Jayhawks Host No. 7 Baylor
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball faces No. 7 Baylor for the second time in as many weeks on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse.
he contest concludes the Jayhawks’ (8-9, 1-4 Big 12) five-game span of playing an opponent from the Lone Star state, which began with the Lady Bears (14-2, 4-0 Big 12) on Jan 5.
Sunday is Superhero Day in Allen Fiedhouse and children that dress like superheroes get free admission. The game will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.
ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS
Kansas is averaging 66.4 points per game and has a scoring margin of + 0.7, while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. KU has shot 50 percent or better from the three point line in two of the last three games. The Jayhawks average 36.1 rebounds per game and have outrebounded 11-of-16 opponents including two of the last three contests. Kansas’ bench is scoring 18.9 points per game and has reached the 20-point mark in eight games this season.
After her 14th double-figure scoring effort, junior forward Chelsea Gardner continues to lead the Jayhawks with 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She has led the team in scoring on nine different occasions and recorded four double-doubles, which is second most in the Big 12 this season. Senior CeCe Harper leads the Big 12 with 6.4 assists and 2.4 steals after five league games. Harper has recorded two double digit assist efforts this season and seven or more assists in seven of the last nine games. Junior Natalie Knight is shooting 38.7 (29-75) percent from the three-point line in 2013-14 and made a career-best 6-of 7 attempts at TCU (1/8). Knight is averaging 8.8 points per game, while having one of the top 30 assists to-turnover ratios in the country at 2.3.
New to the starting lineup is freshman forward Jada Brown, who has started three of the last four games for Kansas. When in the starting lineup, Brown averages 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and 2.0 points compared to 2.3 rebounds a contest on the year. Brown scored a career-best 10 points at Texas (1/15) for her first double-figure scoring effort. Freshman guard Keyla Morgan is the other rookie in the starting lineup this season. Morgan has had two double-digit scoring efforts in her first season with KU, the first against then-No. 2 Duke. She is averaging 6.0 points per game and shooting 50 percent from behind the three-point line. Junior guard Asia Boyd is the only other Jayhawk averaging double figures with 12 points per game. She has appeared in every game this season, playing 27.4 minutes a contest and grabbing 5.4 boards per game, which is second-best on the squad.
Freshman forward Caelynn Manning-Allen is making the most of her minutes off the bench during her rookie season. The Chicago native is averaging four points and four rebounds per game in the last three games, which she scored a career-high of six points in the last two contests. Manning-Allen is averaging 2.5 rebounds a game and has 12 blocks this season, second-most on the team. In the last three games, freshman guard Dakota Gonzalez has shot 60 percent from beyond arc and is averaging 5.3 points per game off the bench. On the season, she is shooting 41.2 percent from the three-point line and averaging 4.4 points a contest. Senior guard Markisha Hawkins scored 12 points at TCU (1/8) for her second double-digit scoring effort of the year. She is averaging 4.4 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 14.3 minutes a contest.
Sophomore guard Lamaria Cole is averaging 3.4 points and 1.4 assists per game. Junior forward Bunny Williams is grabbing 2.1 boards per game, while shooting 69.2 (9-13) percent from the field. Freshman guard Dylan Gonzalez is averaging 1.3 points behind 62.5 (5-8) percent from the field.
KANSAS FAST BREAKS
• The Jayhawks have lost eight-straight games to the Lady Bears as Baylor leads the series, 20-7. Kansas is 4-7 against Baylor in Allen Fieldhouse and 1-15 under head coach Bonnie Henrickson.
• Defensively, Kansas has held three opponents under 35 percent from the field and nine opponents under 40 percent shooting in 2013-14. KU has held three of five Big 12 opponents under 40 percent shooting with the lowest being Texas Tech at 29.4 percent.
• The Jayhawks have outrebounded 11-of-16 opponents this season, including seven of the last 10 games and 8-of-10 games played in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas grabbed a season-best 52 boards against Texas Tech and outrebounded the Red Raiders by 27.
• Kansas has shot 50 percent or better from the three-point line in two of the last three games. KU shot a season-best 53.3 percent from beyond the arc against Texas Tech on Jan. 11.
• In 2013-14, Kansas faces 12 opponents that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, five regular season league champions, five WNIT squads and 11 teams coming off 20-win campaigns.
• KU has a record of 120-53 (.704) in Allen Fieldhouse under Henrickson and an all-time home record of 397-153 (.723).
• Kansas’ all-time Big 12 record is 109-172, while KU is 52-101 in conference play under Henrickson.
• Freshman forward Jada Brown has made three starts in her debut season with the Jayhawks. On the season, Brown is averaging 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, however, when she is in the starting line up the rookie averages 5.7 points behind 47.1 percent shooting and 4.3 rebounds per game.
• In Big 12 action, senior CeCe Harper is leading the league in assists per game with 6.4 and steals with 2.4 per game. On the season, she is averaging 5.3 assists per game after dishing out 91 in 2013-14, while grabbing 36 steals.
KANSAS VS. Baylor : THE SERIES
Baylor leads the all-time series against the Jayhawks 20-7. The series dates back to 1978 and KU has lost the last eight contests versus the Lady Bears. Kansas’ last win against Baylor came in 2009 in Allen Fieldhouse. KU owns a 4-7 record when playing Baylor at home and won three-straight contests against the Lady Bears from 1994-97.
LAST TIME OUT
Kansas faced Baylor on Jan. 5 in its first Big 12 road contest of the season. Senior guard CeCe Harper led the Jayhawks with 15 points in the 77-55 loss at the Ferrell Center. The Lady Bears’ senior guard Odyssey Sims matched her season average of 30 points in the first meeting. Freshman forward Jada Brown grabbed a career-best eight boards, while junior forward Chelsea Gardner swatted away a team-high three blocks.
SCOUTING THE LADY BEARS
No. 7 Baylor opened the season with a seven-game winning streak before suffering its first loss of the year to then-No. 5 Kentucky, 133-130, in overtime. The Lady Bears are 14-2 in 2013-14 with their only other loss coming to No. 1 Connecticut 66-55. BU has a conference mark of 4-0 and the defending Big 12 Champion. Baylor is averaging 91.9 points per game behind 45.3 percent shooting for a +29.6 scoring margin. The Lady Bears grab 51.9 rebounds and 7.6 steals per game. Senior guard Odyssey Sims leads the country with 31.1 points per game and is averaging 36.5 points per game in Big 12 games. She is shooting 49 percent from the field and has a team-best 32 steals. Freshman forward Nina Davis leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game, while junior post Sune Agbuke has swatted away a team-best 37 blocks.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Kansas is set to play 19 games in the comfort of Allen Fieldhouse in 2013-14, eight of which came during the non-conference slate. KU is off to a 7-3 start in Allen Fieldhouse in 2013-14. Last season, the Jayhawks were 13-4 at home. KU has a record of 120- 52 (.704) in Allen Fieldhouse under head coach Bonnie Henrickson and an all-time home record of 397-153 (.723).
THIS DAY IN KANSAS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HISTORY
Kansas is 5-6 when playing on Jan. 19 and 2-2 in Allen Fieldhouse on the 19th day of January.
Jan. 19, 1991: Kansas defeated rival Missouri 65-60 in Columbia, Mo., behind a double-double from Terrilyn Johnson, who recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds. The victory over the Tigers sparked a three game winning streak for KU. Kansas went on to finish 20-13 at the conclusion of 1991 campaign.
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