Benton Smith is a sports writer for the Journal-World.
KU gets a rematch with the Wildcats at 6 tonight in Oklahoma City, site of the Big 12 Tournament. By Benton Smith
After four straight losses dropped the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s record to five games below .500 with one date remaining in the regular season, one might think the outlook couldn’t get much worse for the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith
The past few days, Kansas University women’s basketball practices haven’t exactly been pleasant. Losing streaks tend to have that effect. After the skid extended to four games Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, in an 87-79 loss to Iowa State, things won’t look any less bleak for the Jayhawks in the days to come. By Benton Smith
As the Kansas University women’s basketball season heads toward an end, and losses outnumber wins, the narrow defeats are the most difficult ones for coach Bonnie Henrickson to forget. The Jayhawks (12-16 overall, 5-11 Big 12) have lost five of their last six games, and some of those losses would qualify as winnable games in Henrickon’s mind.
Stuck in a season-long holding pattern, hovering around the .500 mark, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team needs a spectacular finish to the season in order to reach the NCAA Tournament for a third straight year. By Benton Smith
Forget you ever read or heard the name Anthony Smithson. He doesn’t exist. Just ask him. Smithson, a junior-college transfer in the Kansas University football program’s latest signing class, goes by “Fish.” His grandmother gave him the aquatic alias when he was just an infant, living in Baltimore’s inner city. By Benton Smith
It didn’t go unnoticed in the Kansas University baseball locker room when the Big 12 coaches picked the Jayhawks ninth — dead last — in the conference’s 2014 preseason poll. By Benton Smith
Career afternoons from guards Natalie Knight and Markisha Hawkins couldn't get Kansas University's women's basketball team a victory over Oklahoma on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Hovering around the .500 mark most of the season, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team really needed the boost of another Top-25 victory this week. “It was just disappointing,” Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said after the Jayhawks lost by two at No. 12 Oklahoma State. “But we’ve got to hold on from a confidence standpoint and use the things we did well.” By Benton Smith
In Bonnie Henrickson’s perfect world, the coach’s Kansas University women’s basketball team would always score at least 70 points and always win. In the reality of the 2013-14 season, the Jayhawks have lost every time they failed to reach 70 and too often have found themselves in the 50-point range, or worse. Of KU’s 11 losses this season, they didn’t even crack 60 points 10 times, and on one such occasion they didn’t get to 50.