Kansas Set To Face Michigan Thursday
Dec. 8, 2010
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LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas will look to remain perfect on the season when it travels to north to face Michigan, Thursday, Dec. 9. The Jayhawks are 8-0 on the season after picking up wins over Maine and at SMU last week. The Jayhawks are one of 14 remaining unbeaten teams in the nation entering Thursday’s game. Michigan enters the contest with a 4-4 mark after falling at Iowa State, 60-47, in its last outing. The Jayhawks own a 1-0 lead in the all-time series. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. (CST), at Crisler Arena.
-The Jayhawks are 8-0 on the season for the first time since opening the 2005-06 season with 12-straight wins.
-Kansas is averaging 85.3 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Big 12 Conference and ninth in the NCAA. KU has three players averaging double digits in points, led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis with 19.0 tallies per game. Junior forward Aishah Sutherland is pouring in 12.9 points per game, while sophomore guard Monica Engelman is adding 12.6 points per outing. Six other Jayhawks are turning in 5.7 points or more per game.
-The Jayhawks are out-rebounding their opponents by 12.5 boards per game, which ranks third in the Big 12 and 11th in the NCAA. Sutherland leads KU and ranks first in the Big 12 in rebounding as she pulls down 9.8 boards per game. She ranks 46th in the NCAA in rebounding.
-KU is shooting 49.2 percent from the field after eight games, which ranks second in the Big 12 Conference and sixth nationally. Kansas is led by senior center Krysten Boogaard, who has made 28-of-40 shots from the field, good for a league-leading 70.0 percent. Six other Kansas players are shooting better than 45.0 percent on the season. Boogaard has not attempted enough shots to rank nationally, but Davis ranks seventh nationally shooting 61.3 percent.
-Kansas has dished 142 assists through eight games, good for an average of 17.8 dimes per outing. The Jayhawks have held their opponents to just 75 assists on the season, nearly doubling them up. Freshman guard Keena Mays leads the way with 5.9 helpers per game. Mays ranks third in the Big 12 and 16th nationally. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich is averaging 3.7 assists per game, but has missed the last five games with an injury. Engelman is dishing out 3.6 assists per game.
-Kansas senior guard Marisha Brown and Goodrich are listed as day-to-day due to injury.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN
Michigan enters Thursday’s contest with a 4-4 overall mark. The Wolverines opened the season with a win over Alcorn State, before falling to Xavier and at Marquette. After wins over Indiana State and Buffalo, Michigan fell to Texas A&M and at Iowa State with a win over Wake Forest in between. Veronica Hicks leads the way for the Blue with 10.9 points per game, while also ranking second on team in rebounding with 4.5 caroms per contest. Carmen Reynolds turns in 9.8 points and 3.3 boards a game, while Jenny Ryan adds 8.4 points and a team-leading 5.4 rebounds an outing. The Wolverines average 66.5 points and pull down 30.8 rebounds per game. Michigan has made 61 threes on the season, compared to just 31 for the Jayhawks. However, Kansas has made 225 trips to the foul line, converting 153, while Michigan has attempted just 105 free throws, making 75. Michigan is led by Kevin Borseth, who owns a 54-52 ledger in his fourth season with the Wolverines. Borseth’s overall mark is 560-242 in his 29th season.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is 8-0 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 road wins at Wisconsin and SMU. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis’ 19.0 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 12.9 points per contest. Sutherland is nearly averaging a double-double as she is also pulling down 9.8 caroms per contest, which ranks second in the Big 12. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman is turning in 12.6 points per game, while also pulling down 4.8 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 and Sutherland top KU in blocks with 1.6 per game, while senior center Krysten Boogaard is swatting 1.1 per game. KU is shooting a Big 12-leading 49.2 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 35.5 percent. Boogaard leads the team in field goal percentage as she is knocking down 70.0 percent of her shots. Davis is right behind her at 61.3 percent and five other Jayhawks are also shooting 45.0 percent or better. Kansas is out-rebounding its opponents by 12.5 boards per game, led by Sutherland’s 9.8 per game. She also leads the team in offensive rebounding with 3.5 boards on the offensive glass per outing.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Improve the Jayhawks to 9-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season … Give KU a 26-16 overall record versus the Big Ten Conference, including a 2-0 mark this season … Make the Jayhawks 2-0 all-time versus Michigan … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 9-7 against the Big Ten Conference, including a 2-0 mark versus Michigan … Give Henrickson a 105-95 mark at Kansas and a 263-157 overall record … Make Kansas 702-493 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Snap the Jayhawks’ eight-game win streak … Make Kansas 8-1 to open the season for the second time in the last four seasons …. Tie the series with Michigan at 1-1 … Make Kansas 26-17 versus the Big Ten Conference, including a 1-1 ledger this season … Make KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson 8-8 all-time versus the Big Ten, including an 1-1 mark against Michigan … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 104-96 and her overall mark to 262-158 … Make Kansas 701-494 all time … Be less good than a Jayhawks’ win.
KANSAS VERSUS THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE
KU is 26-16 all-time versus the Big Ten Conference, including a 1-0 mark versus Michigan. Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 8-7 versus the Big Ten Conference, and owns a 1-0 mark versus the Wolverines. Kansas claimed a 93-86 win over Wisconsin in November. The following is Kansas’ all-time record versus the conference:
School Record Against
Michigan State 0-1
Penn State 2-2