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Archive for Sunday, November 30, 1997

FRESHMEN DANDY, BUT KU LOSES TOURNEY OPENER

November 30, 1997

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— Kansas freshmen Jaclyn Johnson and Jennifer Jackson combined for 28 points, but KU's women's basketball team received little firepower elsewhere in a 75-64 loss to Washington on Saturday in the first round of the Prairie Lights/Hawkeye Tournament.

Johnson, a 6-foot-1 forward from Burbank, Calif., hit six of eight shots and five of eight free throws for a career-high 17 points. Jackson, a 5-10 freshman guard from Tuscaloosa, Ala., hit four of seven shots and three of six free throws, good for a career-best 11 points.

"These two young players have a lot of heart," KU coach Marian Washington said after the Jayhawks' first loss in three games.

"In time, they will become very good players. Today we asked them to step up for us since Lynn Pride was hurt by foul trouble early on. In tough games like this one, it takes everyone to pull through and regardless of our opponent tomorrow (Cal State-Northridge in consolation game) we have to play better and keep everyone involved."

Pride, a 6-2 sophomore from Arlington, Texas, scored 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting. She had two rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes. Pride had three fouls.

The game was a foul-fest. KU made 22 of 39 free throws to Washington's 22 of 36. Led by Amber Hall, who had 17 points and 14 rebounds, the Huskies outrebounded KU, 50-41.

The Huskies led 7-1 early and 20-10 with 12:02 left in the first half. Kansas cut the gap to 28-27 with 5:48 left in the first half on a basket by Jackson from the right side.

Washington outscored Kansas, 13-4, the rest of the half and KU lagged 41-31 at halftime.

The Jayhawks never cut the gap below eight points the rest of the way.

Junior Suzi Raymant missed eight of nine shots and scored six points with eight assists, eight rebounds and seven turnovers in 34 minutes. Junior Nakia Sanford missed four of five shots and scored five points with six boards and three turnovers.

Both teams had 24 turnovers and 10 steals.

"Washington outplayed us," coach Washington said. "They beat us to the ball and outrebounded us offensively. When you allow the opponent to get second and third opportunities at the basket, it's going to cause some problems.

"If they didn't score, we fouled them and sent them to the line. On the other hand, we didn't shoot well (36.2 percent to the Huskies' 38.7)."

KU missed all nine of its three-point attempts. Washington made five of 19 threes.

"I hope we can learn from this situation," Washington said.

Iowa beat Cal State-Northridge, 67-56, in the other semifinal. Iowa will meet Washington in the finals following the KU-Northridge game at 1 p.m. today.

KU will return home to meet Coppin State at 3 p.m. next Saturday in the first-round of the Dial Classic.

NOTES

  • Johnson has recorded double-digit scoring in the last two games after scoring 14 on Wednesday against Penn State. ... KU did not hit a three for the first time since Feb. 19, 1997 against Missouri. ... Jackson scored 10 against Penn State. ... Because of foul woes, KU coach Washington at times had four newcomers on the court at the same time. Thirty eight of KU's points were scored by first-year Jayhawks.

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