Women Head To K-State For Sunflower Showdown

Jan. 24, 2006

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Kansas Jayhawks at Kansas State Wildcats
Game #17 – Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006 – 7 p.m. – Bramlage Coliseum (13,340) Radio
Jayhawk Radio Network. Nate Bukaty (play-by-play), Brian Hanni (color).

FSN-Midwest. Ben Boyle (play-by-play), Patti Phillips (color). Doug Stanton produces.

Kansas is 13-3 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12 after a win over Oklahoma State. Kansas State is 13-4 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 coming off a loss at Texas.

Kansas is receiving votes in the USA Today/WBCA/ESPN Coaches Top-25 poll. Kansas State is not ranked.

Bonnie Henrickson is 25-19 in her second year at Kansas and 183-81 in her ninth season overall. The
Wildcats are coached by Deb Patterson who is 188-107 in her 10th year at KSU and overall.

Series History
Kansas State leads the all-time series 49-40 after winning the last eight meetings. The Wildcats lead the series in Manhattan 23-13.

Jayhawk Storylines
– Kansas is coming off its 13th win of the season against Oklahoma State. It is the most wins for a KU team since the 1999-2000 season when the Jayhawks went 20-10.
– Crystal Kemp posted 25 points and 13 rebounds against Oklahoma State. She needs just two points against KSU to become the seventh KU player to reach 1,400 career points and 700 career rebounds.
– Senior Erica Hallman needs 19 points to become the 19th 1,000 point scorer in KU history.
– Kemp is the only player in the Big 12 to average over 19 points, eight rebounds, shoot over 50 percent from the floor and over 77 percent from the free throw line.
– Kansas is playing away from Allen Fieldhouse for just the third time this season.
– A Kansas win would give the Jayhawks 14 victories and mark Kansas’ fastest start to 14 wins since the 1996-97 season.

The Matchup
The University of Kansas (13-3, 2-3 Big 12) and Kansas State University (13-4, 3-3 Big 12) will meet in the 90th edition of the Sunflower Showdown when KU travels to Manhattan, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 25 for a 7 p.m. matchup on Fox Sports Net-Midwest.
Kansas enters the game after defeating Oklahoma State 66-46 on Sunday in Lawrence. Senior Crystal Kemp pumped in 25 points and collected 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. The Topeka, Kan., native has posted nine 20+ scoring games this season. She needs two points against K-State to reach 1,400 for her career. After reaching 700 career rebounds against OSU, Kemp would become the seventh player in KU history to reach both milestones.
Senior Erica Hallman is also closing in on a milestone, as she needs 19 points to become the 19th 1,000 point scorer in Jayhawk history.
Led by Kemp, Hallman and senior Kaylee Brown — the top three scorers with 19.9, 13.9 and 13.2 points per game, respectively — Kansas is looking to snap an eight-game drought against K-State. Since defeating the Wildcats 65-62 on Jan. 27, 2001 in Manhattan, the Jayhawks have lost the last eight games by an average of 25 points.
K-State enters the contest after a 71-70 overtime loss at Texas on Sunday. Junior Claire Coggins connected on a career-high six 3-pointers and led all scorers with a career-best 26 points. Freshman JoAnn Hamlin added 18 points. Freshman Marlies Gipson chipped in nine points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots to break K-State’s freshman blocked shots record with 38 on the season.
After going 24-8 overall and 12-4 in the Big 12 last season, the Wildcats were picked by the league coaches to finish eighth in the conference this season. Kansas State is coached by Deb Patterson who is 188-107 in her 10th year with the Wildcats and as a head coach overall.
Kansas State leads the all-time series 49-40 including a 23-13 mark in Manhattan. Prior to the current KSU eight-game streak, Kansas had won 19 of the last 23 meetings.

Most Wins Since 1999-2000
When Kansas defeated Oklahoma State on Jan. 22, it recorded its lucky 13th win of the season. The total is the most victories in a season for the Jayhawks since the 1999-2000 season when KU went 20-10 overall, 11-5 in the Big 12 and played in the NCAA Tournament. That team, led by senior Lynn Pride was the most recent KU team to post a winning record.

More From The Last Game
Kansas (13-3, 2-3 Big 12) defeated Oklahoma State (6-11, 0-6 Big 12), 66-46, Sunday, Jan. 22 at Allen Fieldhouse. Behind a stifling defense, the Jayhawks limited the Cowgirls to 17 field goals and 46 points, both KU opponent season-lows.
Senior forward Crystal Kemp finished with a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds. The double-double was her sixth of the season and 23rd of her career. She also grabbed her 700th career rebound and was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line, tying a season-high.
Senior guard Erica Hallman chipped in 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds. With her performance, she moved up the KU career lists in assists (397), 3-point field goals (158) and 3-point attempts (421). Freshman guard Ivana Catic dished out seven assists while scoring 11 points.
Despite a zone defense employed by Oklahoma State, the Jayhawks used an 11-0 run and closed the half on a 23-6 scamper to build a 30-21 halftime lead. Kemp led all scorers at the break with 11 points and nine rebounds.
KU held Oklahoma State without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes of game-time while building a 23 point lead with 11:50 remaining in the second half. The Jayhawks also outscored the Cowgirls 25-15 in the paint.

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 25-19 (.568) at KU and 183-81 (.693) in her career.

Jayhawk Starters
Kansas has used three different starting lineups in 16 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 (13 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 13 games.

A Kansas Win Would
Make the Jayhawks 14-3 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 play … Snap a streak of eight-straight losses to K-State, improving KU’s all-time record against the Wildcats to 41-49 … Make KU 14-23 against KSU in Manhattan, Kan. … Give the Jayhawks a two-game winning streak … Make the Jayhawks 1-2 on the road this season … Improve head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record to 26-19 at Kansas and 184-81 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 623-417 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would
Make the Jayhawks 13-4 overall and 2-4 in Big 12 play … Give KU its fourth loss in the last five games … Make KU 40-50 all-time against Kansas State, including a 13-24 mark in Manhattan … Give Kansas State its ninth-straight win against the Jayhawks … Make the Jayhawks 0-3 on the road this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 25-20 at Kansas and 183-82 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 622-418 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 72.6 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 four games.

Taking Care Of The Ball
The Jayhawks have passed out 279 assists and made 442 field goals, or an assist for every 1.58 field goals made. KU’s 17.44 assists per game ranks first in the Big 12. Additionally, KU has only turned the ball over 219 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 4,131 in the last five 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. Twelve games later against Oklahoma State, she surpassed 700 career boards. Her next bucket will giver 1,400 career points, making her the seventh Jayhawk in history to reach 1,400 points and 700 rebounds. 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).
– KU players have recorded 20+ point scoring games 12 times as Crystal Kemp has nine, Erica Hallman has two and Kaylee Brown has one. Kemp has eight 20+ games in the last 10 outings.
– Kemp reached 500 career made field goals against Pepperdine. Her current total of 555 ranks eighth on the all-time KU list.
– With 981 career points, Hallman is 19 shy of becoming Kansas’ 19th all-time 1,000 point scorer. If she could reach 1,000 points against KSU, she will have reached the feat in her 100th career game, and would move her career scoring average to 10.0 for the first time in her career.
– Hallman ranks second on the all-time KU 3-pointers list with 158 made. Angie Halbleib (1994-97) comfortably in first place with 237 career treys.
– After not having a single player foul out during non-conference, the Jayhawks have had a player foul out in three of their first five Big 12 games.
– Kansas leads the Big 12 three-point shooting at 38.8 percent, assists with 17.44 per game and assist/turnover ratio at a rate of 1.27.
– Kemp enters the KSU game two points shy of 1,400 for her career. After grabbing her 700th career rebound last game against OSU, she is looking to become the seventh player in KU history to reach both statistical milestones.
– Kemp is two blocked shots away from entering the KU top-10. She is sitting on 83 career blocks.

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 as the 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 stays on the road when it travels to Waco, Texas to face defending National Champion Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 28. The game tips off at 3 p.m. on CSTV live from the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks then return to Lawrence for two home games. KU will get a rematch with the Colorado Buffaloes on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. on Metro Sports. On Saturday, Feb. 4, Kansas will face Iowa State for the first time this season at 1 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband channel 6.