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KU women sizzling

December 16, 2007

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Cinderella-ish shooting can overcome ugly sister-ish turnovers. Case in point: Kansas University's women's basketball team.

Despite 20 turnovers a game, the Jayhawks are off to a 7-1 start, primarily because their team field-goal percentage is a glossy 48.1 percent. The Jayhawks will attempt to sustain the sizzle tonight when they tangle with Cal-Riverside, the defending Big West Conference champion.

The most noteworthy numbers have been posted by KU's two leading scorers - Danielle McCray and Sade Morris, both 5-foot-11 sophomores.

McCray is shooting 45.3 percent while averaging 16.6 points a game. Last year, she shot 40 percent while scoring at a 10.5 clip. Morris is shooting 42 percent while averaging 12.9 points. Last season she shot 38 percent and averaged 6.4 points.

"Sade and Danielle are shooting with more confidence," coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "Sade's not so rushed."

In Cal-Riverside, the Jayhawks will be facing a team with a deceptive 2-6 record.

"They have the fourth toughest schedule in the country," Henrickson said, "so they're the best two-win team in the country."

Cal-Riverside features the reigning Big West player of the year in Kemie Nkele, a 6-1 senior from San Diego who is averaging 18.2 points per game.

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