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KU women travel to No. 13 OU

Jayhawks struggling on road in Big 12 play

KU coach Bonnie Henrickson talks with guard Rhea Codio (3) during the second half of the game on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU coach Bonnie Henrickson talks with guard Rhea Codio (3) during the second half of the game on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at Allen Fieldhouse.

January 23, 2010

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— Uh, oh, another Big 12 Conference road game for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. And against a ranked team at that.

The Jayhawks, who have performed miserably in their first two league road contests, will meet No. 13-ranked Oklahoma today.

Tipoff will be 2 p.m. at the Noble Center. Metro Sports (Sunflower Broadband ch. 37) will carry a live telecast.

In losses at Kansas State and Iowa State, KU has averaged a mere 38.5 points a game. In their two league home games, however, the Jayhawks are averaging 70 points.

“Most glaring is our offensive rebounding,” Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said of her team’s road woes. “We’ve got to find a way to finish.”

In Wednesday’s 53-42 loss to the Cyclones, KU’s top inside players — Aishah Sutherland, Carolyn Davis and Krysten Boogaard — combined for six points.

“We have to find point production in the paint,” Henrickson said. “We just have to.”

Boogaard, who lost her starting job to Davis last week, logged only five minutes off the bench, and Sutherland fouled out after playing just 18 minutes.

“Aishah just stood around and watched,” Henrickson said, “and she’s one of the most athletic kids in the league.”

KU’s offensive stagnancy has been exacerbated by the loss of point guard Angel Goodrich, who will undergo surgery Monday to repair the torn ACL in her right knee.

Senior LaChelda Jacobs, who has replaced Goodrich, compiled zero assists in 25 minutes of duty against Iowa State and gave way to Sade Morris in the second half. Adding to the Jayhawks’ scoring problems was a sub-par Danielle McCray, who managed only six points, her lowest output in two years.

Current circumstances only compound the Jayhawks’ recent inability to win conference games on the road. They’ve dropped 16 of their last 17 Big 12 games away from home and haven’t won in Norman since 1998.

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