Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Mosley will play even less

Henrickson suspends underachieving guard


Nearly a year ago, Shaquina Mosley was named the national junior-college women's basketball player of the year.

In October, after enrolling at Kansas University, Mosley was voted preseason Big 12 Conference newcomer of the year by league coaches. On Tuesday, the 5-foot-6 guard was suspended indefinitely.

"It's a decision I made in the best interest of the team," said KU coach Bonnie Henrickson, who declined to give a specific reason.

Mosley began the season as a member of Henrickson's regular rotation, but her playing time decreased to where she was logging only single-digit minutes in mid-December.

Then, after 15 straight games coming off the bench, Henrickson started Mosley late last month at Baylor. In 28 minutes of duty in that 90-40 defeat, Mosley had five rebounds and four points but no assists.

In the four KU outings since the Baylor game, Mosley has been on the floor for only 13 minutes - 7 against Colorado and 6 against Oklahoma. She didn't play at all in last week's 65-64 win over Iowa State or in Saturday's 64-57 loss at Missouri.

Queried a few weeks ago about why Mosley wasn't playing, Henrickson said it was "a matter of concentration, intensity and focus."

In 18 games with the Jayhawks, Mosley is averaging 13.4 minutes, 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds a game.

At Central Arizona College last season, Mosley averaged 8.2 assists, 3.8 steals and shot 60.8 percent from the field while leading the Vaqueros to a 34-1 record and the NJCAA championship.

Later, the Women's College Basketball Assn. tapped Mosley as their juco player of the year and named her a first-team juco All-American.

Mosley is the second player suspended by Henrickson this season. In late November, the KU coach held senior guard Erica Hallman out of two games for academic reasons.

Kansas (14-8 overall, 3-8 Big 12) has lost eight of its last 10 games. The Jayhawks will play host to Nebraska at 7 p.m. Wednesday.


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