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McCray, Morris lead KU to win

KU's Sade Morris knocks the ball away from Arkansas player Julie Inman in the first half of a third-round WNIT game against Arkansas Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU's Sade Morris knocks the ball away from Arkansas player Julie Inman in the first half of a third-round WNIT game against Arkansas Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Allen Fieldhouse.

March 26, 2009, 9:04 p.m. Updated March 27, 2009, 1:15 a.m.

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KU women's basketball tops Arkansas in WNIT

The Kansas University women's basketball team defeated Arkansas, 75-59, in a third-round WNIT game. Enlarge video

Those candies are tasty — they melt in your mouth, not in your hands — but Kansas University’s M&Ms may be even better.

Danielle McCray and Sade Morris combined for 58 points as the Jayhawks spilled Arkansas, 75-59, in a WNIT Sweet 16 game Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I didn’t realize we had that big a part,” Morris said after the two 5-foot-11 juniors accounted for 77 percent of KU’s scoring.

Morris contributed 23 points — one off her career high — while McCray matched that total in the second half on the way to tying her career-high of 35, established just a couple of weeks ago against Baylor.

McCray missed a short jumper with about three minutes remaining that would have given her 37, then coach Bonnie Henrickson yanked her with 2:31 remaining and the Jayhawks ahead by 22 points.

McCray said she knew she had matched her career-high, but she wasn’t complaining about the late hook.

“I wasn’t going to be greedy,” McCray said. “It’ll come at another time.”

In the Baylor game, McCray scored a point a minute, but she was even more efficient this time. Her 35 points came in just 28 minutes.

Who knows how many she would have scored if she hadn’t sat the last seven minutes of the second half after picking up her second foul?

“I was upset with myself,” McCray said, “because I haven’t been in foul trouble for awhile.”

Breaking it down, the Olathe East product scored 12 points in 13 first-half minutes and 23 in 16 second-half minutes. Oh, and she was foul free after the break.

Arkansas coach Tom Collen was impressed.

“I had some Big 12 coaches tell me they thought she was the best player in the conference right now,” the second-year Razorbacks coach said. “She’s an All-America candidate.”

McCray has been so dynamic over the last five weeks that she might pass the 35-point plateau in the Jayhawks’ next game … whenever it is.

KU will meet the winner of tonight’s New Mexico-Oregon State game in the WNIT Elite Eight at a time and place to be determined. Most likely, however, it will be Monday night and probably in Allen Fieldhouse.

McCray and Morris have been the Jayhawks’ leading scorers all season, but they’ve been outdoing themselves while KU has won seven of its last nine games.

Clearly, they’re in total sync.

“I go as D goes, and she goes as I go,” Morris said. “We’ve always known what we can do. Now it’s gut-check time. We’re in this to win.”

Added point guard Ivana Catic whose eight assists came mostly off feeds to Morris and McCray: “They really complement each other. They rebound, they penetrate, they score.”

Still, no team has ever won a basketball game with just two players and Henrickson gushed about their teammates have accepted their roles.

“I think its unselfishness,” the KU coach said. “With this group everybody has embraced their role.”

For instance, during the last four minutes of the first half, four KU starters — including McCray and Morris — were on the bench with two fouls. Catic was the only starter on the floor.

“We had four starters on the bench,” Henrickson said, “and Arkansas didn’t cut our lead.”

Also noteworthy was the fact Kansas crossed the 20-victory barrier for the first time in nine years.

“That’s great,” Henrickson said. “That’s a bench mark in basketball.”

Comments

rgh 5 years ago

They played well especially when Arkansas made their run in the second half.

I hope the lady Hawks get to play in Allen Monday. Good luck!!

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Jim Williamson 5 years ago

Coach has to figure out a way to get her KU teams on track before March 1.

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Rick Aldrich 5 years ago

Congrats! Bonnie And lady Hawks......

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BallHawk 5 years ago

Way to go ladies and Coaching Staff! It's been a real treat to still be watching KU Women's Basketball in action this late in the season! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!

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richh 5 years ago

(Kansas will play the winner of Friday night’s Oregon State-New Mexico game at a date and site to be determined.)

The answer is the winner of Oregon State-New Mexico will travel to the Allen Fieldhouse and play with Kansas on Sunday, March 29. The time still not decide yet.

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grammaddy 5 years ago

These women deserve a lot more exposure in the media !!

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LiberalDude 5 years ago

Wow, go Jayhawks! Let's win this thing!

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