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Kansas to face KSU in home finale

March 5, 2008

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Bonnie Henrickson is looking for something, anything to shake Kansas University's women's basketball team out of the doldrums.

Senior Night might be the answer.

Taylor McIntosh and Jamie Boyd will play for the last time in Allen Fieldhouse tonight when the Jayhawks entertain Kansas State.

"Our kids have so much respect for Taylor and Jamie," Henrickson said.

Then there's the potential added impetus of the opponent.

"Obviously, it's a rivalry game for us," Henrickson added.

Tipoff will be at 7 p.m. Metro Sports (Sunflower Broadband channel 37) will carry a live telecast.

Two weeks ago, the Jayhawks were on a roll. They had won three of four with the only loss a six-point decision at Kansas State. Since then, however, KU has dropped four in a row to teams with sub-.500 Big 12 Conference records.

Kansas State, meanwhile, has a couple of incentives, too. The Wildcats can earn at least a share of the Big 12 championship with a victory. At the same time, they would avenge an 82-74 double-overtime loss to the Jayhawks last season in Allen Fieldhouse.

That double OT triumph is the Jayhawks' only victory over the 'Cats since 2001. K-State has captured 13 of the last 14 meetings, including the 64-58 triumph on Feb. 9 in Manhattan.

In that first meeting, Krysten Boogaard led KU with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Lately, however, Boogaard has been in a freshman funk. The 6-foot-5 Saskatchewan native failed to score in 18 minutes of duty in Saturday's 51-42 loss at Iowa State.

Meanwhile, McIntosh, who starts in the double post with Boogaard, was the KU standout in Ames, Iowa, with 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Yet, in that earlier loss in Manhattan, it was McIntosh who failed to score.

McIntosh, the last player recruited by former coach Marian Washington, has played in 117 games for the Jayhawks and started 114. More important, the 5-foot-11 Wichita Heights High product will graduate in May with a degree in human biology.

Boyd, a 6-0 native of Underwood, Iowa, was Henrickson's first recruit. Mostly utilized off the bench, Boyd has logged 69 games during her four years. Like McIntosh, she is a two-time All-Academic Big 12 selection and will graduate in May with a degree in communication studies.

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