Archive for Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Jayhawks thrilled there are no mountains in sight

Colorado has made most of its home-court help, but still has no answers on road

February 6, 2007


Thin air agrees with Colorado University's women's basketball team. Thick air doesn't.

The Buffaloes have dropped all eight games they've played this season away from the Coors Events Center in mile-high Boulder, Colo.

"I'm certain they think we'll be their first road win," Kansas University coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "We have to make sure we don't let that happen."

Tipoff will be at 7 p.m. today in Allen Fieldhouse. Metro Sports will have a telecast, but will delay the showing until noon Wednesday.

Kansas continues to search for its first Big 12 Conference victory. The Jayhawks are 0-9 in the league after dropping a 64-53 decision at No. 18 Texas A&M; last weekend.

Colorado, meanwhile, has posted back-to-back home victories over Kansas State and Texas Tech. The Buffs (10-11 overall, 4-5 Big 12) already have won more league games than they won last year (three) and the year before (two).

Colorado has been able to maintain its .500 won-lost pace despite leading the league in turnovers (21.2 per game). That's an Achilles' heel Henrickson hopes to exploit.

"For us to create offense from our defense is important," the KU coach said.

Kansas is the lowest-scoring and the poorest-shooting team in the Big 12, but the Jayhawks have been more competitive over the last couple of weeks with Shaquina Mosley's emergence at point guard and with Taylor McIntosh's offensive resurgence underneath.

Mosley, a 5-foot-6 senior, is averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the last six games. McIntosh, a 5-11 junior, is averaging 14.7 points and 5.7 boards in the last three games.

Nevertheless, the Buffs will have a decided height advantage with three starters standing at least 6-1.

Jackie McFarland, a 6-3 junior from suburban Wichita, is averaging 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds while making a strong bid for all-conference honors. And 6-1 senior Jasmina Ilic counted a game-high 27 points in the Buffs' 70-67 victory over Texas Tech.

No doubt a healthy Marija Zinic would give the Jayhawks more favorable matchups in the paint, but the 6-2 sophomore has missed the last six games due to a leg stress fracture.

Although no timetable has been established for Zinic's return, she could see limited duty tonight.

"I'm hopeful," Henrickson said. "I'm cautiously optimistic. I would like to use her because those (Colorado) kids are big."

Kansas will travel Saturday to Texas, then play its next three games at home against Missouri (Feb. 14), Kansas State (Feb. 18) and Oklahoma (Feb. 21).


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