Women's Basketball Goes For Fourth-Straight Win, Hosts New Orleans Sunday

Nov. 28, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

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OPENING TIP

The University of Kansas women’s basketball team hosts the University of New Orleans on Sunday, Nov. 30. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. The Jayhawks (3-0), who own the series 1-0, will be playing for the first time in a week after defeating Saint Louis, 75-56, in their first road outing of the 2008-09 season. New Orleans (2-2) is playing in the third game of a three-game road trip when it tips off in Allen Fieldhouse.

FAST BREAKS

-Bonnie Henrickson has the Jayhawks 3-0 on the season for the second time in her five seasons at Kansas. Henrickson’s 2005-06 team opened the season with an 11-straight wins.

-Junior guard-forward Danielle McCray has been a force for the Jayhawks as she is leading the team in both scoring (23.7), rebounding (8.7) and steals (3.0) through the first three games. McCray is shooting better than 50 percent from both the field (52.3) and the three-point line (55.6). She has also knocked down 15-of-16 free throws (93.8 percent).

-Kansas currently ranks second in the Big 12 Conference in scoring offense, turning in 85.7 points per game. The Jayhawks eclipsed the 100-point mark in their win over Sacred Heart, topping the Pioneers, 106-64. KU is ranked first in the Big 12 in free throw shooting at 76.6.

-Junior guard LaChelda Jacobs continues to be a steady hand at the point guard position for the Jayhawks as she is leading the team with 16 assists, while committing just 10 turnovers in her 28.3 minutes per game. Jacobs is also averaging 12.7 points and 2.6 steals per game.

-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 13.7 turnovers per outing, including making just 12 miscues in their win over Iowa.

-Kansas’ outstanding junior class is taking charge. The third-year players are combining to score 77.4 percent of the Jayhawks’ points through the first three games. The juniors are also collecting

64.1 percent of KU’s rebounds on the season. Four of the juniors are in the starting line-up with LaChelda Jacobs, Sade Morris and Danielle McCray each starting as guards and Porscha Weddington starting at one of the forward positions.

A LOOK AT NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans returns seven letterwinners from last season’s 13-17 squad, including Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year, Brittany Helm. New Orleans opened the 2008-09 campagin with back-to-back wins over McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana before falling to Samford on the road in its last outing (before print). The Privateers will play a game at Oklahoma State before arriving in Lawrence for Sunday’s game. Through three games, UNO has been led by Jada Frazier with 10.0 points per game. Frazier is shooting 50 percent from the field and is also averaging 3.0 assists per game. Helm, Ty Felder and Nicole Holmes are each turning in 8.3 points per game, while Candice McGee is averaging 8.0 points and Ashley Gorsh is getting 7.3 points per outing to give the Privateers an extremely balanced attack. Gorsch is leading UNO on the boards with 7.7 rebounds per game, while Felder and McGee are each grabbing over six caroms per contest. Felder is also the leader in steals with seven through three games. The Privateers are averaging 23.0 turnovers per game compared to just 12.7 for their opponents, however, they are dishing 15.3 assists per game compared to just 9.0 for their foes. UNO head coach Amy Champion is in her fifth season at the helm of the program. Champion has collected a 29-90 overall mark, which doubles as her career coaching record.

KU-NEW ORLEANS SERIES HISTORY

Kansas leads the all-time series between the Jayhawks and Privateers with a 1-0 mark. Kansas won defeated UNO, 100-50, on Dec. 3, 2005, in Allen Fieldhouse. The following is the series history:

Date Result Location

12-3-05 Kansas, 100-50 Lawrence, Kan.

A LOOK AT KANSAS

Kansas is off to a 3-0 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 28 points per game. McCray tops the Jayhawk scorers with 23.7 points per game, while Morris adds 15.3 and Jacobs turns in 12.7. In addition, junior Porscha Weddington is chipping in 8.3 points per game. KU is shooting 49.2 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 34.4 percent field goal shooting. The Jayhawks have recorded 30 steals compared to just nine for their opponents, led by McCray with nine pilfers and Jacobs with eight. Jacobs is also the leader in assits with 16 dimes in three games, while McCray is pulling down a team-leading 8.7 rebounds and Weddington is grabbing 6.3 per game. Kansas is also shooting well from the three-point line as it has connected on 18-of-47 shots from beyond the arc, good for 38.3 percent. McCray is leading the way from long distance as she has made 10-of-18 from three-point land.