Who: Kansas vs. Oklahoma State, in Big 12 Tournament
When: 8:30 tonight
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
Series: Oklahoma State leads, 34-32
The Kansas women’s basketball team has a chance to take the season series over Oklahoma State. The two teams split the two meetings this year, with each squad winning at home. The Jayhawks’ 67-49 victory on Feb. 8 snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Cowgirls. KU holds a 3-2 advantage over OSU when matched up in the Big 12 Tournament.
Despite finishing dead last in the conference, the Jayhawks flustered their opposition nearly every night. KU won just two games in this year’s double round-robin, but were still able to force 20-or-more turnovers in nine of those 18 contests. On Jan. 4, Texas coughed it up 31 times, setting a season-best mark. Kansas paced the league with an average of 18.7 turnovers created per game.
Earlier this week, junior Jessica Washington was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. It marked the first time ever that a Jayhawk won the honor. Washington claimed the hardware by leading the Big 12 in scoring during league play with a mark of 19.3 points per game. She even led all scorers in 11 of her 18 conference outings this season.
Sophomore wing Kylee Kopatich was held scoreless in the season finale at West Virginia. In the 73-54 loss, Kopatich missed all three shots that she took, including a pair of 3-pointers. It marked the first time all year that Kopatich had been held scoreless. In order for KU to win a game in the league tournament for the second straight year, Kopatich needs to be more involved on the offensive end.
(8-21 overall, 2-16 Big 12)
G — Jayde Christopher, 5-8, so.
G — Jessica Washington, 5-8, jr.
G — Kylee Kopatich, 5-10, so.
G — Chayla Cheadle, 6-0, jr.
F — Sydney Umeri, 6-0, sr.
(16-13 overall, 6-12 Big 12)
G — Karli Wheeler, 5-8, so.
G — Diana Omozee, 5-11, sr.
F — Katelyn Loecker, 6-0, sr.
F — Mandy Coleman, 6-3, jr.
C — Kaylee Jensen, 6-4, jr.