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Saturday, February 27, 2016

KU-Texas Tech women at a glance

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When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Allen Fieldhouse

Who: Texas Tech

Series: Red Raiders lead 17-9

Home finale: Tonight’s game marks the final home game of the 2015-16 season, Brandon Schneider’s first in charge of the KU women’s program. The Jayhawks are 4-12 overall at home this season, including an 0-7 mark in Big 12 Conference play. Two of KU’s four home wins came in mid-November, when the Jayhawks opened the Schneider era with back-to-back victories over Texas Southern and Memphis to start the season. Other than that, Kansas also topped Creighton and Navy at Allen Fieldhouse this season, with that Navy victory, a 61-54, overtime win on Dec. 13, representing KU’s most recent win. Since then, the Jayhawks have lost 18 in a row, including all 16 in Big 12 play. KU has two more cracks at a regular-season win — tonight and Monday at TCU — before opening play in the Big 12 tournament on March 4 in Oklahoma City.

Shooting woes: The Jayhawks and Red Raiders enter tonight’s match-up not only as the bottom two teams in the Big 12 standings, but also as the two worst-shooting teams in the Big 12 Conference. KU, which has struggled to score throughout the season, is shooting 35.7 percent on the season, and Tech is shooting only slightly better at 38.1 percent. The two teams are much closer to the middle of the pack from behind the three-point line, firing a nearly identical percentage from downtown, Texas Tech at 31.5 percent and KU at 31.4 percent, good for fifth and sixth place in the conference.

Good to see ya: KU is welcoming back several former players, from many different eras of KU women’s hoops, to attend tonight’s game and help support the program. All former players will be invited to be a part of a pregame high-five tunnel to lead the team onto the floor, and KU game-day towels will be given away upon entrance to all fans while supplies last.

Streaking: Sophomore point guard Lauren Aldridge led the Jayhawks with 13 points in Wednesday’s loss to Oklahoma State, marking the second consecutive game that she led KU’s offensive charge and the 13th time this season that she reached double digits in scoring. Aldridge’s 55.6 percent shooting night marked the fourth time in the past five games that she has topped 50 percent from the floor and led to her first back-to-back double-digit scoring effort since early January.

Probable starters

Kansas

(5-22 overall, 0-16 Big 12)

G — Lauren Aldridge, 5-7, so.

G — Aisia Robertson, 5-7, fr.

G — Kylee Kopatich, 5-10, fr.

G — Chayla Cheadle, 6-0, so.

F — Caelynn Manning-Allen, 6-4, jr.

Texas Tech

(11-16 overall, 2-14 Big 12)

G — Japreece Dean, 5-6, fr.

G — Ryann Bowser, 5-8, sr.

G — Ivonne CookTaylor, 5-8, jr.

F — Zuri Sanders, 6-0, fr.

C — Leashja Grant, 6-2, jr.

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