Jayhawks Conclude Homestand With SMU
Nov. 29, 2011
Riding a six-game winning streak, Kansas women’s basketball will conclude a four-game homestand when it plays host to SMU (4-2) on Thursday, Dec. 1. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Allen Fieldhouse.
How to Follow the Jayhawks
The contest will be televised live on Knology. Fans can also watch online through AT&T Jayhawk All-Access by going to www.KUAthletics.com. The Jayhawk Radio Network will broadcast the game over the airwaves.
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– Kansas is leading the nation with its 50.9 field goal percentage led by Carolyn Davis’ 68.1 percent mark, which ranks fifth among Division I players.
– In the most recent USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, released Nov. 29, Kansas is receiving votes for the second-straight week. The team’s 11 votes put KU at No. 32. Prior to the 2011-12 season, Kansas last appeared in a poll when it received votes on Jan. 17, 2011.
– The Jayhawks are 6-0 for the second-straight season.
– Kansas is coming of a season-high 56.5 percent (35-for-62) shooting from the floor in its last outing versus FAU on Nov. 27.
– On Nov. 27, Carolyn Davis became the 23rd Jayhawk in program history to reach the 1,000 point mark. Davis currently owns 1,002 career points.
– Angel Goodrich recorded two-straight games with 10 assists last weekend for back-to-back double-doubles. Goodrich turned in 17 points and 10 assists versus IUPUI Saturday followed by 13 points and 10 assists against FAU. Her 27 dimes through three games moved her into the No. 8 spot on the KU record list with 321 career assists.
– When KU and SMU take the court Thursday Keena Mays and Bunny Williams will see a few familiar faces on the other bench. Mays attended the same high school as the Mustangs’ Kristin Askew (Mansfield Timberview), while Williams and Akil Simpson both attended Duncanville High School.
– Sophomore CeCe Harper earned her first career start versus FAU. She totaled five points, two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes.
About the Jayhawks
Kansas won three games in three days last weekend to claim the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Classic and improve to 6-0 for the second-straight season. Junior Carolyn Davis has shown why she was named to the preseason watch lists for the Wooden Award and Wade Trophy as she leads KU with 16.0 ppg on a 68.1 field goal percentage, which ranks fifth in the nation. As a team, the Jayhawks are leading the country shooting 50.9 percent from the floor. Senior Aishah Sutherland has been the team’s biggest presence on the boards pulling down a team-best 9.5 rpg and is just shy of averaging a double-double as she also adds 13.5 ppg. Also nearing a double-double output is junior Angel Goodrich. The point guard’s balanced stat sheet features averages of 12.3 ppg, 7.5 apg, 4.8 spg and 3.7 rpg. Her assists and steals per game rank second and fourth, respectively, among Division I players. Off the bench, sophomore Keena Mays has been productive contributing 9.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg.
After opening its season with three-straight wins, SMU has gone 1-2 in its last three outings to bring a 4-2 record to Lawrence, including a 1-1 mark in road games. As a team, SMU holds a +4.5 scoring margin and is hitting 41.6 percent of its shots, but shoots just 22.7 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Alisha Filmore is tops on the team with 11.0 ppg and is joined in double-figures by Akil Simpson, who adds 10.7 ppg on a team-best 61.5 field goal percentage. Simpson is also second on the team pulling down 6.2 rpg, while Christine Elliot paces the Mustangs on the boards averaging 7.8 rpg.
The Jayhawks defeated SMU 73-65 in Dallas on Dec. 4 of last season to take a 2-1 edge in the all-time series with the Mustangs. KU led by just three points with only two minutes left to play but a fastbreak layup from Monica Engelman put the Jayhawks up by five at 67-62 with only a minute to go. SMU added a free throw to come within four, but with 28 seconds on the clock, Aishah Sutherland knocked down a jumper from the key to push KU’s lead to 63-69. CeCe Harper then made three free throws in the final minute to push the game out of reach of the Mustangs.
Prior to that meeting, SMU topped KU 68-56 on Nov. 24, 2007 in Dallas. Kansas won the first meeting between the schools, 77-67, on Nov. 15, 1996.
Davis Joins Elite Company
With her fourth field goal versus FAU on Nov. 27, Carolyn Davis became the 23rd Jayhawk in program history to amass 1,000 points in her career. Davis turned in 12 points during the contest to give her 1,002 career points.
Goodrich Does It All
Point guard Angel Goodrich has been a jack-of-all-trades since arriving on KU’s campus and this year is no exception. The junior leads the Jayhawks with 7.5 assists per game and 4.8 steals per outing while also contributing 12.3 points per game.
Get Free Tickets
Kansas fans can receive free tickets to an upcoming women’s basketball game by donating to Toys for Tots this holiday season. Fans can donate an unopened toy at the Booth Family Hall of Athletics between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Dec. 2. Participants will then receive two tickets per toy to the Dec. 8 game versus Wisconsin. The United States Marine Corps will also be on hand on Dec. 8 to collect toy donations at the Allen Fieldhouse entrances.
Kansas will hit the road for the first time in four games as the Jayhawks travel to Alabama on Dec. 4 for a 2 p.m. game.