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#25581 - 01/13/07 10:10 AM Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) @ Kansas 1/13/07
jayhawk154 Offline
Max Falkenstein

Registered: 01/31/03
•WHEN/WHERE: 7 tonight at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.

•OUTLOOK: KU is 5-10 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12, but now has three games in a row at home. That should at least help freshman LaChelda Jacobs, who had 18 points in each of her last two home games but just two points combined in her last two road games. The Jayhawks have contended in all three of their league losses, but they continue to make mistakes at crucial times. Nebraska, 13-3 and 1-1, has won eight consecutive games on the road. The Huskers took both games against KU last season.

•BOTTOM LINE: Nebraska has more depth and skill inside this season. As will be the case in every Big 12 contest, the Jayhawks must establish some consistency on offense to hope to pull an upset.
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#25582 - 01/13/07 10:12 AM Re: Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) @ Kansas 1/13/07 [Re: jayhawk154]
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Max Falkenstein

Registered: 01/31/03
Buried on our own site...(nice effort to promote the women...lol)


Jayhawks seeking extra effort
KU women looking to end Big 12 skid tonight vs. Nebraska
By Jeff Fedotin

Posted Saturday, January 13, 2007

The numbers speak for themselves. The slumping Kansas University women’s basketball team has lost six in a row, dropping the Jayhawks to 5-10 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12 Conference.

“It’s just really hard,” freshman guard LaChelda Jacobs said. “We’re right there on the edge. ... We just need that extra push. We’ve just got to find out a way to pull it out in the end.”

KU will look to pull out its first conference victory when it entertains Nebraska University (13-3, 1-1) at 7 tonight in Allen Fieldhouse. The Cornhuskers, who lost their first conference game, 77-69, to Oklahoma on Saturday, have six players averaging at least six points per game.

“(They’re very) talented, very balanced,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said, “probably as balanced as they’ve been.”

Although deep, Nebraska is led by two players, 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Kelsey Griffin and 5-6 senior guard Kiera Hardy. Griffin averages 16.1 points and 8.4 rebounds, and Hardy, a two-time first-team All-Big 12 guard, averages 16.1 points.

“(Griffin)’s a very multi-talented, a very complete post player,” Henrickson said. “Hardy’s a scorer. She’s a playmaker.”

Hardy burned KU last year, notching 26 and 19 points, respectively, in Nebraska’s 73-61 and 65-57 wins.

“We didn’t defend Hardy worth a darn last year,” Henrickson said.

At least KU has several able bodies to defend her.

That was not the case a week ago. A sprained knee ligament forced Ivana Catic to miss last Saturday’s 71-64 loss to Baylor and limited Sade Morris during the same contest. But Catic has regained her health, and Morris started during Wednesday’s loss at Oklahoma State, scoring 11 points.

Freshman forward Danielle McCray also missed the Baylor game as part of a suspension for violating team rules; Henrickson declined to elaborate further. McCray, perhaps the most highly touted of KU’s seven freshman, returned to action against Oklahoma State with five points.

The 5-11 forward averages 7.4 points and 3.4 rebounds and has not become the physical post presence the Jayhawks desperately need.

“She’s just not getting the job done,” Henrickson said. “She’s not boxing out. She’s not rebounding. Her footwork on her shot’s not right. She’s struggling to put it together at this level right now.”

The entire KU team needs to improve its 39.2 shooting percentage. To do so, Jacobs has focused on setting her feet and not twisting her body into each shot attempt.

Her form is not the only change for Jacobs. At Summit High School in Mansfield, Texas, Jacobs won three district championships and never experienced a lengthy losing streak.

“It’s definitely a new thing for me,” she said. “We definitely had a lot of success.”

KU’s six other freshmen are unaccustomed to this kind of drought, but the Jayhawks remain assured.

“We’ve been resilient,” Henrickson said. “The word everyone would use would be ‘frustrated,’ but no one’s devastated or given in.”
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#25583 - 01/13/07 10:15 AM Re: Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) @ Kansas 1/13/07 [Re: jayhawk154]
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Max Falkenstein

Registered: 01/31/03
From Huskers.com...


Nebraska (13-3, 1-1)
at Kansas (5-10, 0-3)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kan.
Saturday, Jan. 13 • 7 p.m.
Radio: Husker Sports Network
(98.1-FM KFGE in Lincoln/Huskers.com)
Series Record: Kansas leads, 44-24
(NU leads 12-3 in last 15)

Huskers Return to Road to Battle Jayhawks

The Nebraska women’s basketball team will try to stretch its school-record road winning streak to nine games when the Huskers travel to Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence to battle the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Live radio coverage will be provided by 98.1-FM KFGE in Lincoln, select Husker Sports Network stations and worldwide on Huskers.com with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch calling the action. The game will also be televised in Lawrence by Sunflower Cable.

Nebraska, which has won a school-record eight straight games away from the Devaney Center, had its seven-game overall winning streak snapped on Saturday in Lincoln with a 77-69 setback to No. 8 Oklahoma. Kansas opened its Big 12 season with three consecutive losses to Iowa State, No. 9 Baylor and Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Wednesday night.

Two-time first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy and reigning Big 12 Conference Player-of-the-Week Kelsey Griffin give the Huskers a dynamic inside-out combination.

Griffin, a sophomore forward from Eagle River, Alaska, leads Nebraska with 16.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, including 21.5 points and 7.5 boards per contest to open Big 12 action against All-Americans Tiffany Jackson (Texas) and Courtney Paris (Oklahoma). Griffin has scored 13 or more points in 15 of NU’s 16 games this season, while leading the Huskers on the boards in 13 contests.

Hardy, a preseason All-American and one of 50 candidates for the Naismith Trophy, is averaging 22.5 points and 4.0 rebounds through her first two Big 12 games, after erupting for 27 points to lead the Huskers to their first-ever win at Texas on Jan. 3. Over the last four games, Hardy has pumped in 22.5 points per contest, including a 29-point effort at Florida to earn MVP honors at the State Farm Classic on Dec. 29.

Hardy is averaging 16.1 points, 3.1 boards and 3.1 assists on the year while leading NU with 36 three-pointers (37.1 percent). She has made 76 consecutive starts while ranking eighth in school history with 1,673 points and eighth in Big 12 history with 232 three-pointers.

Seniors Chelsea Aubry, Jelena Spiric and Ashley Ford round out an experienced Nebraska lineup that has started all 16 games together to open the season. Aubry, a 6-2 power forward, is shooting 52.6 percent (20-38) from three-point range and is averaging 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds over the last nine games. Spiric, a 6-0 swing player, had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and a career-high five steals in NU’s last outing against OU.
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#25584 - 01/13/07 10:16 AM Re: Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) @ Kansas 1/13/07 [Re: jayhawk154]
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Max Falkenstein

Registered: 01/31/03
Matchup: Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) at Kansas (5-10, 0-3)

Date: Saturday, Jan. 13

Tip-off: 7:05 p.m.

Location: Lawrence, Kan.

Venue: Allen Fieldhouse

Capacity: 16,300



Series: KU leads 44-22

Series in Lawrence: KU leads 23-6

Last Season: NU defeated KU in both meetings

Current Win Streak: 2, Nebraska



KU Coach: Bonnie Henrickson

Record: 192-101 overall and 34-39 at KU

vs. NU: 1-3

NU Coach: Connie Yori

Record: 271-202 overall and 76-62 at NU

vs. KU: 9-10

OPENING TIP

Kansas (5-10, 0-3 Big 12) begins a three-game home stand against Nebraska (13-3, 1-1 Big 12) on Saturday, Jan. 10. The Jayhawks and Cornhuskers will tip-off at 7 p.m. At halftime, one lucky fan will have a chance to win $25,000.



FAST BREAKS

•As of Thursday, KU's strength of schedule (www.collegeRPI.com) was ranked 17th in the nation, tops among Big 12 teams.



•Kelly Kohn's 11.1 points per contest rank second among Big 12 Freshman.



•Porscha Weddington leads all Big 12 freshmen in rebounding (2.3 rpg).



•KU's freshman class has scored 533 of the Jayhawks 857 points this season (62 percent).



•Kansas will host Sacramento State on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in its final non-conference game of the season. Tip-off against the Hornets is scheduled for 7 p.m in Allen Fieldhouse.



NOTING NEBRASKA

The Cornhuskers did not have a mid-week game after opening the conference season with its first ever victory over Texas, followed by a narrow loss to No. 8 Oklahoma ... The loss to the Sooners snapped Nebraska's seven-game winning streak ... The Huskers are receiving votes in both polls ... Nebraska is led by Kansas City, Mo. native Kiera Hardy ... The 5-6 guard is averaging 16.1 points per contest while dishing out a team-best 49 assists ... Sophomore forward Kelsey Griffin is the reigning co-Big 12 Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in NU's first two conference games ... Griffin is tied with Harding for the team lead in scoring while pulling down a team-best 8.4 boards ... The Cornhuskers are 5-1 on the road this season ... Head coach Connie Yori is in her fifth season at Nebraska after coaching for 10 seasons at Creighton University.



NOTING KANSAS

The Jayhawks look to snap a six-game losing streak Saturday against the Cornhuskers ... Senior Shaquina Mosley tied a career high with 12 points against Oklahoma State ... Freshman LaChelda Jacobs has poured in 18 points in her last two home games ... Freshman Kelly Kohn has led the Jayhawks in scoring a team-high five times this year ... Kohn leads KU in points, steals, assists and 3-pointers made ... Kohn has made 30 of KU's 62 3-point field goals on the season ... Despite losing both games to Nebraska last season, KU still holds a 23-6 edge against the Cornhuskers in Lawrence ... KU is 5-2 this year when leading at halftime.



TOUGH LOSSES, EVEN TOUGHER OPPONENTS

The Jayhawks strength of schedule according to CollegeRPI.com is 17th out of 335 Division I teams. Of KU's ten losses, eight have been against teams with an RPI of 51 or better. The Jayhawks SOS is the strongest in the Big 12.



KU'S LAST OUTING

Oklahoma State (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) defeated Kansas (5-10, 0-3 Big 12), 68-54 Wednesday night in Stillwater, Okla.

The game started with both teams trading 6-0 runs. The Cowgirls countered the Jayhawks' run with a 7-0 spurt, taking a 13-6 lead. OSU led by as many as 14 points in the first stanza before Kansas cut the lead to 11 before halftime. OSU shot 46 percent in the first half compared to KU's 30 percent clip. Kansas shot 45 percent in the second half.

Kansas battled back to cut OSU's lead to just five points with 3:22 remaining in the contest but were out-scored 12-3 down the stretch. The Cowgirls were led by freshman guard Andrea Riley with 18 points including 10-of-14 from the free throw line.

Senior Shaquina Mosley tied a career-high with 12 points. Freshman Kelly Kohn also tallied 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Norman, Okla., native Sade Morris tallied eight first half points and finished with 11.
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#25585 - 01/13/07 10:18 AM Re: Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) @ Kansas 1/13/07 [Re: jayhawk154]
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Max Falkenstein

Registered: 02/12/04
Loc: somewhere watching a KU game
Where did you find all this stuff? Thanks for posting it!!
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#25586 - 01/13/07 10:22 AM Re: Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) @ Kansas 1/13/07 [Re: hawk61]
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Max Falkenstein

Registered: 01/31/03
You know I've got your back, hawk61...


Spiric playing key role for NU women

By CURT McKEEVER / Lincoln Journal Star
Saturday, Jan 13, 2007 - 12:16:19 am CST

In her first action since missing last season recovering from a second reconstructive knee surgery, Nebraska forward Jelena Spiric made an all-tournament team.

The last time the Huskers played, last Saturday against eighth-ranked Oklahoma, the 6-foot senior contributed nine points, five rebounds, four assists and a career-high five steals with no turnovers. All of those totals topped her season averages.

And yet, you’d be surprised to hear what Spiric has to say about how fluid she feels on the court entering NU’s game at Kansas tonight.

“I am looking forward to playing better than I have,” she said this week. “I don’t think I’ve played at a top level.”

That observation would give coach Connie Yori a good laugh.

While Spiric might not have the star power of Nebraska’s two-time first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy, or sophomore forward Kelsey Griffin, Yori makes it no secret that if not for the Belgrade, Serbia, native, the Huskers wouldn’t be 13-3.

“Jelena makes a huge difference for us,” Yori said. “She’s our only true big guard, so she gives us some things on both ends. That helps her to have better vision. We can use her to post up some. She’s a good inbounds passer. Defensively, that’s one less person other teams can post. She can double the post. She’s just versatile.”

And she has a basketball IQ that parallels her 3.5 grade-point average while earning a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry.

“She knows how to play the game, and she’s got good experience,” Yori said. “She’s played internationally a decent amount, is a fifth-year senior. You hope when somebody’s been in your program, or been playing for that long, they develop an awareness and they develop an intelligence in the game. And she definitely has that.”

Spiric might not be the Husker opposing coaches most set their game plans around. But she might be the one that causes the biggest matchup headaches, because of her all-around ability.

She enters tonight’s game averaging 6.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a team-best 1.6 steals.

No wonder Spiric is No. 2 on the team in minutes played.

“Statistically, in some ways she doesn’t look as impressive as she is for us in the needs she fills,” Yori said. “What average fan notices who’s doubling the post? Nobody pays attention to that. What average fan notices who’s inbounding the ball and who makes the right decision in that situation? Probably nobody. I mean, there’s a lot of little things like that that she does for us.

“We played a little bit of junk defense (against Oklahoma), and she did a great job having, basically, worked on it (only) Friday.”

Yori says that, at times, Spiric wants to make a big play when she should forgo the flash and rely on her savvy. But if Nebraska is in a tight game in the late going, odds are Spiric will be in the thick of the action and, if asked, ready to be a higher option than the No. 4 on her jersey.

“That’s nice when someone says you’re a good all-around player and that you might be the difference-maker in a game,” Spiric said. “You might not be the all-star, the one that scores 30 points, but as long as you do things that matter and change the pace of the game, I think that’s good.”

All the while, Spiric pushes for even better performances, aiming to help NU finish above .500 in the Big 12 for the first time in seven years.

“It’s been different to play on this kind of team than the one I played two years ago,” she said of the 2004-05 Huskers, who went 16-12 overall and 8-8 in the league before going 1-1 in both the conference and WNIT tournaments. “We have more options, and it’s more competitive, and I guess I’m trying to find my role and help our team be better.

“Hopefully, my game will pick up. You have to play good every night, because it’s the Big 12 season.”
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#25587 - 01/13/07 10:23 AM Re: Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) @ Kansas 1/13/07 [Re: jayhawk154]
Ike Offline
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Registered: 11/04/06
Loc: Indiana
Good Luck Lady Hawks!
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#25588 - 01/13/07 10:25 AM Re: Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) @ Kansas 1/13/07 [Re: jayhawk154]
jayhawk154 Offline
Max Falkenstein

Registered: 01/31/03
Maybe Ryan could take notes from the LincolnJournal...and HuskerExtra???


John Mabry: Press Box Views - Yori has NU on track

Monday, Jan 08, 2007 - 12:11:41 am CST

Sherri Coale cannot only feel it, she almost got run over by it.

“Oh yeah, without a doubt, you could see it coming. You could just sort of feel it,” Coale said. “There’s some fervor here. You can feel it bubbling.”

Coale, the head women’s basketball coach at Oklahoma, likes what Connie Yori has cooking at Nebraska.

The No. 8 Sooners had to fight back for a 77-69 win against the Huskers in front of 7,727 fans Saturday at the Devaney Sports Center. Nebraska played a very average game — including some very below-average shooting — and almost beat a top-10 team. That’s a good sign for an NU group that is now 13-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12.

“What I think is the trademark of (Yori’s) teams is toughness,” Coale said. “They don’t back away from anything.”

Yori is a big fan of what Coale has done at Oklahoma. She turned an awful program in Norman — 13-41 in Coale’s first two seasons (1996-98) — into a Big 12 power.

“She obviously did a phenomenal job, but I think it’s even harder now because of the commitment everyone is making to women’s basketball in the Big 12,” Yori said. “I don’t think there was as much of a commitment across the board 10 years ago.”

In her fifth season at NU, Yori appears to have put together a major player in Big 12 women’s basketball. You can tell by the team’s depth. There is a foundation for continued success.

“I really like this team,” Yori said. “I think we have the right mix of players in our program. The bottom line is, we’ve got really good character women in our program right now. I feel like character really counts.”

So do NCAA Tournament appearances. Yori is looking for her first at Nebraska after making the field twice in 10 seasons as head coach at Creighton.

It’s time, and I think this team has the right stuff to do it.
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#25589 - 01/13/07 10:31 AM Re: Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) @ Kansas 1/13/07 [Re: jayhawk154]
hawk61 Offline
Max Falkenstein

Registered: 02/12/04
Loc: somewhere watching a KU game
Quote:

You know I've got your back, hawk61... :gr





I'm sure glad somebody does...it's been rough around here lately!!
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#25590 - 01/13/07 10:32 AM Re: Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) @ Kansas 1/13/07 [Re: hawk61]
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Max Falkenstein

Registered: 02/12/04
Loc: somewhere watching a KU game
All of you out there who can get out...take the kids and go support the Lady Hawks tonite!!
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#25591 - 01/13/07 10:32 AM Re: Nebraska (13-3, 1-1) @ Kansas 1/13/07 [Re: hawk61]
Ike Offline
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Registered: 11/04/06
Loc: Indiana
I'll be watching it ONLINE!
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#25592 - 01/13/07 10:50 AM expect to get... [Re: Ike]
tmcats Offline
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Registered: 09/08/02
Loc: reservation lake, mn
spanked. nebraska has a kc guard that's the second coming of rick mount.
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#25593 - 01/13/07 10:54 AM Re: expect to get... [Re: tmcats]
hawk61 Offline
Max Falkenstein

Registered: 02/12/04
Loc: somewhere watching a KU game
Timmy....who do the Lady Cats play today?
I don't know who to root for today...Mooooooooo (never)or the grapes...so I'll just root for a sinkhole.
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#25594 - 01/13/07 11:00 AM root for all those... [Re: hawk61]
tmcats Offline
Wilt Chamberlain

Registered: 09/08/02
Loc: reservation lake, mn
kansas kids that could just as well be playing atop mt. oreo. watch on fsn at 7pm.

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#25595 - 01/13/07 12:53 PM Re: root for all those... [Re: tmcats]
billselfistheman Offline
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Registered: 07/02/05
Loc: Golfing with ChiHawk and MJ.
Get to the Fieldhouse folks and root on the women's team to pull off an upset.
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