"They have a lot to lose and we've got everything to gain," George Washington women's basketball coach Maureen Fredericks said of her team's at 7 o'clock tonight encounter with 16th-ranked Kansas at Smith Center.
"Some people might expect us to get pounded," said Fredericks, who in her first season has lead GW to a 6-1 mark. "But if we stay within 15 points of them, people will realize that we have a good team."
George Washington, which has six freshman and no seniors among its eight players, played its finest game of the season Saturday at Navy. Laurie Cann, who led GW with 23 points, sank a baseline jumper with 43 seconds remaining in the game for a 69-68 victory.
Cann, who averages 14 points, is one of four starting freshmen. Linda Barney (17.6 average) joins Cann in the backcourt. Betsy Luxford (5-foot 7) and Ann Lawrence (5-7) are the for wards and 6-2 sophomore Joan Nowotny is the center.
"Kansas is so much bigger than we are that it frightens me a little bit," said the 23-year-old Fredericks. "We've got good speed and quickness but no height. We've been fortunate to have talent among those eight kids.
"In the past few weeks, we've learned to use a match zone," continued Fredericks. "Hopefully, that will help us out rebounding and not give them (Kansas) second and third shots. We'll also run on them and hope that we get some quick baskets."
Kansas is led by Lynette Woodard, Adrian Mitchell and Sheryl Burnett. Those three scored all but 18 of their team's points in Kansas' 91-82 loss to seventh-ranked Maryland last week at Cole Field House.