| Junior Natalie Knight and the Jayhawks end non-conference action on Sunday against Yale.
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball is slated to finish its non-conference schedule by hosting Yale on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (6-5) and Bulldogs (5-6) meet for the first time in program history. It marks the final game for KU before opening Big 12 conference action on Jan. 2 against West Virginia.
Sunday’s contest against Yale will be broadcast live on the Jayhawk Television Network and ESPN3. It can also be heard on the Jayhawk Radio Network.
KANSAS FAST BREAKS
• The Jayhawks boast a 330-153 (.686) record all-time versus non-conference opponents and are 92-27 in non-conference play under head coach Bonnie Henrickson.
• KU has a record of 118-51 (.704) in Allen Fieldhouse under Henrickson and an all-time home record of 394-152 (.723).
• In the month of December, the Jayhawks own an overall mark of 180-79 (.695) and are 46-18 (.737) during the Bonnie Henrickson era in the final month of the year.
ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS
Kansas is slated to play its final non-conference game of the 2013-14 season on Dec. 29 against Yale inside Allen Fieldhouse. It is the first meeting between the two programs and second time this season that the Jayhawks have faced an opponent for the first time in program history. With one non-conference game left, KU has a 6-5 record and is looking to add another win before entering Big 12 play on Jan. 2 against West Virginia.
Junior forward Chelsea Gardner continues to lead the Jayhawks offensively with 16.9 points per game, which is fifth in scoring in the Big 12. She has the third-highest field goal percentage (.610) in the conference and second-most double-doubles this season with three. Gardner has scored in double figures in all 11 games for the Jayhawks. Junior guard Asia Boyd knocked in 20+ points for the second time this year after scoring 22 points against Tulsa on Dec. 22. Boyd is averaging 13.5 points per game is among the top 15 in the Big 12 in scoring. Senior guard CeCe Harper recorded a career-high 13 assists against Tulsa and has dished out a career-best performance twice in the last three games. She is the third Jayhawk to average double figures with 10.3 points per game.
Junior guard Natalie Knight is averaging 7.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. She has the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the Big 12 at 2.5 with her 35 assists to 14 turnovers. Freshman guard Keyla Morgan, who worked her way into the starting line-up the last three games, is scoring 6.6 points per game and recorded nine against Tulsa before the Holiday break. Freshman guard Dakota Gonzalez has been the first Jayhawk off the bench in the past two games and is averaging 4.6 points per game. She recorded a career-high 20 minutes against Tulsa and scored five points. Senior guard Markisha Hawkins has appeared in every game this season and is averaging 4.7 points per game in 15.2 minutes per game.
Freshman forward Caelynn Manning-Allen came off the bench scoring two points and recording a block for the Jayhawks against Tulsa. She is averaging one block and 1.7 points per game. Sophomore Lamaria Cole has appeared in 10 games averaging 14.8 minutes and 4.3 points per game. Junior forward Bunny Williams has started eight games and appeared in every game scoring 2.0 points and grabbing 2.5 rebounds per game. Freshman forward JadaBrown is averaging 9.5 minutes and 0.8 points per game in 11 appearances. Freshman guard Dylan Gonzalez is averaging 3.3 minutes and 1.5 points in four appearances.
KANSAS VS. YALE: THE SERIES
When the Jayhawks host the Bulldogs inside Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday it will be the first meeting between the two programs. Yale is the second and final team that Kansas will face for the first time in program history in 2013-14. The other team that KU met for the first time was Duke at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale is 5-6 on the year and won its last game, 66-35, over St. Peter’s. The Bulldogs longest win streak of 2013-14 was two games to start the season. Yale is averaging 65.9 points per game on 36.8 percent from the field. Alex Osborn-Jones is shooting 52.6, which is the best shooting percentage on the squad. Sarah Halejian is averaging a team-high 14.9 points per game. Halejian also leads the team with 3.3 assists and 2.4 steals a game. Janna Graf is making 41.3 percent of her shots from beyond the arc, while Meredith Boardman leads the charge on the glass averaging 7.5 rebounds per game.
HOT JAYHAWK TRENDS
Kansas has outrebounded its opponents in the last four games and in 8-of-11 games this season … The Jayhawks have trailed at halftime only twice this year … KU has held 5-of-10 opponents to under 38 percent shooting … Kansas’ bench has scored in double figures in 10-of-11 games in 2013-14 … Junior forward Chelsea Gardner is shooting 69.3 percent (34-49) from the field in the last three games … Senior CeCe Harper has recorded a career-high in assists in two of the last three games (13 against Tulsa and 11 against Texas Southern).
KANSAS’ BENCH MARKS THE SPOT
The Jayhawks’ bench added an extra spark averaging 18.5 points per game and scoring a season-high 28 points against Central Michigan on Nov. 28. KU’s bench has scored in double figures 10-of-11 games and reached the 20-point mark in six games. Seniors CeCe Harper and Markisha Hawkins came off the bench and have led the team in scoring on two different occasions. Harper delivered 17 points on the road against Minnesota (11/20), while Hawkins scored 16 against CMU. Freshman Keyla Morgan recorded a career-best 11 points off the bench against No. 2 Duke. Freshman Dakota Gonzalez knocked in a career best 18 points off the bench against Texas Southern (12/12).
NOT IN GARDNER’S HOUSE
Junior forward Chelsea Gardner leads the Jayhawks with 17 blocks on the season and has 82 in her career. She needs eight more to become the 11th KU player to reach 90 career blocks and move her into a tie for 10th place in the all-time record book. Gardner is averaging 1.7 blocks per game which is sixth in the Big 12.
NOT IN OUR LEAGUE
The Jayhawks boast a 330-153 (.686) record all-time versus non-conference opponents. The Jayhawks’ best non-conference record came during the 2005-06 season when they posted a perfect 11-0 mark during the regular season. KU is 71-16 (.862) in non-conference games since the 2007-08 season.
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