Saturday, February 4, 2006

Dangerous ISU awaits


While it's not too late to make a run in conference, Kansas University's women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson knows today's 1 p.m. matchup with Iowa State is as good a time as any for the team to get out of its league-play funk.

After starting the season 12-0, the Jayhawks have lost six of their last seven games, including their most recent home loss to Colorado (7-14).

"We need to stop the slide, so to speak, and get on the right track here," Henrickson said. "It's important for us to focus on how we're going to do that and not just that we need to do it."

It has become clear in the last few games that Kansas will go only as far as its defense allows.

All too often, the Jayhawks surrendered open looks to CU on Wednesday, allowing the Buffs to shoot 67 percent from the field and 75 percent from the three-point line.

Kansas will have to be better if it hopes to compete against Iowa State, a team known for its ability to score from the outside.

The Cyclones lead the league with 8.25 made three-pointers per game.

"Offensively, I think they're one of the most difficult teams to guard," Henrickson said, "not just because they shoot the three, but because of the different ways they get the three."

Henrickson said she was disappointed with the lack of deflections and offensive transition opportunities that her defense had created.

"It's just being committed to the hard work it takes to be effective on that end of the floor and not just think people are going to miss shots," Henrickson said, "because they're not going to miss shots in this league -- especially uncontested shots."

The Jayhawks also will look to receive a bigger boost from their bench. Against Colorado, the five non-starters combined for just 24 minutes and a measly four points.

"We need some help there, and that's been our Achilles heel all year," Henrickson said.

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