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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Kansas women’s basketball vs. Memphis

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When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Allen Fieldhouse

Who: Memphis

Series: KU leads, 2-0

Keep firing: In its first game of the season, a seven-point home win over Texas Southern, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team took 73 shots from the floor, as the Jayhawks’ tried to establish a quick pace. However, KU only scored 72 points after making 41.1 percent of its field goals.

Fast start: Sophomore point guard Lauren Aldridge opened the year by showing off both her shooting and ability to facilitate new coach Brandon Schneider’s offense. Aldridge knocked in 6 of her 9 field-goal attempts, scored 17 points and distributed 7 assists (with just 1 turnover) in 35 minutes against Texas Southern.

New guard: Schneider thinks very highly of freshman guard Kylee Kopatich, who like Aldridge a year ago, became a starter as soon as she arrived at KU. Kopatich hit just 1 of her 5 three-point tries in her debut and shot 4-for-14 from the field (28.6 percent). The freshman found other ways to contribute, though, and led KU with eight rebounds in the opener. Kopatich will try to bounce back with a better shooting performance versus Memphis.

Probable starters

Kansas (1-0)

G — Lauren Aldridge, 5-7, so.

G — Aisia Robertson, 5-7, fr.

G — Kylee Kopatich, 5-10, fr.

G — Chayla Cheadle, 6-0, so.

G — Caelynn Manning-Allen, 6-4, jr.

Memphis (2-0)

G — Ariel Hearn, 5-8, sr.

G — Mooriah Rowser, 5-9, jr.

G — Loysha Morris, 5-9, jr.

F — Asianna Fuqua-Bey, 6-1, sr.

F — Brianna Wright, 6-1, sr.

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