Kansas Wraps Up 2013-14 Home Slate with Iowa State
Lawrence, Kan. — The Jayhawks close out the 2013-14 home schedule and celebrate Senior Night against Iowa State on March 1 at 7 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas (12-16, 5-11 Big 12) is looking to even this year’s series with a victory on Saturday night in a game that will be televised on Fox Sports Network. The game will also be available on the Jayhawk Radio Network.
KANSAS FAST BREAKS
- Kansas leads the overall series 45-31, however Iowa State has won the last three contests. The Jayhawks are 6-3 vs. ISU in Allen Fieldhouse under head coach Bonnie Henrickson and own a 26-8 all-time record against the Cyclones in Lawrence. Three of the last six meetings between Iowa State and KU have been decided in extra minutes, including last year’s showdown in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas is 4-0 against ISU in overtime games.
- The Jayhawks are averaging 29.2 points in the paint and have scored 40 or more points in the paint on five occasions in 2013-14. Kansas has tallied a high of 44 points in the paint twice. The last game KU reached the 40-point mark was against Baylor on Jan. 19.
- Kansas’ all-time record is 769-549 and has an all-time conference record of 236-247. Head coach Bonnie Henrickson is 328-213 all-time and 170-151 at KU.
- KU has a record of 124-57 (.704) in Allen Fieldhouse under Henrickson and an all-time home record of 396-158 (.723).
- Kansas’ all-time Big 12 record is 113-179, while KU is 56-108 in conference play under Henrickson.
- Junior forward Chelsea Gardner has posted a Big 12-leading 12 double-doubles on the season and recorded double-digit scoring efforts in 25 games this year, including the past 13 games. Gardner’s 12 double-doubles are tied with Vickie Adkins (1983-84) for the most by a Jayhawk in a single season since Shyra Holden had 14 in 1978-79.
- Gardner is shooting 56.5 percent from the field, which is second-best in the Big 12. It also marks the fourth-best career field goal percentage in Kansas women’s basketball history. The top career percentage by a Jayhawk is 61.8 by Carolyn Davis (2010-13) and Vickie Adkins (1983-86).
- CeCe Harper has 149 assists on the season, which is the ninth-most in a single season by Jayhawk. She needs 17 more to surpass Lynette Woodard for eighth place on KU’s single-season record list.
- Natalie Knight has been Kansas’ most consistent threat from beyond the three-point line, making a team-high 53 shots from deep, which is tied for 10th-most in a season by a Jayhawk. Knight has connected on 41.4 percent of her attempts, which is good for fourth in the Big 12. She has shot 50 percent or better in six of the last seven games from beyond the arc.
KANSAS VS. IOWA STATE: THE SERIES The Jayhawks have a 45-31 advantage in the all-time series against Iowa State, which began in 1978, but the Cyclones have won three-straight over KU. Three of the last six contests have been decided in overtime and Kansas has a perfect 4-0 record vs. the Cyclones in overtime games. KU won 16 of the first 18 meetings and was victorious in 14-straight games from 1992-98. The last time out, the Cyclones came from behind at Hilton Coliseum to defeat Kansas 72-69. SCOUTING THE CYCLONES Iowa State is currently tied with Oklahoma for fifth place in the Big 12 standings with a conference mark of 8-8, while posting a 19-8 overall record this season. The Cyclones are coming off of a 17-point win over No. 13 Oklahoma State and have won three of their last four games. ISU leads the league shooting 80.0 percent from the free throw line and has the fourth-best three-point field goal percentage (.337). Senior Hallie Christofferson is second in the conference in scoring (18.7) and has the best percentage from the charity stripe (.888). She is shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 28.3 percent from behind the arc. Christofferson also leads the team with 7.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Junior Nikki Moody has dished out a team-high 149 assists and collected 22 steals, while freshman Jadda Buckley is shooting 44.6 percent from the three-point line and recorded a team-best 28 steals. SENIOR SALUTE On Saturday night, the Jayhawks will celebrate senior night at the conclusion of the final home game of 2013-14. This year’s senior class includes CeCe Harper and Markisha Hawkins. Harper, a four-year member of the Jayhawk roster, is averaging 10.3 points per game during her senior campaign. She has played in 108 games with 605 points, 290 rebounds and 262 assists. Hawkins, a two-year transfer, has played in 42 games and is averaging 5.7 points per game this season. She has accumulated 206 points, 74 rebounds and 30 assists in her KU career. Harper has helped Kansas to two Sweet 16 appearances and Hawkins one.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Kansas is among the top half of the league in several Big 12 statistical categories in 2013-14. The Jayhawks are tied for third in the conference in blocked shots with 4.4 per game. KU is shooting 34.0 percent from the three-point line, which is third in the league. The Jayhawks recorded the most free throw attempts in a single game with 54 against Oral Roberts (11/10) and shot the second-highest field goal percentage at 61.4 percent against Creighton on Nov. 17. Individually, junior forward Chelsea Gardner has recorded the most double-doubles in the league with 12 on the year. Gardner ranks fifth in the conference standings in scoring (16.7 ppg), third in rebounds per game (8.5) and second in field goal percentage (.565). Senior guard CeCe Harper has 149 assists on the year, which places her ninth on KU’s all-time single season list. She averages 5.3 assists per game which is fourth among the Big 12. Junior Natalie Knight has the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4) and is also fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.414).
CHELSEA LATELY Junior forward Chelsea Gardner has stepped up to the challenge of filling the scoring void left by graduating three 1,000 point scorers at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season. Gardner has scored in double figures in 25-of-28 games this season and is averaging 16.7 points per game. On the season, she is shooting 56.5 percent from the field, which is the second-best field goal percentage in the Big 12. She scored a career-high 34 points at Texas Tech on Feb. 1. Gardner has recorded 12 double-doubles this year and 17 in her career. She has 900 career points and is on pace to reach 1,000 points by the end of her Jayhawk career. After grabbing 10 boards against K-State (1/25), Gardner became the 26th Jayhawk in program history to record 500 or more rebounds. She currently has 581.
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