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KU women likely to play in WNIT

March 7, 2008

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Taylor McIntosh and Jamie Boyd haven't played for the last time in Allen Fieldhouse.

Although McIntosh and Boyd, the only two seniors on Kansas University's women's basketball team, were feted following Wednesday night's 61-50 loss to Kansas State, the pair will have at least one more home game.

Despite being mired in a five-game losing streak heading into next week's Big 12 tournament, the Jayhawks are almost certain to participate in the postseason WNIT.

"I think good," KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said, asked if the Jayhawks had a shot at the WNIT. "I feel confident they'll take care of us and let us in."

Why would the WNIT desire a team that finished in a 10th-place tie in Big 12 standings and is fading fast?

For starters, the WNIT has 48 slots to fill after expanding from its original 36-team field a year ago. Thus, once the NCAA selects its 64 teams, the WNIT has to scramble to fill four-dozen slots.

Secondly, Kansas already has submitted the paperwork required in order to play host to first- and second-round games. Two years ago, Allen Fieldhouse was the site of two WNIT games - a victory over Northern Arizona and a loss to Mississippi.

KU's willingness to be a host site and the fact the Jayhawks are assured of finishing with at least a .500 record enhance the school's chances.

Kansas will go into Tuesday's conference-tournament clash against Nebraska in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium owning a 15-14 record, thanks mainly to its 11-2 record against nonconference foes.

KU has posted back-to-back 4-12 records in conference standings, but the Jayhawks weren't eligible for the WNIT last year because they wound up 11-20 overall.

Last year, Kansas State and Missouri were the only Big 12 schools to participate in the WNIT after six league teams were tapped to appear in the NCAA Tournament.

The WNIT field will be completed after the NCAA Tournament selections are revealed on March 17, and it's probable the Jayhawks will be playing host to a first-round game the following Wednesday.

Notes: KU's Ivana Catic, Kelly Kohn and McIntosh were named to the All-Big 12 Academic Team. McIntosh, a human biology major, was tapped for the third time. : Kansas was also the No. 11 seed in last year's Big 12 tournament and stunned No. 6 seed Oklahoma State, 71-62.

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Confrontation 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm so glad we gave Henrickson a raise this year. She sure earned it. It takes a great coach to NOT make it to the WNIT.

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