KU women’s basketball begins Big 12 play with home matchup against OU

photo by: Damon Young/TAMU CC

Jayhawks Bailey Helgren and Ioanna Chatzileonti smother a Corpus-Christi player during KU's 85-43 victory on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas women’s basketball team will begin Big 12 play with a home matchup against Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Thursday in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks, who scored 100 points against Oral Roberts on Sunday, enter the Big 12 opener with a 3-1 overall record. The Sooners, meanwhile, missed out on three games after the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic was canceled. OU is 0-2 with losses to Houston and Georgia to start the season.

Despite all that, though, KU has something to prove in the league opener because this is a team that has struggled in conference action under head coach Brandon Schneider. Kansas has not won more than four games against Big 12 opponents in any of the five seasons with Schneider at the helm.

Last season, the Jayhawks went 4-14 in Big 12 play after going undefeated in nonconference action. One of those four victories was an 83-80 win over OU on Feb. 26 in Norman, Okla. KU also fell to Oklahoma in overtime, 94-82, in the first meeting of the season on Feb. 2.

What: Kansas vs. Oklahoma

When: 7 p.m. tonight

Where: Allen Fieldhouse

Quick Note: Last time out, Kansas scored 100 points in a 100-59 win over Oral Roberts on Sunday. It marked the first time that KU has cracked triple digits in a game since 2013. Graduate transfer Julie Brosseau led the way with a 25-point performance, but six different Jayhawks reached double figures. KU’s 66 rebounds also marked the team’s most rebounds in a single game since 1993.

Streaking: For the second week in a row, freshman forward Ioanna Chatzileonti was named Big 12 freshman of the week. Chatzileonti averaged 10.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per contest during a two-game stretch last week to net the honor. She finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds against Oral Roberts to secure a double-double. It is the first time in program history that a Jayhawk has received this honor in back-to-back weeks since the accolade was created in 2009.

Slumping: In a game where everyone seemingly got involved on the offensive end, junior guard Brooklyn Mitchell was the lone starter not to finish in double figures. She scored just 5 points in 13 minutes of action, going 2-for-6 from the floor in the win. Mitchell also recorded three turnovers and two assists against Oral Roberts.

Probable starters

Kansas (3-1, 0-0 Big 12)

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.

Oklahoma (0-2, 0-0 Big 12)

G — Taylor Robertson, 5-7, jr.

G — Tatum Veitenheimer, 5-8, jr.

G– Gabby Gregory, 6-0, so.

G/F — Madi Williams, 6-0, jr.

F — Mandy Simpson, 6-1, sr.


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