Lynn Pride, the do-everything player on Kansas University's women's basketball team, will be called on to do even more tonight.
With starting point guard Jennifer Jackson back home in Tuscaloosa, Ala., recovering from ankle surgery, Pride -- the Jayhawks' 6-foot-2 senior shooting guard-small forward-big forward-center -- will assume the role as the Jayhawks' primary ball-handler when No. 14 KU meets Creighton. Tipoff is 7:05 tonight at the Omaha (Neb.) Auditorium.
"Lynn's done that before," KU coach Marian Washington said. "When she's rebounding, she's brought the ball up. So it's not much of a stretch for her."
The Jayhawks (5-0) no doubt still will miss Jackson, a 5-foot-10 junior who hasn't missed a start in her career.
"The timing's not great, but it's not the worst," Washington said. "If we had known, we would have looked at another time, but we're happy it's an opportunity for her to eliminate some of the pain she's feeling. She deserves to have a great year. We'll certainly miss her leadership."
Jackson will undergo an operation to clean debris from the same ankle she had surgery on over the summer. She'll miss tonight's game and might sit out Saturday's game against Mississippi Valley State, but Washington said she hoped Jackson would return in time for the Dec. 18 game against Illinois in the Chicago United Center.
While Pride will slide down to the point, Kristin Geoffroy, a 6-6 sophomore, likely will start at center. That would give KU four starters who stand at least 6-foot.
Washington doesn't expect Pride, an All-America candidate who ranks third on the team in scoring, to play all 40 minutes at the point. Relief help will come from Selena Scott, a 5-6 sophomore, and Casey Pruitt, a 5-6 junior.
"We have to step up," Scott said. "We all have to go out and play better so we can win. Winning's all that's on the agenda right now. We'll miss Jennifer. She brings a lot of energy to the floor, and that's what I have to do when I'm out there."
She'll also have to guard the perimeter. Washington expects the Bluejays (2-2) to shoot a lot of three-pointers.
"They shoot as many threes," Washington said, "as Iowa State. It's bombs-away."
Scott expects the Bluejays to come out gunning for the Jayhawks, especially after KU won last weekend's KU Credit Union Jayhawk Classic with a 76-73 victory Saturday over then-No. 15 California Santa Barbara.
"Everybody gets up to play Kansas," Scott said. "We beat one of the best teams in the country, so we're one of the best teams in the country. Everybody's out to get you, but we'll be ready."
* KU's three-point bomber, Suzi Raymant, was named Big 12 player of the week on Monday.
* Raymant took over the team lead with a 16.2-point scoring average. Brooke Reves is second with 14.8 points per game, while Pride adds 13.4 and Jaclyn Johnson 9.4.
* KU will play host to Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. Tipoff is 2:05 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.
F -- Brooke Reves, 6-0, Jr.
F -- Jaclyn Johnson, 6-1, Jr.
C -- Kristin Geoffroy, 6-6, Soph.
G -- Suzi Raymant, 5-11, Sr.
G -- Lynn Pride, 6-2, Sr.
F -- Taya Allen, 5-11, Sr.
F -- Corey Sweeney, 5-10, Sr.
C -- Kim Hover, 6-2, Soph.
G -- Angela Timmons, 5-6, Jr.
G -- Krissie Spanheimer, 5-8, Jr.
Tipoff: 7:05 tonight, Omaha Auditorium
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