Finally, a Big Eight game at home.
After a rugged road trip to open conference play followed by a cakewalk against Oral Roberts, Kansas' women's basketball team at last gets to play a league game at home.
It's another tough one. The Jayhawks will host Nebraska at 7 p.m. Friday in Allen Fieldhouse. The Huskers, 10-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big Eight, were ranked in the Top 25 most of the season before dropping out this week.
``For us to even have a shot of staying in reach, we need to take care of our home games, for sure,'' KU coach Marian Washington said.
The Jayhawks, 7-5 overall and 0-2 in the Big Eight, started league play last weekend with losses at Missouri and sixth-ranked Colorado.
``I think the trip as a whole was hard,'' senior guard Shannon Kite said. ``I think that will be the hardest trip for every team.''
DESPITE THE losses, Washington said the Jayhawks played fairly well.
``I'm pleased with our effort on the road,'' she said. ``I wish we could have won them, but we played well. Opening the (Big Eight) season with that road swing . . . the combination of Missouri and Colorado is going to be hard for everybody.''
Kansas had a breather against Oral Roberts on Tuesday night, a 109-53 victory.
``It got us back on track,'' said junior center Lisa Tate, ``but we still have to work hard to get ready for Nebraska.''
The Jayhawks don't figure to have it that easy against Nebraska. The Huskers' top player is 6-2 senior Karen Jennings, who's averaging a league-leading 21.3 points. She scored 34 points in NU's 87-78 victory over Oklahoma on Sunday. NU opened its Big Eight season with a 77-69 loss to Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State replaced Nebraska in the Top 25 this week. Kansas has also been ranked this year, giving the league four teams in the poll at various times.
``WE (BIG Eight teams) keep getting stronger,'' Washington said, ``but that's good. We're in a rotation now where there are a lot of teams that have experience.''
Friday's game will be shown on tape delay at 11 p.m. by Prime Sports Network, cable channel 45.