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Big 12, SEC women’s basketball seasons tip off Thursday

01/01/2014 12:42 PM

01/01/2014 12:43 PM

The Big 12 and Southeastern Conference women’s basketball seasons open Thursday night and Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri are all in action.

The Tigers head to 9-5 Mississippi for a 6 p.m. tipoff while the Jayhawks play host to 11-1 West Virginia and the Wildcats play host to 10-1 and No. 9 Baylor at 7 p.m.

Here’s a glance at each team’s nonconference season:

KANSAS (7-5)


Top players:

Juniors Chelsea Gardner (17.7 points per game) and Asia Boyd (13.8) lead KU in scoring and have combined for six double-doubles. Gardner, who leads the Jayhawks with 8.3 rebounds per game, has four of them.


Tough slate:

Two of KU’s losses are to ranked teams — 73-40 to No. 3 Duke in the Virgin Islands and 71-68 to No. 17 Purdue at Allen Fieldhouse.


Local flavor:

Junior Natalie Knight of Olathe South has started all 12 games at point guard. She’s made 43 assists to 16 turnovers and is averaging 8.0 points per game.



Fresh face:

The Wildcats are led by freshman Leticia Romero, a 5-8 guard from Las Palmas, Spain, who has team-high averages of 12.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists.


Local players:

K-State has two freshmen from the KC area: 6-3 forward Jessica Sheble from Olathe North, who averages 5.6 rebounds per game, and 5-8 guard Kindred Wesemann of Pleasant Hill, who has hit nine three-pointers. Wildcats senior Chantay Caron, who averages 5.1 points, is from Lawrence Free State.


Big bench:

The Wildcats’ bench has outscored their opponents in 10 of 11 games. Sheble scored 11 points off the bench and shot five for five from the field in K-State’s last game.



Local leaders:

MU has two Kansas City-area starters: 6-foot-1 senior forward Bri Kulas, a Shawnee Mission North grad who transferred from Kansas State and Johnson County Community College, leads the team with 17.2 points per game and also averages 5.8 rebounds. Bree Fowler, a 5-9 junior guard from Staley, has started 12 of 13 games and averages 3.0 points.


Home cooking:

The Tigers are undefeated at home, going 8-0. They return to Mizzou Arena on Sunday to play Arkansas.


Defensive minded: MU is allowing only 58.5 points per game and ranks second in the SEC with 30.8 defensive rebounds a game.


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