Jayhawks To Host TCU Wednesday
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas women’s basketball faces TCU for the second time in 2013-14 on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (11-13, 4-8 Big 12) have a one-game lead in the all-time series over the Horned Frogs (14-9, 5-6 Big 12) and are looking to snap a two-game losing skid in conference action. KU lost the first meeting against TCU 52-50 on the road and is aiming to split this season’s series. The game will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.
KANSAS FAST BREAKS
- The Jayhawks are 3-2 overall against the Horned Frogs in the series that began in 2009. KU swept the 2013 series winning all three meetings, but the streak was snapped in the first match up this season as Kansas suffered a 52-50 loss at TCU (1/8). The Jayhawks are 1-0 versus TCU in Allen Fieldhouse and all but one contest has been decided by 10 points or less.
- Kansas is fourth in the Big 12 in blocked shots per game (4.3) and has recorded four or more blocks in 15 games this season including the past two games.
- The Jayhawks shot 47.4 percent from the three-point line against Oklahoma marking the sixth time this season that Kansas has shot 40 percent or better from behind the arc. KU’s highest three-point percentage was 53.3 percent at TCU (1/8).
- · KU has a record of 123-56 (.704) in Allen Fieldhouse under Henrickson and an all-time home record of 395-157 (.723). Kansas’ all-time Big 12 record is 112-175, while KU is 55-104 in conference play under Henrickson.
- Junior guard Natalie Knight is heating up from the three-point line and has shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc in the last three games. Most recently, she shot 66.7 percent from behind the three-point line against OU. She has made 50 percent of her three-point attempts in nine games this season. Knight has the fifth-best three-point percentage (.576) in Kansas women’s basketball history.
- Junior forward Chelsea Gardner has posted a Big 12-leading nine double-doubles on the season and recorded double-digit scoring efforts in 21 games this year including the past nine games.
- CeCe Harper is fourth in the Big 12 with 5.3 assists per game and is closing in on Kansas’ single-season top-10 list with 126 assists this year. She needs 13 more assists to move into the 10th spot.
- Gardner is shooting 58.3 percent from the field, which is second-best in the Big 12. It also marks the fourth-best single-season field goal percentage in Kansas women’s basketball history. The top percentage from a Jayhawk in a single-season is 61.8 by Carolyn Davis (2010-13) and Vickie Adkins (1983-86).
ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS
Kansas’ three-game winning streak over TCU was snapped by a two-point loss in the third game of the 2013-14 Big 12 season. KU is looking to split the series with a victory Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse over the Horned Frogs. The Jayhawks are averaging 66.7 points and 37.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.7 percent and 32.5 percent from the field and from behind the arc, respectively. Kansas is posting 4.3 blocks, 7.2 steals and 13.7 assists per contest this season.
Junior guard Natalie Knight is on fire from the three-point line after shooting 66.7 percent (6-9) against Oklahoma marking her third-straight game shooting 50 percent or higher from beyond the arc. She has shot 50 percent or better from behind the three-point line nine times this year. Knight is averaging 10.1 points per game and has the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the conference (2.6). Junior forward Chelsea Gardner continues to lead the Big 12 with nine double-doubles and has posted a double-digit scoring effort 21 times in 2013-14, including the last nine games. She is averaging 17.0 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 58.3 percent from the field. Her 58.3 field goal percentage is second in the Big 12 and the fourth-best single-season field goal percentage in KU women’s basketball history. Senior guard CeCe Harper is fourth in the conference after dishing out 5.3 assists per game. She is recording 9.9 points per contest and has posted 13 double-figure scoring efforts.
Senior guard Markisha Hawkins moved into the starting line up on Jan. 28 and is averaging 5.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. She tied her season-high of 16 points against Oklahoma (2/9) after shooting 50 percent from the field. Freshman forward Jada Brown has started 10 games and appeared in 23 which is the most of the freshmen class. She is averaging 1.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per contest. Junior guard Asia Boyd is the third Jayhawk to average double figures with 11.2 points per game. She has appeared in every game of the 2013-14 season while playing 27 minutes per game. Boyd is second on the team with 4.8 rebounds a game. Freshman guard Dakota Gonzalez is shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and averaging 4.0 points per game in 22 appearances.
Freshman forward Caelynn Manning-Allen is second on the team with 15 blocks. She is averaging 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game after making 22 appearances. Manning-Allen grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds at Texas (1/15). Junior forward Bunny Williams is shooting 69.2 percent from the field while averaging 1.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. She has started nine games and appeared in 21 this season. Sophomore Lamaria Cole is playing 11.4 minutes per contest and has appeared in 18 games. She is averaging 3.1 points and 1.2 rebounds, while shooting 40.4 percent from the field. Freshman guard Dylan Gonzalez has appeared in nine games and is shooting 55.6 percent from the field. She has a total of 10 points and two rebounds on the season. Freshman guard Keyla Morgan has missed the last four games after suffering a concussion during practice.
SCOUTING THE HORNED FROGS
TCU is riding a two-game winning streak coming into the contest against Kansas. The Horned Frogs’ 61-60 win over Iowa State (2/5) snapped a three-game losing skid. In their last outing, the Frogs claimed a 72-57 victory over Texas Tech. TCU is 14-9 on the season and is fifth in the Big 12 with a conference mark of 5-6. The Horned Frogs have had success when playing at home with an 11-3 record, but are 2-4 on the road in 2013-14. This season, TCU is averaging 64.5 points per game behind 39.4 percent shooting from the field. Freshman Zahna Medley leads TCU with 16 points and 3.8 assists per game, while junior Latricia Lovings has recorded a team-best eight rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game.
KANSAS VS. TCU: THE SERIES
The series between Kansas and TCU began in 2009 and the two programs have played five times prior to Wednesday’s match up. The Jayhawks have a 3-2 advantage in the overall series and have won three of the last four contests. The Horned Frogs defeated KU in the first meeting in 2009, 74-69, and the last outing earlier this season, 52-50. Four of the games have been decided by 10 points or less and three games by five points or less.
Gardner’s Block Party
Junior forward Chelsea Gardner leads the Jayhawks with 44 blocks on the season and has 109 in her career. With three blocks against Oklahoma State (2/5), Gardner moved into eighth all-time on Kansas’ block list. Gardner needs five blocked shots to move into seventh place. She has recorded three or more blocked shots in three of the last four games. Lisa Tate is the all-time block leader with 269 from 1991-94. Gardner is averaging 1.7 blocks per game which is fourth in the Big 12.
KANSAS’ BENCH MARKS THE SPOT
The Jayhawks’ bench has added an extra spark this season averaging 18.3 points per game and scored a season-high 30 points against Yale on Dec. 29. KU’s bench has scored in double figures in 21-of-24 games and reached the 20-point mark in 10 games. Chelsea Gardner came off the bench and scored 26 against Yale, which is the most points off the bench for a Jayhawk in 2013-14.
THIS DAY IN KANSAS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HISTORY
Kansas is 7-6 when playing on Feb. 12 and 0-2 under head coach Bonnie Henrickson on the ninth day of February.
Feb. 12, 1997: Kansas saw a real team effort as every player who stepped onto the court for the Jayhawks recorded at least four points in the, 79-76, overtime defeat of Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Tamecka Dixon led the Jayhawks with 16 points, while Jennifer Trapp was next in scoring with 13 points. The Jayhawks went on to finish the conference season 14-2 for their first Big 12 title.
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