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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

KU sophomores Franklin, Kersgieter earn preseason honorable mention Big 12 nods

KU freshman guard Zakiyah Franklin (15) tries to drive dribble pass Texas State Avionne Alexander (1) and Bailey Holly (33). KU defeated Texas State 68-48 on Sunday, Nov. 24.

KU freshman guard Zakiyah Franklin (15) tries to drive dribble pass Texas State Avionne Alexander (1) and Bailey Holly (33). KU defeated Texas State 68-48 on Sunday, Nov. 24.

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The Kansas women’s basketball program landed two players on the Big 12 Conference’s preseason all-Big 12 teams on Wednesday, with sophomores Zakiyah Franklin and Holly Kersgieter earning honorable mention nods.

Franklin, who earned a spot on the 2020 all-freshman team, averaged 12.1 points per game and led the Jayhawks with 3.6 assists per game last season.

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KU freshman guard Holly Kersgieter (13) squares up to shoot a three. KU defeated Indiana State 84-72 on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Kersgieter finished last season as one of five Jayhawks to average in double-figures, with a 10.1 points-per-game mark, and also native led KU with a team-best 40.5% 3-point clip.

The two Jayhawks were part of the 20-player list that earned preseason all-Big 12 accolades in a vote of the conference’s coaches.

Perennial power Baylor swept the preseason individual honors, with junior NaLyssa Smith earning preseason player of the year honors and teammates DiJonai Carrington (newcomer) and Sarah Andrews (freshman) joining her.

KU opened practice last week and is expected to open the season on Nov. 25, though a schedule is not yet available.

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