RCW: Inside Women's Basketball 3.37
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Redshirt junior guard Jessica Washington led the Big 12 Conference in scoring during league play after averaging 19.3 points per game.
Notes QUICK HITS
- In its second year under head coach Brandon Schneider, Kansas women’s basketball finished the 2016-17 season with an 8-22 overall record and a 2-16 mark in Big 12 Conference play.
- During the nonconference lineup, the Jayhawks registered two three-game winning streaks and won a total of seven games inside Allen Fieldhouse.
- KU’s defense forced Texas (1/4) to turn the ball over 31 times, a season-high mark for the Jayhawks. Kansas led the league in turnovers forced in 2016-17 with 18.7 per game.
- Offensively, redshirt junior guard Jessica Washington led the squad with 17.1 points per game, but elevated her scoring output during league play and averaged a Big 12-best 19.3 points per game.
- Senior forward Caelynn Manning-Allen finished her time in the Crimson and Blue eighth on KU’s all-time blocks list with 116. She recorded back-to-back seasons with 30 or more blocks to cap off her four-year career with the Jayhawks.
- Senior guard Timeka O’Neal ended her collegiate career with a 3-point field goal average of 39.1 (87-of-222), which is the second-best shooting percentage from long range. She surpassed her former teammate Natalie Knight‘s mark of 38.2 percent and sits behind Sandy Shaw’s 43.6 career average.
- At the conclusion of the 2016-17 campaign, Kansas said farewell to its senior class that featured two four-year members and three transfers. Jada Brown and Manning-Allen finished their four years in the Crimson and Blue, while O’Neal concluded her three-year career and Sydney Umeri and Lisa Blair finished one season with the Jayhawks.
- For the first time since 2010, Kansas women’s basketball had four Academic All-Big 12 first and second-team honorees, after Manning-Allen, junior Chayla Cheadle and sophomores Jayde Christopher and Kylee Kopatich were recognized for their efforts in the classroom by the league.
- After leaving her mark in the league this season, Washington became the first Kansas Jayhawk to be named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and also earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors at the end of the 2016-17 season.