Kansas concludes 2017 series with No. 10 Texas Saturday
Date Feb. 11, 2017
Time 1:30 p.m. (CT)
Location Austin, Texas
Notes Game Notes
HOW THEY COMPARE
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball travels to Texas on Saturday, Feb. 11, looking to even the 2017 series against UT. The final regular-season meeting between the Jayhawks and the Longhorns tips off at 1:30 p.m., on the Longhorn Network and the Jayhawk Radio Network.
FOLLOWING THE JAYHAWKS
Kansas’ game at Texas will air on the Longhorn Network and the Jayhawk Radio Network, while live stats will also be available through UT’s website, texassports.com. Additionally, fans can follow the Jayhawks on twitter at
- Kansas and Texas face off for the 34th time in program history on Saturday afternoon. The Longhorns own a 23-10 lead in the all-time series that began in 1982.
- KU looks to snap its nine-game losing skid to Texas in the final meeting of the regular season against the Longhorns. The Jayhawks are 4-10 when playing inside the Frank Erwin Center.
- Six of Kansas’ first seven Big 12 Conference games of 2017 were against nationally-ranked opponents. Kansas is 0-7 against teams ranked in the top 25 this season.
- KU forced Texas (1/4) to turn the ball over 31 times, a season-high mark for the Jayhawks’ defense. Kansas leads the league in turnovers forced with 19.4 per game.
- Kansas has forced 20 or more turnovers in eight of 13 Big 12 contests this season.
- Redshirt junior guard Jessica Washington has led all scorers in eight of 13 Big 12 contests in 2017. Washington leads the league in scoring in Big 12-only games with 19.7 points per contest and is ranked third in the conference in all games with 16.8 points per game.
- Washington made 7-of-10 (.700) attempts from the 3-point line at K-State (1/11) and ended the contest one triple shy of tying KU’s single-game record of eight set in 1996 by Charisse Sampson. At Oklahoma State (1/25), Washington made 6-of-12 attempts from long range for her second game shooting 50 percent or higher with 10 or more attempts from the 3-point line.
ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS
Coming off of its second Big 12 victory this season, Kansas enters the final meeting of the regular season against Texas with a 8-16 mark overall and a 2-11 record in Big 12 Conference action. The Jayhawks look to build on their momentum from Wednesday’s win over Oklahoma State and even the 2017 series against the Longhorns with a win.
The Jayhawks are averaging 62.5 points per game with a scoring margin of -9.0. KU is making 33.9 percent of its shots from the field, while converting 30.1 percent of its attempts from the 3-point line. Kansas is averaging 38.5 boards per game. The Jayhawks have also swiped 9.5 steals per contest, good for the second-most by any team in the conference.
Redshirt junior guard Jessica Washington has stormed onto the hardwood and paced KU’s offense in 2016-17. Washington leads the league in scoring in conference play with 19.7 points per game. She is third in the Big 12 in scoring on the season with 16.8 points per game. She has netted double figures in 18 games this season, including 12 of her 13 outings in conference play.
Washington isn’t the only Jayhawk aiding KU’s offensive efforts in 2016-17. Sophomore guard Kylee Kopatich is also among the top scorers this season with 9.4 points per game. Seniors Timeka O’Neal and Caelynn Manning-Allen are both coming off of double-digit scoring efforts against Oklahoma State (2/8) and are averaging 5.2 and 5.0 points per game, respectively.
SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS
No. 11 Texas is coming off a huge upset win on the road against No. 2 Baylor. The victory over the Lady Bears places the Longhorns in sole possession at the top of the Big 12 Conference standings. Texas is 19-4 on the season and has a perfect 13-0 mark in Big 12 play.
The Longhorns are averaging 74.7 points per game heading into the game against the Jayhawks and have a +14.7 scoring margin. Texas is connecting on 46.1 percent of its shots from the field and 35.8 percent from long range. Defensively, the Longhorns are averaging 42.7 rebounds, 7.7 steals and 5.7 blocks per game.
Junior guard Brooke McCarty is pacing Texas’ offense with a team-high 14.2 points per game, while junior guard Ariel Atkins is just behind scoring 13.5 points per contest. McCarty is connecting on 46.8 percent of her attempts from the floor, including a 54-of-122 (.443) mark from the 3-point line. Senior center Kelsey Lang is averaging a team-best 8.4 rebounds per contest, while also netting 9.8 points per game. Additionally, Lang leads the team in blocks per game with 2.3. The final Longhorn to average double digits is freshman guard/forward Joyner Holmes, who is netting 12.4 points per contest.
THIS DAY IN KU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HISTORY
Record on Feb. 11: 7-5
Saturday’s contest is the 13th time in program history that Kansas has played on Feb. 11. On this day in 1994, the Jayhawks defeated Iowa State, 82-50, inside Allen Fieldhouse. Angela Aycock led the Jayhawks with 18 points, while Angie Halbleib contributed 15 points.
TOUGH AND TOGETHER
Head coach Brandon Schneider has brought a “tough and together” culture to Allen Fieldhouse and Kansas women’s basketball. Schneider has vowed that his squads will compete and play together every day. Whether the Jayhawks are hitting the floor, flying over the scorers’ table or passing to a teammate, they will play tough and together until the final whistle blows.
Kansas stays on the road to complete the 2017 series against Texas Tech on Saturday, Feb. 18. Tipoff against the Lady Raiders is slated for 2 p.m., on FOX Sports SW+ and the Jayhawk Radio Network.
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