In the crowd at most games are four or five of Price's eight sisters. The youngest is 20 and the oldest 40 (at 22, Katrina is No. 8), and all live within two hours of the Stephen F. Austin campus in Nacogdoches, Texas. At least six will be there to watch the scoring record fall. "It feels awkward to play a game when they're not there," Price says. Her sisters' support has become even more important recently. The girls' father, Leo, who made the two-hour drive from Waco to see Katrina's games whenever he could, suffered a fatal heart attack two months ago. The girls' mother, Daisy, faithfully attended Katrina's games at La Vega High in Waco before she died of cancer four years ago. "I'm playing out my career for them," Katrina says of her parents. "I know they're watching."
Is it the shoes? North Carolina State, which has had four players miss time this season because of foot injuries, including three with broken bones, thinks it might be. So, in what is surely a p.r. nightmare for sneaker impresario Sonny Vaccaro, the Wolfpack has temporarily dumped its Adidas shoes in favor of Nikes. Though N.C. State athletic director Les Robinson could find no other Adidas-affiliated program with a similar pattern of injuries, he made the switch for peace of mind. Questions about footwear, he said, "get in peoples' heads."...Kansas's Raef LaFrentz returned to action with a bang last Saturday, getting 31 points and 15 rebounds in just 24 minutes in an 88-49 demolition of Texas Tech. The question remains, though, Will the nine games LaFrentz missed with a broken finger cost him in the player of the year balloting, especially since North Carolina's Antawn Jamison played so well in his absence?...What's with Missouri? The Tigers (11-8 through Sunday) have a 4-0 record versus Top 25 teams since Dec. 30, including last week's upsets of third-ranked Kansas and No. 10 Iowa. Now, if they could figure out how to win on the road (Missouri has lost 18 straight away from the Hearnes Center, including a 55-point whipping at the hands of Kansas State on Jan. 3), the Tigers might get to go to their first NCAA tournament in three years.
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