Women's Hoops To Take On Baylor

Jan. 26, 2006

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Kansas Jayhawks at Baylor Lady Bears
Game #18 – Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006 – 3 p.m. – Ferrell Center (10,284)

Jayhawk Radio Network. Nate Bukaty (play-by-play), Brian Hanni (color).

CSTV. Tom McCarthy (play-by-play), Becky Hammon (color).

Kansas is 13-4 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12 after a loss at Kansas State. Baylor is 14-3 overall and 4-3 in Big 12 play, coming off a win at Iowa State.

Kansas is receiving votes in the USA Today/WBCA/ESPN Coaches Top-25 poll. Baylor is ranked No. 9 by the AP and No. 10 by the coaches.

Bonnie Henrickson is 25-20 in her second year at Kansas and 183-82 in her ninth season overall. The Lady Bears are coached by Kim Mulkey-Robertson who is 145-41 in her sixth year at BU and overall.

Series History
Baylor leads the all-time series 8-6 after winning the last six meetings. The Lady Bears lead the series in Waco 4-2.

Jayhawk Storylines
– Kansas is coming off a 69-63 loss at Kansas State that saw the Jayhawks cut a 17-point deficit to two in the final six minutes. Crystal Kemp posted game-highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds.
– Erica Hallman needs one point against BU to become the 19th 1,000 point scorer in KU history. Her 18 points against KSU were enough to up her career scoring average to 10.0 for the first time in career.
– 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 76 percent from the free throw line. She leads all players in league games only with 21.3 points per game.
– Kansas is playing away from Allen Fieldhouse for just the fourth time this season.
– Kansas is 1-0 against top-25 competition this season after defeating No. 23/24 Texas.
– The Jayhawks are 2-1 against the Big 12 South this season and 0-3 against North teams.

The Matchup
The University of Kansas (13-4, 2-4 Big 12) will play its second-straight road game when it travels to Waco, Texas, to face the Baylor Lady Bears (14-3, 4-3 Big 12) on Saturday, Jan. 28 for a 3 p.m. matchup on CSTV.
Kansas will play the defending national champions coming off a 69-63 defeat at the hands of Kansas State on Wednesday. After trailing by as many as 17 points with six minutes remaining, KU fought back to cut the Wildcat lead to two. While KU struggled to find its stroke at the charity stripe, K-State sank 9-of-10 free throws in the last 44 seconds to seal the victory.
Despite the loss, senior Crystal Kemp continued her domination in the post with game-highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds. She has now scored 20 or more points in nine of the last 11 games and a total of 10 contests this season. She has posted seven double-doubles including four against Big 12 competition. In Big 12 action, she leads the league in scoring with 21.3 points per game to go with 10.0 rebounds per outing.
A Topeka, Kan., native, Kemp notched her 1,400th career point against the Wildcats to become just the seventh player in KU history to accumulate over 1,400 career points and 700 career rebounds.
Senior Erica Hallman will look to make her own history against Baylor as she needs one point against the Lady Bears to become the 19th 1,000 point scorer in KU history. Hallman pumped in 18 points against Kansas State including four 3-pointers.
Baylor will host Kansas after defeating Iowa State 79-64 in Ames on Wednesday. Four Lady Bears scored in double-figures led by Angela Tisdale and Sophia Young with 17 apiece. Chameka Scott added 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Young grabbed 11 boards.
Young averages 20.4 points per game in Big 12 play to rank second behind Kemp. She pulls down 10.1 rebounds per contest. Tisdale is the second leading scorer with 13.8 points per game, although her average has dipped to 11.9 against league opponents.
Baylor was picked by the Big 12 coaches to win the conference this season after winning the national title a year ago. The Lady Bears have been a mainstay in all the major polls and enter the game ranked No. 9 by the Associated Press and No. 10 in the coaches poll.
Baylor is coached by Kim Mulkey-Robertson who is 145-41 in her sixth year as a head coach, all with the Lady Bears. BU leads the all-time series 8-6 including a 4-2 mark in Waco, Texas.

More From The Last Game
After a courageous second-half comeback that saw the Jayhawks cut a KSU 17-point lead to two in the final six minutes of the game, the University of Kansas (13-4, 2-4 Big 12) fell 69-63 to Kansas State University (14-4, 4-3 Big 12) Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Bramlage Coliseum.
Seniors Crystal Kemp and Erica Hallman hit big shot after big shot in the game’s final minutes. But, missed free throws by Kansas, coupled with clutch free throw shooting by KSU, doomed the Jayhawks’ bid to end an eight-game losing skid to the Wildcats.
Kemp, who entered the game with 1,398 points, became the seventh player in KU history to reach both 1,400 career points and 700 rebounds when she hit a turnaround jumper with just under 15 minutes left in the first half. Kemp finished the game with 20 points to move her career total to 1418.
Hallman pumped in 18 points to move her career scoring total to 999. Kemp added a game-high 12 rebounds. Kansas State was led by freshman Marlies Gipson with 16 points before fouling out. Junior Claire Coggins added 12 points and freshman Shalee Lehning chipped in 10.
The first half was a close affair with four ties and six lead changes. Kemp led all scorers in the period with 11 points to go with six rebounds. Hallman hit two key 3-pointers in the first half on her way to 10 points. Gipson led the Wildcats with 10 points at intermission.

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 25-20 (.556) at KU and 183-82 (.692) in her career.

Jayhawk Starters
Kansas has used three different starting lineups in 17 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 (14 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 14 games. The current starting five own a record of 10-4.

Today’s Opponent – Baylor
The Baylor Lady Bears (14-3, 4-3) are looking for their third win in the last four games when Kansas travels to Waco, Texas to face BU on Saturday, Jan. 28.
Baylor is coming off a 79-64 win at Iowa State on Wednesday. All-America candidate Sophia Young tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds. Angela Tisdale tied for team-high honors with 17 points, while Chameka Scott grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go with 14 points. Jessica Morrow rounded out the double-figure scoring with 12 points. The Lady Bears collected 50 rebounds compared to 39 for the Cyclones, and outshot ISU 40.5 percent to 32.3 percent.
Baylor has won the last six meetings in the series which includes all of the games since Kim Mulkey-Robertson has been BU’s coach. The last KU victory came on Jan. 19, 2000 when the Jayhawks won 81-67 in Waco.
BU is averaging 74.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and 41.1 rebounds per game, while surrendering 58.6 points and 36.1 rebounds per game. Baylor is holding its opponents to 36.1 percent shooting from the field. Baylor is the top shot-blocking team in the conference with 5.94 rejections per game behind Abiola Wabara and Young who rank among the league leaders with 1.53 and 1.35 blocks per game, respectively.
The Lady Bears are coached by Kim Mulkey-Robertson, who is 145-41 in her sixth year at Baylor.

Kansas/Baylor Notes
Kansas and Baylor are meeting for the 15th time in history, and the 12th time since the inception of the Big 12. KU won six of the first eight meetings before BU won the last six. Both teams feature two international players. Kansas sophomore Sharita Smith is a native of Dallas, Texas, while KU senior Crystal Kemp was also born in Dallas.

A Kansas Win Would
Make the Jayhawks 14-4 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 play … Give Kansas is third win against a Big 12 South opponent this season … Snap a streak of six-straight losses to Baylor, improving KU’s all-time record against the Lady Bears to 7-8 … Make KU 3-4 against BU in Waco, Texas … Give the Jayhawks their second win in the last three games … Make the Jayhawks 1-3 on the road this season … Improve head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record to 26-20 at Kansas and 184-82 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 623-418 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would
Make the Jayhawks 13-5 overall and 2-5 in Big 12 play … Give KU its fifth loss in the last six games … Make KU 6-9 all-time against Baylor, including a 2-5 mark in Waco … Give Baylor its seventh-straight win against the Jayhawks … Make the Jayhawks 0-4 on the road this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 25-21 at Kansas and 183-83 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 622-419 all-time.

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.

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 72.1 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 five games.

Taking Care Of The Ball
The Jayhawks have passed out 295 assists and made 467 field goals, or an assist for every 1.58 field goals made. KU’s 17.35 assists per game ranks first in the Big 12. Additionally, KU only turns the ball over 14.0 times per game for a Big 12-leading assist/turnover ratio of 1.24. KU 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. At Kansas State, she scored her 1,400th point, making her the seventh Jayhawk in history to reach both 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 third on the KU career free throw percentage at 77.9 percent (67-86).
– KU players have recorded 20+ point scoring games 13 times as Crystal Kemp has 10, Erica Hallman has two and Kaylee Brown has one. Kemp has nine 20+ games in the last 11 outings.
– Kemp reached 500 career made field goals against Pepperdine. Her current total of 564 ranks eighth on the all-time KU list.
– With 999 career points, Hallman is one shy of becoming Kansas’ 19th all-time 1,000 point scorer. Her scoring average of 14.1 points this season has improved her career average to 10.0 ppg.
– Hallman ranks second on the all-time KU 3-pointers list with 162 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 six Big 12 games.
– Kansas leads the Big 12 in three-point shooting at 38.8 percent, assists with 17.35 per game and assist/turnover ratio at a rate of 1.24.
– Kemp is one blocked shot away from entering the KU top-10. She is sitting on 84 career blocks, and her next swat will tie her with Lynn Page and Tracy Claxton for ninth place.
– Kemp has moved into the KU career top-10 in minutes played with 3135.
– Kansas wore red uniforms for the first time at Kansas State on Jan. 25.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Up Next For KU
Kansas returns to Lawrence, Kan., for a pair of home games against Big 12 North foes Colorado and Iowa State. The CU game on Wednesday, Feb. 1 will be a rematch of the Jan. 10 contest in Boulder that the Buffaloes won 74-65. The game, which will air on Metro Sports, tips off at 7 p.m. KU will face Iowa State for the first time this season on Saturday, Feb. 4 in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks and Cyclones will play at 1 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband channel 6.