Jayhawks and Roos play for 20th time

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Game 6: vs. UMKC
Nov. 29
7 p.m.
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Live Stats
Game Notes
 Stats  KU UMKC
Record 5-0 0-5
Points/GM 74.6 56.2
Field Goal % 43.4 31.9
3-PT Field Goal % 36.4 28.9
Free Throw % 67.9 66.7
Rebounds/GM 46.2 33.6
Assists/GM 16.4 10.2
Blocks/GM 4.0 1.4
Steals/GM 7.0 7.4

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas women’s basketball tips off on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., against the UMKC Kangaroos inside Allen Fieldhouse. Wednesday’s game marks the 20th time that the ‘Roos and Jayhawks have meet on the hardwood. The matchup will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network. 

Around the Arena
The KC Disc Dogs will be featured in a performance at halftime of the KU vs. UMKC game.

Fast Breaks

  • KU is off to a 5-0 start for the first time since the 2012-13 season when Kansas won seven-straight games before suffering its first loss of the season.
  • Kansas is one of seven schools to have both basketball programs start the 2017-18 season undefeated.
  • The Jayhawks are leading the Big 12 Conference in 3-pointers made with 39, led by junior guard Kylee Kopatich with 21.
  • Kopatich’s 21 3-point baskets lead the league for 3-pointers made thus far.
  • Junior guard Austin Richardson notched a career-high 11 rebounds in KU’s 73-65 victory over Rice (11/26).
  • The Jayhawks have held their opponents to a league-best 54.8 points and 31.8 field goal shooting percentage.
  • Kopatich and junior guard Christalah Lyons have netted five-straight double-figure scoring efforts to start the 2017-18 campaign.
  • In her third season with the Crimson and Blue, Kopatich leads the team with 19.6 points per game. Lyons follows, averaging 14.8 points per game, in her first year with the Jayhawks.
  • Kopatich recorded new career-high marks for the second time this season after netting 23 points and sinking six 3-pointers against Delaware State (11/22).
  • Three Jayhawks are averaging double figures after the five games this season, Kopatich leads the way with 19.6, while junior guards Lyons and Brianna Osorio are averaging 14.8 and 11.4 points per game, respectively.
  • When Brandon Schneider-coached teams are leading with less than five minutes to play, his overall record is 361-12, and 15-0 at Kansas.
  • Kansas Athletics is celebrating the 50-year milestone of women’s varsity sports, including one of the original six sports, women’s basketball. KU enters its 50th season after becoming a varsity sport in 1968-69 and has compiled a 802-614 overall record.

About the Jayhawks
After two successful exhibition games, Kansas opened the 2017-18 season with five-straight victories, marking the first time since the 2012-13 season and first time under head coach Brandon Schneider that the Jayhawks have gotten off to a 5-0 start to the season. 

Junior guards Kylee Kopatich and Christalah Lyons have each netted double-digit scoring efforts in each of the five games for the Jayhawks and are both shooting 48.0 percent or better from the field. Kopatich leads three Kansas players averaging double figures in 2017-18 with 19.6 points per game. She is also shooting 46.7 percent from long range and averaging just over four 3-point field goals per game. Lyons averages 14.8 points per game, while dishing out an average of 4.0 assists in each of KU’s five contests thus far. 

Junior guard Brianna Osorio rounds out the trio of double-digit scorers for Kansas, averaging 11.4 points per game and nabbing a team-best nine steals  through the Jayhawks’ first five games.

Kansas is shooting 43.4 percent from the field and six Jayhawks are sinking 40 percent or higher of their shots. Redshirt-sophomore forward Tyler Johnson leads the team after making 66.7 percent of her attempts from the floor. 

The Jayhawks lead the league in 3-point baskets made, making 39 through their first five games. Kopatich, Lyons, Osorio, junior guard Austin Richardson and freshman forward Micaela Wilson have all netted baskets from behind the arc. Kopatich leads the team and the Big 12 in long-range baskets with 21 of KU’s 39 3-pointers. The Olathe, Kansas native has knocked down 46.7 percent of her 3-point attempts.

Defensively, KU is holding its opponents to just 54.8 points per game and limiting the opposition to a 31.8 field goal percentage, leading the Big 12 in both scoring defense and defensive shooting percentage.

Scouting the ‘Roos
Following a 75-64 exhibition victory over William Jewell College, the Kangaroos have lost their first five contests of the season under first-year head coach Jaycie Hoyt.

The ‘Roos return four starters from last year’s team, including Western Athletic Conference All-Second Team selection senior guard Samantha Waldron. The Omaha, Nebraska native has averaged 8.2 points per game thus far in the 2017-18 season and leads UMKC with 10 steals. Senior guard and Kansas City native Aries Washington leads the ‘Roos offensively, scoring an average of 17.4 points per game on 26-of-58 shooting from the field. 

Redshirt junior forward Kristen Moore averages 12.0 points per game and leads the team in both rebounding and assists with 6.4 rebounds per game and 10 assists on the season. Rounding out the ‘Roos key returners is redshirt-senior guard India Johnson who averages 6.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

UMKC added three newcomers to its 2017-18 rosters including two freshmen in Kennedy Perry and Taylor Larson and junior college transfer Janee Arnold out of Butler County Community College.

Rice Leftovers
Two teams entered Sunday’s matchup with undefeated records. And it was Kansas women’s basketball that emerged with its perfect mark still intact after outlasting Rice, 73-65, inside Allen Fieldhouse.

No matter how hard the Owls (5-1) tried to steal the lead, the Jayhawks (5-0) found an answer and held on to their lead late in the game. The Jayhawks were led by junior guard Kylee Kopatich’s 18 points, her fifth-straight double-digit scoring effort of the season.

This Day in Kansas Women’s Basketball History
Record on Nov. 29: 7-4
When playing on Nov. 29, KU has compiled a 7-4 record. During the 2003-04 season on Nov. 29, Tamara Ransburg led the Jayhawks to their first victory of the season with a 70-64 win over Sacramento State. Ransburg netted 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field along with a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line in KU’s victory.

Long Range Leaders
The Jayhawks lead the Big 12 Conference in 3-point baskets made thus far, making 39-of-107 of their long-range attempts. KU’s 3-point field goal percentage ranks third in the conference at 36.4 percent, trailing only Baylor and Texas. Junior guard Kylee Kopatich has accounted for 21 of Kansas’ 39 baskets from behind the arc, putting her in first in the league for 3-pointers.

After five games in 2017-18, Kansas’ tough defense has been on display inside Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have limited their opponents to an average of 54.8 points per game, putting them atop of the league’s shooting defense standings. KU has also held its opponents to just 31.8 percent shooting from the field, leading the Big 12 in defensive shooting percentage.

Up Next
The Jayhawks continue their nine-game homestand against Arkansas on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. KU’s matchup with the Razorbacks will air on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.




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