Women's Basketball Hits The Road For A Game At Saint Louis

Nov. 21, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

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OPENING TIP

The Kansas (2-0) women’s basketball team will hit the road for the first time this season when it travels across I-70 to face the Saint Louis (1-2) Billikens on Sunday, Nov. 23. Game time is slated for 4 p.m., in Chaifetz Arena on the Saint Louis University campus. Kansas leads the all-time series with the Billikens 3-1, while KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 1-0 versus SLU after last season’s 81-55 win in Allen Fieldhouse.

FAST BREAKS

-Bonnie Henrickson has the Jayhawks 2-0 on the season for the third time in her five seasons at Kansas.

-Junior guard LaChelda Jacobs is off to a hot start to open the 2008-09 season. Jacobs is averaging 14.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.5 rebounds per game from her point guard position. Jacobs tied her career highs in points (18) and assists (6) in KU’s win over Iowa.

-Kansas currently ranks first in the Big 12 Conference in scoring offense, turning in 91.0 points per game. The Jayhawks eclipsed the 100-point mark in their win over Sacred Heart, topping the Pioneers, 106-64.

-Junior guard-forward Danielle McCray leads KU in scoring on the season with 22.0 points per game. Fellow junior guards Sade Morris and LaChelda Jacobs are also averaging double digits with 16.0 and 14.0 points per game, respectively.

-After committing an average of 19.4 turnovers per game last season, the Jayhawks have tightened the reigns in their first two games of the 2008-09 season and are averaging just 14.0 turnovers per outing, including making just 12 miscues in their win over Iowa.

-Kansas has knocked down 68-of-133 shots from the field through the first two games, good for 51.1 percent. The 51.1 percent shooting from the field ranks third in the Big 12 Conference behind Oklahoma (51.8 percent) and Texas Tech (51.3 percent). Four of the 12 Jayhawks on the roster are shooting 60 percent or better from the field, led by senior forward Marija Zinic who has knocked down 71.4 percent of her field goals. Starters Danielle McCray (61.5 percent), LaChelda Jacobs (62.5 percent) and Krysten Boogaard (63.6 percent ) are hitting each over 60 percent.

A LOOK AT SAINT LOUIS

Six returnees and eight newcomers will have the distinction of playing the inaugural season on the Chaifetz hardwood for Saint Louis University, who has posted a 1-2 mark thus far in the 2008-09 season. Four starters, led by junior guard Theresa Lisch, are among the half dozen returning players. Lisch made the Atlantic 10 All-Conference third team last year despite missing the first eight games due to injury, and she is a 2008-09 preseason second-team All-Conference selection. Lisch has led the Billikens through the first three games of the season, averaging an impressive 27.0 points per game and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game, while also leading SLU with 12 assists. Fellow junior guard Katie Paganelli is also averaging double-figures with 17.3 points per game, while Alisha Goodwin and Janisha Gearlds turn in 9.7 and 9.3 points, respectively. Paganelli pulls down 6.3 boards per game, while Lauren Woods grabs 6.0. The Billikens are shooting 47.8 percent from beyond the arc led by Lisch who has knocked down 12-of-24 from the three-point line. Saint Louis head coach Shimmy-Gray Miller is in her fourth season with the Billikens, having collected a 31-59 mark.

KU-SAINT LOUIS SERIES HISTORY

Kansas leads the all-time series between the Jayhawks and Billikens with a 3-1 mark. Kansas won the first game in the series, 74-38, on Dec. 7, 1990 in a game played in Lawrence. Kansas also won last year’s meeting versus SLU, 81-55, in Allen Fieldhouse. The following is the complete series history:

Date Result Location

12-7-90 Kansas, 74-38 Lawrence, Kan.

12-30-99 Kansas, 50-45 Kansas City, Mo.

12-22-01 Saint Louis, 73-61 St. Louis, Mo.

12-2-07 Kansas, 81-55 Lawrence, Kan.

A LOOK AT KANSAS

Kansas is off to a 2-0 start to the 2008-09 season behind the strong play of its junior class. Led by a trio of guards in Danielle McCray, Sade Morris and LaChelda Jacobs, the Jayhawks are outscoring their opponents by nearly 32 points per game. McCray tops the Jayhawk scorers with 22.0 points per game, while Morris adds 16.0 and Jacobs turns in 14.0. In addition, junior Kelly Kohn and sophomore Krysten Boogaard are each chipping in 8.0 points per game. KU is shooting 51.1 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 35.6 percent field goal shooting. The Jayhawks have recorded 22 steals compared to just five for their opponents, led by Jacobs with seven pilfers and McCray with five. Jacobs is also the leader in assits with 11 dimes in two games, while junior Porscha Weddington is pulling down a team-leading 7.5 rebounds and McCray is grabbing 7.0 per game. Kansas is also shooting well from the three-point line as it has connected on 15-of-36 shots from beyond the arc, good for 41.7 percent. McCray is leading the way from long distance as she has made 8-of-13 from three-point land.

LAST TIME OUT

Using a balanced attack from the perimeter trio of LaChelda Jacobs, Sade Morris and Danielle McCray, the University of Kansas women’s basketball team impressively defeated the University of Iowa, 76-55, in a rare Tuesday morning game on ESPN in Allen Fieldhouse. An excited crowd of 5,186 saw Kansas improve to 2-0 overall in the young season and Iowa fall to 1-1. In the game’s first 15 minutes, the two teams traded punch for punch with 11 ties and five lead changes. With 4:33 left, Hawkeye Megan Skouby – who led all scorers in the first half with 16 – gave Iowa a 25-23 lead. Over the next three minutes and 50 seconds, Kansas went on a 10-0 run with points from four different players including 3-pointers from Danielle McCray and Kelly Kohn. In all, KU ended the first half on a 12-2 run and led 35-27 at the break. McCray and LaChelda Jacobs each scored 10 in the period to lead KU. Kansas benefitted from six steals and 11 overall Iowa turnovers, and led Iowa 11-0 in points off turnovers. Behind inspired all-around play from Jacobs and Sade Morris, Kansas came out on all cylinders in the second half and built on its momentum. By the 17 minute mark, Kansas’ lead had swelled to double digits. The duo scored 12 of the Jayhawks first 15 points as KU continued to build its lead, which peaked at 25 with 7:22 left in the contest. Morris carved up the Hawkeye defense scoring all 17 of her points in the second period, primarily on dribble penetration. Jacobs had an impressive overall line with a team-high 18 points, a career-high tying six assists, three steals and three rebounds. McCray just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds to go with four steals and an assist. The Jayhawks tallied eight made 3-pointers compared to just one for Iowa. KU turned the ball over just 12 times while Iowa had 23 miscues. Kansas displayed tough defense holding Iowa to just 37 percent shooting from the field. From the 9:34 of the second half until the 3:19 point, Iowa did not score a field goal.

A KANSAS WIN WOULD…

Make Kansas 3-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season … Give the Jayhawks a 4-1 mark versus Saint Louis … Make KU 10-3 all-time versus the Atlantic 10 Conference … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 2-0 verus Saint Louis … Give Henrickson a 60-65 mark at Kansas and a 218-127 overall record … Make Kansas 656-463 all time.

A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…

Drop KU to 2-1 for the second time in the last three seasons … Drop KU’s lead in the series versus Saint Louis to 3-2, including a 1-1 mark for KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson … Make KU 9-4 overall versus the Atlantic 10 Conference … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 59-66 and her overall mark to 217-128 … Make Kansas 655-464 all time.

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION

– Kansas does not have any players from the state of Missouri on its roster or from the St. Louis area. Likewise, SLU does not have any native Kansans on its roster.

– KU Director of Basketball Operations Trena Anderson is a native of the St. Louis area, having attended Hazlewood West High School before competing for Southeast Missouri State on a track and field scholarship.

-Kansas assistant coach Tamika Raymond and Saint Louis freshman forward India Warfield both are graduates of Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio.

-The Jayhawks and Billikens will share three common opponents this season in Creighton, Colorado and Oklahoma.

KANSAS VERSUS THE ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE

KU is 9-3 all-time versus the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Jayhawks played two Atlantic 10 teams during the 2007-08 season, defeating both Saint Louis and Xavier. Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 51-14 (.785 winning percentage) versus the Atlantic 10 Conference in her career, including a 1-0 mark versus Saint Louis. The following is KU’s record versus the Atlantic 10 Conference:

School Record

Fordham 1-0

George Washington 1-0

La Salle 1-0

Massachusetts 1-0

Saint Louis 3-1

Saint Joseph’s 1-1

Xavier 1-1