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CU next test for Jayhawks

January 13, 2004

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Kansas University put the brakes on its seven-game losing streak Saturday against Missouri.

Now KU's women's basketball team will take aim on halting its six-game losing streak against Colorado. Tipoff is 7:05 tonight in Allen Fieldhouse.

It's no secret what the Jayhawks will have to do to end their skid against the Buffaloes -- neutralize Tera Bjorklund inside and limit the outside shots of Kate Fagan.

Bjorklund, a 6-foot-5 senior, is among the Big 12 Conference leaders in scoring (20.2) and rebounding (7.7). One of the main reasons Bjorklund can operate under the basket is because defenses can't afford to collapse on her and leave Fagan open.

Fagan, a 5-9 senior averaging 15.2 points per game, is shooting 47.3 percent (43-of-91) from three-point range. She shot even better than that in Allen Fieldhouse last year, drilling six-of-eight three-pointers in the Buffs' 71-50 victory.

Now CU coach Ceal Barry has another long-range weapon in freshman Emily Waner who is shooting 45.8 percent (27-of-59) from beyond the arc.

On the flip side, Kansas launches fewer three-point attempts than any team in the league -- just 7.2 per game -- but the Jayhawks boast the Big 12's most accurate three-point shooter in sophomore guard Erica Hallman (17-of-35 for 48.6 percent).

Sophomore Crystal Kemp leads the Jayhawks with an average of 13.2 points per game.

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