Kansas Women To Play 2010 Women's NIT In Allen Fieldhouse
March 15, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
The University of Kansas women's basketball team, under sixth-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson, has been selected to play in the postseason Women's NIT for the third-consecutive season. The Jayhawks will host Prairie View A&M on Wednesday, March 17 in Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.
The postseason appearance is Kansas' fourth under Henrickson and the 20th in school history. The Jayhawks, who went 4-1 in last season's WNIT, collected wins over Creighton, Arkansas, New Mexico and Illinois State before falling in the title game to South Florida.
Prairie View A&M, enters Wednesday's game with a 15-13 overall mark and a 12-6 mark in Southwestern Athletic Conference play. The Lady Panthers finished second in the SWAC, but fell in the first round of the conference tournament to Alabama State. Prairie View A&M is coached by the legendary Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and is led by Candice Thomas with 14.8 points per game, while Dominique Smith pours 13.6 points a game.
KU has made three appearances in the WNIT under its current format, and has also played in the NWIT twice -- in 1978 and 1991 -- when it was an eight-team tournament. The NWIT later went to 16 teams until its final year of 1996. There was no NWIT in 1997. In 1998, the tournament was brought back under the new name WNIT and in 1999, the field expanded to 32 teams. In 2006, the field was compiled of 40 teams in an effort to include conference regular-season championship who did not win their conference tournament. In 2007 the field was expanded to 48 teams and in 2010 the tourney has again expanded to include 64 teams.
The Jayhawks earned the postseason bid after posting an 15-15 overall record. KU posted a 5-11 mark in Big 12 Conference action. Kansas is led by freshman forward Carolyn Davis who averages 10.0 points and 5.4 boards per game. Senior guard Sade Morris turns in 9.9 tallies per game, while sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland contributes 9.7 points and a team-leading 7.2 rebounds per game.