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Jan. 13, 2005

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Kansas (7-7, 0-3) vs. Texas A&M (10-3, 1-2)

Game #15 – Sat., Jan. 15, 2005 – 7 p.m. – Reed Arena (12,500)


Jayhawk Radio Network: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Brian Hanni (color analyst) call the action. TV: None.


Kansas is 7-7 overall, 0-3 in the Big 12, and has lost its last three games. Texas A&M is 10-3 overall, 1-2 in the Big 12 and is coming off its first win in league play.




Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson is 7-7 in her first year at KU and 165-69 in her eighth year as a head coach overall. The Aggies are coached by Gary Blair, who is 19-22 in his third year at Texas A&M and 427-185 in his 21st season overall.

Jayhawk Storylines

– KU is 7-7 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12 after falling 70-37 on Wednesday to No. 24/24 Iowa State. Junior Kaylee Brown led KU in scoring for the second straight game with eight points. Freshman Taylor McIntosh also had eight points.

– McIntosh picked up four more offensive rebounds against Iowa State to bring her season total to 46. Her 3.29 offensive rebounds per game ranks second in the Big 12, and her 6.7 rebounds per game overall ranks first in the league among freshmen.

– KU has held all three of its Big 12 opponents so far (Texas, Kansas State, Iowa State) under their season average in scoring. Last game against ISU, the Jayhawks held the Cyclones to 13.5 points under their season average of 83.5.

– KU’s last game against Texas A&M in College Station two years ago (Jan. 25, 2003) was significant because the Jayhawk win (64-57) snapped KU’s 21-game losing streak in conference play.

– After the game against Texas A&M, KU gets a week to recover before facing Border Showdown rival Missouri on Saturday, Jan. 22 in Lawrence.

Tonight’s Game

The University of Kansas women’s basketball team (7-7, 0-3) will get its second Big 12 road test when it travels to College Station, Texas to take on Texas A&M University (10-3, 1-2) on Saturday, Jan. 15 in Reed Arena at 7 p.m.

The Jayhawks are coming off a 70-37 loss to Iowa State on Wednesday in Lawrence. KU shot just 25 percent for the game and was outrebounded 47-33. Junior Kaylee Brown and freshman Taylor McIntosh each scored eight points to lead KU. Junior Crystal Kemp tied game-high honors with nine rebounds and tied her career-high with four blocked shots.

Kemp is leading the Jayhawks in scoring and rebounding this season with 14.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. She owns five double-doubles, which is the fourth-most in the conference. Junior Erica Hallman is second on the squad with 12.1 ppg to go with a team-best 4.9 assists per outing. McIntosh leads all freshmen in the Big 12 with 6.7 rebounds per game and is second among all players in offensive rebounding with 3.29 offensive boards per outing.

The Jayhawks strength all season has been on the defensive end. KU is fourth in the league, holding all opponents to 55.4 points per game. Impressively, Kansas has drawn 23 charges while being called for only seven all season. KU is averaging 58.2 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting and grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game, while giving up 55.4 points per game on 38.7 percent shooting and 35.5 boards per outing.

Texas A&M is coming off its first conference win against Oklahoma State on Wednesday. Freshman guard A’Quonesia Franklin paced the Aggies with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. A&M pulled out the win despite shooting only 30 percent from the field and being outrebounded 53-42. Junior forward Tamea Scales averages 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the season to lead A&M.

Texas A&M averages 68.8 points on 41.6 percent shooting and pulls down 37.0 rebounds per game, while giving up 57.1 points on 38.9 percent shooting and 38.8 rebounds per game. The Aggies lead the conference in steals (12.23 spg), turnover margin (+8.38) and offensive rebounding (15.54 orpg).

The matchup marks the 10th all-time meeting between the two schools with Kansas leading the series 7-2. In College Station, KU owns a 4-0 advantage. Texas A&M took last year’s meeting 69-63 in Lawrence.

Last Time Out

Kansas was defeated 70-37 by visiting Iowa State (13-1, 3-0 Big 12), Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Allen Fieldhouse. The Cyclones shot 52 percent in the second half to pull away for the victory.

Freshman Taylor McIntosh and junior Kaylee Brown paced the Jayhawks with eight points each. Junior Crystal Kemp added seven points and tied for game-high honors with nine rebounds. Junior Erica Hallman added six points.

The Jayhawks shot 25 percent from the field in the loss.

Iowa State had four players in double-figures. Anne O’Neil led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Mary Fox and Katie Robinette each added 11 points, while Megan Ronhovde scored 10.

“Our offense just didn’t produce tonight,” head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “We have to play with more emotion than we did tonight.”

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson

Head coach Bonnie Henrickson, in her first season at the helm of the Jayhawks, is one the hottest young coaches in the nation. Henrickson comes to KU after seven successful seasons at Virginia Tech University where she compiled a record of 158-62 (.718). Her teams averaged 23 wins per season and advanced to postseason play all seven years, including five NCAA appearances. When Henrickson took over at Tech for the 1997-98 season, she orchestrated the biggest turnaround in school history. She guided her team to a 22-10 record, the school’s first Atlantic 10 Conference title and an NCAA second-round appearance just one season after the Hokies had finished last in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 10-21 record. Overall, the Willmar, Minn., native has been a part of 11 straight postseason teams entering the 2004-05 season.

Jayhawk Starters

KU has used four different starting lineups in 14 games with freshman Taylor McIntosh, senior Aquanita Burras and junior Erica Hallman starting each game. Junior Kaylee Brown (12 starts), junior Crystal Kemp (12), sophomore Alicia Rhymes (2) and senior Blair Waltz (2) have also made starts. The combo of McIntosh, Burras, Hallman, Brown and Kemp have started the last 11 contests, and the team owns a record of 5-6 in that stretch.

A Quick Look At the Jayhawks

Junior Crystal Kemp (Topeka, Kan.), the returning team MVP, anchors the inside game. At 6-2, Kemp is the tallest player on the KU roster. Sophomore Alicia Rhymes (Shreveport, La.), freshman Jamie Boyd (Underwood, Iowa) and freshman Taylor McIntosh (Wichita, Kan.) bolster the Jayhawk frontcourt.

On the perimeter, Henrickson has six quality players to work with. Junior Erica Hallman (Covington, Ky.) carries the brunt of the workload at the point, while junior Kaylee Brown (Arcadia,Okla.), senior Blair Waltz (Leawood, Kan.), senior Aquanita Burras (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and sophomore Sharita Smith (Dallas, Texas) operate on the wings. Junior Heather Hayes (Derby, Kan.), a late addition to the team, also plays on the wing.

Kemp has 11 double-figure scoring games and has led KU in scoring seven times. Kemp has led on the glass in six games and Hallman has led in assists in 10 games. KU has recorded six double-doubles, including five by Kemp and one by McIntosh.

Tonight’s Opponent – Texas A&M Aggies

Texas A&M (10-3, 1-2 Big 12) enters the game against Kansas after defeating Oklahoma State 49-44 on Wednesday in Stillwater, Okla.

Before dropping league games against Baylor (64-50) and at Oklahoma (73-53) to open Big 12 play, the Aggies went 9-1 in non-conference play. Last game against OSU, Texas A&M was led by freshman 5′-3″ guard A’Quonesia Franklin with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Freshman guard/forward Morenike Atunrase chipped in 12 points and seven boards.

For the season, the Aggies are led by junior forward Tamea Scales with 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Six other players are averaging over five points per outing.

Picked to finish 10th in the Big 12, A&M returns two starters among seven letterwinners to a team that went 9-19 overall and tied with KU for 11th place in the league in 2003-04. This season, Texas A&M averages 68.8 ppg on 41.6 percent shooting and pulls down 37.0 rebounds per game. A&M is giving up 57.1 ppg on 38.9 percent shooting and 38.8 boards per game.

The Aggies are leading the conference in steals per game (12.23), turnover margin (+8.38) and offensive rebounding (15.54).

Texas A&M is coached by Gary Blair, who is 19-22 in his third year at A&M and 427-185 in his 21st season overall.

Series Notes

Kansas leads the all-time series 7-2, and 6-2 since the inception of the Big Conference. KU has a 4-0 advantage in games played in College Station. A&M won the last meeting 69-63 in Lawrence on Feb. 21, 2004. KU’s last win came on Jan. 25, 2003 when the Jayhawks downed the Aggies 64-57 in College Station.

Kansas/Texas A&M Last Meeting

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas fell to Texas A&M, 69-63, in front of 976 fans in Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 21, 2004. The game was back-and-forth throughout the entire first half with both teams exchanging baskets. Texas A&M held its largest lead of the first half of five points at the 17:20 mark when it led 9-4. The Jayhawks held their largest lead of two points in the first half when they led, 32-30, as the horn sounded for halftime.

Kansas was led by sophomore Tamara Ransburg’s 15 points and 10 rebounds. Also contributing for the Jayhawks was sophomore Crystal Kemp who tossed in 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds, and junior Larisha Graves with 12 points and four assists.

KU used a 12-5 run in the first eight minutes of the second half to stretch its lead to nine. The Aggies, who had three players finish in double-figure scoring including senior guard Toccara Williams with 21 points on 7-of-20 shooting from the field, responded with a 13-4 run over the next four minutes to tie the game at 48.

A&M finished the game outscoring Kansas 8-3 over the last three minutes and held on for a 69-63 win at the final buzzer.

Kansas/Texas A&M Connection

– Kansas sophomore Sharita Smith of Dallas, Texas, is the only Texas native on the KU roster.

An All-Star Staff

Joining Bonnie Henrickson on the sidelines in her first season at KU are assistant coaches Karen Lange, Kyra Elzy and Katie O’Connor. Also joining the staff is director of operations Trena Anderson and administrative assistant Katie Wulf. Lange, O’Connor and Anderson followed Henrickson from Virginia Tech, while Elzy and Wulf both joined KU from Western Kentucky. Prior to WKU, Elzy also worked as an administrative assistant for Henrickson at Virginia Tech. At an average age of less than 28 years old, Henrickson’s three assistant coaches (Lange, Elzy, O’Connor) have already been a part of 19 NCAA tournaments, eight Sweet 16s, five Elite Eights, four Final Fours and two National Championships, combined.

A Kansas Win Would

Make KU 8-7 for the second straight season … Make KU 1-3 in Big 12 play … Make KU 8-2 all-time against A&M … Improve KU’s record against A&M in College Station to 5-0 … Give KU a 2-3 record on the road this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 8-7 at KU and 166-69 (.706) in her career … Make KU 605-405 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would

Make KU 7-8 for the first time since 2002-03 … Make KU 0-4 in Big 12 play … Narrow KU’s all-time series record over Texas A&M to 7-3 … Narrow KU’s advantage over TAM in College Station to 4-1 … Extend A&M’s winning streak in the series to two … Give KU a four-game losing streak … Make the Jayhawks 1-4 on the road this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 7-8 at KU and 165-70 (.702) in her career … Make KU 604-406 all-time.

Streaks And Career Leaders

– Senior Aquanita Burras owns the team’s longest starting streak at 71 games. She has started every game of her Kansas career.

– Junior Erica Hallman is in the all-time top 10 at Kansas for three-pointers made (85, 5th), three-pointers attempted (235, 5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.2 percent, 6th). Only Suzi Raymant and Charisse Sampson have a better percentage with more attempts.

– Hallman also has cracked the KU all-time top-10 in assists. Currently at 256 career assists, Hallman sits in ninth place and needs 36 more dimes to catch Angela Aycock (292 career assists from 1992-95) for eighth place. Lynn Pride sits in seventh place with 296.

– Junior Crystal Kemp is just out of 10th place on the KU career field goal percentage list at 50.4 percent (358-of-711). Former Jayhawk Kelly Jennings is in 10th at 50.8 percent.

– At her current pace, Kemp is on track to become KU’s 18th all-time 1,000-point scorer, and first since Jaclyn Johnson, Brooke Reves and Jennifer Jackson all accomplished the feat during the 2000-01 season. With 902 career points and a current season average of 14.9 points per game, she is on pace to reach the milestone during the Oklahoma State game on Feb. 9.

Tenacious D

KU has held five opponents to under 20 points in the first half (UMKC-19, Denver-15, Washburn-19, Western Illinois-13, San Diego State-17). At Minnesota, the Jayhawks held the Gophers to 27 points, which was a Minnesota season-low at the time. Prior to playing KU, the Gophers averaged 40.5 points in the first half. Additionally, KU is holding all opponents to 55.4 points per game which ranks fourth in the Big 12. KU is ranked in the top 30 nationally — and has been as high as fifth — in scoring defense. Since Big 12 play started, KU has held Texas, Kansas State and Iowa State all under their season scoring averages.

Protecting The Ball

The Jayhawks have taken care of the ball well this season. Consider the following:

– KU ranks fourth in the Big 12 in turnover margin at +2.86.

– Point guard Erica Hallman ranks sixth in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.79-to-1.

– KU ranks 27th nationally in fewest turnovers per game with 14.8 (NCAA stats through 1/10).

Taking A Charge

On the defensive end, KU has drawn 23 charges while being called for just seven all season. Junior Erica Hallman has drawn 10 charges, junior Kaylee Brown has taken six and junior Crystal Kemp has drawn four. Senior Aquanita Burras (2) and sophomore Alicia Rhymes (1) have also drawn at least one charge.

Improving At The Line?

After shooting 56.7 percent (59-of-104) from the free throw line in its first seven games, Kansas started to show improvement at the charity stripe. In the final four non-conference games, the Jayhawks converted 54-of-68 free throws for 79.4 percent. However, since Big 12 play started, KU has again struggled, hitting only 17-of-35 attempts for 48.6 percent.

A Tale Of Two Halves

Despite trailing 31-17 at halftime last game against Iowa State, KU has been impressive in the first half throughout the season, as it has outscored opponents 431-344 (or 30.8-to-24.6 points per game), and has led or been tied at the break in 10 out of 14 games. But in the second half, KU is trailing 431-384 and four of seven losses have come after being ahead or tied at intermission. As a team, the Jayhawks are averaging 30.8 points per first half on 44.4 percent (172-of-387) shooting from the field. In the second half, however, KU is connecting on only 36.3 percent (137-of-377) of its shots and averaging 27.4 points. As a team, KU has shot at least 10 percentage points lower in the second half than the first half in eight games. Last game against ISU, the Jayhawks shot 29.2 percent in the first half and 21.4 percent in the second stanza.

Logging The Minutes

Three players (3rd-Erica Hallman-35.93, 7th-Aquanita Burras-33.07 and 8th-Crystal Kemp-32.64) are playing 32 minutes per game or more, and each rank in the top eight in the conference in time played per game. Hallman (3), Kemp (3) and Burras (2) have also each played at least two complete games. Only six players have played in every game. Against Texas and K-State, each player in the starting five played 30 minutes or more. Of a possible 400 minutes in those two games, the Jayhawk reserves played a combined 33 minutes of action.

Kemp Leading The Jayhawks

Junior forward Crystal Kemp paces the team with 14.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. She has played in all 14 games with 12 starts. She possesses an impressive array of post moves and can knock down the open jumper. She posted three straight double-doubles against Creighton, San Diego State and Ball State, and owns five for the season. She has faced some of the top competition in the nation and performed well. She held Janel McCarville of Minnesota to 15 points while scoring 17 points of her own. She also outscored 6′-7″ Mid-Con preseason Player of the Year Zane Teilane of Western Illinois, 17-12. She reached 900 career points on Jan. 12 vs. Iowa State and is 98 short of reaching 1,000.

Burras An All-Around Threat

Perhaps Kansas’ top all-around player, senior Aquanita Burras does the little things with hustle and intense defense. She is third on the team with 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She also ranks second on the team with 45 assists and leads the team with 24 steals. At just 5’9″, she is second on the team with nine blocked shots and third on the squad with 23 offensive rebounds. She rarely comes out of the game, averaging 33.1 minutes per game. In three years at KU, she has started all 71 games of her career. She prides herself on the defensive end.

Hallman Adjusting Well To The Point

Junior Erica Hallman, who primarily played on the wing last season, has started all 14 games this season at point guard and is getting more and more comfortable with each game. She is second on the team with 12.1 points per game and leads the team with 27 three-pointers made. She provides KU with a solid ball-handling and long-range shooting option. Her 1.79-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks first on the team and sixth in the Big 12. She dished a career-high 13 assists against Dartmouth on Dec. 18, which ranks second on the KU single game list. She is in the all-time top 10 at KU for three-pointers made (85, 5th), three-pointers attempted (235, 5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.2 percent, 6th). Against Ball State, she moved into the KU top-10 in assists and currently sits in ninth with 256 career dimes. She has tied her career-high with 20 points twice this season including at Texas. On defense, she leads the team with 10 charges drawn this season. She ranks third in the league, playing 35.9 minutes per game.

McIntosh A Crowd Favorite

Freshman forward Taylor McIntosh has quickly become a fan favorite for the Jayhawks in her first season. A Wichita, Kan., native, T-Mac has started all 14 games and has made her reputation doing the little things in her young career. She is second on the team with 6.7 rebounds per game and first on the team with 46 offensive rebounds. Her 3.29 offensive boards per game ties for second in the Big 12. Her 6.7 rpg ranks first in the Big 12 among freshmen. On offense, she is steadily improving her ball-handling and is looking to become more reliable with the ball in her hands. She recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Dartmouth. She grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds versus UMKC on Nov. 27. She owns three double-figure scoring games.

Brown From Downtown

Junior guard Kaylee Brown has played in all 14 games with 12 starts. A hard-nosed player, Brown is not afraid to sacrifice her body to take a charge (she has taken five this season). She is a patient player who sees the floor well, and has the ability to score from long range. Brown is second on the team with 26 three-pointers made, and has connected for at least one three-pointer in each of the last 13 games. She owns an average of 9.5 points and 1.4 boards per game. She posted a career-high 19 points at Ball State.

Smith First Off The Bench

Sophomore guard Sharita Smith is in her first full season after missing the first half of her freshman season due to injury. This season, she has been the first player off the bench a team-high nine times and is averaging 2.3 points and 1.1 assists in 13.6 minutes per game. She had her best game of the season when she had 10 points, two assists and two rebounds versus Dartmouth on Dec. 18. She backs up Hallman at point guard and also plays on the wing.

Boyd Plays Valuable Reserve Role

Freshman forward Jamie Boyd is in her first year with the Jayhawks after a standout career at Underwood (Iowa) High School where she was named Miss Iowa Basketball. She has played in 13 games this season in a reserve role and has posted 2.6 points and 2.3 boards in 13.4 minutes per game. A physical player who works hard in the low post on defense, she is also capable of knocking down the jumper from the high post.

Waltz Back For Senior Season

Senior Blair Waltz is the only four-year senior on the team. She has played in 10 games with two starting assignments and averages 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. Her best game this season was a nine-point, four-assist effort versus Sacred Heart on Nov. 24.

Rhymes A Hard Worker

Sophomore forward Alicia Rhymes is in her third year at KU after spending her first year as a redshirt and last season as a reserve. This season, Rhymes has played in nine games with two starting assignments. She has posted 1.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per outing. She shoots 46.2 percent from the field on 6-of-13 field goals. One of just four players to stand at least six feet tall, she operates primarily out of the high post. She was described by the coaches as the player who improved the most during summer workouts.

Hayes Added Late

Junior guard Heather Hayes was a late addition to the team after practice had already begun in October. A native of Derby, Kan., Hayes began her career at Oral Roberts in 2001-02. She spent the first half of her sophomore season at Seward County CC before enrolling at Butler County CC in the spring of 2003. Hayes enrolled at KU in the summer of 2003 and spent the 2003-04 season as a redshirt walk-on with the Jayhawks. She left the team following the season but returned when offered a scholarship by the coaching staff. She has seen action in two games so far.

Up Next For KU

After the game with Texas A&M, the Jayhawks have a week to regroup before hosting Border Showdown rival Missouri on Saturday, Jan. 22 in Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be aired live on Metro Sports. KU then goes on a two-game road swing with matchups at Colorado (1/25) and at Nebraska (1/29).

Preseason Polls

Texas was picked by both the conference media and league coaches to win the Big 12 Championship in 2004-05. In the Coaches Poll, Texas received 11 first place votes and Kansas State took one first place nod. In the Media Poll, Texas received 12 first place votes while K-State received two votes. Kansas was picked to finish 11th in both preseason polls.

Kansas Signs Four

Kansas signed four players during the early signing period for the 2005-06 season including Ivana Catic (E-von-uh Cot-ich), Shaquina Mosley (Sha-KWAH-nah MOSE-lee), Jennifer Orgas (Or-GUS) and Sophronia Sallard (Suh-FRONE-yuh SUH-lard). Catic, Orgas and Sallard will join the Jayhawks as freshmen, while Mosley will be a junior after transferring from Central Arizona College.

Kansas Signees At-a-Glance

Ivana Catic (point guard, 5-8, Wheeling, W.V. – Mt. deChantal Academy)

Shaquina Mosley (point guard, 5-6, Lancaster, Calif. – Antelope Valley HS/Central Ariz. College)

Jennifer Orgas (forward, 6-2, Omaha, Neb. – Skutt Catholic HS)

Sophronia Sallard (guard/forward, 5-10, Syracuse, N.Y. – Nottingham HS)

Program Milestones

With a 67-44 win over Denver on Nov. 30, Kansas became the 30th school in NCAA Division I history to record 600 wins. Two days later on Dec. 2, Kansas played its 1,000th all-time game against Washburn.

Home Court Advantage

Kansas fans have plenty of opportunities to check out the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse this season. KU plays a total of 18 games this year in Lawrence including two exhibition games, eight non-conference contests and eight conference matchups. Other than conference play, KU only played three road games. KU played at No. 14 Minnesota on Dec. 5, at Creighton on Dec. 21 and at Ball State on Dec. 30.

20 Games On TV

KU’s television package in 2004-05 is the finest in school history. The Jayhawks play four times on national television (two each on Fox Sports Net and CSTV), four times on Metro Sports out of Kansas City, nine times on Sunflower Broadband in Lawrence, once on the Jayhawk Television Network and at least two other road Big 12 games. All 16 regular season home games are on the tube, in addition to games at Texas, Colorado, Kansas State and Iowa State.

Increased Radio Coverage

The Jayhawk Radio Network has improved its coverage of the Jayhawks in 2004-05. Stations carrying the Jayhawks included KLWN 1320-AM in Lawrence, KWIC 99.3-FM in Topeka, KFH 98.7-FM in Wichita and either KMBZ 980-AM or KXTR-1660-AM in Kansas City.

Woodard To Be Enshrined In Women’s HOF

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced its seventh group of inductees, the Class of 2005, on Sunday, November 14. The six members of the Class of 2005 are Joe Ciampi, Kelli Litsch, Hunter Low, Edna Tarbutton, Dixie Woodall and Lynette Woodard.

Woodard, a Kansas legend, scored 3,649 points to become the all-time leading scorer in Division I women’s collegiate basketball en route to becoming a four-time Kodak All-American and winning the 1981 Wade Trophy. She then went on to become a two-time Olympian, serving as captain of the USA’s 1984 gold medal-winning squad, and the first female to play for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing professionally in Japan and Italy and two seasons in the WNBA.

The six individuals in the Class of 2005 will be formally enshrined as members of the Hall of Fame during a weekend of induction festivities to be held Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, 2005, in Knoxville.

Woodard will become the second Jayhawk to be enshrined to in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, joining former Kansas coach Marian Washington who was enshrined in June of 2004.