Patricia Mack and the Redhawks face No. 25/RV Kansas for the first time in school history on Wednesday night.
11/13/2012 3:40:00 PM
Women's Basketball Continues Road Swing at Kansas Wednesday
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Southeast Missouri (1-1) at No. 25/RV Kansas (1-0)
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
8:00 p.m., CT
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Coaches: Ty Margenthaler
(8-23 overall, 8-23 at Southeast); Bonnie Henrickson (297-183 overall, 139-121 at Kansas)
Redhawks Radio Network: ESPN 1220 AM (KGIR)
, flagship; 930 AM (KWOC); 1470 AM (KMAL). Todd Bonacki, Play-by-Play;
Live Stats: KUAthletics.com
Live Video (Subscription Required): Jayhawk All-Access
About Kansas –
The Jayhawks opened the 2012-13 season ranked 25th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and was receiving votes in the Associate Press poll after reaching the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. KU returns four starters from last season's 21-13 squad, including its top two scorers Carolyn Davis (16.9 points per game) and Angel Goodrich (14.0 points per game). The Jayhawks opened this year with a 52-36 victory over Idaho State. Kansas held a 51-39 advantage on the glass and held the Bengals to 21.8 percent shooting overall, including 1-of-12 from three-point range. Davis and Monica Engelman each scored 10 points to pace Kansas while Davis added eight rebounds. Nine KU players logged at least 15 minutes on the court in its win over ISU.
A Southeast victory would…
•Improve the Redhawks to 1-8 all-time against the current configuration of the Big 12.
•Hand Kansas its first non-conference home loss since Dec. 31, 2006, a 72-63 setback to Xavier.
•Make the Redhawks the first OVC school to defeat the Jayhawks (conference is 0-4 all-time).
•Snap a 22-game road losing streak in non-conference games.
•Match Southeast's road win total from the 2011-12 season.
Early Tests –
The Redhawks have challenged themselves extensively in the early going of the 2012-13 campaign. Wednesday's tilt at Kansas, which reached the Sweet 16 in last year's NCAA Tournament, marks Southeast's third-straight game against a team that competed in the postseason a year ago. Wright State, who Southeast defeated 78-66, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 Women's Basketball Invitational. Southeast traveled to 2012 Women's National Invitational Tournament qualifier UMKC on Monday and held a 59-58 lead with under two minutes left before falling 69-64.
Here's Some Offense –
Points have been hard to come by the previous few seasons for Southeast, but that may be a thing of the past if its first two games are any indication. The Redhawks have scored 64 points or more in each of their first two games, a total they reached only five times in 29 games a year ago. Southeast opened the season by scoring 78 points in a victory over Wright State, a point total that would have been the Redhawks' second highest a year ago.
First Time for Everything –
Despite less than 400 miles separating the schools, Wednesday's contest will be the first time Southeast and Kansas have met on the court. This is also the Redhawks first game against a current Big 12 school since they hosted Baylor on Nov. 29, 2007 at the Show Me Center.
I'll Take Three of These –
The three-point shot has been a big weapon in Southeast's first two games this season. The Redhawks have drained 10 trifectas in both contests and are hitting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc. Southeast never made 10 three-pointers in a game last season and only hit 10 triples once in its previous 94 games. The last time Southeast made 10 or more three pointers consecutive games was during the 2005-06 season when it hit 13 against Jacksonville State (Feb. 25, 2006) and 10 against Murray State (Feb. 28, 2006).
Roberts has Range – Bailie Roberts
is once again one of the Redhawks' go to scorers. After finishing second on the team in scoring with 9.7 points per game last year, Roberts is averaging 13.5 through the first two games this season. One element she has improved on in the early going is her long range game. After making only 11 three-pointers and shooting 17.5 percent from beyond the arc last season, Roberts is 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) from long range so far. She has hit three trifectas in each of the first two games, matching a career high, after not making more than one three-pointer in any game a year ago. The Maryville, Tenn. native also has a double-double to her credit with 16 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds in a season-opening win over Wright State. She has scored double digit points 37 times in her career, most among current players.