Kansas travels to Iowa State for Sunday tilt
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball begins a two-game stint away from Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday, Jan. 8, at Iowa State. The first contest in the 2017 series is set to begin at 1 p.m., inside Hilton Coliseum.
Following the Jayhawks
Kansas’ game at Iowa State will air on ESPNU and the Jayhawk Radio Network, while live stats will also be available through ISU’s website, cyclones.com. Additionally, fans can follow the Jayhawks on twitter at @KUwbball.
- Kansas and Iowa State face off for the 82nd time in program history on Sunday afternoon. The Jayhawks own a 47-34 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
- KU looks to snap its two-game losing skid to Iowa State in the first meeting of the season against the Cyclones. KU is 17-21 when playing in the Hilton Coliseum.
- Six of Kansas’ first seven Big 12 Conference games are against a nationally-ranked opponent. Kansas is 0-3 against teams ranked in the top 25 this season.
- The Jayhawks own a 119-214 all-time record against Big 12 Conference foes.
- When Brandon Schneider-coached teams are leading with less than five minutes to play, his overall record is 355-12, and 9-0 at Kansas.
- Kansas has played four overtime games in 2016-17 and is 3-1 on the season in extended games. Under Schneider, the Jayhawks are 4-1 in overtime games.
- Kansas’ bench is averaging 22.9 points per game and recorded its best effort of the season after providing 42 points against UC Riverside (12/21).
- The Jayhawks are averaging 14.7 offensive rebounds per game, good for the third-best average in the Big 12.
- KU forced Texas (1/4) to turn the ball over 31 times, a season-high mark for the Jayhawks’ defense.
- Kansas recorded 13 steals against the Longhorns, marking the seventh time this season to record 10 or more steals, including two of the last three games.
- For the third game in a row, redshirt junior guard Jessica Washington led all scorers after netting 23 points. Washington has registered a team-high nine double-figure scoring efforts and on three occasions reached the 20-point plateau this season.
About the Jayhawks
Kansas looks to snap its three-game losing skid to open the 2017 Big 12 Conference slate at Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. After losing the first three games of league action, Kansas dropped to 6-8 on the season. This season, Kansas owns a 1-3 record away from Allen Fieldhouse as KU heads to Ames, Iowa for its second Big 12 road test of the year.
The Jayhawks are averaging 64.0 points per game and have a -5.1 scoring margin. From the field, KU is connecting on 34.2 percent of its attempts, while converting 28.6 percent of its shots from long range. Kansas is averaging 43.2 rebounds per game, including 14.7 offensive boards per contest, which is the third-best average in the Big 12.
In each of the last three games, redshirt junior guard Jessica Washington has led all scorers and is averaging 21 points in conference play. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native netted 23 points against Texas (1/4), her third game this season to reach the 20-point plateau. In addition to her 23 points, Washington grabbed 10 boards in the meeting with the Longhorns, marking her first career double-double. Sophomore Kylee Kopatich added 14 points in the game against Texas, her fifth double-digit scoring effort of the season. She is averaging 9.0 points per game. Redshirt sophomore guard McKenzie Calvert is the only other Jayhawk to average double figures so far this year, scoring 13.5 points per contest.
Scouting the Cyclones
Iowa State enters the matchup with a three-game losing skid to start Big 12 Conference play and has lost four of its last seven games. The Cyclones are 9-5 on the season, including a 9-2 mark inside Hilton Coliseum. ISU got off to a 5-0 start to the year before suffering its first loss of 2016-17.
The Cyclones are averaging 79.9 points per game and have a +11.4 scoring margin. Iowa State is shooting 42.4 percent from the field and is converting 35.6 percent of its attempts from the 3-point arc. Defensively, ISU is averaging 40.6 rebounds, 7.4 steals and 3.9 blocks per game.
Senior guard Seanna Johnson is one of three Cyclones to averaging double figures and leads the squad with 18.1 points per game behind a 45.0 field goal percentage. Johnson also leads the team with 7.8 boards per game. Redshirt junior guard Jadda Buckley is netting 15.2 points per game, while sophomore guard Bridget Carleton is scoring 14.4 points per contest. Buckley has dished out 86 assists this season and is making 41.8 percent of her attempts from long range.
This Day in Kansas Women’s Basketball History
Record on Jan. 8: 4-8
Sunday afternoon is the 13th time in program history that Kansas has played on Jan. 8. On Jan. 8, 1997, the Jayhawks recorded one of their 47 victories over the Cyclones. KU defeated the Iowa State, 70-67, in the first meeting of the 1997 series. Angie Halbleib and Tamecka Dixon combined for 41 of KU’s 70 points against ISU.
Swipe and Score
The Jayhawks are averaging 16.7 points per game off of their opponents’ turnovers. Kansas is forcing 19.7 turnovers per contest, including 9.4 steals. Sophomore guard Kylee Kopatich leads the team with 23 steals, while redshirt sophomore guard McKenzie Calvert is just behind with 22.
Double The Fun
Junior forward Chayla Cheadle recorded the first double-double of the season for Kansas, and the first of her career after a 12 points and 11 rebound performance at Alabama (12/4). Redshirt junior guard Jessica Washington registered the second double-double of the season after recording 23 points and 10 rebounds against Texas (1/4). Senior forward Caelynn Manning-Allen leads the team with two career double-doubles, while sophomore Kylee Kopatich has also notched one double-double in her career.
No New Kids on the Block
After having one of the youngest teams in the country last season, head coach Brandon Schneider now fields one of the most experienced. Schneider’s 2016-17 roster does not have any freshmen. The Jayhawks are the only program in the Big 12 and one of two in the country to not have any freshmen on their roster. SMU is the only other team that doesn’t field a freshman.
Kansas in the Spotlight
Kansas is among one of the most televised women’s basketball programs in the country. The Jayhawks will have 28 of 31 games air on television during the 2016-17 campaign. KU will have two contests broadcast on ESPN and one featured on FOX Sports Network, while every home game will be aired on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3.
Kansas stays on the road for the first installment of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown at Kansas State on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The game tips off at 7 p.m., on Cox Cable and the Jayhawk Radio Network.
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