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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Jayhawks trying to keep win streak alive and well

The Kansas women's basketball team will take on Iowa State in Ames on Saturday.

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— Hilton Coliseum has a history of greeting visitors with closed arms.

“That’s definitely a hard place to play,” Kansas University’s Krysten Boogaard said about Iowa State’s raucous basketball facility. “But we’ve got to put our heads down and keep going.”

KU’s four-game women’s basketball win streak will be in jeopardy tonight when the Jayhawks wrap up the regular season against the Cyclones.

Tipoff will be at 7 p.m. The game will not be televised.

Iowa State leads the Big 12 Conference in women’s basketball attendance (9,701) and ISU officials are expecting around 12,000 fans for Senior Night.

Iowa State is on a win streak, too. The Cyclones have captured three straight and have climbed to No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. Notably, ISU’s sizz started after a 58-47 loss to the Jayhawks a couple of weeks ago in Lawrence.

On that night in Allen Fieldhouse — the start of KU’s four-game streak, incidentally — the Cyclones made only five of 30 shots in the second half and 15 of 55 for the game.

Meanwhile, KU’s Danielle McCray burned the Cyclones for 24 points while posting a career-high 16 rebounds. And she hasn’t cooled down.

McCray is coming off a career points high of 35 in Wednesday night’s stunning 68-45 victory over No. 5-ranked Baylor in the regular season home finale.

“I had the hot hand,” McCray said. “Everything was going in. I just knocked down open baskets.”

Yet McCray scored only six points when the Cyclones posted a 51-42 victory in the Jayhawks’ last visit to Hilton Coliseum on March 1, 2008. McCray wasn’t the only KU player who struggled that night, however. As a team, KU shot just 29.6 percent.

In addition to Senior Night, the Cyclones (22-7 overall) will have the incentive of trying to match the school’s regular-season record for wins. The 1997-98 ISU team also won 23 games.

With a 17-11 record, the Jayhawks seem certain to earn a postseason bid from the WNIT, but they haven’t given up on the NCAA.

“We’re still in the mix,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “We’re in the driver’s seat as far as creating opportunities for ourselves.”

Even a victory over the Cyclones wouldn’t assure an NCAA selection, however. In fact, KU would probably still have to win next week’s Big 12 Tournament in order to reach the NCAAs.

That supposition is based on the fact six conference schools would still own better records than the Jayhawks, and it isn’t likely the NCAA would tap seven representatives from one conference.

Comments

Omegatron 10 years, 10 months ago

"Iowa State leads the Big 12 Conference in women’s basketball attendance (9,701) and ISU officials are expecting around 12,000 fans for Senior Night."

Near sellout for senior night.

“That’s definitely a hard place to play,” Kansas University’s Krysten Boogaard said about Iowa State’s raucous basketball facility. “But we’ve got to put our heads down and keep going.”

Concentration and self confidence. Those are the keys to winning tonight's game.

As long as you concentrate and don't lose focus on what you are doing, and have confidence in yourself to play hard for 40 minutes, no matter if ahead or behind, you'll put yourself in a position to win tonight's game.

Good luck, ladies.

truefan 10 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, we need to start helping our Women's Team out by showing up to the home games. They have proved to me that Bonnie is the right coach for this program.

Cody Stumma 10 years, 10 months ago

Alright...

The women have won against 2 ranked teams. The women have won on the road...

Now they need to win against a ranked team ON the road...

I believe they can do it. Hopefully if they beat Iowa State, they'll actually get a few votes towards the Top 25 - a sure sign of being in the NCAA Tournament...

MinnesotaJay 10 years, 10 months ago

Let's go, ladies. ISU will be another tough test, but you can do it.

Hey, does anybody know if we'll be able to listen to an internet radio broadcast? I caught the Baylor game on KJHK. Is that the only station which would carry the game, or are there other options?

Thanks in advance.

Omegatron 10 years, 10 months ago

KJHK has been the only one I've ever found the women broadcast on. Don't know of any other options.

MinnesotaJay 10 years, 10 months ago

Thanks. It doesn't look like they're covering this one, if their programming schedule is accurate. I'm trying to find an Iowa station that might have it.

Omegatron 10 years, 10 months ago

Did a search through several of their radio network affiliates to see if any had an online broadcast. Didn't find any.

Omegatron 10 years, 10 months ago

10:57 mark. 39-30.

Looks like they are hanging tough.

MinnesotaJay 10 years, 10 months ago

Respectable 2nd half, but running out of time. Down 54-41 with 3:44 remaining.

MinnesotaJay 10 years, 10 months ago

Attendance for this game is 12,689. Good for them. It would be wonderful if we could give our team anything close to that kind of support.

Looks like this one is over. 59-46 at 1:32. Still, I'm proud of the team.

Omegatron 10 years, 10 months ago

Looked like they played hard in a tough environment. That's all we can hope for.

Hope they rebound quickly from this lost and get ready for the tournament.

Keep your heads up girls.

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