Jayhawks Conclude Regular Season at No. 7 West Virginia
LAWRENCE, KAN. — Kansas women’s basketball hits the road for its 2013-14 regular season finale on Tuesday, March 4, at No. 7 West Virginia. The Jayhawks haven’t faced the Mountaineers since the first game of league play back on Jan. 2 and look to even the series with a road victory. It’s the final game of the Big 12 slate before heading to Oklahoma City for the conference championship March 7-10. The game will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Radio Network. KANSAS FAST BREAKS
- KU leads the all-time series against West Virginia 3-2. The series began in 1992 and saw the Jayhawks win the first three meetings. The Mountaineers have won the last two meetings. Kansas is 2-0 when playing inside the WVU Coliseum.
- 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.
- Junior forward Chelsea Gardner has posted a Big 12-leading 13 double-doubles on the season and recorded double-digit scoring efforts in 26 games this year, including the past 14 games. Gardner’s 13 double-doubles are the most by a Jayhawk in a single season since Shyra Holden had 14 in 1978-79.
- Gardner is shooting 56.4 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 157 assists on the season, which is the ninth-most in a single season by Jayhawk. She needs seven 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 59 shots from deep, which is seventh-most in a season by a Jayhawk. Knight has connected on 42.8 percent of her attempts, which is good for fourth in the Big 12. She has shot 50 percent or better in seven of the last eight games from beyond the arc.
KANSAS VS. WEST VIRGINIA: THE SERIES Kansas owns a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1992. KU won the first three meetings, but West Virginia has claimed a victory in the past two meetings. The Jayhawks have a perfect 2-0 record when playing in WVU Coliseum. Last season, KU split the series with WVU and opened the 2013-14 Big 12 schedule at home against the Mountaineers, which West Virginia won 65-55. SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS West Virginia cracked the Top 10 of the USA Today poll last week, it’s the highest ranking for the Mountaineers since being ranked No. 8 in 2011. WVU is coming off of an upset win over No. 5 Baylor, 71-69, in Waco on Sunday afternoon. If WVU wins it’s final game of the 2013-14 season they will earn a share of the regular season Big 12 title. West Virginia has a 26-3 overall mark and a 15-2 record in Big 12 action. The Mountaineers have the best scoring defense in the league by limiting opponents to 57.7 points per game and 34.9 shooting from the field, which is the second lowest in the conference. Bria Holmes leads the team and is seventh in the league averaging 14.8 points per game. She is shooting 46.7 percent from the field and leads the team with 40 steals. Asya Bussie is averaging a team-best 7.6 rebounds per game, which is the seventh-best rebounding average in the conference. Offensively, West Virginia is averaging 74.7 points per game, while shooting 43.7 percent from the field.
DOUBLE TROUBLE Junior Chelsea Gardner has posted 13 double-doubles during the 2013-14 season, which is the most in the Big 12 and 49th in the nation. The DeSoto, Texas, native is the 14th Jayhawk in Kansas women’s basketball history to record 10 or more double-doubles in a single season. Gardner’s 13 double-doubles are the most by a Jayhawk in a single season since Shyra Holden recorded 14 during the 1978-79 season and are tied for the eighth-most in a single season in Kansas history. Jayhawk legend Lynette Woodard holds the KU record with 36 double-doubles in 38 games during the 1978-79 season. THREE’S COMPANY Junior guard Natalie Knight is among the top 10 three-point shooters in the Big 12. She is shooting 42.8 percent from beyond the arc, which is the fourth-best percentage in the league. She has shot 50 percent or better from the three-point line in seven of the last eight games and 13 times this season. In her career, Knight is shooting 39.4 percent, which is the second-best three-point average in KU women’s basketball history. The Jayhawks are third in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage at 34.6 percent. THIS DAY IN KANSAS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HISTORY Kansas is 5-6 when playing on March 4 and 2-0 under head coach Bonnie Henrickson on the fourth day of March. March 4, 2009: For the first time since the 1999-2000 season, the Kansas women’s basketball team won its fourth-straight Big 12 conference game as it defeated No. 5 Baylor, 69-45, Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Danielle McCray led the Jayhawks with a career-high 35 points on 11-of-21 shooting and 6-of-7 from behind the arc. Kansas went on to reach the finals of the WNIT before falling to South Florida, 75-71, in Allen Fieldhouse.
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