KU Clashes With MU In Border Showdown Saturday
Jan. 19, 2005
Kansas (7-8, 0-4) vs. Missouri (7-9, 1-4)
Game #16 – Sat., Jan. 22, 2005 – 7 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Jayhawk Radio Network: Brian Hanni (play-by-play) and Josh Klinger (color analyst) call the action. Metro Sports TV: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Patti Phillips (color) call the action.
Kansas is 7-8 overall, 0-4 in the Big 12, and has lost its last four games. Missouri is 7-9 overall, 1-4 in the Big 12 and is on a four-game losing streak.
Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson is 7-8 in her first year at KU and 165-70 in her eighth year as a head coach overall. The Tigers are coached by Cindy Stein, who is 108-88 in her seventh year at Missouri and 173-113 in her 10th season overall.
– KU is 7-8 overall and 0-4 in the Big 12 after falling 62-60 on Saturday at Texas A&M. Senior Aquanita Burras led KU in scoring with a career-high 24 points.
– Freshman Taylor McIntosh grabbed six offensive boards against A&M to bring her season total to 52. She is averaging 4.25 offensive boards per game in Big 12 games only, which ties for first in the league with Baylor’s Sophia Young.
– The Jayhawks are led by junior Crystal Kemp with 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Junior Erica Hallman is tops in assists with 5.1 dimes per game.
– KU has held all four of its Big 12 opponents so far to at least five points below their season average in scoring.
– The winner of the game will earn 1.5 points in the Kansas/Missouri Border Showdown presented by the Midwest Ford Dealers. KU currently leads the third annual all sports series 7.5 to 5.5.
The University of Kansas women’s basketball team (7-8, 0-4) will face its Border Showdown rival on Saturday, Jan. 22, when it takes on the Missouri Tigers (7-9, 1-4) at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be aired live on Metro Sports television.
The Jayhawks are a week removed from a tough 62-60 loss at Texas A&M. After trailing by as much as 18 points in the second half, KU stormed back to tie the game at 60 with 15 seconds left. The Kansas comeback proved to come too late as Texas A&M got the final possession and won the game on an 18 foot fadeaway jumper from the left corner by A’Quonesia Franklin. KU senior Aquanita Burras led all scorers as she tied a career-high 24 points.
Junior forward Crystal Kemp continues to lead the Jayhawks in scoring in rebounding with 14.6 points and 8.3 boards per game this season. Junior point guard Erica Hallman is second with 11.9 ppg to go with a team-best 5.1 assists per outing.
KU is averaging 58.3 points per game on 40.8 percent shooting and grabbing 34.0 rebounds per game, while giving up 55.8 points per game on 38.9 percent shooting and 35.6 boards per game.
Missouri is coming off a 56-51 loss to Colorado in Columbia on Tuesday. The Tigers placed three players in double-figures led by sophomore forward Carlynn Savant with 12 points. For the season, MU is paced by sophomore guard Tiffany Brooks with 14.3 points per game. Junior forward Christelle N’Garsanet leads MU with 6.3 boards per game.
Missouri averages 61.9 points on 38.9 percent shooting and pulls down 37.1 rebounds per game, while giving up 63.2 points on 39.7 percent shooting and 39.8 rebounds per game.
Tonight’s matchup will mark the 66th all-time meeting between the two schools with Kansas leading the series 34-31. In Lawrence, KU owns a 15-10 advantage. The two schools split the series last season with each team winning on the road.
The winner of the game will earn 1.5 points in the third Kansas/Missouri Border Showdown presented by the Midwest Ford Dealers. KU currently leads the third annual all-sports series 7.5 to 5.5. Kansas won the 2003-04 all-sports series, while Missouri won the series in 2002-03.
Last Time Out
Kansas clawed its way from 18 points down to tie the score at 60-60 with 15 seconds remaining in the game. The Jayhawks were unable to make the full comeback and fell 62-60 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 15.
Aggie freshman guard A’Quonesia Franklin hit a fade away jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining to allow Texas A&M to escape with the win.
Senior Aquanita Burras led the way for the Jayhawks as she tied a career-high with 24 points. Junior Crystal Kemp added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while juniors Kaylee Brown and Erica Hallman each scored nine points in the loss. Hallman also posted game-high honors with nine assists.
“We need to give our kids a lot of credit to come back like they did tonight,” head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “We found a way to compete and fight. We made plays off the dribble and created some offense from our defense.”
Texas A&M had one player in double figures as freshman Ashley Bolden led the Aggies with 11 points. Fellow freshman Patrice Reado added nine points and eight rebounds, while freshmen Katy Pounds and Morenike Atunras each scored eight points.
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.
KU has used four different starting lineups in 15 games with freshman Taylor McIntosh, senior Aquanita Burras and junior Erica Hallman starting each game. Junior Kaylee Brown (13 starts), junior Crystal Kemp (13), 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 12 contests, and the team owns a record of 5-7 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 12 double-figure scoring games and has led KU in scoring seven times. Kemp has led on the glass in seven games and Hallman has led in assists in 11 games. KU has recorded six double-doubles, including five by Kemp and one by McIntosh.
Tonight’s Opponent – Missouri Tigers
Missouri (7-9, 1-4 Big 12) enters the game against Kansas after falling 56-51 to Colorado on Tuesday in Columbia, Mo.
The Tigers have dropped four-straight Big 12 games after opening league play with a 67-49 win over Oklahoma State. Against Colorado, three MU players scored in double figures led by sophomore forward Carlynn Savant with 12 points. Junior forward Christelle N’Garsanet grabbed 10 rebounds.
For the season, the Tigers are led by sophomore guard Tiffany Brooks with 14.3 points per game. N’Garsanet adds 12.4 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game. Junior guard LaToya Bond chips in with 12.3 ppg to go with 3.9 assists per outing.
Picked to finish eighth in the Big 12, MU returns two starters among five letterwinners to a team that went 17-13 overall and tied for seventh place in the league in 2003-04. This season, Missouri averages 61.9 ppg on 38.9 percent shooting and pulls down 37.1 rebounds per game. MU is giving up 63.2 ppg on 39.7 percent shooting and 39.8 boards per game.
Missouri is coached by Cindy Stein, who is 108-88 in her seventh year at MU and 173-113 in her 10th season overall.
Kansas leads the all-time series 34-31, but Missouri leads 9-7 since the inception of the Big Conference. In Lawrence, KU leads 15-10. Last year in Columbia, KU snapped a seven game winning streak by the Tigers when the Jayhawks won 55-52. MU later beat KU 76-49 in Lawrence. The first-ever meeting came on Nov. 25, 1973 when the two teams met in a tournament in Springfield, Mo. Kansas won that meeting 45-40.
Kansas/Missouri Last Meeting
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas fell to Missouri, 76-49, in Allen Fieldhouse in front of 2,877 fans on Jan. 24, 2004. The Jayhawks took the early lead, 2-0, eight seconds into the game, on a jumper by sophomore Tamara Ransburg, who grabbed a team-leading nine rebounds. The Tigers answered with a 16-4 run over the next 10 minutes, pushing their lead to as many as 10 points at the 9:13 mark.
Led by sophomore Crystal Kemp’s 14 points and Ransburg’s season-high five blocks, KU cut the MU lead to six before MU, which had four players in double-figures, ended the first half on a 13-6 run, and took a 33-20 lead into halftime.
In the second half, KU cut the MU lead to six points at the 15:02 mark, but it was as close as the Jayhawks would get. The Tigers, who had two players record double-doubles in senior Evan Unrau (19 points, 14 rebounds) and senior Stretch James (13 points, 11 rebounds), went on a 19-4 run over the next seven minutes to extend their lead to 23 points, 61-38.
MU finished the game outscoring Kansas 15-11 over the last eight minutes and held on for a 76-49 win at the final buzzer.
Kansas swatted a season-high 12 shots in the game, which tied for third all-time at KU.
The winner of the game will earn 1.5 points in the Kansas/Missouri Border Showdown presented by the Midwest Ford Dealers. KU currently leads the third annual all sports series 7.5 to 5.5.
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 8-8 for the second straight season … Make KU 1-4 in Big 12 play … Make KU 35-31 all-time against Missouri … Improve KU’s record against MU in Lawrence, Kan., to 16-10 … Give KU a 7-4 record at home this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 8-8 at KU and 166-70 (.703) in her career … Make KU 605-406 all-time.
A Kansas Loss Would
Make KU 7-9 for the first time since 2002-03 … Make KU 0-5 in Big 12 play … Narrow KU’s all-time series record over Missouri to 34-32 … Narrow KU’s advantage over MU in Lawrence, Kan., to 15-11 … Give MU a two-game winning streak in the series … Give KU a five-game losing streak this season … Make the Jayhawks 6-5 at home this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 7-9 at KU and 165-71 (.699) in her career … Make KU 604-407 all-time.
Streaks And Career Leaders
– Senior Aquanita Burras owns the team’s longest starting streak at 72 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 (87, 5th), three-pointers attempted (241, 5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.1 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 265 career assists, Hallman sits in ninth place and needs 27 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 50.3 percent (362-of-719). 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 912 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.
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 55.8 points per game which ranks fourth in the Big 12. KU has held all four of its Big 12 opponents to at least five points below their season average in scoring.
Protecting The Ball
The Jayhawks have taken care of the ball well this season. Consider the following:
– KU ranks fifth in the Big 12 in turnover margin at +2.53.
– Point guard Erica Hallman ranks sixth in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.71-to-1.
– KU ranks 29th nationally in fewest turnovers per game with 14.9 (NCAA stats through 1/17).
Taking A Charge
On the defensive end, KU has drawn 25 charges while being called for just seven all season. Junior Erica Hallman has drawn 11 charges, junior Kaylee Brown has taken six and junior Crystal Kemp has drawn five. Senior Aquanita Burras (2) and sophomore Alicia Rhymes (1) have also drawn at least one charge.
Free Throw Trouble
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 when the Jayhawks converted 54-of-68 free throws for 79.4 percent. Since Big 12 play started, KU has again struggled, hitting only 31-of-57 attempts for 54.4 percent. Curiously, the Jayhawks have stepped it up in the final five minutes of games by hitting 71 percent.
Competing For 40 Minutes
Although KU has trailed by 10+ points at halftime in the last two outings, the Jayhawks have been impressive in the first half throughout the season, as it has outscored opponents 457-381 (or 30.5-to-25.4 points per game), and has led or been tied at the break in 10 out of 15 games. But in the second half, KU is trailing 456-418 and four of eight losses have come after being ahead or tied at intermission. As a team, the Jayhawks are averaging 30.5 points per first half on 44.9 percent (183-of-408) shooting from the field. In the second half, however, KU is connecting on only 36.8 percent (147-of-400) of its shots and averaging 27.9 points. KU has shot at least 10 percentage points lower in the second half than the first half in eight games.
Logging The Minutes
Three players (3rd-Erica Hallman-35.87, 5th-Aquanita Burras-33.33 and 8th-Crystal Kemp-32.87) 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. The Jayhawks’ top six players are playing 85 percent of the available minutes.
Kemp Leading The Jayhawks
Junior forward Crystal Kemp paces the team with 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. She has played in all 15 games with 13 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 88 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 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She also ranks second on the team with 47 assists and leads the team with 28 steals. At just 5’9″, she is second on the team with nine blocked shots and third on the squad with 24 offensive rebounds. She rarely comes out of the game, averaging 33.3 minutes per game. In three years at KU, she has started all 72 games of her career. She tied a career-high 24 points at Texas A&M on Jan. 15. 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 15 games this season at point guard and is getting more and more comfortable with each game. She is second on the team with 11.9 points per game and leads the team with 29 three-pointers made. She provides KU with a solid ball-handling and long-range shooting option. Her 1.71-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 (87, 5th), three-pointers attempted (241, 5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.1 percent, 6th). Against Ball State, she moved into the KU top-10 in assists and currently sits in ninth with 265 career dimes. She has tied her career-high with 20 points twice this season including at Texas. On defense, she leads the team with 11 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 15 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 52 offensive rebounds. Her 3.47 offensive boards per game ranks 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 15 games with 13 starts. A hard-nosed player, Brown is not afraid to sacrifice her body to take a charge (she has taken six 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 27 three-pointers made, and has connected for at least one three-pointer in each of the last 14 games. She owns an average of 9.5 points and 1.5 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 10 times and is averaging 2.3 points and 1.1 assists in 13.8 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 14 games this season in a reserve role and has posted 2.4 points and 2.2 boards in 13.0 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 10 games with two starting assignments. She has posted 1.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per outing. She shoots 40.0 percent from the field on 6-of-15 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 Missouri, the Jayhawks will have a two-game road swing with games at Colorado on Jan. 25 and at Nebraska on Jan. 29. The game at Colorado will tip off at 8 p.m. Central Time and air on Metro Sports on a feed from Fox Sports Net.
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)
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.