Kansas and Xavier Square Off on New Year's Eve
Dec. 30, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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Matchup: Xavier (8-4) at <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas (5-6)<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Date: Sunday, Dec. 31
Tip-off: 12:35 p.m.
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse
Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Current Win Streak: First Meeting
KU Coach: Bonnie Henrickson
Record: 192-97 overall and 34-35 at KU
vs. XU: 1-6
XU Coach: Kevin McGuff
Record: 88-46 overall and at XU
vs. KU: First Meeting
Jayhawk Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Nate Bukaty
Color Analyst: Brenda VanLengen
Sunflower Broadband (Ch. 6)
Play-by-Play: Kevin Romary
Color Analyst: Steven Davis
Kansas (5-6) continues its stretch of four games in nine days against Xavier (8-4) on Sunday, Dec. 31. The New Year’s Eve game will tip-off at 12:30 p.m. Fans that present a ticket stub from Saturday’s men’s game against Rhode Island will be admitted for $3.
-Freshman Kelly Kohn leads the Jayhawks in scoring with 11.1 points per contest. Kohn is averaging 14.5 points in KU’s six games at Allen Fieldhouse.
-KU’s freshmen class has scored 386 of the Jayhawks 668 points (58 percent).
-The Jayhawks are shooting 46% from the field in games they’ve won this season while just 35% in its six defeats.
-KU’s bench has out-scored its opponents bench 294-169 this season.
JAYHAWKS TO HOST HOLIDAY HOOPS CLINIC ON NEW YEAR’S DAY
On New Year’s Day, the KU women’s basketball team will host its annual Holiday Hoops Clinic. Kids, hang out with your favorite Jayhawk players and let them teach you basic skills on the court. Parents, don’t just drop off your kids! Bring your sneakers and join them in basketball drills. It will be fun for the whole family.
Kids grades K-8 and parents are welcome to join in the fun at Allen Fieldhouse from noon-2 p.m. Price is $15 per child and $20 for adult and child ($15 per child / $5 per adult). Price includes gift and ticket to an upcoming game.
A LOOK AT XAVIER
Xavier enters today’s game 8-4 on the season after suffering a 69-65 setback against BallState in its final game before the holiday break. Fifth year head coach Kevin McGuff has led the Musketeers to the postseason in each of his first four seasons at the helm of the program., including an NCAA appearance in 2003.
XU is a veteran laden squad with four of its five probable starters seniors. The Musketeers lone non-senior starter is promising freshman Amber Harris. Ranked the top recruit in the nation last season by Blue Star, Harris has lived up to her potential in the early part of the season. A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Harris leads Xavier in scoring, rebounds, blocks and steals. She’s already been named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week five times.
Guards Suntana Granderson and Michele Miller average 13.8 and 11.2 points per game, respectively.
KU’S LAST OUTING
Despite a career-high 23 points from freshman Kelly Kohn, the University of Kansas women’s basketball team fell to Northern Illinois, 82-74, Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Kohn, one of three Jayhawks to score in double figures, knocked down five three-pointers and grabbed five rebounds in the defeat.
Joining Kohn in double-digit scoring was freshman Sade Morris, who scored 15, and senior Shaquina Mosley, who went for 10 points. Morris was 7-of-12 from the field in 24 minutes of action. Mosley came off the bench to add five rebounds, four assists and four steals to her scoring line.
For the game, the Jayhawks’ bench outscored the Huskies, 30-8, and forced 16 NIU turnovers. Freshman LaChelda Jacobs chipped in with six points, two rebounds and two assists while junior Taylor McIntosh added a game-high six rebounds in the defeat.
The Jayhawks carried a 35-29 lead into halftime behind Kohn’s 13 points, while sophomore Marija Zinic added five points and six rebounds. However, the Huskies shot 64 percent from the field in the second half and made 22-of-27 free throws. Senior Stephanie Raymond led Northern Iowa with 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
PHOG FOUR PACK
Jayhawk fans can now purchase the Phog Four Pack featuring games against top teams from the Big 12 Conference. Watch the Jayhawks face Nebraska, Texas Tech, 2005 National Champion Baylor and Sunflower Showdown foe Kansas State for just $24 (a $9 savings). To purchase your Phog Four Pack tickets visit the ticket office located on the south side of Allen Fieldhouse, call 800-34-HAWKS or log on to www.kuathletics.com.