Women's Basketball Set To Face Pepperdine Tuesday Afternoon

Dec. 22, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

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OPENING TIP

The University of Kansas women’s basketball team will cap a three-game road trip with a game at Pepperdine on Tuesday, Dec. 23. The Jayhawks and Waves will tip-off at 1 p.m. (Pacific)/3 p.m. (Central) at Firestone Fieldhouse. Kansas enters the game 7-2 after falling at UCLA on Sunday afternoon, while Pepperdine is 6-5 after defeating San Jose State on Sunday.

FAST BREAKS

-Kansas is playing its third-straight road game with its contest at Pepperdine. It marks the only time this season the Jayhawks will play three-consecutive games away from Allen Fieldhouse.

-KU sophomore Krysten Boogaard turned in her top performance of the season with 20 points and seven rebounds at UCLA. Boogaard eclipsed the 20-point mark for the third time in her Jayhawk career. Boogaard made 7-of-13 shots and all six of her free throw attempts on her way to her season-high in points.

-Junior guard-forward Danielle McCray continues to lead the Jayhawks through nearly two months of play. McCray, who has scored in double figures in eight of nine games this season, is averaging 18.8 points and 8.1 rebounds to lead KU. McCray has also collected 15 steals and seven blocks. She ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring and fourth in rebounding.

-Kansas is making 45.4 percent of its shots from the field. The Jayhawks have knocked down 238-of-524 on the season. Seven Kansas players are shooting better than 40 percent from the field, led by Rebecca Feickert who has knocked down 75.0 percent of her shots. The Jayhawk starters have combined to make 179-of-395 shots, good for 45.3 percent.

-KU is sharing the ball well as it collected 130 assists on its 238 field goals. Kansas is averaging 14.4 assists per game, compared to just 7.8 for its opponents. Junior guard LaChelda Jacobs leads KU in assists with 46 on the season. Junior guard Sade Morris had collected 22 assists and senior guard Ivana Catic has 23 dimes.

-Junior guard Sade Morris is the second Jayhawk player in double figures as she is posting 13.0 points per game. Morris is also pulling down 5.0 rebounds per game and leads KU with 19 steals.

A LOOK AT PEPPERDINE

Pepperdine enters Tuesday’s game with a 6-5 mark after knocking off San Jose State, 75-46, on Sunday afternoon. The Waves are led by Miranda Ayim with 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Ayim has knocked down 61-111 shots from the field, good for 55.0 percent. She has also connected on 14-of-16 free throws, good for a team-best 87.5 percent. Katie Menton is also in double figures with 10.7 point per game. Menton has knocked down 14-of-39 from beyond the arc, good for 35.9 percent. Nakeya Isabell leads the Waves in both assists with 64 through 11 games and also in steals with 28 on the season. The Waves are forcing their opponents into 26.5 turnovers per game, while collecting 11.7 steals per game. Pepperdine is under the direction of fifth year head coach Julie Rousseau. Rousseau owns a 56-74 record at Pepperdine. Her overall coaching ledger is the same.

KU-PEPPERDINE SERIES HISTORY

Kansas leads the all-time series with Pepperdine 2-0. The Jayhawks claimed a 60-59 win over the Waves in Malibu on Dec. 28, 1996 on KU All-American Tamecka Dixon’s three-point basket at the buzzer. The Jayhawks also defeated Pepperdine 73-60 in Lawrence on Dec. 28, 2005. The following is the series history:

Date Result Location

12-28-96 Kansas, 60-59 Malibu, Calif.

12-28-05 Kansas, 73-60 Lawrence, Kan.

A LOOK AT KANSAS

Kansas is off to a 7-2 start to the 2008-09 season behind the strong play of its junior class. Led by a trio of guards in Danielle McCray, Sade Morris and LaChelda Jacobs, the Jayhawks are outscoring their opponents by nearly 18 points per game. McCray tops the Jayhawk scorers with 18.8 points per game, while Morris adds 13.0 and Jacobs turns in 9.7. In addition, sophomores Krysten Boogaard and Nicollette Smith are adding 9.2 and 7.7 points per game, respectively. KU is shooting 45.4 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 34.4 percent field goal shooting. The Jayhawks have recorded 79 steals compared to just 59 for their opponents, led by Morris with 19 pilfers and McCray with 15. Jacobs is the leader in assists with 46 dimes in nine games, while McCray is pulling down a team-leading 8.1 rebounds and Smith is grabbing 5.9 per game. Kansas is also shooting well from the three-point line as it has connected on 58-of-143 shots from beyond the arc, good for 40.6 percent, tops in the Big 12 Conference. McCray is leading the way from beyond the arc as she has knocked 22-of-56 shots, while Smith has made 16-of-37 attempts from three-point range. Ivana Catic leads the Jayhawks from the foul line as she has connected on 17-of-18 attempts, good for 94.4 percent.