Jayhawks Travel to Creighton For Monday Night Tilt
Nov. 18, 2006
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Kansas (2-1) at Creighton (0-2)
Date: Monday, Nov. 20
Tip-off: 7:08 p.m.
Location: Omaha, Neb.
Venue: Omaha Civic Auditorium
Series: KU leads 15-12
Last Meeting: Dec. 21, 2005 at KU
Current Win Streak: 1, Kansas
KU Coach: Bonnie Henrickson
Record: 189-92 overall and 31-30 at KU
vs. Creighton: 1-1
UMKC Coach: Jim Flanery
Record: 75-51 overall and at Creighton
vs. KU: 1-2
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The University of Kansas will face Creighton University Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in Omaha, Neb. The Jayhawks enter the contest 2-1 while the 0-2 Bluejays will be looking for their first win of the season in their home opener.
-Live video of Monday’s KU-CU game will be available at www.gocreighton.tv. Fans can purchase a one-game pass for $6.95.
-Three of KU’s top four scorers are freshmen: Danielle McCray (8.3) , Kelly Kohn (8.0) and Sade Morris (6.7).
-KU freshmen scored 17 of the teams last 19 points in the Jayhawks victory over UMKC.
-Kansas will look to snap a three-game losing streak against Creighton in Omaha. KU’s last victory in Omaha came on Nov. 16, 1997.
-Kansas will host Western Illinois in its next game on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The Jayhawks and Westerwinds will tip-off at 7 p.m.
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
-Sophomore guard Katie Smith is a native of Omaha, Neb. Smith is a 2005 graduate of Skutt Catholic High School. Her father, Mike, played football at the University of Nebraska.
-Junior forward Jamie Boyd is from nearby Underwood, Iowa.
-Creighton assistant coach Steve Huber was an assistant coach for the St. Cloud State men’s basketball team (1982-84) while Bonnie Henrickson was playing for SCSU (1981-85).
A LOOK AT CREIGHTON
The Bluejays enter Monday’s game looking for their first victory of the season. Creighton dropped its season opener to Arkansas-Little Rock, 66-55, before falling to Kansas State, 94-79, last Monday.
Junior guard Ally Thrall leads the Jays with 17.5 points per game average. The Des Moines, Iowa native has made a three-pointer in an NCAA-best 32 consecutive games. With a three-pointer against Kansas, Thrall will set the CU school record for consecutive games with a three-point bucket. Thrall torched K-State for a career-high 22 points in Creighton’s last outing.
In the front court, junior Sara Cain has averaged 12.0 points per game while 6-2 sophomore Kristina Voss has pulled down 13 rebounds in the first two games of the year. Coming off it’s first losing campaign in seven years, Creighton still has non-conference games against Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Memphis, Oregon State and Nebraska.
Jim Flanery is in his fifth season at the helm of the Jayhawk program. Flanery – a Creighton graduate – was an assistant coach for the Bluejays under current Nebraska head coach Connie Yori before taking over for Yori at the start of the 2002-03 season. Flanery has led Creighton to the WNIT in three of his first four seasons, including helping the Bluejays claim the title in 2004.
-The Jayhawks now lead the series over UMKC, 12-3.
-Bonnie Henrickson is now 3-0 in her career at Kansas against UMKC.
-Kansas is 2-1 in home-opening games under Bonnie Henrickson. Henrickson is now 9-1 in her career in home-openers.
-The starting lineup of senior Shaquina Mosley, freshman Kelly Kohn, freshman Sade Morris, junior Taylor McIntosh and sophomore Marija Zinic has been used for all three regular season games.
-The Jayhawks held UMKC scoreless for the final 8:34 of the first half, going on a 13-0 run in the process.
-UMKC opened the second stanza scoring the first four points, prior to the Jayhawks going on a 10-0 run.
-Freshman guard Kelly Kohn scored nine consecutive points for the Jayhawks late in the second half. Kohn set a career-high with 13 points in the game.
-Kansas secured 11 offensive rebounds leading to 38 points in the paint.
-KU’s 12 steals were their most in a game since their last meeting with UMKC on Dec. 7, 2005.
-UMKC’s was held to just 16 points on 6-of 24 shooting in the first half. The 16 points given up by the Jayhawks in the first half was the fewest points allowed in the first half since February 2, 2005 at Missouri.
-Kansas’ 44.4% shooting from three-point range was its highest percentage from long range since Jan. 10, 2006 against Colorado.
-The Jayhawk’s freshmen scored 17 of the teams last 19 points.
-Kansas forced 25 turnovers converting them into 23 points.
-The Jayhawks assisted on 20 of their 27 field goal makes.
Freshmen Kelly Kohn and Sade Morris have been in KU’s starting lineup for its first three games of the season. The last time Kansas had two rookies in the same starting lineup was on Jan. 17, 2004 against Kansas State. Current Jayhawk Sharita Smith and former `Hawk Lauren Ervin made their first career starts against the Wildcats.