Women's Hoops Heads To Colorado
Jan. 23, 2005
Kansas (8-8, 1-4) at Colorado (8-8, 1-4)
Game #17 – Tues., Jan. 25, 2005 – 8:07 p.m. – Coors Events Center (11,064)
Jayhawk Radio Network: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Brian Hanni (color analyst) call the action. Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain: Mitch Hyder (play-by-play) and Sandy Williams (color) call the action. Game also aired on Metro Sports
Kansas is 8-8 overall, 1-4 in the Big 12, and won its last game over Missouri on Saturday. Colorado is 8-8 overall, 1-4 in the Big 12 and has lost four of its last five.
Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson is 8-8 in her first year at KU and 166-70 in her eighth year as a head coach overall. The Buffaloes are coached by Ceal Barry, who is 426-231 in her 22nd year at Colorado and 509-273 in her 26th season overall.
– KU is 8-8 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12 after defeating Missouri 63-61 on Saturday in Lawrence. Junior Crystal Kemp posted her sixth double-double of the season with 22 points and 14 rebounds. It was her third 20+ point game of the season.
– The two-point win over Missouri marked the fifth game this season for KU that was decided by less than five points, and the first of those contests that the Jayhawks won.
– Kemp is the only player in the Big 12 who is currently averaging over 15 points and eight rebounds per game and shooting over 50 percent from the field.
– Freshman Taylor McIntosh grabbed four offensive boards against Missouri to bring her season total to 56. She is averaging 4.20 offensive boards per game in Big 12 games only, which ranks second in the league behind Baylor’s Sophia Young (4.60). Kemp is tied for the third in the same category with 3.40 offensive boards per game in league games.
– KU has erased a halftime deficit in each of the last two games.
The University of Kansas women’s basketball team (8-8, 1-4) will hit the road for the first of two straight road games when it travels to Boulder, Colo., to take on the University of Colorado (8-8, 1-4) on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Coors Events Center. The game will be aired live by Fox Sports Rocky Mountain, and be picked up by Metro Sports television in Kansas City.
KU is coming off a thrilling 63-61 victory over border rival Missouri on Saturday in Lawrence. Junior Crystal Kemp led the way with 22 points and 14 rebounds in game that saw 18 lead changes. Junior Erica Hallman chipped in with 16 points and six assists. The win marked Bonnie Henrickson’s first Big 12 victory as the Jayhawks’ head coach.
Kemp continues to be one of the top players in the league as she leads the Jayhawks in scoring in rebounding with 15.1 points and 8.7 boards per game this season. Hallman is second with 12.1 ppg to go with a team-best 5.2 assists per outing.
KU is averaging 58.6 points per game on 41.0 percent shooting and grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game, while giving up 56.1 points per game on 39.3 percent shooting and 35.2 boards per game.
Colorado is coming off a 76-70 overtime loss at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday. The Buffs placed three players in double-figures led by senior Veronica Johns-Richardson and sophomore Jasmina Ilic with 13 points apiece. For the season, CU is paced by sophomore forward Anna Nedovic with 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Colorado averages 64.3 points on 41.5 percent shooting and pulls down 37.9 rebounds per game, while giving up 68.3 points on 40.8 percent shooting and 38.0 rebounds per game.
The matchup will mark the 54th all-time meeting between the two schools with Colorado leading the series 28-25. In Boulder, CU owns a 14-8 advantage. The Buffs have taken the last eight meetings.
Last Time Out
Kansas won its first Big 12 conference game of the season in a thrilling 63-61 victory over Border Showdown rival Missouri, Saturday, Jan. 22, in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks outscored the Tigers 40-18 in the paint to secure the victory.
With the win, KU improved to 8-8 on the season and 1-4 in Big 12 play. Missouri fell to 7-10 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
In front of a ruckus Fieldhouse crowd of 4,629, junior Crystal Kemp shined with 22 points and 14 rebounds, both of which were game-highs. Junior Erica Hallman connected on 4-of-7 three-point shots as she tallied 16 points and six assists. Senior Aquanita Burras scored 12 points and recorded four steals in the win.
Freshman Taylor McIntosh added seven points and eight rebounds.
“We are really excited about this win,” head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “Our defensive effort was really good tonight.
“Neither team played perfect but we made fewer mistakes and came away with the win tonight. Our offense came through when we needed it to in the second half.”
Missouri had four players in double-figures as Tiffany Brooks led the Tigers with 14 points. LaToya Bond and EeTisha Riddle each added 13 points, while Carlynn Savant chipped in with 10 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 16 games with freshman Taylor McIntosh, senior Aquanita Burras and junior Erica Hallman starting each game. Junior Kaylee Brown (14 starts), junior Crystal Kemp (14), 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 13 contests, and the team owns a record of 6-7 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 13 double-figure scoring games and has led KU in scoring eight times. Kemp has led on the glass in eight games and Hallman has led in assists in 12 games. KU has recorded seven double-doubles, including six by Kemp and one by McIntosh.
Tonight’s Opponent – Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado (8-8, 1-4 Big 12) will host Kansas after falling 76-70 in overtime at Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Buffaloes were outrebounded 41-35.
Against OSU, Colorado was led by senior guard Veronica Johns-Richardson and sophomore guard Jasmina Ilic with 13 points apiece. Freshman center Kara Richards grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. CU outshot OSU from the field 46.3 percent to 39.4 percent, but gave up 18 offensive rebounds resulting in 14 second chance points in addition to nine three-pointers.
Colorado’s lone conference win came two games ago at Missouri. CU defeated the Tigers 56-51. The Buffaloes dropped their first three Big 12 games at Nebraska and against Iowa State and Texas Tech. For the season, the Buffaloes are led by sophomore forward Anna Nedovic with 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Johns-Richardson adds 10.1 points and a team-best 2.8 assists per game. As a team, Colorado averages 64.3 ppg on 41.5 percent shooting and pulls down 37.9 rebounds per game. CU is giving up 68.3 ppg on 40.8 percent shooting and 38.0 boards per game.
Picked to finish sixth by the Big 12 media and seventh by the league’s coaches, CU returns only one starter among seven letterwinners to a team that went 22-8 overall and finished third place in the league in 2003-04. CU finished last season ranked 17th in the AP and 24th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.
Colorado is coached by Ceal Barry, who is 426-231 in her 22nd year at CU and 509-273 in her 26th season overall.
Kansas/Colorado Last Meeting
BOULDER, Colo. — Kansas fell to No. 13 Colorado, 75-56, in Coors Events Center, in front of 3,755 fans on Feb. 24, 2004. The loss dropped KU to 9-16 on the season and 2-12 in Big 12 play while Colorado improved to 21-5 overall and 10-4 in the conference.
Colorado, led by Kate Fagan’s game-high 20 points, took an eight-point lead six minutes into the contest. KU held on for four minutes before the Buffs began a 17-10 run to extend their lead to 18. The Jayhawks rallied over the last four minutes of the half, pulling to within seven, 38-31, as the teams headed to the lockerroom.
KU came out in the second half and cut the CU lead to five after sophomore Erica Hallman nailed a jumper for two of her 10 points. The Buffs answered with a 19-4 run over the next seven minutes and did not look back. A late flurry by the ‘Hawks cut Colorado’s lead to 13 at the 3:32 mark but it was not enough as CU went on to win.
The Jayhawks were led by junior Larisha Graves’ 15 points on 7-of-17 from the field. Sophomore Crystal Kemp chipped in 12 points.
Colorado leads the all-time series 28-25 and 9-7 since the inception of the Big Conference. In Boulder, the Buffs lead 14-8. CU took both meetings last season and have won the last eight in the series. KU’s last win in the series came on Feb. 1, 2000, when the Jayhawks defeated the Buffaloes 74-66 in Boulder.
– KU senior Aquanita Burras and CU junior Tami Garnett both are transfers from Central Arizona College. KU has also signed Shaquina Mosley, who plays at Central Arizona, for next season.
– KU junior Heather Hayes and CU freshman Jackie McFarland are both graduates of Derby (Kan.) High School.
A Kansas Win Would
Make KU 9-8 for the first time since 1988-89 … Make KU 2-4 in Big 12 play … Narrow the all-time series to 28-26 in Colorado’s favor … Improve KU’s record against CU in Boulder, Colo., to 9-14 … Snap an eight-game losing streak to Colorado … Give KU a 2-4 record on the road this season … Give KU a two-game winning streak … Give KU its first road win of the season in Big 12 play … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 9-8 at KU and 167-70 (.705) in her career … Make KU 606-406 all-time.
A Kansas Loss Would
Make KU 8-9 for the second straight season … Make KU 1-5 in Big 12 play … Drop KU’s all-time series record against Colorado to 25-29 … Make the Jayhawks 8-15 against Colorado in Boulder, Colo., … Give CU a nine-game winning streak in the series … Make the Jayhawks 1-5 on the road this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 8-9 at KU and 166-71 (.700) in her career … Make KU 605-407 all-time.
Streaks And Career Leaders
– Senior Aquanita Burras owns the team’s longest starting streak at 73 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 (91, 5th), three-pointers attempted (248, 5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.7 percent, 5th). 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 271 career assists, Hallman sits in ninth place and needs 21 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 tied for 10th place on the KU career field goal percentage list at 50.8 percent (373-of-734). Former Jayhawk Kelly Jennings is also in 10th at 50.8 percent.
– After shooting 11-of-15 last game against Missouri, Kemp catapulted herself into a tie for eighth place on the single season field goal percentage list at 53.8 percent (107-199).
– 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 934 career points and a current season average of 15.1 points per game, she is on pace to reach the milestone during the Oklahoma State game on Feb. 9.
– Kemp has played and scored in all 73 games of her Kansas career.
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 56.1 points per game which ranks fourth in the Big 12. KU has held four of its five Big 12 opponents to at least five points below their season average in scoring. The other was Missouri, which KU held to one point below it season average.
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 +2.50.
– Point guard Erica Hallman ranks fifth in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.73-to-1.
– KU ranks 29th nationally in fewest turnovers per game with 14.9 (NCAA stats as of 1/17).
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.
Taking A Charge
On the defensive end, KU has drawn 28 charges while being called for just seven all season. Junior Erica Hallman has drawn 13 charges, junior Kaylee Brown has taken seven 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. In Big 12 play, KU has again struggled, hitting only 36-of-63 attempts for 57.1 percent. In crunch time, the Jayhawks have stepped it up in the final five minutes of games by hitting 70 percent.
Putting Two Halves Together
After looking like a first-half team for most of the season, KU has started to save its best for the second half. In the last three games, the Jayhawks have trailed by an average of 10 points per game at halftime. In both of the last two games (against Texas A&M and Missouri) KU has erased its halftime deficit. This season, KU has outscored opponents 483-412 (or 30.2-to-25.8 points per game), in the first half and has led or been tied at the break in 10 out of 16 games. In the second half, KU is trailing 486-455 and four of eight losses have come after being ahead or tied at intermission. As a team, the Jayhawks are averaging 30.2 points per first half on 44.4 percent (193-of-435) shooting from the field. In the second half, KU is connecting on 37.7 percent (164-of-435) of its shots and averaging 28.4 points. KU has shot at least 10 percentage points lower in the second half than the first half in eight games. Last game against MU, the Jayhawks shot over 10 percent better in the second half.
Logging The Minutes
Three players (3rd-Erica Hallman-35.94, 5th-Aquanita Burras-33.62 and 6th-Crystal Kemp-33.25) are playing 33 minutes per game or more, and each rank in the top six 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 15.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. She has played in all 16 games with 14 starts. She posted three straight double-doubles against Creighton, San Diego State and Ball State, and owns six for the season, which is the fifth most in the Big 12. Her 18 rebound performance at Ball State and 17 rebound showing at Creighton are the top two single game efforts in the league this season. She is the only player in the Big 12 who is currently averaging over 15 ppg, grabbing at least eight rebounds per outing and shooting over 50 percent from the field. She owns three 20+ point games this season. She reached 900 career points on Jan. 12 vs. Iowa State and is 66 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 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She also ranks second on the team with 51 assists and leads the team with 32 steals. At just 5’9″, she is second on the team with nine blocked shots and third on the squad with 26 offensive rebounds. She rarely comes out of the game, averaging 33.6 minutes per game. In three years at KU, she has started all 73 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 16 games this season at point guard. She is second on the team with 12.1 points per game and leads the team with 33 three-pointers made. She provides KU with a solid ball-handling and long-range shooting option. Her 1.73-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks first on the team and fifth 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 (91-5th), three-pointers attempted (248-5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.7 percent-5th). Against Ball State, she moved into the KU top-10 in assists and currently sits in ninth with 271 career dimes. She has tied her career-high with 20 points twice this season including at Texas. On defense, she leads the team with 13 charges drawn this season. She ranks third in the league, playing 35.9 minutes per game. She is one of just two players in the conference to average at least 12 points and five assists 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 16 games and has made her reputation doing the little things in her young career. She is second on the team with 6.8 rebounds per game and first on the team with 56 offensive rebounds. Her 3.50 offensive boards per game ranks second in the Big 12. Her 6.8 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 16 games with 14 starts. A hard-nosed player, Brown is not afraid to sacrifice her body to take a charge (she has taken seven 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 14 or the last 15 games. She owns an average of 9.3 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 10 times and is averaging 2.1 points and 1.1 assists in 13.4 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 15 games this season in a reserve role and has posted 2.3 points and 2.1 boards in 12.4 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 11 games with two starting assignments and averages 2.2 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 at Colorado, the Jayhawks stay on the road for a Saturday matchup at Nebraska on Jan. 29. Gametime is 7:05 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb. KU then returns home to face Oklahoma at 7 p.m. on Feb. 2 in Allen Fieldhouse. The OU game will be aired live on Metro Sports.
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.