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McCray questionable for Kansas women

Jayhawks might not need top scorer/rebounder tonight against SJSU

December 19, 2007

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— Danielle McCray remains day-to-day, meaning she may or may not play today.

McCray is the leading scorer (16.6) and rebounder (8.0) on Kansas University's women's basketball team, but she missed Sunday's 62-49 victory over Cal-Riverside with an ankle injury, and her status for tonight's game is questionable.

In truth, though, the Jayhawks may not need her against San Jose State because the Spartans have posted only one victory in 10 starts.

Tipoff will be at 9 p.m. (Lawrence time) at The Events Center on the SJSU campus.

"It was hard," McCray said about sitting out Sunday's game. "But everyone stepped up, and it was a great win."

McCray, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, doesn't have a serious injury. Healing, however, can be accomplished only by abstaining from basketball, or as she said: "Walking around is fine. It just hurts when I play."

How long it will take the injury to heal by staying off the court is the unanswerable question.

Meanwhile, there is little question San Jose State is struggling in Pam DeCosta's first year as the Spartans' head coach. DeCosta, who spent 10 years as an assistant under Marian Washington at KU, took over in San Jose after three seasons in charge of the women's program at Lynn College in Boca Raton, Fla.

DeCosta is starting three freshman and the Spartans are jacking up three-point goals like they're going out of style. In a 78-72 loss at Washington State, SJSU hoisted 28 treys and made 12.

Natalie White, a 5-9 junior, launched 15 of those three-pointers and made six while finishing with a career-high 25 points.

Kansas is 8-1 and unranked, mainly because of a so-so schedule and the fact the Jayhawks have played seven of their nine games at home. Their lone defeat was on the road, a 68-56 decision at Southern Methodist.

"I think that loss was good for us," KU senior Taylor McIntosh said. "We learned a lot, and not to make the same mistakes."

Kansas will conclude its trip to the San Francisco Bay area on Friday night against No. 12-ranked California in Berkeley, Calif. The next home game will be Dec. 30 against Boston University.

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