RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.22 (Women's Basketball)
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A few weeks ago, Kansas women’s basketball recognized one of its pioneers of the game – Adrian Mitchell. She was honored for all of her achievements while donning the Crimson and Blue by having her No. 21 jersey retired and hers is now just the fourth women’s jersey to hang from the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse.
One of her major milestones as a Jayhawk was becoming the first women’s basketball player to record 1,000-career points. As the inaugural member of the 1,000-point scorers club, Mitchell preceded other Jayhawk greats like Lynette Woodard, Angela Aycock, Tamecka Dixon, Danielle McCray and Chelsea Gardner.
A current Jayhawk is closing in on the 1,000-point milestone and is currently 102 points away with five regular-season games remaining. Junior guard Kylee Kopatich is on pace to become the 29th Kansas women’s basketball player and first since 2015 to achieve the 1000-point feat.
Kopatich is setting up to follow one of her biggest basketball idols and fellow Jayhawk – Natalie Knight, who was the last member to join the 1,000-point scorers club. Knight ended her Kansas career with 1,081 points 2015.
An Olathe, Kansas native, Kopatich will be the eighth Kansan, the 14th guard and the fourth player standing at 5-foot-10 to earn the accomplishment in KU women’s basketball history.