Kansas Continues Action With Creighton
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The 2013-14 season is off to a hot start for the Kansas women’s basketball program after juniors Chelsea Gardner and Asia Boyd led KU to pair of victories in the first two games of the year.
The Jayhawks open the season with three-straight games inside Allen Fieldhouse and conclude the homestand by hosting Creighton on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.
The game will air live on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and Jayhawk Radio Network.
JAYHAWK FAST BREAKS
• Kansas received 17 votes in the second USA TODAY Top 25 poll of the 2013-14 season, which was released on Nov. 12. KU is 43 votes from cracking the top 25. The Jayhawks ended the 2012-13 campaign ranked No. 25.
• The Jayhawks boast a 326-148 (.686) record all-time versus non-conference opponents and is 89-22 in non-conference play under head coach Bonnie Henrickson. • KU has a record of 116-49 in Allen Fieldhouse under Henrickson and an all-time home record of 406-159 (.718).
• In the month of November, the Jayhawks have an overall mark of 112-26 (.810) and have won the last 20 games played in the 11th month of the year.
• Junior guard Asia Boyd set a new career-high of 18 points in the Jayhawks, 72-56, win over SIU-Edwardsville as KU improved to 2-0 on the season. It marked the second-straight game where Boyd scored in double figures.
ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS
Kansas opened the 2013-14 season with a pair of wins and are 2-0 on the young season. Junior Chelsea Gardner and Asia Boyd recorded double-doubles in the season opener and have scored in double figures in both games. Gardner is averaging 21.5 points per game, while Boyd is averaging 17.5 points per game.
Junior Natalie Knight, sophomore Lamaria Cole and junior Bunny Williams round out the starting five for the Jayhawks. Knight leads the team with 10 assists and also has six steals on the year. Cole has grabbed a team best seven steals in two games and is averaging 6.5 points per game. Seniors CeCe Harper and Markisha Hawkins are among the first off the bench for KU. Hawkins averages 4.0 points per game, while Harper is adding 4.5 points per game.
All five freshmen have seen action in the first two games of the 2013-14 campaign. Keyla Morgan leads the freshmen with 5.0 points per game, while Caelynn Manning-Allen leads KU with four blocks. Dakota Gonzalez is averaging 16 minutes a game, the most of the freshman class. She has eight points, four rebounds and two assists on the season. Jada Brown is averaging 1.5 rebounds per game in 25 minutes played. Dylan Gonzalez is shooting 66.7 percent in eight minutes off the bench.
SCOUTING THE BLUEJAYS
Creighton is off to a 1-1 start in 2013 with a, 68-63, win over South Dakota State and a, 62-55, loss at Drake. Sophomore Marissa Janning leads the team with 20.5 points per game. She is also averaging 5.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game. Sarah Nelson is averaging a team best 6.5 rebounds per game and recorded three blocks. As a team, the Bluejays are shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 28.9 percent from the three-point line. Nelson is knocking down 50 percent of her shots, while Alexis Akin-Otiko has made 5-fo-7 field goals for 71.4 percent. Creighton has recorded 31.5 rebounds, six steals and 5.5 blocks per game.
KANSAS VS. CREIGHTON: THE SERIES
Kansas and Creighton are set to meet for the 37th time in program history. The Jayhawks lead the overall series 24-12 and have won the last 10 meetings. Under head coach Bonnie Henrickson, KU is 10-1 against the Bluejays. Kansas owns a 14-4 record when playing Creighton in Allen Fieldhouse.
LAST TIME OUT
The last time the Jayhawks faced Creighton was last season, KU won, 58-48, on the road. It marked the 10th consecutive victory over the Bluejays dating back to 2005. Monica Engelman and Carolyn Davis led all scorers with 12 points each. Senior CeCe Harper added 10 points off the bench as a the third Jayhawk to score in double figures against Creighton. Junior guard Natalie Knight had four assists and five steals in last year’s match up. KU shot 53.3 percent from the field compared to the Bluejays 39.1 field goal percentage.
THIS DAY IN KANSAS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HISTORY
Kansas played Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 17, 2010, the only other game played on Nov. 17 in program history. The Jayhawks earned their second win of the 2010 campaign after a, 85-44, victory over the Islanders. Carolyn Davis scored 12 of the team’s first 14 points and made her first eight shots of the game. She finished with the game with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go along with six rebounds in only 20 minutes of action.
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