RCW: Faces in the Crowd 3.16

Each week in Rock Chalk Weekly, the top Kansas Jayhawk performances are recognized as Faces in the Crowd. Get to know last week’s stars, including information on their latest accomplishments and a link to their full bio.

Basketball | Sophomore | Olathe, Kansas
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Kopatich averaged 12 points and led the Jayhawks with 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in two contests last week. Kopatich helped lead Kansas to its largest margin of victory during the Brandon Schneider era when she netted a career-best 19 points and five steals to lead the Jayhawks on both ends of the floor. KU topped Rhode Island 72-36 in Allen Fieldhouse Sunday. Along with her career marks in points and steals, Kopatich finished the game with nine rebounds, one shy of her second double-double as a Jayhawk.

Basketball | Senior | Petersburg, Virginia
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In two Kansas victories last week, Mason averaged 24.0 points, including a career-high-tying 30 in Kansas’ 105-62 win against UMKC (12/6). He led KU with 18 points in the 89-72 win versus Nebraska (12/10). For the week, Mason had 12 assists with no turnovers and shot 69.6 percent from the floor, including 72.7 percent from 3-point range. Mason has led Kansas in scoring in eight of 10 games this season and ranks second in the Big 12 with 20.8 points per game.

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Cross Country | Junior | Manhattan, Kansas
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Melgares was named the Big 12 Men’s Cross Country Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year last week. He owns a 3.99 grade point average as an exercise science major at Kansas and is also a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member. He was one of KU cross country’s top-two runners in each race he competed in last season. In 2016, Melgares helped the KU men to a fourth-place team finish at the Big 12 Championship, posting a career-best 17th-place finish.

Football | Senior | Baltimore, Maryland
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Kansas safety Fish Smithson has accepted an invitation to play in the 2017 East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s longest-running college all-star game. Smithson, who took home first-team All-Big 12 honors from the conference coaches and second-team All-Big 12 accolades from the Associated Press, led KU in tackles for the second-straight season with 93 total stops. He also led the Jayhawks and ranked third in the Big 12 with four interceptions.

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