KU women’s basketball looking to bounce back from first loss of season

photo by: Nick Smith/KU Athletics

Kansas sophomore Holly Kersgieter looks to make a pass against Northern Colorado Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The KU women's basketball team secured a 78-62 win over Northern Colorado in the season opener on Nov. 25, 2020.

Following its first loss of the season, the Kansas women’s basketball team will look to get back on track in a home matchup with Oral Roberts. The Jayhawks are 2-1 entering the matchup, while the Golden Eagles are 0-3.

KU is coming off a 70-53 loss to Ole Miss on Thursday in its lone road contest of the season thus far. The Jayhawks, who never trailed throughout the first two games of the year, never had the lead in their loss to the Lady Rebels.

Oral Roberts, meanwhile, has yet to win a game this year and is coming off a 90-61 road loss to Nebraska just two days ago. This will be the fourth road test in as many games for the Golden Eagles, who will have their home opener on Dec. 10.

KU will have its Big 12 opener on Dec. 10, though the team will still have a few nonconference games left to play in December.

What: Kansas vs. Oral Roberts

When: 2 p.m. today

Where: Allen Fieldhouse

Series history: Kansas leads, 14-1

Quick Note: Now that the nonconference streak has been snapped, it is time for KU to get back in the win column before the start of Big 12 play. Prior to the loss to Ole Miss, Kansas had won 17 consecutive nonconference matches in a stretch that dated back to December of 2018.

Victories outside of league play have been important for the Jayhawks, who have not won more than four games against Big 12 opponents in each of the previous five seasons.

Streaking: Sophomore Holly Kersgieter has led Kansas in scoring in all three games to start the season. The performance against Ole Miss was Kersgieter’s second 20-point performance of the year, as she went 7-of-15 from the floor in the loss. Kersgieter is averaging 19.3 points per game so far this season, while netting 3.3 triples per contest.

Slumping: Kansas had a pair of starters score 3 points or fewer in the loss to Ole Miss. Tina Stephens finished with 3 points in 20 minutes of action, while only taking three shots from the floor. Zakiyah Franklin was held scoreless in 19 minutes, only getting up two shots all night. The Jayhawks, who had four players average in double figures a year ago, need to find more balance moving forward.

Probable starters

Kansas (2-1)

G — Aniya Thomas, 5-7, jr.

G — Zakiyah Franklin, 5-7, so.

G — Holly Kersgieter, 5-10, so.

F — Tina Stephens, 6-2, sr.

F — Ioanna Chatzileonti, 6-2, fr.

Oral Roberts (0-3)

G — Ariel Walker, 5-5, jr.

G– Tierney Coleman, 5-9, fr.

G — Camryn Hill 5-11, fr.

F — Addisyn Moore, 6-0, fr.

C — Regan Schumacher, 6-2, sr.


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