Sunday, February 28, 2016

Kansas-TCU women at a glance


When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, Texas

Who: TCU

Series: TCU leads 5-4

Season finale: Tonight’s contest at TCU marks the final regular-season game of Brandon Schneider’s first season in charge of the Kansas University program. At 0-17 in Big 12 play following Saturday’s 11-point home loss to Texas Tech, the Jayhawks travel south to TCU for their second game with the Horned Frogs in the past 12 days. KU is looking to avoid becoming the first team to go winless in conference play since Marian Washington’s 2001-02 squad finished 0-16 in Big 12 play and 5-25 overall. KU has suffered through 16 consecutive losing seasons in conference play and has not finished above .500 in conference since the 1999-2000 season.

Redemption time: Following a 70-44 home loss to the Horned Frogs on Feb. 17, Schneider clearly was the most disappointed he had been in his team all season. Not only did he think the Jayhawks quit when things got difficult, but also that they did not follow the scouting report and, worse yet, did not compete the way he had become accustomed to seeing. Schneider has been much more pleased with his team’s effort since that night. “I think our team has felt like, after the TCU game, we’ve played better,” Schneider said. “We played much better against Oklahoma, we thought we played much better in the second half against Oklahoma State. We had a close ballgame with Texas Tech. Right now, we are guaranteed two more games (tonight and the opening round of the Big 12 tournament). I know our players and our staff were really disappointed with how we competed against TCU, so hopefully we will go there and give them a better version of ourselves.”

Vote of confidence: Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker, who has known Schneider since third grade and also gone through her own growing pains as a head coach, said after Saturday’s game that, despite KU’s record, Schneider was on the right track. “I think what Brandon and Kansas have going for them is that he’s inherited some young kids that are good and he can build a program with,” Whitaker said. “They have extremely high character and will show up every day and play extremely hard. I think there’s a lot of great things he can build on, and, obviously, (he) has the transfers already sitting on the bench.”

Streaking: Freshman guard Aisia Robertson saved her best for last at home, tallying a career-high 14 points in KU’s loss to Texas Tech on Saturday night. Robertson’s 14 points came on 6-of-11 shooting in a career-best 34 minutes. The San Francisco native also added three blocks and has reached double figures in scoring three times this season, all three this month.

Slumping: Call it a freshman wall for Olathe guard Kylee Kopatich, whose 1-of-8 shooting performance in the loss to Texas Tech marked the 12th time in the past 13 games — and fifth in a row — that she failed to shoot above 44 percent from the floor. Kopatich got her first KU season off to a great start, knocking in two or more three-pointers in eight of her first 12 games, but now is shooting just 31 percent from the floor entering the season finale.

Probable starters

Kansas (5-23 overall, 0-17 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.

TCU (15-13 overall, 7-10 Big 12)

G — AJ Alix, 5-6, so.

G — Zahna Medley, 5-6, sr.

G — Veja Hamilton, 5-10, sr.

F — Jada Butts, 5-10, jr.

C — Carol Willie, 6-2, jr.


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