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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

KU women’s basketball, Mizzou to clash Wednesday in Columbia

Kansas University head coach Bonnie Henrickson talks to her team during a timeout in their game against Memphis Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks were too much for the Tigers, beating them 90-58.

Kansas University head coach Bonnie Henrickson talks to her team during a timeout in their game against Memphis Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks were too much for the Tigers, beating them 90-58.

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Searching for a way to snap its three-game conference losing skid, the Kansas University women’s basketball team turns its attention to a bitter rival as the Jayhawks take on Missouri at 7 tonight in Columbia, Mo.

Kansas enters the game on the heels of three straight double-digit defeats, which dropped the Jayhawks to 14-5 overall and 1-4 in Big 12 Conference play.

Two of those losses came against ranked teams. Kansas fell to No. 1 Baylor, 76-37, a week ago, and also suffered a 75-57 loss to No. 14 Oklahoma on Sunday.

After dropping its conference opener at home against Texas Tech, KU bounced back with a road win at Colorado. The Jayhawks followed that with a road loss at Nebraska and, by now, the team is well aware of what it’s dealing with.

“There is a big difference from playing in the Big 12 and nonconference,” sophomore guard Angel Goodrich said. “Big 12 players are always strong and quick. Once you get into Big 12 play, everyone knows who you are and what you are going to do.”

That goes double for Missouri, which comes into tonight’s game looking for a spark to revive its season. The Tigers are just 9-10 and also have started off 1-4 in the Big 12. Offensively, MU is led by a couple of upperclassmen.

Senior guard RaeShara Brown averages 16.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. She also leads the team with 29 three-pointers and is averaging 4.6 assists and 2.5 steals per contest. Brown is joined by junior forward Christine Flores, who averages 14.6 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game.

Missouri leads the all-time series in Columbia, 17-15, but the Jayhawks won last year’s meeting at Mizzou Arena, 61-59. Carolyn Davis, KU’s leading scorer this season (18 ppg), poured in 20 points and nine rebounds in that one.

The Jayhawks lead the all-time series, 42-36, and KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said an intense battle with the Tigers might be just what her team needs to get back on track.

“It’s a big week for us,” said Henrickson, whose squad will play at Kansas State on Saturday. “We need to learn and grow from those good stretches we had (against Oklahoma) because that’s how you get better. (Missouri) will be excited to play us, and we’ll be excited to play them.”

Comments

phogthedog 12 years ago

Wish we could be there. Play tough. We are sending you good thoughts!

LeBo 12 years ago

Bonnie coach like you job is on the line. O wait, you have a guaranteed contract for three more years! What happened to the pay-for-performance movement? Must be nice to get a half million dollars for the unsatisfactory ratings! I hope to are donating you checks to some good charities! Army widows of America? Susan G. Komen! Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence! Douglas County United Way! Link Kitchen of Lawrence! Salvation Army! Goodwill! Disabled Veterans of America! Peace corps! Teach America! Birthright! Saferide! Douglas County Senior Services!

LeBo 12 years ago

Bonnie coach like you job is on the line. O wait, you have a guaranteed contract for three more years! What happened to the pay-for-performance movement? Must be nice to get a half million dollars for the unsatisfactory ratings! I hope to are donating you checks to some good charities! Army widows of America? Susan G. Komen! Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence! Douglas County United Way! Link Kitchen of Lawrence! Salvation Army! Goodwill! Disabled Veterans of America! Peace corps! Teach America! Birthright! Saferide! Douglas County Senior Services!

LeBo 12 years ago

"Once you get into Big 12 play, everyone knows who you are and what you are going to do.”
Would that be Losses? for $500 Mr. Gameshow host. And I am smarter than a fifth-grader.

Dyrk Dugan 12 years ago

we lead the all time series 42-36.....i would have thought it would be much wider in our favor...based on the early 80s and early to mid 90s.....of course, the early 2000s, i'm sure we never beat them for a three or four year stretch.

frankly, i don't care if the head coach is fired...or she has a guaranteed contract and stays on....the womens basketball team is the epitome of Lew's regime tenure at KU....and it points to disaster. he hired this coach, womens bball was supposed to be his forte from the UCONN days...and we win a third of our league games at best. not accpetable.

Mr. Zenger will look at this pragmatically and will set the expecations for any of his programs...you produce and improve, with more than adequate resources provided...or you are gone. it's that simple. and I believe it will start with this coach.

all this being said, we're still playing Mizzou, and since our football team and soccer teams all of a sudden can't beat 'em, then we have to sweep in bball to have a chance...and right now we're getting killed again in the "border showdown" series, so even if it is her last year, it would be nice to get a win over there. Go Jayhawks!

Waylon Cook 12 years ago

down at half.....im sure bonnie has some tricks up her sleeve lmao misery is trying to even their record to 10 and 10 fyi.....

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