Women's Basketball Travels To SMU Saturday
Dec. 3, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas will look to remain perfect on the season when it travels to Dallas to face SMU, Saturday, Dec. 4. The Jayhawks are 7-0 on the season after defeating Maine in record-setting fashion in their last outing. KU recorded the program’s 700th victory by beating the Black Bears 126-63, setting a new school record for points in a game. SMU enters Saturday’s contest with a 4-2 mark after collecting an 80-48 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in its’ last outing. The Jayhawks and Mustangs are tied at 1-1 in the all-time series. Game time is slated for 2 p.m., at Moody Coliseum.
-The Jayhawks are 7-0 on the season for the first time since opening the 2005-06 season with 12-straight wins.
-Kansas is averaging 87.0 points per game, which ranks third in the Big 12 Conference and 22nd in the NCAA. KU has three players averaging double digits in points, led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis with 20.4 tallies per game. Junior forward Aishah Sutherland is pouring in 13.0 points per game, while sophomore guard Monica Engelman is adding 12.0 points per outing. Six other Jayhawks are turning in 5.7 points or more per game.
-The Jayhawks are out-rebounding their opponents by 14.3 boards per game, which ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 15th in the NCAA. Sutherland leads KU and ranks second in the Big 12 in rebounding as she pulls down 10.1 boards per game. She ranks 16th in the NCAA in rebounding.
-KU is shooting 50.2 percent from the field after seven games, which tops the Big 12 Conference. Kansas is led by senior center Krysten Boogaard, who has made 28-of-36 shots from the field, good for a league-leading 77.8 percent. Six other Kansas players are shooting better than 45.0 percent on the season.
-Kansas has dished 131 assists through seven games, good for an average of 18.7 dimes per outing. The Jayhawks have held their opponents to just 64 assists on the season, doubling them up. Freshman guard Keena Mays leads the way with 6.4 helpers per game. Mays ranks second in the Big 12 and 16th nationally. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich is averaging 3.7 assists per game, but has missed the last four games with an injury. Engelman is dishing out 3.5 assists per game.
-Kansas senior guard Marisha Brown and Goodrich are listed as day-to-day due to injury.
A LOOK AT SMU
SMU enters Saturday’s contest with a 4-2 overall mark. The Mustangs opened the season with back-to-back losses to Utah and at TCU, before reeling off four-straight wins. Christine Elliott leads four SMU players in double figures with 12.3 points per game. Elliott is shooting a team-best 57.4 percent from the field and 87.0 percent from the foul line. Raquel Christian is turning in 11.5 points off the bench, while Samantha Mahnesmith (11.0) and Delisha Willis (10.0) are also in double figures. Mahnesmith leads SMU from beyond the arc as she has knocked down 15-of-28 threes on the season, good for 53.6 percent. Willis is the leader on the boards for the Mustangs, as she grabs 8.3 caroms per contest. Elliott pulls down 8.0 rebounds per game, while Haley Day is averaging 5.3 boards an outing. SMU is led by Rhonda Rompola, who owns a 356-222 ledger in her 20th season with the Mustangs. Rompola’s overall mark is the same.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is 7-0 on the season after collecting wins over South Dakota, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, North Dakota State, Memphis, Fordham and Maine in Allen Fieldhouse and a road win at Wisconsin. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis’ 20.4 points per game. Davis has already posted four 20-point games on the season, highlighted by a 29-point effort at Wisconsin. Eight other players are turning in 5.7 or more points per game, led by junior forward Aishah Sutherland with 13.0 points per contest. Sutherland is averaging a double-double as she is also pulling down 10.1 caroms per contest, which ranks second in the Big 12. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman is turning in 12.0 points per game, while also pulling down 4.3 rebounds per game and dishing 3.6 assists. Davis is grabbing 7.1 boards per game. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich leads the team in steals with 2.3 per game, while also dishing 3.7 assists a game. Davis tops KU in blocks with 1.7 per game, while Sutherland is blocking 1.4 and senior center Krysten Boogaard is swatting 1.3 per game. KU is shooting a Big 12-leading 50.2 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 35.0 percent. Boogaard leads the team in field goal percentage as she is knocking down 77.8 percent of her shots. Davis is right behind her at 63.5 percent and five other Jayhawks are also shooting 45.0 percent or better. Kansas is out-rebounding its opponents by 14.3 boards per game, led by Sutherland’s 10.1 per game. She also leads the team in offensive rebounding with 4.0 boards on the offensive glass per outing.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Improve the Jayhawks to 8-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season … Give KU a 13-1 overall record versus Conference USA, including a 2-0 mark this season … Make the Jayhawks 2-1 all-time versus SMU … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 6-2 against Conference USA, including a 1-1 mark versus SMU … Give Henrickson a 104-95 mark at Kansas and a 262-157 overall record … Make Kansas 701-493 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Snap the Jayhawks’ seven-game win streak … Make Kansas 7-1 to open the season for the second time in the last four seasons …. Give the series lead to SMU 2-1 … Make Kansas 12-2 versus Conference USA, including a 1-1 ledger this season … Make KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson 5-3 all-time versus Conference USA, including an 0-2 mark against SMU … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 103-96 and her overall mark to 261-158 … Make Kansas 700-494 all time … Be less good than a Jayhawks’ win.