The Jayhawk basketball season isn’t over. The Kansas University men’s team has bowed out of the NCAA tournament, but the women’s team has advanced to the Final Four of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
What’s more, local fans have the opportunity to cheer on the KU women and watch some great basketball when Kansas meets Illinois State in a semifinal game at 7 p.m. today in Allen Fieldhouse.
The women’s team has had a hard time winning on the road this year but rallied to a 78-69 victory Monday night over New Mexico before what sounds like a distinctly unfriendly crowd in Rio Rancho, N.M. Danielle McCray led the Jayhawk team with an amazing 32 points and nine rebounds.
The KU women labor in the large shadow of the KU men’s team, but they are no less a part of KU’s basketball tradition. Now, the spotlight is on them, and the Jayhawk Nation should give them their due.
Tonight’s game won’t be on television, which is all the more reason for local fans to make the trip to Allen Fieldhouse to support the team. Wouldn’t it be great for the KU women to run out of the locker room and into a fieldhouse filled to the brim with cheering fans?
Let’s make it happen.