Women's Basketball Hits The Road, Plays At Marquette Sunday
Dec. 5, 2008
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LAWRENCE, Kan. –
The University of Kansas women’s basketball team will hit the road for the second time this season as the Jayhawks will travel to Milwaukee, Wis., for a game at Marquette on Sunday, Dec. 7. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m., in the Al McGuire Center. KU, who leads the all-time series with Marquette 2-0, enters the game looking for its sixth-straight win to open the 2008-09 season, while MU enters Sunday’s contest with a 6-2 mark.
-Bonnie Henrickson has the Jayhawks 5-0 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 continues to lead the Jayhawks in several statistical categories. McCray, who has posted 20 or more points in three games this season, is averaging 20.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. She also leads the Jayhawks with 13 steals through five games.
-Kansas currently leads the Big 12 Conference in three-point field percentage. KU has knocked down 32-of-78 shots from beyond the arc, good for 41.0 percent. Junior Kelly Kohn leads the way for the Jayhawks. Kohn has hit 9-of-19 from long range, including making 4-of-5 on KU’s in over San Jose State.
-Junior guard Sade Morris has opened the 2008-09 season with five-straight double-figure scoring performances. Morris, who tossed in a career-high tying 20 points versus New Orleans, is averaging 16.2 points per game.
-Reserve players junior Rebecca Feickert and senior Katie Smith each turned in career-best performances in KU’s win over San Jose State. Feickert collected eight points and four rebounds, while Smith had four points, including her first career three-point basket.
-Kansas’ outstanding junior class is combining to score 80 percent of the Jayhawks’ points through the first five games. The juniors are also collecting 69 percent of KU’s rebounds on the season. Five of the Jayhawks’ top six scorers reside in the junior class with Danielle McCray (20.8), Sade Morris (16.2) and LaChelda Jacobs (10.6) each turning in double figures.
A LOOK AT MARQUETTE
Marquette enters Sunday’s game with a 6-2 overall mark. The Golden Eagles opened the season with five-straight wins, before dropping back-to-back games in the WBCA Classic to Virginia and Utah. MU got back on the winning track with a 55-54 come from behind win over Northwestern in its last outing. Marquette is led by senior All-America candidate Krystal Ellis with 16.3 points per game. Ellis, who was tabbed a preseason All-Big EAST selection, also leads the team in steals with 2.3 thefts per game and is second with 33 assists. Freshman Georgie Jones leads the Golden Eagles on the boards with 6.3 caroms per contest, with sophomore Paige Fiedorowicz pulling down 5.3 boards per game. Sophomore Angel Robinson is also in double figures in scoring with 12.6 tallies per game, while freshman Jessica Pachko, who is listed as day-to-day with a foot injury, turns in 10.0 points per game. Marquette is dominant on defense as the Golden Eagles force 20.5 turnovers per game, while collecting 10.3 steals. MU head coach Terri Mitchell owns a 244-132 coaching mark in her 13th season with the Golden Eagles. Her overall coaching mark is the same.
KU-MARQUETTE SERIES HISTORY
Kansas leads the all-time series between the Jayhawks and Golden Eagles with a 2-0 mark. Kansas defeated Marquette, 74-55, on Dec. 6, 2007, in Allen Fieldhouse. The following is the series history:
Date Result Location
3-13-99 Kansas, 64-58 West Lafayette, Ind.
12-6-07 Kansas, 74-55 Lawrence, Kan.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is off to a 5-0 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 29.6 points per game. McCray tops the Jayhawk scorers with 20.8 points per game, while Morris adds 16.2 and Jacobs turns in 10.6. In addition, juniors Porscha Weddington Kelly Kohn are adding 8.4 and 6.8 points per game, respectively. KU is shooting 49.0 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 31.2 percent field goal shooting. The Jayhawks have recorded 46 steals compared to just 26 for their opponents, led by McCray with 13 pilfers and Jacobs and Morris with nine. Jacobs is also the leader in assists with 28 dimes in five games, while McCray is pulling down a team-leading 8.6 rebounds and Weddington is grabbing 6.0 per game. Kansas is also shooting well from the three-point line as it has connected on 32-of-78 shots from beyond the arc, good for 41.0 percent, tops in the Big 12 Conference. Kohn is leading the way from beyond the arc as she has knocked 9-of-19 shots, while McCray has made 12 of her 28 attempts from three-point range. Morris leads the Jayhawks from the foul line as she has connected on 17-of-19 attempts, good for 89.5 percent. McCray is also shooting well from the line, hitting 22-of-25 attempts, good for 88.0 percent.
BOOGAARD LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE
Kansas sophomore center Krysten Boogaard is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Marquette after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in her left femur on Nov. 19. Boogaard, who has missed KU’s last three games, was re-evaluated on Wednesday, Dec. 3 by the KU medical staff. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native started the first two games of the season for the Jayhawks, averaging 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.