Archive for Saturday, November 25, 2000

KU women to tangle with UAB

Blazer Classic battle to be televised

November 25, 2000


— Kansas University's women's basketball team will make its television debut tonight.

The Jayhawks, playing the second of three straight road games, will face host Alabama-Birmingham in the first round of the Blazer Classic tonight.

Tipoff is 6 p.m., with a live telecast available locally on cable channels 6 and 11.

Kansas (2-0) is coming off a 63-51 victory at Arkansas State on Tuesday. UAB (1-1), a Sweet 16 team last season, beat Idaho, 90-70, but fell to Nevada, 79-63, last weekend in the Nevada Classic.

The Blazers are led by Deanna Jackson, a 6-foot-2 junior who is averaging 31 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Mia Thrash, a 5-9 senior forward, is the only other UAB starter averaging more than double-digit points a game, with 13.0.

Kansas will counter with starters averaging in double figures: Brooke Reves (19.0), Jaclyn Johnson (19.0) and KC Hilgenkamp (11.5). Reves and Johnson also share the rebounding lead with 8.5 per game.

KU will face either Tennessee-Martin or Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday.

Tonight's game is the first of a brutal stretch for the Jayhawks in which they'll play five games in eight days. After the Blazer Classic, KU will play host to Illinois on Tuesday, then serve as host for the Jayhawk Classic next Friday and Saturday.

Kansas will face Eastern Illinois on Friday, then either St. Joseph or Minnesota on Saturday.

Probable Starters

KANSAS (2-0)

F Brooke Reves, 6-0, Sr.

F Jaclyn Johnson, 6-1, Sr.

C Nikki White, 6-3, Jr.

G KC Hilgenkamp, 5-10, Jr.

G Jennifer Jackson, 5-11, Sr.

UAB (1-1)

F Mia Thrash, 5-9, Sr.

F Deanna Jackson, 6-2, Jr.

F Shaquetta Rhodes, 6-2, Jr.

G Sally Jeter, 5-8, Sr.

G Brandi Stallings, 5-9, Sr.

Tipoff: 6 tonight, Bartlow Arena, Birmingham, Ala.

TV: Cable channels 6, 11.

TV replay: 10:30 tonight, Cable 6.

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