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Monday, February 1, 2016

KU women at a glance: Kansas-Iowa State

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When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Allen Fieldhouse

Who: Iowa State

Series: ISU leads, 48-32

One streak will end: Kansas University’s women’s basketball team hasn’t won a game since Dec. 13, against Navy (in overtime). The Jayhawks’ losing skid currently sits at 12 games. But tonight at Allen Fieldhouse, KU will face a team going through a slump of its own. Iowa State will try to snap a five-game winless stretch. The last team the Cyclones defeated? Kansas, 65-49, on Jan. 9, in Ames, Iowa.

Return to the paint: In its most recent defeat, a 54-44 loss at Texas Tech, Kansas scored 24 points in the paint — the most for the Jayhawks since Jan. 3, when they had 26 against West Virginia.

KU again got a front-court boost from freshman Tyler Johnson at Tech. The 6-foot-2 forward set a new career high with 12 points against the Red Raiders, hitting six of nine shots. The Leavenworth native led KU in scoring for the first time in her young career, and had three rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.

Rebounding resurgence: After losing the battle of the boards in seven consecutive games, the Jayhawks out-rebounded Texas Tech 37-32. It was the most rebounds KU had recorded in a Big 12 game this season, beating its previous high of 34.

Kansas junior forward Jada Brown played a key role in the team’s rebounding success, pulling down nine, which tied a career high. Brown had gone 11 straight games with five or fewer boards before playing 18 minutes off the bench at Tech.

ISU’s double-double machine: In order for the Jayhawks to win their first Big 12 game of the season, they’ll have to slow down one of the league’s most productive players. Junior guard Seanna Johnson averages a double-double: 16.9 points per game and 10.0 rebounds. Johnson ranks sixth in the nation with 13 double-doubles this season. She had 18 points and 12 boards in a 6-point loss to No. 21 Oklahoma on Saturday. Johnson went for 10 points and 10 rebounds in her first game against KU this season.

Probable starters

Kansas (5-16 overall, 0-10 Big 12)

G — Lauren Aldridge, 5-7, so.

G — Kylee Kopatich, 5-10, fr.

G — Aisia Robertson, 5-7, fr.

G — Chayla Cheadle, 6-0, so.

F — Caelynn Manning-Allen, 6-4, jr.

Iowa State (11-9, 3-6)

G — Jadda Buckley, 5-8, so.

G — Seanna Johnson, 5-10, jr.

G — Kidd Blaskowsky, 5-7, sr.

G — Bridget Carleton, 6-1, fr.

F — Meredith Burkhall, 6-3, fr.

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