Kansas welcomes back Nebraska to Allen Fieldhouse

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Game 8: vs. Nebraska
December, 6
7 p.m.
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Live Stats
Game Notes
 Stats  KU  NU
Record 7-0 5-3
Points/GM 72.4 67.1
Field Goal % 43.3 41.3
3-PT Field Goal % 33.3 35.2
Free Throw % 68.1 58.2
Rebounds/GM 46.9 42.5
Assists/GM 15.1 17.3
Blocks/GM 4.4 4.6
Steals/GM 7.0 7.4

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas hosts Nebraska as the Jayhawks’ nine-game homestand to start 2017-18 continues on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. The matchup will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network. 

Fast Breaks

  • The Jayhawks’ 7-0 start is just the eighth time in program history that Kansas has opened a season with a seven-game win streak.
  • Kansas is one of 15 women’s basketball programs to boast an undefeated mark in 2017-18.  
  • KU is one of four Division I schools (as of 12/4) to have both basketball programs start the 2017-18 season undefeated.
  • The Jayhawks rank fifth in the nation for field goal percentage defense, holding their opponents to 31.4 percent shooting from the field.
  • The Jayhawks have held their opponents to a league-best 54.6 points and 31.4 field goal shooting percentage.
  • Junior guards Kylee Kopatich and Christalah Lyons rank among the top 10 in scoring in the Big 12 standings. Kopatich’s 19.0 points per game ranks fifth, while Lyon’s 15.9 points per game is ninth. 
  • Lyons has netted seven-straight double-figure scoring efforts to start the 2017-18 campaign.
  • Three Jayhawks are averaging double digits in the 2017-18 season. In her third season with the Crimson and Blue, Kopatich leads the team with 19.0 points per game. Lyons and junior guard Brianna Osorio follow, averaging 15.9 points and 11.0 points per game respectively, in their first year with the Jayhawks.
  • Kopatich topped her career high in scoring for the third time in the 2017-18 season, netting 26 points against Arkansas. 
  • Both Kopatich and Lyons rank in the top 10 for scoring in the Big 12 Conference. Kopatich comes in at fifth with 19.0 points per game and Lyons ranks ninth with 15.9 points per game.
  • Redshirt-sophomore center Tyler Johnson ranks fourth in the league for field goal percentage, knocking down 64.7 percent of her shots (22-of-34).
  • 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
For just the eighth time in program history, Kansas women’s basketball is off to a 7-0 start to the season and is one of just 15 undefeated Division I programs in the country. Kansas’ seven-game win streak to begin the 2017-18 campaign is the longest winning streak of head coach Brandon Schneider’s tenure with the Jayhawks. 

Offensively, Kansas is averaging 72.4 points per game, while shooting 43.3 percent from field including 33.3 percent from long range. A trio of Jayhawks are netting double figures in 2017-18, led by junior guard Kylee Kopatich’s 19.0 points per game. Junior guards Christalah Lyons and Brianna Osorio are averaging 15.9 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Redshirt-sophomore center Tyler Johnson is making a team-best 64.7 percent of her attempts from the floor.

On the defensive end, the Jayhawks are sporting one of the best defenses in the country. KU has limited its opponents to 54.6 points and a 31.4 shooting percentage, which is the fourth-best field goal defense in the nation. Kansas ranks 19th in rebound margin, pulling down nearly 12 more boards than its opponent.

Scouting the Cornhuskers
In its second year under head coach Amy Williams, Nebraska is off to a 5-3 start. Entering Wednesday’s matchup, the Cornhuskers have won two of their last three contests. A year ago, the Huskers finished the season with a 7-22 mark, including a 3-13 record in Big Ten action. 

Nebraska is led by freshman guard/forward Taylor Kissinger on the offensive side of the hardwood. The Minden, Nebraska native is netting 14.0 points per game behind a 43.8 shooting percentage from the floor in seven starts. Freshman center Kate Cain is the only other Husker scoring double figures so far this season. She’s averaging 10.6 points per game, while grabbing 6.3 boards per contest. Nebraska is scoring 67.1 points per game and connecting on 41.3 percent of its attempts from the field. 

Defensively, the Huskers are holding their opponents to 61.8 points per contest. Nebraska’s opposition is shooting 35.5 percent from the floor, including 31.2 percent from the 3-point line. Junior forward Maddie Simon leads the squad with 8.0 rebounds per game. 

This Day in Kansas Women’s Basketball History
Record on Dec. 6: 10-4
When playing on Dec. 6, KU has compiled an 10-4 record. During the 1989-90 season, the Jayhawks topped Wichita State, 87-75. Lisa Braddy led Kansas with 20 points, while KU shot nearly 50 percent (49.3) from the field.

National leaders
The Jayhawks rank in the top 20 in the nation in five different categories through their first seven games of the season. KU sits fourth in field goal percentage defense, keeping its opponents to shooting 31.4 percent. Kansas ranks 19th in rebounding margin (+11.7), eighth in defensive rebounds per game (31.6) and 14th in rebounds per game (46.9). Additionally, Kansas ranks first along with 14 other programs, for the best win-loss percentage (1.000). Individually, junior guard Kylee Kopatich ranks 15th in country in free throw percentage (.920) and 16th in 3-point field goals per game (3.43). 

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 best in the league after limiting its opponents to 54.6 points per game. Additionally, the Jayhawks’ defense is first in field goal percentage defense (31.4) and second in 3-point field goal defense (26.4). Individually, junior guard Kylee Kopatich is fifth in scoring (19.0) and junior guard Christalah Lyons is ninth in points per game (15.9). Redshirt-sophomore center Tyler Johnson is connecting on 64.7 percent of her attempts, which is the fourth-best mark in the Big 12. Additionally, Kopatich is averaging a conference-leading 3.4 treys per game and is tied for third with the most 20-point games this season (3). 

After seven games in 2017-18, Kansas’ tough defense has been on display inside Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have limited their opponents to an average of 54.6 points per game, putting them atop of the league’s shooting defense standings. KU has also held its opponents to just 31.4 percent shooting from the field, ranking fourth in the nation for field goal percentage defense, while leading the Big 12. 

Up Next
The Jayhawks wrap up their nine-game homestand with Southeast Missouri on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. The contest will air on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.




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