Jayhawks Search For Fourth-Straight Win, Host Indiana Sunday
Dec. 8, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
In search of its first four-game win streak since winning 12-straight games to open the 2005-06 season, Kansas will play host to Indiana on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks improved to 6-1 on the season with their 74-55 win over Marquette on Thursday, while IU enters the game with a 4-4 overall mark after dropping a game at Dayton in its last outing.
-Three Jayhawks set new career scoring marks in KU’s 74-55 win over Marquette. Sophomores Danielle McCray and Sade Morris dropped in 29 and 18 points, respectively, while freshman Krysten Boogaard tallied 12 points, all new personal best outputs.
-Kansas has jumped out to big leads in its last three outings, outscoring its opponents by a combined 66-15 through the opening 10 minutes in the three games.
-McCray became the third Jayhawk this season to record a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds versus Marquette. Senior forward Taylor McIntosh and freshman forward Nicollette Smith have also posted double-doubles this season. It marked the third double-double of McCray’s career.
-Kansas is 5-0 at Allen Fieldhouse this season and will take on UC Riverside at home in its next outing on Sunday, Dec. 16. The game versus UC Riverside is the last of five-straight home games.
KANSAS-INDIANA SERIES HISTORY
The Jayhawks and Hoosiers will be meeting for just the second time in program history, with IU leading the all-time series 1-0. Indiana knocked off Kansas 63-48 in Bloomington last season. Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 0-1 versus the Hoosiers, while IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is 1-0 against the Jayhawks, having been on the sidelines for the two teams’ lone meeting.
A LOOK AT INDIANA
The Hoosiers are 4-4 on the season, but enter the contest versus Kansas looking to snap a three-game losing streak. IU opened the season with three-straight wins over Albany, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Ball State before suffering its first loss of the season to Wake Forest. The Hoosiers regrouped with a win over Wichita State before losing games to Texas A&M, Florida State and Dayton. Sophomore Jamie Braun leads a trio of Hoosiers in double figures with 14.9 points per game. Juniors Whitney Thomas and Amber Jackson are right behind her with 12.5 and 12.3 points, respectively. Thomas leads IU in rebounding with 7.6 caroms per contest, while Jackson pulls down 7.3. Braun leads Indiana with 28 assists, while Thomas is the team’s steals leader with 22. IU is under the direction of second-year head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. Legette-Jack has compiled a 21-18 mark in her IU tenure and an 80-81 overall mark in her seventh season on the sidelines.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
The Jayhawks enter Sunday’s game with a 6-1 mark with wins over Hartford, UMKC, Drake, Creighton, Saint Louis and Marquette and a loss at SMU. The Jayhawks are led by a pair of sophomores as Danielle McCray (17.3) and Sade Morris (14.0) both average double figures in scoring. The duo both tossed in a combined 47 points KU’s 74-55 win over Marquette on Thursday. McCray pulls down 8.1 rebounds an outing to lead the Jayhawks, while also ranked third on the team in assists (17) and steals (10). Junior guard Ivana Catic is dishing just over 4.9 assists per game and senior forward Taylor McIntosh is the steals leader with 2.3 per game. KU is coached by Bonnie Henrickson, who owns a 46-50 mark in her fourth season. Henrickson is 204-112 in her 11th season overall.
Six degrees of separation
– Kansas does not have any players from the state of Indiana and likewise the Hoosiers do not have any native Kansans on their roster.
– Both teams field a freshman from Atlanta. Kansas first-year player Chakeitha Weldon player her prep ball at Mays High School, while IU freshman Andrea McGuirt played at Marist High School.
– The Jayhawks and Hoosiers share one common opponent in Texas A&M. Indiana fell 60-48 at the hands of the Aggies, while Kansas will face them in Big 12 Conference action.