Jayhawks Host #16 California Golden Bears Sunday Afternoon
Dec. 8, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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Date: Sunday, Dec. 10
Tip-off: 2:05 p.m.
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse
Series: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: March 17, 1993 at KU
Current Win Streak: 1, Cal
KU Coach: Bonnie Henrickson
Record: 191-94 overall and 33-32 at KU
vs. Cal: First Meeting
Cal Coach: Joanne Boyle
Record: 25-13 at Cal and 92-42 overall
vs. KU: First Meeting
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Play-by-Play: Nate Bukaty
Color Analyst: Brenda VanLengen
Sunflower Broadband (Ch. 6)
Play-by-Play: Kevin Romary
Color Analyst: Steven Davis
The University of Kansas (4-3) host 16th-ranked University of California, Berkeley (7-1) in a 2 p.m. matchup at Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday, Dec. 10. Sunday’s game against the Golden Bears marks KU’s first against a ranked opponent this season.
-A freshman has led Kansas in scoring in its last five games: Sade Morris (twice), LaChelda Jacobs, Kelly Kohn and LaChelda Jacobs.
-Sunday’s game will mark the first time KU has faced a ranked non-conference opponent at home since Feb. 28, 2000 when Kansas defeated Illinois, 73-60. Kansas is 8-6 all-time against ranked non-conference opponents at home including a three-game winning streak.
-California is ranked No. 16 in this week’s Associated Press poll and No. 17 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.
-Sunday’s game is one of 12 that will switch from WIBW-AM 580 to WIBW-FM 94.5 for listeners in the Topeka, Kan. area. Turn to page 4 of the game notes for the complete list.
-The Jayhawks will be off all of next week for final exams before return to action on Sunday, Dec. 17. Kansas will host Santa Clara at 2 p.m.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas will look to snap a two-game losing skid against the Golden Bears. Losses at Wisconsin and home against South DakotaState has the Jayhawks record at 4-3 on the year. KU’s seven freshmen have accounted for 56 percent of the Jayhawks points this season. Sophomore Marija Zinic leads KU with a 9.7 points per game average and is followed by rookies Kelly Kohn (8.6), LaChelda Jacobs (8.6), Danielle McCray (7.1) and Sade Morris (7.0) on the Jayhawks’ scoring list.
A LOOK AT CALIFORNIA
After guiding California to its best season in 13 years last season, second year head coach Joanne Boyle has the Golden Bears ranked No. 16 nationally. Cal made its first NCAA appearance since 1993 last season using a freshman-dominated team. Now sophomores, forward Ashley Walker (19.6), center Devanei Hampton (11.8) and guard Alexis Gray-Lawson (10.9) are 1-2-3 in scoring for the Golden Bears. All three players made the final cut for Team USA U-20 team with Hampton was selected for the travelling team. The threesome has scored nearly 40-percent of the Golden Bears points this season.
California started the year 4-0 before dropping its first game to 11th-ranked Vanderbilt on Nov. 25. Since the loss, Cal has rattled off three-straight victories by an average of 25.3 points.
Six degrees of separation
-Shaquina Mosley is a native of LancasterCalif., which is located approximately 355 miles south of Berkeley.
-Both squads have Iowa natives. KU’s Jamie Boyd is from Underwood while Cal senior Keanna Levy is from Waterloo. Levy was named the 2003 Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year while Boyd earned the 2004 Iowa Miss Basketball award.
Follow the Kansas women’s basketball team this season through the words of head coach Bonnie Henrickson, junior Taylor McIntosh and freshman Kelly Kohn as the three write blogs for KUathletics.com. To access the blogs log onto the women’s basketball page at kuathletics.com and click on the picture links on the right-hand side of the page.
KU’S LAST OUTING
Despite a furious second-half comeback, Kansas fell to South DakotaState, 52-48, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. KU trailed, 37-17, at halftime. However, the Jayhawks staged a valiant comeback in the second half, opening the frame on a torrid 28-8 run, which culminated on a three-pointer by freshman Kelly Kohn to knot the contest at 45.
SDSU’s Megan Vogel answered on the next possession though with a three-pointer of her own, putting the Jackrabbits on top for good.
Kohn and freshman LaChelda Jacobs each set career highs for KU, scoring 16 and 17, respectively. Sophomore Marija Zinic added six points and seven rebounds. Kansas recorded a season-high 14 steals and forced a season-high 29 turnovers which led to 28 points. The Jayhawks also tied an all-time low by allowing just 16 second-half points, but shot just 36-percent for the game and were outrebounded 34-23.
Despite suffering it’s first regular season non-conference loss at Allen Fieldhouse in 17 games against South DakotaState on Dec. 6, the Jayhawks made a valiant comeback. KU saw SDSU take a 20 point lead into halftime. The Jayhawks fought back and eventually tied the game at 45-all on a Kelly Kohn three-pointer with 2:54 remaining. Although KU’s record book doesn’t list the largest comeback it does list the largest halftime deficit comeback for a win which was 16 points set Feb. 13, 1988 against IowaState. Freshmen Kohn and LaChelda Jacobs scored 23 of KU’s 31 second half points to ignite the rally.
PHOG FOUR PACK
Jayhawk fans can now purchase the Phog Four Pack featuring games against top teams from the Big 12 Conference. Watch the Jayhawks face Nebraska, Texas Tech, 2005 National Champion Baylor and Sunflower Showdown foe Kansas State for just $24 (a $9 savings). To purchase your Phog Four Pack tickets visit the ticket office located on the south side of Allen Fieldhouse, call 800-34-HAWKS or log on to www.kuathletics.com.
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.
Freshmen Kelly Kohn has started every game this season for KU while fellow frosh Sade Morris has started all but one for the Jayhawks. The last time Kansas had two rookies in the same starting lineup was on Jan. 17, 2004 against KansasState. Current Jayhawk Sharita Smith and former `Hawk Lauren Ervin made their first career starts against the Wildcats.
New this season, Kansas fans will be able to watch 15 KU home basketball games live via AT&T Jayhawk All Access. To subscribe to Jayhawk All Access, log on to kuathletics.com and click on the All Access logo in the upper right corner of the page.