One of the most convincing victories in Kansas women's basketball history wasn't cause for celebration Wednesday night.
Instead, the Jayhawks were just trying to remain upbeat after demolishing Iowa State, 88-29, in Allen Fieldhouse.
That's because they found out earlier in the day that another player senior forward Tanya Bonham is lost for the season. Earlier this month, it was determined that center Lisa Tate would be unable to play the rest of the season because of a leg stress fracture.
For Bonham, the culprit was her right knee. She tore the anterior cruciate ligament while shooting around after Tuesday's practice.
``I think we're pulling together,'' junior guard Shannon Kite said, ``because we realize it's going to take everybody with a few less people.''
KITE SCORED a career-high 19 points while hitting five of six from three-point range against Iowa State.
``Everyone's a little bit down tonight,'' senior guard Kay Kay Hart said. ``It's unfortunate because this has been one of our potential best years. Everyone's going to have to contribute. I think they know they have to step forward.''
Kite was one who stepped forward Wednesday night. Another was sophomore guard Ericka Muncy, who had team-leading totals of five assists and four steals.
``Suffering always makes a team stronger,'' Muncy said. ``We'll learn how to be a team.''
``We just know that everybody will have to step up,'' KU coach Marian Washington said. ``There will be players who will obviously be getting more playing time.''
Bonham said she hurt herself while going up for a shot.
``I SAW MY knee going one way and my leg going another way,'' said Bonham, who averaged 6.5 points per game.
``I knew it was going to end sometime,'' Bonham said. ``I didn't want it to end this way. But there's nothing I can do now. I think they'll do fine. We have a real deep bench.''
KU's five reserves were particularly effective Wednesday night, combining for 52 points. Kite's 19 points led the way, but Danielle Shareef contributed 15 points and Stacy Truitt added 10. Starters Terrilyn Johnson and Marthea McCloud each had 10 points and seven rebounds.
``We all came out ready to play,'' Kite said, ``and that makes it a lot of fun.''
There's no doubt the Jayhawks were ready for Iowa State. They coasted to leads of 17-2 and 29-6 before taking a 43-9 halftime edge.
IOWA STATE didn't crack double figures until Ericka Bakke hit a shot with 17:05 remaining. By then, KU was on top, 48-11.
In fact, the Kansas record for fewest points allowed appeared in reach. That mark was set in a 57-21 win over Washburn in 1974. Iowa State had only 25 with less than a minute remaining before scoring the game's final four points.
``I thought we might come out flat,'' Hart said, ``but I thought everybody did a good job of picking everybody else up.''
Iowa State shot eight percent from the field (two for 25) in the first half, then improved to 19.6 percent for the game. The Cyclones also committed 27 turnovers and were outrebounded 42-28.
Kansas improved to 13-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big Eight while ISU dropped to 2-13 and 0-3.
Washington took the microphone after the game and thanked the crowd of 600 for attending.
The Jayhawks will play at league-leading Nebraska on Saturday night. The 7:05 p.m. game will be televised on channel 11.