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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

KU-Oklahoma women at a glance

Kansas’ Jessica Washington (3) wrestles the ball from West Virginia’s Teana Muldrow (11) late in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s game. West Virginia won, 62-51.

Kansas’ Jessica Washington (3) wrestles the ball from West Virginia’s Teana Muldrow (11) late in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s game. West Virginia won, 62-51.

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Who: Kansas at Oklahoma

When: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Okla.

Series: Oklahoma leads, 37-30

On the board: Kansas ended its 27-game Big 12 losing streak and earned its first conference win of the season with a 66-60 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday. The triumph was also the first Big 12 win for Brandon Schneider as the Kansas coach. As Kansas looks for its second consecutive win at No. 18 Oklahoma, it will have to do something it hasn’t succeeded in doing all year: beat a ranked team.

Jayhawks in the record books: Senior Caelynn Manning-Allen didn’t have any blocks against Texas Tech, but after recording four blocks against Oklahoma State, she moved into 10th place all-time in Kansas’ record books for blocks. She needs four blocks to pass former Jayhawk Krysten Boogaard and move into ninth place. Also, senior Timeka O’Neal currently has a career three-point field goal percentage of 39.4, which is second all-time behind Sandy Shaw’s 43.6 career average.

Streaking: Junior Jessica Washington continued her stellar play Saturday in Kansas’ win over Texas Tech. Washington scored 24 points and had four rebounds and two assists. She could have easily had a bigger scoring game if not for a 6-of-12 (50 percent) performance from the free line, which is well below her season average of 69 percent. Washington has scored in double figures in six straight games, and she scored 24 or more points in four of those games. She’s averaging 16.8 points per game for the season, and her 20.6 points per game average in Big 12 play is tops in the conference.

Slumping: Junior Chayla Cheadle’s scoring continues to dip in Big 12 play. She’s averaging 5.2 points per game, but she’s only scored nine points in the last five games on an ice-cold 3-22 shooting. She’s also scored two or fewer points on seven occasions in conference play. Cheadle is still rebounding at a decent rate, but her average has dropped from 6.1 to 4.9 per game in January.

Probable Starters

Kansas (7-14 overall, 1-9 Big 12)

G — Jayde Christopher, 5-8, so.

G — McKenzie Calvert, 5-9, so.

G — Kylee Kopatich, 5-10, so.

G — Chayla Cheadle, 6-0, jr.

F — Sydney Umeri, 6-0, sr.

Oklahoma (16-6 overall, 7-3 Big 12)

G — Gabbi Ortiz, 5-9 jr.

G — Gioya Carter, 5-9, sr.

G — Peyton Little, 5-11, sr.

G — Maddie Manning, 6-2, sr.

Comments

David Kelley-Wood 8 months, 3 weeks ago

If OU stays with that 4-player lineup for very long, we should be able to jump out to a nice lead.

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