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KU WOMEN BOUNCE BACK

December 1, 1997

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— Kansas bounced back after Saturday's loss to Washington by dumping Cal State-Northridge, 79-66, in the consolation game at the Prairie Lights/Hawkeye Classic.

The Jayhawks, who had four double-digit scorers, raced to a 42-22 halftime lead and never looked back.

"I think it took a lot of heart to come back after yesterday's disappointing loss," KU coach Marian Washington said. "We did a better job in the first half, but our fatigue really showed and we let up and let them back in the second half. This is our fourth game on the road and to go 3-1 is a pretty good job for such a young team."

KU freshman Jennifer Jackson scored a game-high 18 points and was named to the all tournament team.

"Jennifer has come into this program and played more basketball than I ever dreamed she would," KU coach Marian Washington said. "However it is what I hoped for. We recruited her as a two-guard and we didn't expect to use her in the point guard position. But we knew she could score and handle the ball. She is a freshman and will make mistakes.

"I get on her as if she were one of my seniors. She is a courageous and determined young woman and that is what athletics is all about."

Washington started three freshmen -- Jackson, Jaclyn Johnson (eight points, six rebounds, four assists) and Nikki White (four points.

Junior Shandy Robbins scored 15 points and had eight rebounds, while soph Lynn Pride had 14 points and junior Suzi Raymant 12 tallies.

Nakia Sanford scored eight points and had six rebounds while coming off the bench. She had started the first three games this season and all but one as a sophomore.

"We had some quality minutes from the bench today, but not yesterday against Washington," Washington said. "I think the main thing we need to communicate to these young players is that they have to be consistent. That is what we are shooting for. The players off the bench need to know that when they are in the game, they need to step up and play their best."

KU will next meet Coppin State at 3 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU women 79, Cal State-Northridge 66

KANSAS (79)

Suzi Raymant 5-10 2-2 12, Jennifer Jackson 6-11 5-6 18, Koya Scott 0-4 0-0 0, Shandy Robbins 4-7 5-8 15, Nikki White 1-4 2-3 4, Lynn Pride 6-12 1-5 14, Jaclyn Johnson 3-7 2-2 8, Nakia Sanford 3-4 2-5 8, Heather Fletcher 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 28-59 19-31 79.

CAL STATE-NORTHRIDGE (66)

Edniesha Curry 5-12 0-0 12,Nikki Hamilton 1-1 0-0 2, Viveca Lof 3-8 3-4 9, Tannea Nelson 0-3 2-2 2, Jamilah Jones 3-5 3-4 10, Lisa Vaillancourt 0-4 2-5 2, Tammie Mills 2-7 6-8 10, LaShaunda Fowler 0-2 0-0 0, Katosha Gowin 0-3 0-0 0, Sarah Bell 3-10 5-6 11, Myesha Saleem 0-0 0-0 0, Neda Milac 3-3 2-2 8, Totals 20-58 23-31 66.

Kansas 42 37 -- 79

Cal-State Northridge 22 44 -- 66

Three-point goals: Kansas 4-6 (Robbins 2-3, Pride 1-1, Jackson 1-1, Raymant 0-1); Cal State-Northridge 3-15 (Curry 2-6, Jones 1-2, Lof 0-1, Vaillancourt 0-3, Gowin 0-3). Rebounds: Kansas 46 (Robbins 8, Pride 7, Johnson 6, Sanford 6, Scott 4, Raymant 3, Jackson 3, White 2, Team 7); Cal State-Northridge (Curry 8, Lof 5, Bell 5, Nelson 3, Mills 3, Jones 2, Milic 2, Vaillancourt, Gowin). Assists: Kansas 11 (Pride 7, Jackson 5, Johnson 3, Raymant 2, Sanford 2, Robbins); Cal State-Northridge 13 (Lof 4, Bell 4, Milic 3, Curry 2, Nelson 2, Mills 2, Jones, Fowler). Blocks: 5 (Sanford, Johnson, Pride, White, Jackson); Cal State-Northridge: 1 (Bell). Steals: Kansas 8 (Pride 3, Johnson 3, Raymant, Jackson); Cal State-Northridge: Curry 6, Jones, Milic).

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