Jayhawks Host Oklahoma State Sunday

Jan. 19, 2006

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Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma State Cowgirls
Game #16 – Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006 – 1:05 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300) Live video streaming, Gametracker and post-game results will be available on Kansas Athletics’ official website, kuathletics.com. Radio
Jayhawk Radio Network. Brian Hanni (play-by-play), Patti Phillips (color). Television
Sunflower Broadband channel 6. Nate Bukaty (play-by-play), Brenda Van Lengen (color). Records
Kansas is 12-3 overall, 1-3 in the Big 12 and has lost its last three. Oklahoma State is 6-10 overall and 0-5 in Big 12. Rankings
Kansas is receiving votes in the USA Today/WBCA/ESPN Coaches Top-25 poll. Oklahoma State is not ranked. Coaches
Bonnie Henrickson is 24-19 in her second year at Kansas and 182-81 in her ninth season overall. The Cowgirls are coached by Kurt Budke in his first year at OSU. He owns a 359-56 overall record in his 13th year as a head coach. Series History
Kansas leads the all-time series 26-19 including a 12-7 advantage in Lawrence. OSU has won three of the last four meetings. Jayhawk Storylines
– Kansas is coming off its third loss of the season, a 78-64 defeat to Texas A&M. Crystal Kemp pumped in 27 points to go with nine boards, while Kaylee Brown scored a career-high 20 points.
– Senior Erica Hallman needs 33 points to reach 1,000 for her career. Her current average of 13.8 points per game puts her on pace to achieve the feat on Feb. 1 at home vs. Colorado. Hallman is also three 3-pointers away from second place on the all-time KU list.
– Kemp is 27 points and two rebounds away from 1,400 career points and 700 career boards. She would be the seventh Jayhawk in history to achieve both career plateaus.
– Kansas is looking for its 13th win which would be its most in a season since 1999-2000. The Matchup
The University of Kansas (12-3, 1-3 Big 12) will look to get back in the winning column when it faces Oklahoma State University (6-10, 0-5 Big 12) on Sunday, Jan. 22 in Allen Fieldhouse. Game time on Metro Sports is 1:05 p.m. A win would give the Jayhawks their 13th victory of the season which would mark the most by a KU team since the 1999-2000 season.
Kansas is coming off a 78-64 home loss to Texas A&M a week ago. One of the most improved teams in the conference, A&M used pressure defense to force KU into a season-high 20 turnovers. On the other end of the floor, the Aggies shot a KU opponent season-high 54.7 percent from the field. Kansas was led in the game by another strong performance from senior Crystal Kemp with 27 points and nine rebounds. Senior Kaylee Brown added a career-high 20 points. The Jayhawks were strong on the glass, outrebounding Texas A&M 37-26, and holding the Aggies to just four boards on the offensive end.
Kemp paces the team for the season with 19.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Senior Erica Hallman is second with 13.8 points per game. The Covington, Ky., native enters the OSU game 33 points shy of becoming Kansas’ 19th all-time 1,000 point scorer.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Kurt Budke, the Cowgirls are searching for their first league win of the season. A team very much rebuilding, six of 10 uniformed players are in their first year on the court for OSU. Four of the top five scorers are newcomers, led by junior center Whitney Pegram, a transfer from Seward County Community College. The Silver Lake, Kan., native posts 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Also in double figures is freshman Shaunté Smith with 10.8 points per game.
Oklahoma State was picked to finish 11th in the Big 12 this season after going 7-20 overall and 2-14 in the league last season. The Cowgirls knocked off the Jayhawks 57-54 in Stillwater on Feb. 9, 2005. Overall, KU leads the all-time series 26-19 including a 12-7 mark in Lawrence. Game Promotions
Promotions for the game include Family Day. For $30, a family of four receives four tickets, four cokes and four hot dogs. At the door, all fans will receive a Jayhawk stress toy, compliments of Jack Ellena Honda. Once inside, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital will be on hand to raise awareness about child seat safety. Halftime entertainment will be provided by “Quick Change,” one of the most original and astonishing magic acts ever seen. During a nonstop-choreographed dance exhibition, Quick Change amazes audiences with staggering, flashing costume transformations, which happen in fractions of a second. More From The Last Game
Despite 27 points and nine rebounds from senior Crystal Kemp, the University of Kansas fell, 78-64, to Texas A&M (14-3, 3-1), Sunday, Jan. 15 at Allen Fieldhouse. KU’s record dropped to 12-3 overall and 1-3 in Big 12 action.
The Aggies used a combination of stifling defense and clutch free-throw shooting to hand the Jayhawks their first loss in Lawrence this season. Texas A&M held KU to 42.6 percent shooting and connected on its final 12 free throws of the game to deny a late charge by the Jayhawks. Led by Morenike Atunrase’s 29 points, the Aggies shot 54.7 percent and pressured the Jayhawks into a season high 20 turnovers.
KU senior Kaylee Brown scored a career high 20 points. Kemp played all 40 minutes en route to her eighth 20-plus point game of the season. Freshman Ivana Catic added seven points and six assists. Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson, one the top young coaches in the nation, is in her second season at the helm of the Jayhawks. In her first year on the Kansas sidelines, Henrickson led KU to its best record in five seasons and highest Big 12 finish in six campaigns. Following the season, Henrickson was honored with the Carol Eckman Award — given by the WBCA to a coach who exemplifies spirit, integrity, and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose. Henrickson came to KU after seven successful seasons at Virginia Tech 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. Overall, the Willmar, Minn., native has been a part of postseason play in 11 of the last 12 seasons. She is 24-19 (.558) at KU and 182-81 (.692) in her career. Jayhawk Starters
Kansas has used three different starting lineups in 15 games with sophomore forward Taylor McIntosh, senior forward Crystal Kemp, freshman point guard Ivana Catic and senior guard Kaylee Brown starting every game. Senior Erica Hallman (12 starts), junior Shaquina Mosley (2) and junior Sharita Smith (1) have all received starting nods at the third guard spot. Hallman has started the last 12 games. A Kansas Win Would
Make the Jayhawks 13-3 to start the season … Give Kansas a 2-3 record in Big 12 play … Give the Jayhawks their 13th win, marking the most since 1999-2000 … Extend KU’s series lead over Oklahoma State to 27-19 including a 13-7 mark in Lawrence … Give KU its second win in its last three meetings against the Cowgirls … Make the Jayhawks 13-1 at home this season … Improve head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record to 25-19 at Kansas and 183-81 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 622-417 all-time. A Kansas Loss Would
Make the Jayhawks 12-4 to start the season … Give KU a 1-4 record in Big 12 play … Give KU a four-game losing streak … Make KU 26-20 all-time against Oklahoma State, including a 12-8 mark in Lawrence … Give Oklahoma State its fourth win in the last five meeting against the Jayhawks … Make the Jayhawks 12-2 at home this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 24-20 at Kansas and 182-82 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 621-418 all-time. Jayhawks Run The Table In Non-Conference
With a 75-72 win over La Salle on Dec. 30, Kansas did something it had never done before by starting a season 11-0 and finishing the non-conference part of the schedule undefeated. The perfect start surpassed the 1991-92 team which went 10-0 before becoming the first of nine straight Jayhawk teams to advance to the NCAA Tournament. First Win Over A Top-25 Team Since 2001
Kansas knocked off No. 23/24 Texas on Jan. 3 by a score of 70-61. The win ended a 36-game drought against Top-25 competition since a 69-61 win over No. 6 Iowa State on Feb. 17, 2001. Additionally, the victory ended a six-game losing skid to the Longhorns. Reaching 70
Kansas has scored 70 or more points in 11 games and averages 73.1 per outing. Last year, the Jayhawks reached 70 points only four times all season. The last time KU averaged 70 or more points for an entire season was 1999-2000 when the team averaged 70.4. KU’s high scoring game this year came when the squad scored 100 points against New Orleans on Dec. 3. It marked the first time since Dec. 21, 2000 — when KU outscored Mississippi Valley State 116-34 — that Kansas reached 100 points. KU also reached 90 points against Wisconsin — marking the first time in six seasons Kansas scored 90 twice in one season. KU has scored less than 70 points in each of the last three games. Taking Care Of The Ball
The Jayhawks have passed out 259 assists and made 418 field goals, or an assist for every 1.61 field goals made. KU’s 17.27 assists per game ranks first in the Big 12. Additionally, KU has only turned the ball over 204 times for a Big 12-leading assist/turnover ratio of 1.27. Kansas has finished a season with a positive assist/turnover ratio only once, in 1986-87, when the team sported a ratio of 1.18. Attendance Boost
The Jayhawks have enjoyed an average of attendance of 4,169 in the last four home games including a season-high attendance in three-straight games between the Pepperdine and Texas contests. The crowd of 4,025 against La Salle ranked as the third-most in school history for a non-conference game, while the Pepperdine attendance of 3,622 ranked fourth. The 5,634 fans for the Big 12 opener against Texas was the most in the Bonnie Henrickson era. No Place Like Home
Kansas plays an unprecedented 21 games in Allen Fieldhouse this season including two exhibition contests, all 11 non-conference matchups and eight Big 12 games. The game against Nebraska on Jan. 7 was the first road game for the Jayhawks this season. KU was originally scheduled to play in the UNO Lady Privateer Tournament in New Orleans on Dec. 2-3, but those games were moved to Lawrence as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Kemp Among KU’s All-Time Elite
Junior Crystal Kemp became the 18th player in KU history to reach 1,000 career points when she hit a jumper from the right wing with 18:13 on the clock in first half against Texas Tech last season. Against Birmingham-Southern this year, the Topeka, Kan., native collected her 600th career rebound. She is now the eighth player in KU history to accumulate over 1,300 points and 600 career boards. She continues to move up both career lists as she ranks among the top players to ever don the Crimson & Blue.
This & That
– KU trailed by as many as 18 points against Wisconsin. The 14-point halftime comeback for the victory tied for the third-biggest halftime comeback in program history.
– Kaylee Brown ranks fourth on the KU career free throw percentage at 76.8 percent (63-82).
– The Jayhawks have recorded 20+ scoring games 11 times this year as Crystal Kemp has eight, Erica Hallman has two and Kaylee Brown has one. Kemp has seven 20+ games in the last nine outings.
– Kemp reached 500 career made field goals against Pepperdine. Her current total of 547 ranks eighth on the all-time KU list.
– With 967 career points, Hallman is 33 shy of becoming Kansas’ 19th all-time 1,000 point scorer. At her current season scoring average 13.8 points per game, she is on pace to hit the mark against Colorado on Feb. 1 in Allen Fieldhouse.
– With 154 career treys Hallman is three 3-pointers away from second place on the KU career list. Charisse Sampson is second with 157, while Angie Halbleib is comfortably in first with 237. Hallman needs one attempt to tie Sampson for second on the all-time 3-point attempts list.
– After not having a single player foul out during non-conference, the Jayhawks have had a player foul out in three of their first four Big 12 games.
– Kansas leads the Big 12 three-point shooting at a clip of 38.8 percent.
– Kemp enters the OSU game 27 points shy of 1,400 for her career and two rebounds shy of 700. Only six other Jayhawks have reached both of those career marks. Serbian Sensations
Kansas welcomes the addition of two international players in 2005-06 with the addition of freshmen Ivana Catic and Marija Zinic — both natives of Serbia & Montenegro. The duo has extensive experience playing together on various teams in their home country. The pair bring Kansas’ all-time list of international players to eight. Other international players to suit up for KU include Bente Dahl (Oslo, Norway – 1985), Sandra de Bruin (Beetgum, Holland – 1990), Suzi Raymant (Melbourne, Australia – 1996-2000), Fernanda Bosi (Americana, Brazil – 2000-01), Leila Mengüç (Stockholm, Sweden – 2000-04) and Valerie Migicovsky (North Bay, Ontario – 2001-03). Kansas Inks Seven For `06-’07
Kansas signed seven recruits to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Below is a quick look at those seven commitments for next season.
Player (position, height, hometown – high school)
Lindsay Ballweg (guard, 5-10, Overland Park, Kan. – St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
Rebecca Feickert (forward/center, 6-2, Goodrich, N.D. – Sheridan County HS)
LaChelda Jacobs (guard, 5-10, Mansfield, Texas – Mansfield Summit HS)
Kelly Kohn (guard, 5-9, Adrian, Mich. – Adrian HS)
Danielle McCray (forward, 6-0, Olathe, Kan. – Olathe East HS)
Sade Morris (forward, 6-0, Norman, Okla. – Norman HS)
Porscha Weddington (forward, 6-1, Temple, Texas – Temple HS)
Big 12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll
In the only official poll conducted this season, Baylor was picked by the Big 12 Conference coaches to win the Big 12 Championship again in 2005-06. The Lady Bears received six first place votes, while Texas received two first place nods and Texas Tech got four votes for first place. The coaches believe Kansas will be better this season as the Jayhawks were selected to finish sixth (after finishing eighth last season). The only Big 12 North team picked higher than KU was Nebraska, who was picked fifth. Kemp Wins Big 12 Player of the Week, Twice
Senior Crystal Kemp has been honored twice this season with Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week by a media voting panel for games played Dec. 5-11, and Dec. 19-Jan. 2. Kemp’s first honor came after averaging 22 points and 7.5 rebounds in wins over UMKC and Wisconsin. She then was named Co-POW along with Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris for games played over the holiday period. In wins over Creighton, Pepperdine and La Salle, the Topeka, Kan., native posted 22.7 points and 8.7 rebounds while leading Kansas to a perfect 11-0 record in non-conference play for the first time in program history. Kemp joined Lynn Pride (1999), Suzi Raymant (1998) and Tamecka Dixon (1997) as the only KU players to win the award twice in a season. Mosley Tabbed Preseason Big 12 Rookie of the Year
Junior transfer Shaquina Mosley was named the Preseason Newcomer of the Year in a vote of the Big 12 women’s basketball coaches released Oct. 18 by the conference office. A 5-6 junior guard, Mosley transferred to Kansas from Central Arizona Community College. She led her team to the NJCAA national championship last year while being named the 2005 WBCA Junior College/Community College Player of the Year. Kemp Chosen Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Senior Crystal Kemp was selected as a preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention pick by a vote of the league coaches as released on Oct. 18. Last season, Kemp was named postseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention after leading the Jayhawks with 13.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. An All-Star Staff
Joining Bonnie Henrickson on the sidelines are assistant coaches Karen Lange, Kyra Elzy and Katie O’Connor. Also on staff is director of operations Trena Anderson and administrative assistant Katie Capps. Lange, O’Connor and Anderson followed Henrickson from Virginia Tech, while Elzy and Capps 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 29 years old, Henrickson’s three assistant coaches (Lange, Elzy, O’Connor) have already been part of a combined 19 NCAA tournaments, eight Sweet 16s, five Elite Eights, four Final Fours and two National Championships, combined. 27 Games On TV
With 27 games on the tube, KU’s television package in 2005-06 is the finest in school history and among the very best in the nation for any men’s or women’s team. In fact, other than the Kansas men, no other Big 12 team has more games on television this season. The next closest team in the league is Texas Tech with 21, followed by Texas (16), Oklahoma (13), Baylor (11), Nebraska (10), Kansas State (9), Colorado (9), Iowa State (7), Missouri (6), Texas A&M (5) and Oklahoma State (4). The only two KU games not on TV are at Texas Tech and at Oklahoma. Overall, KU plays two games on Fox Sports Net, three games on FSN regional television and three contests on CSTV. Locally, 14 games will be produced and aired by Sunflower Broadband in Lawrence, and five contests will be produced by Metro Sports of Kansas City. Increased Radio Coverage
The Jayhawk Radio Network has improved its coverage over the past two seasons. Stations carrying the Jayhawks include KLWN 1320-AM in Lawrence, KWIC 99.3-FM in Topeka, KFH 98.7-FM in Wichita and KXTR-1660-AM in Kansas City. 12-0 Not A Bonnie Best
Kansas’ started the season 12-0 which was not Bonnie Henrickson’s best career start. Her 1998-99 Virginia Tech team won 18 straight to open the season, and her last Hokie team in 2003-04 also rattled off 12. Up Next For KU
Kansas goes on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 25 to face the Kansas State Wildcats in Bramlage Coliseum. The game airs live on Fox Sports Net-Midwest at 7 p.m. After the Sunflower Showdown, the Jayhawks travel to defending National Champion Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 28. The game in Waco, Texas tips off at 3 p.m. on CSTV.