|EXH 2: Kansas vs. Washburn
||Sunday, Nov. 6
||1 p.m. Central
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball concludes its warmup to the 2016-17 season with its final exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks enter their final exhibition matchup with a 26-1 record at home.
- Kansas is 47-9 in exhibition play dating back to the 1986-87 season and enters Sunday’s match up with a 23-game winning streak against opponents in exhibition action. Inside Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks are 26-1 when hosting an exhibition game.
- After completing the 2015-16 season with the youngest team in the Big 12, Kansas will enter this season with one of the conference’s most experienced squads. The 2016-17 Jayhawk roster will include 12 returning players, more than any other Big 12 team.
- Redshirt junior Jessica Washington unofficially logged 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in her debut in the Crimson and Blue against Fort Hays State. She was two assists and two rebounds shy of a triple-double, which has only been achieved once in KU women’s basketball history. Angela Aycock record one during the 1994-95 season.
- Junior Chayla Cheadle and redshirt sophomore McKenzie Calvert led all scorers in the first exhibition game with 18 points each. Calvert ended the afternoon 3-of-7 from the 3-point line.
- Senior guard Timeka O’Neal averaged a team-best 41.1 shooting percentage from beyond the arc last season. In 2015-16, the Raytown, Missouri native recorded the seventh-best single-season three-point shooting performance in Kansas history.
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.
ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS
A season ago, first-year head coach Brandon Schneider fielded one of the youngest squads in the Big 12 Conference with 10 underclassmen and no seniors, but 2016-17 is looking up for Schneider, as the Jayhawks will have one of the most experienced rosters in the league. With 10 upperclassmen on his roster, Schneider went from the youngest team to one of the most experienced with over 50 percent of his personnel being a junior or senior. In all, Kansas returns 12 Jayhawks that played for Schneider during his first season at the helm of KU women’s basketball.
A year after not having a single senior on the roster, Schneider and the Jayhawks have five graduating at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. Forwards Jada Brown and Caelynn Manning-Allen came in together as freshmen in 2013. Guard Timeka O’Neal was added to the class after utilizing a redshirt year following a knee injury. The trio, along with a pair of newcomers, give Kansas its largest senior class in the last four seasons. Also bringing experience to the upperclassmen-heavy roster are junior Chayla Cheadle and redshirt junior Sydney Benoit.
While Schneider has 10 players on his roster with multiple seasons under their belt, he also has five sophomores who played enough minutes during the Big 12 Conference play last season to be considered upperclassmen. Four of five Jayhawks in the sophomore class appeared in every game last season with guard Kylee Kopatich leading the way, averaging 33 minutes per contest. Aisia Robertson, Jayde Christopher and Chelsea Lott each made an impact as freshmen and look to continue to build that momentum as sophomores. Schneider and the Jayhawks took a loss with the news of forward Tyler Johnson being out indefinitely during the 2016-17 season due to a knee injury that required surgery.
Five Jayhawks will be hitting the hardwood for the first time in the Crimson and Blue as a quintet of transfers will look to make an impact this season. In 2016-17, Jayhawk fans will finally be able to see redshirt junior Jessica Washington and redshirt sophomore McKenzie Calvert take the court. Both guards had to sit out the 2015-16 campaign to comply with NCAA transfer rules. Washington and Calvert were both highly recruited student-athletes out of high school and are eager to contribute this year.
Rounding out the newcomers are a pair of graduate transfers and a junior college transfer, all of whom are eligible to play immediately. Seniors Lisa Blair and Sydney Umeri transferred to Kanas after playing at Ohio State and Virginia, respectively. Junior guard Eboni Watts joins the Jayhawks after two seasons at Tallahassee Community College. The three upperclassmen aided in Schneider’s roster becoming one of the most experienced in the conference.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Washburn enters the 2016-17 season with high expectations as it looks to improve on its 15-14 mark from last year and make a deeper run into the postseason. The Ichabods were selected to finish the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) in third place behind Emporia State and Pittsburg State, respectively.
Entering his 17th season at the helm for the Ichabods, head coach Ron McHenry fields a roster featuring seven seniors, including all-conference selections Alyxis Bowens, Erika Lane and Felisha Gibbs.
The Ichabods return four of their top five scorers from a year ago including Bowens who concluded her junior campaign with a team-high 11.5 points per contest behind 55.3 percent shooting. In addition to an experienced group of veterans, Washburn added six freshmen to its roster for the upcoming season.
Kansas owns an 6-0 mark against Washburn in exhibition play and a 15-1 record overall versus the Ichabods.
The Jayhawks and Ichabods first met in exhibition action on Dec. 9, 2000 where KU began an six-game winning streak over Washburn with a 72-46 victory. Sunday’s meeting is the first for the two programs since a 78-58 Jayhawk win in 2014, and the seventh exhibition game between the squads.
Last Time Out
Natalie Knight and Chelsea Gardner shined as Kansas completed its 20th-straight exhibition win, topping Washburn, 78-58. The senior duo had a combined 41 points and 13 rebounds. Knight put up a game-high 21 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Honor Duvall led the Ichabods with 14 points behind 54.5 percent shooting from the field.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Named in honor the late Dr. F.C. “Phog” Allen, the Jayhawks’ head coach for 39 years, Allen Fieldhouse is labeled by many as one of the best places in America to watch a college basketball game. This astounding basketball monument has been home to Jayhawk basketball for 62 years, including the inaugural year of KU women’s basketball (1969). In 47 seasons playing inside Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas women’s basketball has amassed a 410-176 (.705) record when playing in front of a home crowd.
The Jayhawks tip off the 2016-17 season against Missouri State on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. The game will air on the Jayhawk IMG Radio Network and Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3.
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