Bluejays with a 20-12 mark. Kansas has won six-straight in the series after previously dropping five in a row to Creighton. KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 6-1 vs. the Bluejays.


Kansas enters Wednesday’s game versus Prairie View A&M with a 16-15 overall mark and a 5-11 record in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks spent the first nine weeks of the 2009-10 season ranked in the Associated Press poll, including the preseason poll. KU is averaging 67.6 points per game and 37.6 rebounds an outing. Senior guard-forward Danielle McCray was leading the way with 19.8 points and 7.2 boards a game prior to having her season and KU career come to end with a knee injury on Feb. 4. McCray is the second Jayhawk starter to be lost for the season as redshirt freshman guard Angel Goodrich, who was fourth in the NCAA with 7.1 assists per game, also suffered a season-ending injury on Jan. 12. Sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland is registering 9.7 points and a team-leading 7.3 caroms per contest. Sutherland also leads the Jayhawks in blocks (35). Senior guard Sade Morris is scoring 9.9 points per game and became the 21st player in Kansas history to score 1,000 career points versus Michigan (11-22-09). Morris also turns in 2.9 boards, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Freshman forward Carolyn Davis has started 13 contests and is averaging 10.0 points and 5.4 boards per game on the season. Davis, who missed the regular-season finale and the WNIT opener with a concussion, has upped her production to 15.4 points and 8.4 caroms per contest since being inserted in the starting line-up and was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week twice during the month of February. Junior center Krysten Boogaard is turning in 4.0 boards per game, while also contributing 8.9 tallies an outing. KU freshman guard Monica Engelman, who replaced McCray in the starting line-up, adds 7.3 points and 2.3 caroms per contest and has scored in double figures in nine of the last 15 games. Kansas is led by sixth-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson who owns a 95-94 mark at the helm of the Jayhawk program. Henrickson is 253-156 in her 13th season in the business.