Women's Basketball Returns To Allen Fieldhouse To Host Alabama Sunday
Dec. 10, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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Kansas will look to rebound from its first loss of the season when it plays host to Alabama, Sunday, Dec. 12. The Jayhawks are 8-1 on the year after falling 75-67 at Michigan Thursday evening. The Crimson Tide enter Sunday’s contest with an identical 8-1 mark, but have won three-straight after falling to No. 14 Florida State in the Junkanoo Jam, Nov. 26. Kansas and Alabama will be meeting for the first time in program history. Kansas women’s basketball his partnering with Douglas County Toys for Tots Sunday. Fans donating a toy at any Allen Fieldhouse entrance will receive free admission to the game.
-At 8-1, Kansas is off to its best start since opening the 2005-06 season with 12-straight wins.
-Kansas is averaging 83.2 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Big 12 Conference and ninth in the NCAA. KU has four players averaging double digits in points, led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis with 18.4 tallies per game. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman is pouring in 13.3 points per game, while junior forward Aishah Sutherland is adding 11.9 points per outing. Freshman guard Keena Mays is chipping in 10.0 tallies a game, while five other Jayhawks are turning in 5.5 points or more per game.
-The Jayhawks are out-rebounding their opponents by 11.6 boards per game, which ranks third in the Big 12 and 11th in the NCAA. Sutherland leads KU and ranks tied for first in the Big 12 in rebounding as she pulls down 9.7 boards per game. She ranks 46th in the NCAA in rebounding.
-KU is shooting 48.7 percent from the field after nine games, which ranks second in the Big 12 Conference and sixth nationally. Kansas is led by senior center Krysten Boogaard, who has made 30-of-42 shots from the field, good for a league-leading 71.4 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 62.1 percent.
-Kansas has dished 153 assists through nine games, good for an average of 17.0 dimes per outing. The Jayhawks have held their opponents to just 91 assists on the season, nearly doubling them up. Freshman guard Keena Mays leads the way with 6.3 helpers per game. Mays ranks tied for first in the Big 12 and 16th nationally. 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 ALABAMA
At 8-1, Alabama is off to its best start since the 2000 season when the Tide went 9-0 in its first nine games. Senior Tierney Jenkins recorded double-doubles in eight of the nine games this season and is averaging a team-best 18.0 points per game and 11.6 rebounds per contest. Jenkins also has a team-best 25 steals in nine games. Junior Ericka Russell and freshman Jasmine Robinson are also in double figures in points with 11.2 and 10.4, respectively. Freshman Kaneisha Horne is turning in 9.2 points and 5.3 boards a game. Through nine games, Alabama has forced a combined 243 turnovers including 30-plus against Tennessee State (36), NC State (30) and Providence (30). The Tide opposition is averaging 27.0 turnovers. Alabama is led by Wendell Hudson, who owns a 33-36 ledger in his third season with the Crimson Tide. Hudson’s overall mark is the same.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
Kansas is 8-1 on the season after suffering its first loss of the season at Michigan on Thursday. Kansas is 6-0 at home on the season and 2-1 in road games. The Jayhawks are led by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis’ 18.4 points per game. Davis has already posted four 20-point games on the season, highlighted by a 29-point effort at Wisconsin. Davis is also grabbing 7.4 boards per game. Eight other players are turning in 5.5 or more points per game. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman is turning in 13.3 points per game, while also pulling down 4.9 rebounds per game and dishing 3.6 assists. Junior forward Aishah Sutherland is next with 11.9 points per contest. Sutherland is nearly averaging a double-double as she is also pulling down 9.7 caroms per contest, which ranks tied for first in the Big 12. Sophomore guard Angel Goodrich leads the team in steals with 2.3 per game, while also dishing 3.7 assists a game. Davis tops KU in blocks with 1.7 per game, while Sutherland blocks 1.4 and senior center Krysten Boogaard swats 1.1 per game. KU is shooting 48.7 percent from the field, which ranks second in the Big 12. The Jayhawks are holding their opponents to just 36.6 percent from the field. Boogaard leads the team in field goal percentage as she is knocking down 71.4 percent of her shots, which tops the Big 12. Davis is right behind her at 62.1 percent and five other Jayhawks are also shooting 45.0 percent or better. Kansas is out-rebounding its opponents by 11.6 boards per game, led by Sutherland’s 9.7 per game.
A KANSAS WIN WOULD…
Improve the Jayhawks to 9-1 for the first time since the 2005-06 season … Give KU a 7-14 overall record versus the Southeastern Conference … Improve the Jayhawks to 7-0 in Allen Fieldhouse … Make the Jayhawks 1-0 all-time versus Michigan … Improve Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to 6-5 against the Southeastern Conference, including a 2-0 mark versus Alabama … Give Henrickson a 105-96 mark at Kansas and a 263-158 overall record … Make Kansas 702-494 all time.
A KANSAS LOSS WOULD…
Give the Jayhawks their first back-to-back losses of the season … Make Kansas 8-2 to open the season for the second-straight season …. Give the series lead to Alabama at 1-0 … Make Kansas 6-15 versus the Southeastern Conference … Drop the Jayhawks to 6-1 in Allen Fieldhouse in 2010-11 … Make KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson 5-6 all-time versus the SEC, including a 1-1 mark against Alabama … Drop Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU to 104-97 and her overall mark to 262-159 … Make Kansas 701-495 all time … Be less good than a Jayhawks’ win.
KANSAS VERSUS THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
KU is 6-14 all-time versus the Southeastern Conference, but will be facing Alabama for the first time. Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 5-5 versus the Southeastern Conference, and owns a 1-0 mark versus the Crimson Tide. Kansas has not faced a team from the SEC since claiming a 75-59 win over Arkansas in the WNIT on March 26, 2009. The following is Kansas’ all-time record versus the conference: School Record Against Arkansas 3-2 Florida 0-1 Georgia 1-1 Kentucky 1-2 LSU 0-1 Ole Miss 0-2 Tennessee 0-2 Vanderbilt 1-3 Totals 6-14