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Cyclones will be motivated

KU facing yet another emotional night in hostile environment

March 1, 2005

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— Bonnie Henrickson saw what she described as one "big, fat lovefest" Saturday night in Manhattan, and Kansas University's women's basketball coach knows she'll see another one tonight.

Henrickson just hopes the Jayhawks will deal with Iowa State's Senior Night better than they did with Kansas State's retirement of Kendra Wecker's jersey.

"We understand that we've just got to be better," Henrickson said. "We've got to bring what we can bring."

Tipoff will be at 7:05 p.m. tonight for each team's regular-season finale. The game will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Radio Network, including 1320 KLWN. The game will not be televised.

On Saturday, the Jayhawks were overwhelmed both on the floor and off. K-State senior Wecker destroyed KU in her final game at Bramlage Coliseum, with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and KSU won, 73-46.

Iowa State, ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll, has the potential to inflict the same kind of damage. The Cyclones are tied with K-State for fourth place in conference standings, each with an 11-4 record. And Iowa State thumped the Jayhawks, 70-37, earlier this season in Allen Fieldhouse.

Four Iowa State seniors -- all starters -- will be bowing out tonight in Hilton Coliseum. Two of them are among the league's leading scorers -- Anne O'Neil (16.7 ppg.) and Katie Robinette (14.9).

For certain, Henrickson will need better performances from Crystal Kemp and Erica Hallman, the Jayhawks' leading scorers.

Hallman, who scored 43 points in the two games prior to the K-State game, settled for just five points on 1-of-7 shooting against the Wildcats. Kemp had 12 rebounds against K-State, but most came with the game out of reach in the second half. She scored only eight points.




Iowa State, unbeaten in 14 games in Ames, will be looking to improve its seed for next week's Big 12 Tournament at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium. If the Cyclones secure the No. 4 seed they won't have to play an opening-round game Tuesday.

Kansas, meanwhile, cannot finish any higher than eighth in the regular-season standings or lower than ninth, meaning the Jayhawks will play in the tourney's first game at noon Tuesday likely against either Missouri or Texas A&M. Tuesday's winner will have to play the league champion at noon Wednesday.

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