Monday, November 23, 2015

KU women’s basketball-Arizona at a glance


When: Noon, Monday

Where: McKale Center, Tuscon, Arizona

Who: Arizona

Series: Tied, 2-2

Move it (but not that much): The Kansas University women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 against Memphis by sharing the basketball, which pleased first-year KU coach Brandon Schneider. But he said the Jayhawks didn’t always have to be so unselfish.

“Sometimes we over-shared it,” Schneider explained. “I thought Caelynn (Manning-Allen, junior forward) had the ball right under the rim on two occasions, and we’d like for her to shoot those rather than have your 6-4 guy pass it back out when you have that position.”

Streaking: Junior KU guard Timeka O’Neal, a key reserve, has accounted for more than half of her team’s three-pointers through two games. O’Neal, who missed all but one game of the 2014-15 season due to tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, has knocked down seven of her 12 threes (58.3 percent) to start the season. The rest of the Jayhawks are shooting a combined 6-for-22 (27.2 percent).

Slumping: Sophomore guard Chayla Cheadle, who has played 40 minutes through two games, has yet to take off offensively. Cheadle went scoreless and missed all eight of her shots in KU’s season opener against Texas Southern. She then bounced back with a 3-for-7 shooting effort and six points in KU’s win over Memphis. Cheadle scored in double figures eight times as a freshman.

Probable starters

Kansas (2-0)

G — Lauren Aldridge, 5-7, so.

G — Asia Robertson, 5-7, fr.

G — Kylee Kopatich, 5-10, fr.

F — Jada Brown, 6-0, jr.

F — Caelynn Manning-Allen, 6-4, jr.

Arizona (2-1)

G — Taryn Griffey, 5-7, fr.

G — Keyahndra Cannon, 5-9, sr.

G — JaLea Bennett, 6-0, so.

F — Breanna Workman, 6-1, jr.

F — A’Shanti Coleman, 6-2, fr.


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