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KU women break road skid, top OSU, 67-52

Kansas University’s Porscha Weddington chases the ball between Oklahoma State’s Shyvon Spears (40) and Tegan Cunningham. The Jayhawks beat the Cowgirls, 67-52, Wednesday in Stillwater, Okla.

Kansas University’s Porscha Weddington chases the ball between Oklahoma State’s Shyvon Spears (40) and Tegan Cunningham. The Jayhawks beat the Cowgirls, 67-52, Wednesday in Stillwater, Okla.

February 25, 2009

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Jayhawks snap road losing streak, rout OSU

Danielle McCray scored 30 points on 9-for-13 shooting, helping the Kansas women snap a 14-game road conference losing streak in a 67-52 victory over Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. Enlarge video

— The streak is dead. Long live the streak.

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team, which had lost 14 straight Big 12 Conference road games, ended that skid — and prolonged Oklahoma State’s home losing streak — with a 67-52 victory Wednesday over OSU at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Danielle McCray led the Jayhawks with a career-high-tying 30 points, and she contributed 13 rebounds.

“Danielle was just borderline unbelievable,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said.

KU’s last league road victory came in the 2006-07 season finale at Missouri. The Jayhawks were 0-8 on the road in conference last season and 0-6 so far this season.

OSU, meanwhile, has lost six straight at home.

“The kids deserve credit for having great focus and concentration coming in here,” Henrickson said.

The Jayhawks (15-11 overall, 4-9 Big 12) were especially impressive down the stretch, making nine of 12 free throws in the final three minutes and scoring the game’s final 13 points.

OSU, which was led by Big 12 scoring leader Andrea Riley’s 18 points, fell to 15-11 and 4-9.

Riley came in averaging 24 points per game. She connected on just seven of 28 field-goal attempts.

A Riley basket and free throw tied the game at 38 with 12:56 to play. Over the next six minutes, Kansas went on a 14-4 run to forge a 10-point lead at 52-42. McCray scored seven points during the run, while Nicollette Smith tossed in five.

After an OSU timeout, the Cowgirls held Kansas scoreless for just under four minutes, clawing back within two points at 52-50, but McCray knocked down two free throws with 3:25 to play to stop the OSU comeback.

The 30-point, 13-rebound performance marked McCray's second-straight double-double and the sixth of the season.

Comments

Omegatron 5 years, 1 month ago

"So, the ladies are 15-11, and destined to another mediocre year. If I recall correctly, Bonnie was a highly touted coach. Seems like she has had four or five years now, and the women remain mediocre. what gives?"

Don't know, but I'm willing to bet that poor attendance could be a factor.

Two to three thousand people regularly, mostly alum, families, almost no students. Most games the atmosphere is dead. Home court advantage is practically non-existent.

Can only recall two games where it felt like the fieldhouse had a game like atmosphere. One had every kid in town. The other the last home game.

Sad.

More students, more people in general, need to attend. Make the home court an advantage for the girls. Maybe then they will be able to get over the hurdle that's keeping them from achieving the success we all are expecting them to achieve.

Just my opinion.

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VTHawk 5 years, 1 month ago

Mediocre is a big step up from where we were.

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Bob Forer 5 years, 1 month ago

So, the ladies are 15-11, and destined to another mediocre year. If I recall correctly, Bonnie was a highly touted coach. Seems like she has had four or five years now, and the women remain mediocre. what gives?

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mom_of_three 5 years, 1 month ago

I love the picture above, but you can't help but notice that the OSU player's jersey is going in a different direction, a "pulled direction" to say.

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Omegatron 5 years, 1 month ago

Three more games till the Big 12 Tournament. Win all three and finish strong girls!

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