Kansas Travels To Cal To Take On Nationally Ranked Golden Bears Friday
Dec. 20, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. –
OPENING TIPRiding a six-game win streak, the Kansas women’s basketball team will look to secure its first win over a ranked opponent during the 2007-08 season when they travel to No. 12 California on Friday, Dec. 21. Kansas (9-1) enters the game with a 1-1 mark in road games, while Cal (8-2) owns a perfect 4-0 mark at home. Game time is slated for 8 p.m. (CST) at Haas Pavilion.
FAST BREAKS-Freshman center Krysten Boogaard had the most outstanding game of her young career in the Jayhawks’ win over San Jose State on Wednesday. Boogaard posted her first career double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. She set season highs for points, rebounds, field goals made, field goals attempted and minutes played.
-Sophomore guard Kelly Kohn tied a season-high with eight points in the win over San Jose State. Kohn, who started in place of the injured Danielle McCray, also played a season-high 40 minutes.
-For the first time this season, the Jayhawks had just one player register double figures in scoring in their win over San Jose State.
-KU is out-rebounding its opponents by over six rebounds per game. The Jayhawks are averaging 40.7 caroms per contest and have won the rebounding battle in every game with the exception of the Creighton game.
-While not being ranked in either the Associated Press or USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Polls, the Jayhawks are receiving votes in both. KU collected six votes in the latest AP Poll and picked up four in the most recent USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll.
KANSAS-CALIFORNIA SERIES HISTORYThe Golden Bears lead the all-time series 2-1, including a 73-65 win over the Jayhawks in Lawrence last season. Kansas won the initial game in the series 74-68 in Berkeley, while Cal took a 62-47 win over KU on March 17, 1993, in Lawrence, Kan.
A LOOK AT CALCal enters the game ranked No. 12 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll. The Golden Bears have put together an 8-2 mark and their game with Kansas will be their final non-conference game of the 2007-08 season. Junior forward/center Ashley Walker leads the Golden Bears in scoring and rebounding as she averages a double-double with 19.0 points and 10.7 boards per game. She is joined in double figures by junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson with 11.3 tallies per game. Gray-Lawson is the top outside threat for Cal with 19 triples on the season,w hile also pulling down 4.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Rama N’diaye is adding 9.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Junior forward Devanei Hampton has played in just two games this season for the Golden Bears due to injury, but was the 2007 Pac 10 Conference Player of the Year. Hampton returned to the Cal line-up in its last two outings, turning in 7.5 points and 3.0 boards in limited minutes. The Golden Bears are out-rebounding their opponents by nearly 11 rebounds per outing, while shooting 45.0 percent from the field. Cal is coached by Joanne Boyle, who owns a 49-23 mark in her third season. Boyle’s overall coaching record stands at 116-52 in her sixth season in the business.
A LOOK AT KANSASKansas enters Friday’s contest riding a six-game win streak, five of which came in the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are 9-1 on the season after defeating San Jose State on the road on Wednesday evening. Sophomore guard/forward Danielle McCray is the top Jayhawk in both scoring (16.6) and rebounding (8.0). Fellow sophomore guard Sade Morris is also in double figures in points per game with 12.9 tallies an outing. Morris also gives KU 4.2 boards and 3.0 assists per game. Freshman center Krysten Boogaard has continued to improve as the season unfolds. Boogaard ranks third on the team in scoring with 9.7 points a game to go along with 4.8 caroms per contest. Senior forward Taylor McIntosh ranks second on the team in rebounding with 7.4 boards per game, while also dropping in 8.8 points. Junior point guard Ivana Catic is the team-leader in assists with 4.5 dishes per game, while also leading the Jayhawks in steals with 1.9 pilfers per outing. Kansas is shooting 48.1 percent from the field, while limiting its opponents to making just 34.0 percent of their shots. The Jayhawks are coached by Bonnie Henrickson who owns a 49-50 mark in her fourth season at the helm of the Kansas program. Henrickson owns an overall coaching mark of 207-112 in 11 seasons on the sideline.
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION- Kansas does not have any players from the state of California, and likewise the Golden Bears do not have any native Kansans on their roster.
– KU sophomore forward Porscha Weddington is a native of Temple, Texas, however, her parents have relocated and currently reside in Semi Valley, California.
– Jayhawk juniors Ivana Catic and Marija Zinic are both natives of Serbia, along with Cal men’s basketball player Nikola Knezevic. Knezevic, Catic and Zinic are aquaintances after suiting for various Serbian Junior National Teams at the same time.
– Kansas freshman center Krysten Boogard was a member of Canada’s first National Elite Development Academy along with Cal freshman guard/forward Kelsey Adrian.