Jayhawks Head South to Face TCU
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas heads back to the Lone Star state to face TCU on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. inside the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Jayhawks (7-7, 0-2 Big 12) are set to play their second-consecutive Big 12 road contest this week after facing then-No. 9 Baylor in Waco on Sunday. KU and TCU (10-4, 1-1 Big 12) meet for the fifth time in program history and the Jayhawks head to Fort Worth with a three-game winning streak over the Horned Frogs. The game will be broadcast live on the Jayhawk Radio Network and also available online on the Jayhawk Digital Passport.
KANSAS FAST BREAKS
- KU has won three-straight games against TCU and is 1-0 in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Jayhawks’ only loss to TCU came in 2009 on a neutral court.
- Junior Asia Boyd enters Wednesday night’s contest with a six-game double-digit scoring streak. She has scored in double figures in 10-of-14 games this season.
- Juniors Chelsea Gardner and Boyd continue to lead the Kansas offense by averaging double figures with 16.5 and 13.6 points per game, respectively. Gardner and Boyd both closed out the non-conference schedule by recording double-doubles against Yale. Gardner had 26 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double on the year, while Boyd had 17 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
- The Jayhawks are 1-4 away from Allen Fieldhouse in 2013-14 and have an all-time road record of 368-387. Under head coach Bonnie Henrickson, Kansas is 45-90 on the road.
- Gardner recorded three blocks on the road for the Jayhawks against No. 9 Baylor on Jan. 5. She has swatted away a team-high 24 blocks in 2013-14 and she has 89 blocks in her career. She is within one block of 10th on the all-time Kansas blocks list.
- Kansas’ all-time Big 12 record is 108-170, while KU is 51-99 in conference play under Henrickson.
- Freshman Jada Brown had a career-best performance in her first start for the Crimson and Blue against No. 9 Baylor. She grabbed a career-best eight rebounds and scored a career-high five points against the Lady Bears.
- Three different Jayhawks have recorded double-doubles in 2013-14. Gardner leads the team and is tied for first in the Big 12 with four double-doubles on the season. Boyd has recorded two double-doubles this year, while senior CeCe Harper has recorded her one double-double in 2013-14.
ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS
Junior Asia Boyd takes a six-game double figure scoring streak to the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. She scored 12 points against then-No. 9 Baylor and is averaging 13.6 on the year. Junior Chelsea Gardner leads the team with 16.5 points per game and has swatted away a team-best 24 blocks in 2013-14. She is within one block of 90 in her career and 10th on the all-time Kansas blocks list. Junior guard Natalie Knight scored a season-high 15 points in the Jayhawks’ Big 12 opener against West Virginia on Jan. 2. She is averaging 8.3 points per game and has scored in double figures in three of the last four games. She has the third-best turnover-to-assist ratio in the conference at 2.6.
Freshman guard Keyla Morgan tied her career-best mark of 11 points against Yale. She has started five games and appeared in nine this season. She is averaging 6.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Senior guard CeCe Harper recorded her first career double-double against Tulsa after scoring 15 points and dishing out a career-best 13 assists. She is averaging 5.2 assists per game and has a total of 73 on the year. She is fourth in the league in steals per game with 2.1.
Freshman guard Dakota Gonzalez continues to be one of the first Jayhawks head coach Bonnie Henrickson calls upon from the bench. She is averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. She has appeared in 12-of-14 KU contests in 2013-14 and is playing 14.8 minutes per game. Freshman forward Caelynn Manning-Allen collected her first career start in the final game of 2013 against Yale. She is averaging 1.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Senior Markisha Hawkins has played in 12 games this season and is averaging 14.4 minutes per game. Hawkins is scoring 4.3 points per game. Junior forward Bunny Williams has also appeared in every game and started eight this season. She is averaging 2.1 boards in 13.9 minutes per game. Sophomore guard Lamaria Cole is averaging 13.0 minutes per game in 12 appearances. She has 19 assists and 12 steals on the year and is averaging 3.8 points per game. Freshman guard Dylan Gonzalez is averaging 1.6 points and 3.2 minutes per game in five appearances.
KANSAS VS. TCU: THE SERIES
The Jayhawks led the series 3-1 and have won three-straight games over the Horned Frogs heading into the fifth meeting. All three of KU’s wins over TCU came in 2013, which was TCU’s first season in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs’ lone victory over Kansas came in 2009 in the Bahamas. KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 3-1 against TCU.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Kansas last faced TCU on March 8, 2013 in the first round of the Big 12 Championship. Forward Chelsea Gardner recorded her third double-double of the 2012-13 season after recording 11 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 83-61 win over the Horned Frogs. Guard Asia Boyd gave KU a spark off the bench with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting.
SCOUTING THE HORNED FROGS
TCU enters the game 10-4 on the season and with a Big 12 mark of 1-1. The Horned Frogs sit in a tie for fourth place in the league standings after opening conference action with a 71-49 loss to Iowa State and a 65-54 win on the road against Texas Tech. TCU is led by sophomore Zahna Medley, who is averaging a team-high 17.1 points per game. She also has a team-best 53 assists on the year. Defensively, senior Latricia Lovings has swatted away a team-high 50 blocks in 14 games. The Horned Frogs are shooting 41.7 percent from the field and averaging 70.2 points per game. TCU is averaging 6.3 blocked shots and 10.4 steals per game.
- Kansas’ defense held Baylor to its lowest offensive output of the season, and 23 points under its season average of 98.6. The Jayhawk defense also held BU to 32 points in the first half, which is the lowest total for the Lady Bears this season.
- Junior forward Chelsea Gardner rejected three shots against Baylor, bringing her within one block of 90 for her career and 10th on the all-time Kansas blocks list.
- Freshman Jada Brown had a career night against Baylor in her first start for the Jayhawks. Brown scored a career-high five points and grabbed a career-best eight rebounds against the Lady Bears.
THIS DAY IN KANSAS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HISTORY
On Jan. 8, 1995, Kansas defeated Nebraska, 77-64, on the road. The Jayhawks shot 23-of-30 from the free throw line in the victory over the Huskers. Four Jayhawks contributed double-digit scoring, who were led by Tamecka Dixon’s 19 points. The win extended KU’s win streak to six games.
A LONE STAR STATE OF MIND
After opening Big 12 play at home against West Virginia, the Jayhawks are set to play five-straight games against opponents from Texas. Three of those five games, Kansas travels to the Lone Star state, which is home to Chelsea Gardner, CeCe Harper, Lamaria Cole and Bunny Williams. KU opens and closes the Texas swing with No. 7 Baylor. In that span, Kansas also travels to TCU and Texas, while hosting Texas Tech and Baylor.
GARDNER’S BLOCK PARTY
Junior forward Chelsea Gardner leads the Jayhawks with 24 blocks on the season and has 89 in her career. She needs one more to become the 11th KU player to reach 90 career blocks and move her into a tie for 10th place in the all-time record book. Gardner is averaging 1.7 blocks per game which is fifth in the Big 12.
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