Women's Basketball Hosts UCLA Thursday Evening

Dec. 1, 2009


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No. 24 Kansas hosts UCLA on Thursday evening in Allen Fieldhouse in the first of five-straight home games. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., with a live broadcast on FoxSportsNet. The two teams are facing off for the second-straight season. UCLA defeated Kansas 67-64 last year in Pauley Pavilion. The game is one of KU’s “Dollar Days.” Fans can purchase tickets for $1, while hot dogs, chips, popcorn and candy will all be sold for a $1 Thursday night.

-Kansas is 3-0 when out-rebounding its opponents and 0-2 when getting beat on the boards. The Jayhawks are +10.3 on the boards in their wins and -8.5 in their losses.

-KU has had four different players score 20 or more points in a game this season as senior guard-forward Danielle McCray (27 vs. Oral Roberts; 20 vs. Iowa; 23 vs. Xavier), senior guard Sade Morris (26 vs. Michigan), junior center Krysten Boogaard (21 vs. TCU) and sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland (24 vs. Oral Roberts) have each accomplished the feat.

-Kansas sophomore Aishah Sutherland is shooting an NCAA-best 72.5 percent from the field. Sutherland has connected on 37-of-51 shots from the field. She has also knocked down 6-of-7 from the foul line, good for 85.7 percent. Sutherland leads KU in both statistics.

-KU redshirt freshman point guard Angel Goodrich is averaging 7.4 points and 8.2 assists per game through the Jayhawks’ first five games. Goodrich ranks second in the Big 12 and fourth in the NCAA in assists. Her 11 assists versus Xavier ranked tied for eighth in Kansas single-game history.

-The Jayhawks will dress out 13 players as senior forward Porscha Weddington is out with mono and freshman forward Tania Jackson is taking a redshirt this season. Weddington is expected to miss two weeks of action while she recovers.

UCLA is off to a 4-2 start on the season after picking up wins over Santa Clara, Hawaii, Utah and Princeton and has losses to Illinois State and Tennessee. The Bruins’ game at Kansas will mark the second of three-straight road games. UCLA is led on the season by freshman forward Markel Walker’s double-double of 13.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. Walker also leads the Bruins in steals with 16 and is third in assists with 17. The Philadelphia, Pa., native is shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the foul line. UCLA senior guard Erica Tukiainen is also turning in 13.3 points per game. Tukiainen has been deadly from three-point range, knocking down 20-of-32 shots from beyond the arc, good for 62.5 percent. Of Tuikiainen’s 26 field goals on the season, 20 are from three-point range. UCLA is coached by Nikki Caldwell who owns a 23-16 record in her second season at the helm of the program. Caldwell’s overall coaching record is the same.

UCLA leads the all-time series 2-1 over Kansas. The Bruins claimed the first game with a 73-71 win in Lawrence. KU followed that up with a 76-63 win in Iowa City, Iowa, before UCLA took the lead in the series last season.

Kansas, ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press poll, is off to a 3-2 start with wins over Oral Roberts, Iowa and Michigan. The Jayhawks dropped a pair of games at the 2009 Junkanoo Jam to No. 9 Xavier and TCU. KU is averaging 77.8 points per game and outscoring its opponents by 7.6 points an outing. In addition, the Jayhawks are pulling down 39.2 rebounds a game, 2.8 more than their opponents. Senior guard/forward Danielle McCray is leading the way with 19.2 points and 7.4 boards a game. McCray is shooting 41.9 percent from the field, including 44.8 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland is registering 16.0 points and 8.2 caroms per contest. Sutherland also leads the Jayhawks in blocks (7). Junior center Krysten Boogaard is turning in 6.8 boards per game, while also contributing 13.0 tallies an outing. Senior guard Sade Morris is in double figures with 12.2 points per game and recently became the 21st player in Kansas history to score 1,000 career points. Redshirt freshman guard Angel Goodrich is scoring 7.4 points a game. Goodrich is also contributing a team-best 8.2 dimes a game. Kansas is led by sixth year head coach Bonnie Henrickson who owns an 82-81 mark at the helm of the Jayhawk program. Henrickson is 240-143 in her 13th season in the business.

Krysten Boogaard turned in 20 points and seven rebounds, but it was not enough as UCLA edged the Jayhawks 67-64 at Pauley Pavilion. The game was tightly contested throughout as it saw nine ties and nine lead changes. Boogaard got the Jayhawks on the board early with a bucket inside. UCLA answered right back with a lay-up by Chinyere Ibekwe to knot the score. KU went on a 10-0 run capped by a three-point basket by Nicollette Smith at the 10:30 mark of the first half to take a 19-13 lead and force a UCLA timeout. The Bruins came back going on a 22-9 run of their own to forge a 35-28 lead with just under two minutes to play in the half. Kelly Kohn knocked down a three followed by lay-ups by Sade Morris and Ivana Catic to tie the game at 35 before UCLA’s Doreena Campbell hit a bucket with six seconds in the half to give the Bruins a 37-35 advantage at the break. The second half was more of the first as the two teams traded leads throughout. The Bruins led by as many as nine points at the 10 minute mark of the second frame. Over the next six minutes, Boogaard scored four baskets and Morris added a lay-up as KU trimmed the lead back down to two points at 60-58 with just under four minutes to play. Four consecutive made free throws by Boogaard eventually got the Jayhawks within one point at 63-62 with 1:42 left in the game. Christina Nzekwe made it through the lane for a basket to push the Bruin lead back to three points at 65-62 at the 1:24 mark. Morris then knocked down both free throws with 36 seconds remaining to get the Jayhawks back within one point at 65-64. KU forced a jump ball and on the ensuing possession LaChelda Jacobs was fouled and went to the line for a one-plus-one. Jacobs missed the first foul shot and Nzekwe went back to the line for UCLA, making both of her attempts with 28 seconds left to play. Kansas had two looks at the basket in the last seconds of the game, but was unable to knock down a shot to force overtime. In addition to Boogaard’s 20 points, Morris also finished in double figures with 13 points. Smith led KU on the boards with eight as the Jayhawks out-rebounded UCLA 37-34. The Bruins entered the game leading the NCAA in rebounding margin at better than 17 rebounds more than its opponents per game. Jacobs also led KU with six assists and two steals. Nzekwe and Nina Earl paced the Bruins with 12 points a piece, while Campell added 10.

Give Kansas a 4-2 mark to open the season … Make Kansas 349-150 at Allen Fieldhouse … Move Kansas to 2-2 versus UCLA … Give KU a 12-12 overall record versus the Pac-10 Conference … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 1-1 versus UCLA and give her her first win over a Pac-10 school … Give Henrickson an 83-81 mark at Kansas and a 241-143 overall record … Make Kansas 680-479 all time.

Make Kansas 3-3 to open the season … Give UCLA a 3-1 lead in the series … Make Kansas 11-13 versus the Pac-10 Conference … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 82-82 and her overall mark to 240-144 … Make Kansas 679-480 all time.

KU is 11-12 all-time versus the Pac-10 Conference, and will be facing its lone Pac-10 opponent this season when it hosts UCLA. Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 0-4 versus the Pac-10 Conference.

-Kansas has one player on its roster from the state of California in sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland (Perris), however, UCLA does not have any Sunflower state natives on its roster.

-Kansas graduate student manager Alex Fuller and UCLA head coach Nikki Caldwell and assistant coach Tasha Butts are all graduates of Tennessee and played under legendary coach Pat Summit.

-Kansas and UCLA will also meet in men’s basketball this year as the Jayhawk men’s basketball team travels to UCLA for a game in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Dec. 6.

-The Jayhawks and Bruins will share one common opponent this season in Texas Tech. The Bruins host the Lady Raiders on Friday, Dec. 18, while KU will travel to Lubbock to take on TTU in Big 12 Conference action.