Archive for Wednesday, February 6, 2002

KU hopes to make ISU its first Big 12 victim

February 6, 2002


Six years ago, Oklahoma was the doormat of Big 12 Conference women's basketball, winning only one league game. Today the Sooners are the highest ranked team in the conference.

Today Kansas is the Big 12 shoe-wiper, but KU coach Marian Washington has a recruiting class ranked as high as No. 12 nationally by one publication.

"You've got to have the players to stay in the hunt for things," said Washington, who is suffering through the worst of her 29 years on Mount Oread.

Kansas has been the hunted in the Big 12 this year, serving as prey in 10 straight defeats, none by fewer than seven points. And the prospects of stealing a victory before the season ends are not good.

Iowa State, one of seven ranked Big 12 teams  the Cyclones are No. 12 in this week's AP poll  will be here tonight.

Tipoff will be at 7:05 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas' all-time record against the Cyclones in Lawrence is 20-2, but this is hardly a vintage KU team while ISU has three of the best players in the league in guard Lindsey Wilson, center Angie Welle and forward Tracy Gahan.

Prolonged shooting slumps have been the trademark of this year's Kansas team, already the losingest in school history.

For example, the 5-18 Jayhawks made only 5 of 26 shots during the first half at Oklahoma last Saturday and fell behind 34-12, but made 17 of 28 attempts in the second half. OU won, 79-57.

Until the defeat in Norman, no KU team had ever lost more than 17 games.

After tonight's contest, the Jayhawks will have five conference outings remaining  only two against non-ranked clubs. Still left are a trip to Iowa State and home games with No. 11 Kansas State and No. 17 Texas. The unranked foes left are Nebraska here and Missouri in Columbia.

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