Jayhawks Conclude 2007 Hosting Boston University Sunday
Dec. 29, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
The University of Kansas women’s basketball team will close out the 2007 portion of its schedule when it plays host to Boston University on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse. KU (9-2) will be playing for the first time since its Dec. 21 loss at No. 11 Cal, while BU (7-5) enters Sunday’s contest playing its third game in four days after posting a 1-1 record in the Virginia Commonwealth Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-28.
-Freshman center Krysten Boogaard has scored in double figures in the last three of the last five outings, setting new career highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds in KU’s win over San Jose State. Boogaard also had 12 points in KU’s win over Marquette, before turning in 13 points in the Jayhawks’ win over Indiana.
-After opening the season with two or more players in double figures in nine-straight games, the Jayhawks have had just one double-digit scorer in its last two outings.
-Sophomore guard-forward Danielle McCray has been cleared to practice after missing the Jayhawks’ last three outings with a stress reaction in her left leg.
-Kansas is currently ranked No. 28 in the RPI according to collegerpi.com. The Jayhawks’ strength of schedule ranks 48th on the site.
KANSAS-BOSTON UNIVERSITY SERIES HISTORY
The Jayhawks and Terriers will be meeting for the first time in program history.
A LOOK AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
The Terriers are 7-5 on the season, with impressive wins over UMass and Rhode Island. Boston University is led on the season by junior forward Jesyka Burks-Wiley with 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Burks-Wiley, a Kansas City, Mo., native, has also collected 18 steals on the season. Senior forward Kasey Devine is also in double figures in scoring for BU with 11.3 points. Devine is second in rebounding with 5.3 caroms per contest, while also dishing 27 assists and grabbing 14 steals. Senior guard Cheri Raffo is adding 10.5 points an outing, while junior guard Amarachi Umez-Eronini and sophomore forward Aly Hinton each contribute 9.0 tallies per game. Junior guard Christine Kinneary leads BU with 6.9 assists per game. The Terriers are extremely accurate from the free throw line, knocking down 81.6 percent of their attempts as a team. Hinton leads the way, having made 33-of-35 foul shots on the season. Boston University head coach Kelly Greenberg is 54-48 in her fourth season with the Terriers. Her overall coaching mark is 113-102 in nine years in the business.
A LOOK AT KANSAS
The Jayhawks enter Sunday’s game with a 9-2 mark, including a perfect 7-0 mark in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are led by a pair of sophomores as Danielle McCray (16.6) and Sade Morris (12.6) both average double figures in scoring. The duo has been aided by the rising presence of freshman center Krysten Boogaard who is adding 9.5 points per game in just 16.4 minutes of play. McCray pulls down 8.0 rebounds an outing to lead the Jayhawks, while also ranking third on the team in assists (20) and steals (12). Junior guard Ivana Catic is dishing just over 4.2 assists per game and is also the steals leader with 1.8 per game. KU is coached by Bonnie Henrickson, who owns a 49-51 mark in her fourth season. Henrickson is 207-113 in her 11th season overall.
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
– Kansas does not have any players from the state of Massachusettes on its roster, and likewise, Boston University does not field any native Kansans on its roster.
– BU junior forward Jesyka Burks-Wiley is a native of Kansas City, Mo., and will be making a homecoming trip of sorts, while taking on the Jayhawks. Burks-Wiley, a 2005 graduate of Lincoln College Prep, is currently the leading scorer and rebounder for the Terriers.
– The Jayhawks and Terriers share just one common opponent in Hartford. Kansas has already faced the Hawks, posting a 76-72 win in the season-opener. BU will take on Hartford two times during America East Conference action.