Friday, October 13, 2006

KU women’s basketball notebook


Coach Bonnie Henrickson called Shaquina Mosley into her office not too long ago and asked the senior guard to write down all of last year's mistakes on a erasable board.

After Mosley had written a few items, Henrickson handed her a wet towel.

"Now wipe it off," Henrickson said. "What you did you did. It's time to move on."

Two years ago, Mosley was national junior college player of the year. Last year, she was named Big 12 preseason newcomer of the year. But the 5-6 guard struggled until late in the season, averaging only 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds a game.

From what she's seen so far, Henrickson expects more out of Mosley this season.

"She's been good, consistent," the KU coach said. "That Shaq every day can help us win."

¢ KU men's basketball team finished 25-8 last year with six sophomores and four freshmen, and this year's women's squad is even more youthful with seven freshmen and three sophomores.

A reporter asked Henrickson if she saw a similarity.

"I wish," she said. "That would be nice."

Henrickson plans to use the efficient practice regimen Self employed last year. She will devote the same amount of time to practice, but have an hour and 15-minute morning session and a two-hour afternoon session instead of one three-hour session.

"With freshmen - to have their attention and the focus you need for three hours," Henrickson said. "I'm not sure we have that right now."

¢ Sophomores Ivana Catic and Marija Zinic no longer list their home country as Serbia & Montenegro because Montenegro became an independent country last spring. Catic and Zinic both hail from cities in Serbia.

¢ Two dozen televised games are on the Jayhawks' schedule, including the two exhibition games on Nov. 1 against Fort Hays State and Nov. 5 against Washburn. Both will be on Sunflower Broadband channel 6.

¢ Asked if her youthful team had a shot at the postseason, Henrickson replied: "I think so. We have enough talent. I do think it's a possibility."


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