Archive for Saturday, January 14, 1995


January 14, 1995


It's been more than three weeks since Kansas played a home women's basketball game. When the Jayhawks return to Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday, maybe they should throw a party.

Come to think of it, they will.

Following KU's 1 p.m. game Sunday against Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks will play host to what they're calling a fan jam in Anschutz Pavilion.

"If feels good to be home," said KU junior forward Keshana Ledet. "As a team, we're going to look forward to this game. It's almost like a homecoming."

The Jayhawks haven't played at home since a Dec. 21 victory against DePaul. Since then, they've won five games away from Allen Fieldhouse.

"I'm just happy to be back in front of our own fans," said junior forward Charisse Sampson, KU's leading rebounder with a 7.4 average. "We can hear them cheer for us instead of hearing fans boo us. It's a positive thing to be back."

The Jayhawks have, however, won seven straight road games, a school record.

"I don't think it matters where you play," Sampson said. "Any court is our court. A court is just a floor."

Saturday's contest isn't Fill the Fieldhouse III, but a shoe-store chain is again sponsoring the game. And KU has booked the Bud Light Daredevils to perform at halftime.

The Jayhawks are hoping their showing will be as impressive as the Daredevils' performance.

"I think everybody's planning on doing better than we did against Northwestern," Sampson said.

The Jayhawks lost to Northwestern on Dec. 18 in Fill the Fieldhouse II. They haven't lost since.

But the Wildcats are hot, too. They've won five in a row.

"K-State is a much stronger ballclub than they were a year ago," KU coach Marian Washington said.

Both KU and K-State are 2-0 in Big Eight play with road victories over Nebraska and Iowa State. Kansas defeated the Huskers, 77-64, and the Cyclones, 80-69, while Kansas State topped NU, 74-70, and ISU, 63-51.

The Wildcats also breezed in a nonconference game Thursday night against Cal State-Sacramento, 93-35.

The Jayhawks enter Sunday's game with a 12-2 record and a No. 14 national ranking. K-State is 10-4. The Jayhawks have won six in a row.

"That really doesn't surprise me," Ledet said of KU's streak, "because I know we have the talent to win against just about anybody we play."

Included in the streak were a one-point win over Houston and a two-point victory against Southern Mississippi.

"Even though those games were close, I knew we were going to win," Ledet said. "This team has too much heart, too much character to give up."

The Jayhawks will also be home next weekend. They'll entertain Oklahoma on Jan. 20 and Oklahoma State on Jan. 22.

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