Archive for Sunday, December 20, 2009

KU women to clash with UC Riverside

Kansas’ Angel Goodrich (23) looks off an Emporia State defender before throwing a pass in the lane during a fast break. Goodrich had seven assists in the Jayhawks’ 85-48 exhibition victory Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas’ Angel Goodrich (23) looks off an Emporia State defender before throwing a pass in the lane during a fast break. Goodrich had seven assists in the Jayhawks’ 85-48 exhibition victory Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

December 20, 2009

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UC Riverside may be in a funk, but Kansas University’s next women’s basketball foe won’t be treated lightly by coach Bonnie Henrickson.

“The two toughest games are the one after finals and the one after the holiday break,” Henrickson said. “That’s when you have to bank on your experienced players.”

After a week of studying and taking final exams, the No. 22-ranked Jayhawks (7-2) will resume competition today against the Highlanders (2-6).

Tipoff will be at 1 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. Sunflower Broadband 6 will carry a live telecast.

Although Henrickson says she always worries about the first game back after finals, she didn’t see anything negative during last week’s sporadic practice sessions.

“I think our preparation has been good,” she said. “I think we’ll be OK.”

Today’s game will end a string of five straight home games that began following the Jayhawks’ trip to the Bahamas, and KU should have little trouble making it five wins in a row against the struggling Californians.

On Thursday night in Stillwater, Okla., Oklahoma State handed UC Riverside its third straight loss, 69-46. In that game, the Highlanders shot a paltry 29 percent and turned the ball over 20 times.

UC Riverside was predicted to finish fourth in the Big West Conference after losing eight seniors from a team that went 19-12 last year and earned a berth in the WNIT. However, coach John Margaritis’ team has battled numerous injuries, and his bench is thin. He has used only seven players in each of the last two outings.

A couple of Highlanders are from Perris, Calif., home of KU sophomore Aishah Sutherland.

“Aishah knows a couple of their kids,” Henrickson said, “and she said they could hang with her, so they’re obviously pretty good.”

KU’s next game will be Tuesday night at Houston University. After meeting the Cougars, KU’s players will have four days off before resuming practice for a Dec. 30 home game against Pepperdine.

Notes

• Tania Jackson, the Lawrence High product who is red-shirting this season, underwent cartilage surgery last week and won’t be able to practice for at least a month. Jackson had undergone ACL surgery 14 months ago.

• Senior forward Porscha Weddington, who has missed all nine regular season games with mono, is participating in about 50 percent of practices, Henrickson said.

• Danielle McCray ranks eighth nationally in three-point shooting (52.3 percent) and the Jayhawks rank ninth in that category (46.4).

Comments

rgh 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm certainly rooting for the Hawks but we had about 7 or 8 of the UC players right beside us during the men's game and they were a lot of fun to talk to and were soaking up the whole atmosphere and even cheering for the men's team just like the students of KU (some even swayed and sung the alma mater, it was awesome). They especially loved the student section's rituals during opponents free throws. The popcord was their favorite along with the "traveling" rolling of the arms.

I'm glad you got to come to game and glad you had fun. When I asked which one was guarding McCray they all said, "All of us are." Great gals but good luck to the Hawks this afternoon and don't let up during the holiday break.

Rock Chalk!

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