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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Kansas-West Virginia women’s basketball preview

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When: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: WVU Coliseum

Series: West Virginia leads, 7-4

Road woes: Kansas will look for its first Big 12 road win in its last 17 tries Monday at West Virginia. Its last conference road win was almost exactly two years ago at Oklahoma on Feb. 28, 2015. However, the Jayhawks haven’t won in Morgantown since Jan. 2013, and they’ve lost their last three road games in the series by an average of 16 points.

Turnovers: The Jayhawks will have to continue to force turnovers if they hope to upset the Mountaineers. Kansas leads the Big 12 in turnovers forced at 18.6 per game, and steals per game at 9.4. West Virginia commits 16.8 turnovers per game, which is 1.1 more turnovers per game than any other team in the Big 12. West Virginia committed 25 turnovers when it played Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse earlier this season.

Streaking: Senior Caelynn Manning-Allen had her best game of the season against Kansas State on Saturday. She scored a career-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds. She scored more points Saturday (21) than she had in her previous four games combined (12), and she raised her scoring average from 4.7 to 5.4 points per game.

Slumping: After scoring a career-high 36 points last week against Iowa State, junior Jessica Washington was held scoreless for the first time all season against K-State. Entering Saturday’s game, Washington had scored 10 or more points in 15 of 16 Big 12 games. But she shot 0-of-7 from the field and committed five turnovers. She still leads the Big 12 in scoring during conference play at 19.4 points per game, and she scored 24 points in KU’s first matchup against WVU.

Probable Starters:

Kansas (8-20, 2-15)

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.

West Virginia (19-10, 7-10)

G — Chania Ray, 5-8, jr.

G — Katrina Pardee, 5-9 so.

G — Tynice Martin, 5-10, so.

F — Teana Muldrow, 6-1, jr.

C — Lanay Montgomery, 6-5, sr.

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