Archive for Tuesday, December 28, 2004

KU women to face short-handed SDSU

December 28, 2004


Bonnie Henrickson has kept her fingers crossed all season, and so far, so good.

Jim Tomey hasn't been so fortunate.

Henrickson's thin Kansas University women's basketball team hasn't suffered any serious injuries, but San Diego State counterpart Tomey already has lost two players for the season because of injuries, and he has another player currently on the shelf because of knee woes.

"They've had some problems," Henrickson said of the Aztecs, "but we won't prepare any different for them than for any other team."

Tipoff will be at 7:05 p.m. tonight in Allen Fieldhouse. The game -- the Jayhawks' first in a week -- will be telecast live on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.

Henrickson's players left for holiday break Wednesday and returned Sunday afternoon for a strength and conditioning workout.

"We tried to run the Christmas cookies out of them," Henrickson said, "and try to get their legs back."

All the Jayhawks made it back in time, including point guard Erica Hallman who hails from suburban Cincinnati, hub for Comair, the airline that canceled all its Christmas Day flights because of a computer glitch.

"We were a little worried about Erica," Henrickson said. "She was bumped once, but she made it back in time."

Henrickson's players departed for home following a 68-63 loss to Creighton a week ago in Omaha, Neb. A retrospective of that defeat by Henrickson revealed too many inconsistencies.

"We made a run late, and I was proud of that," she said, "but that's as bad as we've been defensively all season."

Henrickson doesn't have a roster full of point-producers so she has concentrated on defense. For the most part, she's been successful. KU has posted a 5-4 record primarily by limiting its foes' scoring opportunities.

"We may not shoot well every night," the first-year KU coach said, "but we should play defense every night."

San Diego State has been playing woeful offense. The Aztecs (3-5) are shooting a miserable 34.2 percent from the field, including 22.1 percent from the three-point line.

The Californians are coming off a home loss to Cal-Riverside (65-53) and an 80-36 flogging at Southern Methodist. At SMU, the Aztecs shot 27.6 percent while missing all 14 of their three-point attempts.

SDS coach Tomey is down to nine players and only four were in the program last year. Henrickson has 10 players, nine on scholarship, so tonight's box score won't be a long one.

The Jayhawks will conclude the nonconference portion of their schedule Thursday when they go to Muncie, Ind., to tangle with Ball State. KU will open conference play Jan. 5 against No. 4-ranked Texas in Austin, Texas.

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