Jayhawks Begin Three Game Homestand Against SDSU Wednesday
Dec. 4, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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Matchup: <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>South DakotaState (5-2) at Kansas (4-2)<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 6
Tip-off: 7:05 p.m.
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse
Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Current Win Streak: First Meeting
KU Coach: Bonnie Henrickson
Record: 191-93 overall and 33-31 at KU
vs. SDSU: First Meeting
SDSU Coach: Aaron Johnston
Record: 150-51 overall and at SDSU
vs. KU: First Meeting
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The University of Kansas and South DakotaStateUniversity meet for the first time on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Allen Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. KU’s record stands at 4-2 after having its three-game winning streak snapped on Sunday. SDSU improved to 5-2 after snapping a two-game slid on Sunday. Wednesday’s game is the beginning of a three-game homestand for the Jayhawks.
-KU owns a 17-game non-conference regular season winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse.
-Kansas’ victories have been by an average of 13 points while its two defeats are by an average of 20.5 points.
-Both of KU’s loses this season have come at the hands of the Big 10 (Iowa and Wisconsin).
-The Jayhawks are shooting 49 percent in their first two home contests of the season, opposed to 36 percent in games played away from Allen Fieldhouse.
-Sophomore Marija Zinic is averaging 31.7 minutes per game to lead the Jayhawks. Freshman Kelly Kohn is second on the team with a 29.2 average.
-KU is holding its opposition to 38 percent shooting from the field while SDSU has held its opponents to 34 percent.
-Kansas will host California on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. The Golden Bears are ranked 16th in this week’s Associated Press poll.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
The Jayhawks look to return to their winning ways after dropping their last game to Wisconsin on Sunday. Sophomore Marija Zinic continues to lead the Jayhawks in scoring with a 10.3 average. Four freshmen Sade Morris (8.0), Danielle McCray (8.0), Kelly Kohn (7.3) and LaChelda Jacobs (6.5) follow Zinic on the team’s scoring list.
A LOOK AT SOUTH DAKOTASTATE
The Jackrabbits enter Wednesday’s tilt with a 5-2 record including an impressive victory over then No. 19 Southern Cal. The victory coupled with a 3-0 start propelled SDSU into receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll.
SDSU improved to 4-0 with a victory over Virginia before suffering back-to-back defeats to Baylor and ArkansasState. The Jackrabbits responded with a 85-41 thrashing of Long BeachState on Sunday.
South DakotaState is led offensively by senior forward Megan Vogel. The St. Peter, Minn., native is averaging 18.6 points per contest this season and has tallied 1,438 career points, ranking her ninth on SDSU’s all-time scoring list. Center Courtney Grimsrud gives the Jackrabbits a defensive presence in the post. The junior has blocked 18 shots this season and averages 5.3 rebounds per game.
South DakotaState is in its third and final season as a Division I Independent after making the switch from Division II. SDSU will begin competing in the Mid-Continent Conference for the 2007-08 season. The Jackrabbits won the 2003 Division II National Championship.
Six degrees of separation
– Bonnie Henrickson and SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston are both natives of Minnesota. Henrickson hails from Willmar while Johnston is a native of PineIsland.
-Henrickson and SDSU freshman Laura Nielson are both natives of Willmar, Minn, and attended Willmar High.
-While a Division II school, South DakotaState played in the North Central Conference – the same conference Bonnie Henrickson competed in while playing at St. CloudStateUniversity.
KU’S LAST OUTING
The University of Wisconsin opened the second half with a 19-2 run and never looked back, defeating the University of Kansas, 68-41, Sunday afternoon in Madison, Wis. UW’s Jolene Anderson and Janese Banks paced the Badgers with 15 points each. Anderson led all players with nine rebounds. Despite pulling down two more rebounds in the first half, Kansas was outrebounded 40-33 in the game. Freshman Sade Morris was KU’s lone player to score double-figures with 10. Freshman Rebecca Feickert made her Kansas debut, playing the final seven
JAYHAWKS TO HOST HOLIDAY HOOPS CLINIC ON NEW YEAR’S DAY
On New Year’s Day, the KU women’s basketball team will host its annual Holiday Hoops Clinic. Kids, hang out with your favorite Jayhawk players and let them teach you basic skills on the court. Parents, don’t just drop off your kids! Bring your sneakers and join them in basketball drills. It will be fun for the whole family.
Kids grades K-8 and parents are welcome to join in the fun at Allen Fieldhouse from noon-2 p.m. Price is $15 per child and $20 for adult and child ($15 per child / $5 per adult). Price includes gift and ticket to an upcoming game.