Kansas concludes homestand with Southeast Missouri

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Game 8: vs. Southeast Missouri
December, 10
7 p.m.
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Live Stats
Game Notes
 Stats  KU  SEMO
Record 7-1 4-6
Points/GM 69.5 59.9
Field Goal % 41.5 40.1
3-PT Field Goal % 31.8 30.3
Free Throw % 66.5 68.7
Rebounds/GM 46.2 37.2
Assists/GM 14.6 10.4
Blocks/GM 4.3 3.5
Steals/GM 6.5 10.3

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas hosts Southeast Missouri on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse as the Jayhawks conclude their nine-game homestand. The matchup will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network. 

Around the Arena
Sunday’s game is Kansas’ annual Toys for Tots toy drive. Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unopened, and unwrapped toys for donation and will receive $5 admission.

Fast Breaks

  • Kansas opened the 2017-18 season with a seven-game winning streak, marking just the eighth time in program history to begin a season 7-0.
  • The Jayhawks remain fifth in the nation for field goal percentage defense, holding their opponents to 32.0 percent shooting from the field.
  • KU’s impressive defense throughout the first eight games of the season has placed Kansas 30th in the nation for scoring defense, keeping its opponents to scoring an average of just 56.0 points per game so far.
  • Kansas has held its opponents to 56.0 points per game, ranking second in the Big 12, while leading the league in field goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot 32.0 percent from the field. 
  • Junior guards Kylee Kopatich and Christalah Lyons rank among the top 10 in scoring in the Big 12 standings. Kopatich’s 17.9 points per game rank fifth, while Lyons’ 15.4 points per game round out the top 10. 
  • Lyons has netted eight-straight double-figure scoring efforts to start the 2017-18 campaign, including a career-high 22 points against UMKC (11/29).
  • Kopatich has netted an average of three 3-pointers per game in the 2017-18 season, ranking her among the top 50 long-range shooters in the country.
  • Redshirt-sophomore center Tyler Johnson ranks seventh in the league for field goal percentage, knocking down 60.5 percent of her shots (26-of-43).
  • Kansas comes in at second in both offensive and defensive rebounding in the conference, grabbing 15.5 offensive rebounds per game and 30.8 defensive rebounds per game.
  • When Brandon Schneider-coached teams are leading with less than five minutes to play, his overall record is 362-12, and 17-0 at Kansas.

About the Jayhawks
The Jayhawks’ perfect  start to the 2017-18 season came to an end on Wednesday, Dec. 5 against Nebraska after Kansas failed to make a field goal in the fourth quarter and shot just 12.5 percent from the field in the second half. Prior to KU’s loss to the Cornhuskers, the Jayhawks had jumped out to a 7-0 start, marking just the eighth undefeated start in Kansas women’s basketball history.

Despite dropping their first game of the season, the Jayhawks still appear favorably in multiple statistical categories both in the Big 12 Conference and throughout the NCAA. Kansas’ most impressive mark on the season is its field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to shooting just 32.0 percent per game, ranking fifth in the nation and first in the Big 12. The Jayhawks have held their opponents to 56.0 points per game thus far in the season, placing them 30th in the nation and second in the league for scoring defense.

On the offensive end, Kansas has two players averaging double-digit scoring. Junior guards Kylee Kopatich and Christalah Lyons are netting 17.9 and 15.4 points per game, respectively. Lyons is the only Jayhawk to notch double-figure scoring efforts in each of the first eight games of the season. 

Scouting the Redhawks
In its third year under head coach Rekha Patterson, Southeast Missouri has started the year off 4-6. SEMO finished the 2016-17 season with a 13-17 overall record and 7-9 in the Ohio Valley Conference, ranking seventh in the league at the conclusion of the season.

The Redhawks are led by junior guard Adrianna Murphy and freshman guard Tesia Thomson. Murphy is averaging 12.4 points, while Thompson is netting 10.0 points per game. The duo are the only two Redhawks scoring double figures heading into Sunday’s matchup. Additionally, Murphy is second on the team in rebounds after grabbing 4.8 per content. She also is connecting on 45 percent of attempts from the field. 

Defensively, the Redhawks have held its opponents to shooting just 38.3 percent from the field, leading the conference in field goal percentage defense. SEMO comes in second in the league in scoring defense, holding its opponents to 63.4 points per game.

This Day in Kansas Women’s Basketball History
Record on Dec. 10: 4-4
When playing on Dec. 10, KU has compiled an 4-4 record. During the 2009-10 season, the then-23rd-ranked Jayhawks beat UMKC, 81-53. A trio of double-figure scorers led Kansas to victory. Danielle McCray scored 18 points, Krysten Boogaard contributed a game-high 19 and Aishah Sutherland chipped in 11 points in No. 23 KU’s victory over the ‘Roos.

Around the League
While the Jayhawks sit among the top of many national stat rankings, Kansas is also fairing well in the Big 12 Conference stat rankings. KU’s scoring defense is second-best in the league after limiting its opponents to 56.0 points per game. Additionally, the Jayhawks’ defense is first in field goal percentage defense (32.0) and second in 3-point field goal defense (27.1). Individually, junior guard Kylee Kopatich is fifth in scoring (17.9) and junior guard Christalah Lyons is 10th in points per game (15.4). Redshirt-sophomore center Tyler Johnson is connecting on 60.5 percent of her attempts, which is the seventh-best mark in the Big 12. Additionally, Kopatich is averaging a conference-leading 3.0 treys per game.

After eight games in 2017-18, Kansas’ tough defense has been on display inside Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have limited their opponents to an average of 56.0 points per game, putting them in second of the league’s shooting defense standings. KU has also held its opponents to just 32.0 percent shooting from the field, ranking fifth in the nation for field goal percentage defense, while leading the Big 12. 

Celebrating 50 Years of Kansas Women’s Sports
The intercollegiate women’s sports department was created by the University in 1968 and began with six sports: women’s basketball, softball, volleyball, swimming, gymnastics and field hockey. An annual budget of $2,000 was provided in 1968 when Marlene Mawson was tasked with initiating a women’s intercollegiate athletics program. This budget was expected to cover all expenses for sports equipment, uniforms and travel. Mawson’s job duties involved coaching, administering the program and teaching in the Physical Education department. By 1975, the University had handed out its first athletic scholarships to women.

Up Next
Kansas women’s basketball hits the road for the first time in 2017-18 facing St. John’s on Monday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. (CT), inside Carnesecca Arena. The contest will air on ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.




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