WBB Looks For Third Straight Win At Nebraska
Jan. 27, 2005
Kansas (9-8, 2-4) at Nebraska (11-7, 3-3)
Game #18 – Sat., Jan. 29, 2005 – 7:05 p.m. – Bob Devaney Sports Center (13,595)
Jayhawk Radio Network: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Brian Hanni (color analyst) call the action. TV: None.
Kansas is 9-8 overall, 2-4 in the Big 12, and has won its last two games. Nebraska is 11-7 overall, 3-3 in the Big 12 and has lost its last three.
Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson is 9-8 in her first year at KU and 167-70 in her eighth year as a head coach overall. The Cornhuskers are coached by Connie Yori, who is 37-39 in her third year at Nebraska and 232-179 in her 15th season overall.
– KU is 9-8 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12 after defeating Colorado, 65-60 on Tuesday in Boulder, Colo. Junior Crystal Kemp posted her seventh double-double of the season (and second in a row) with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Erica Hallman pumped in a game-high 18 points.
– The five-point win over Colorado was Kansas’ second single digit victory in as many games. KU defeated Missouri 63-61 last Saturday. The Jayhawk’s last three games have been decided by a total of nine points.
– Kemp is the only player in the Big 12 who is currently averaging over 15 points and nine rebounds per game and shooting over 52 percent from the field.
– Kemp and Hallman have been the driving forces behind the Jayhawks’ last two victories. Kemp has averaged 18.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in that span, while Hallman has added 17 points and 6.5 assists per game.
– KU has four players averaging double figures in scoring in road games led by Hallman’s 15.7 ppg. Kemp (13.7), Aquanita Burras (13.3) and Kaylee Brown (10.0) are the other three. Throw out Hallman’s nine-point game at Texas A&M, when she was nursing a sore ankle, and her average goes up to 17.0 ppg on the road. As a team, KU is scoring 60.7 ppg on the road, compared to 58.1 at home.
The University of Kansas women’s basketball team (9-8, 2-4) will play its second-straight road game when it travels to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the University of Nebraska (11-7, 3-3) on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Kansas is coming off its second-straight league win with a 65-60 victory at Colorado, Tuesday, in Boulder. Junior Crystal Kemp posted her second-straight double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Erica Hallman pumped in a game-high 18 points and dished seven assists.
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 9.1 boards per game this season. Hallman is second with 12.5 ppg to go with a team-best 5.3 assists per outing. Senior guard Aquanita Burras rounds out the double-figure scorers with 10.4 points per outing, and also leads the team with 1.9 steals per game.
KU is averaging 59.0 points per game on 41.4 percent shooting and grabbing 34.5 rebounds per contest, while giving up 56.4 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting and 35.0 boards per game.
Nebraska is coming off a 74-54 loss at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Huskers placed two players in double-figures led by sophomore guard Kiera Hardy with 17 points. Freshman forward Danielle Page came off the bench to add 10 points. Junior reserve guard LaToya Howell posted a team-high seven rebounds. For the season, NU is paced by Hardy with 19.4 points per game. Sophomore forward Jessica Gerhart adds 11.2 points to go with a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jina Johansen passes out 6.1 assists per outing to lead the Huskers.
Nebraska averages 71.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting and pulls down 37.7 rebounds per game, while giving up 65.0 points on 41.4 percent shooting and 37.2 rebounds per game.
The matchup will mark the 65th all-time meeting between the two schools with Kansas leading the series 43-21. In Lincoln, the series is tied at 13 games apiece. The Huskers took both of the meetings last season. KU last defeated Nebraska, 62-58, on Feb. 19, 2003, in Lincoln.
KU will be going for its third-straight Big 12 win, which would be the longest winning streak for KU in league play since the Jayhawks won five straight conference games between Jan. 26 and Feb. 10, 2000.
Last Time Out
Kansas won its second straight game with a 65-60 win over Colorado on Tuesday, Jan. 25 in Boulder, Colo. Juniors Crystal Kemp and Erica Hallman combined for 33 points in the win.
The Jayhawks held Colorado to just 11-of -31 shooting in the second half.
Hallman led all-scorers with 18 points and a game-high seven assists, while Kemp dominated the post with 15 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Junior Kaylee Brown and sophomore Sharita Smith each added eight points, while senior Aquanita Burras and freshman Taylor McIntosh each chipped in with six points.
“We are excited that our kids finished the game like they did tonight,” head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “We got good play from our kids off the bench.
“It was a good team win and a lot of players stepped up when we needed them to,” Henrickson added.
Colorado freshman Jackie McFarland and sophomore Jasmina Ilic led Colorado with 13 points each. McFarland grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Anna Nedovic added 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
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 17 games with freshman Taylor McIntosh, senior Aquanita Burras and junior Erica Hallman starting each game. Junior Kaylee Brown (15 starts), junior Crystal Kemp (15), 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 14 contests, and the team owns a record of 7-7 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 14 double-figure scoring games and has led KU in scoring eight times. Kemp has led on the glass in nine games and Hallman has led in assists in 13 games. KU has recorded eight double-doubles, including seven by Kemp and one by McIntosh.
Tonight’s Opponent – Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska (11-7, 3-3 Big 12) will host Kansas one week after falling 74-54 at Iowa State on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Cornhuskers were outrebounded 42-35 and outshot 45.3 percent to 36.4 percent in the contest. NU was also outdone from the free throw line 16-2.
Against ISU, Nebraska was led by sophomore guard Kiera Hardy with 17 points. Freshman forward Danielle Page chipped in 10 points, and junior guard LaToya Howell snared a team-high seven rebounds.
Before three straight losses to No. 23 Kansas State, No. 10 Texas Tech and No. 19 Iowa State, Nebraska knocked off No. 2 Baylor 103-99 in triple overtime in Lincoln. The Huskers also own league wins against Colorado and Missouri.
For the season, the Huskers are led by Hardy with 19.4 points per game. Sophomore forward Jessica Gerhart adds 10.2 points to go with a team-high 6.2 boards per game. Senior guard Jina Johansen dishes 6.1 assists per outing.
As a team, Nebraska averages 71.4 ppg on 43.4 percent shooting and pulls down 37.7 rebounds per game. NU is giving up 65.0 ppg on 41.4 percent shooting and 37.2 boards per game.
Picked to finish ninth in the Big 12, NU returns one starter among five letterwinners to a team that went 18-12 overall and finished tied for seventh place in the league in 2003-04.
Nebraska is coached by Connie Yori, who is 37-39 in her third year at NU and 232-179 in her 15th season overall.
Kansas leads the all-time series 43-21, but Nebraska leads 11-6 since the inception of the Big 12 Conference. In Lincoln, the series is tied 13-13. NU took both meetings last season including a 59-48 decision in Lincoln. KU won both meetings two years ago during the 2002-03 season.
Kansas/Nebraska Last Meeting
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas fell at the hands of Nebraska, 65-61, in Lawrence, Kan., on Feb. 28, 2004. The loss dropped KU to 9-17 on the season and 2-13 in Big 12 play, while Nebraska improved to 17-9 overall and 7-8 in the league.
Kansas, led by sophomore Crystal Kemp’s game-high 24 points, fought the entire game and did not let Nebraska hold a lead bigger than nine points. After the tip, NU took a four-point lead at the 17:06 mark before KU went on an 18-7 run, and took its first lead at the 13:59 mark. Four unanswered points by Nebraska, led by Alexa Johnson’s 17 points, sent the ‘Huskers into the lockerroom with a 29-24 lead.
After intermission, Nebraska pushed its margin to as many as nine points with 12:58 remaining. KU fought to cut NU’s lead to one with 32 seconds remaining in the game. Nebraska added two free throws, then Kemp answered with a layin. After a KU foul, Nebraska hit both of its free throws and went on to hold a five-point lead with 10 seconds left. Sophomore Erica Hallman cut the Nebraska lead to two with a three-pointer with two seconds on the clock. Nebraska threw a deep pass on the in-bounds play and Margaret Richards iced the game with a lay-up at the buzzer.
– NU freshman Sarah White is a native of Topeka, Kan. Sophomore Kiera Hardy is also native of nearby Kansas City, Mo.
A Kansas Win Would
Give KU its best start since 1999-2000 … Mark the first time KU has ever started a season with a record of 10-8 … Make KU 3-4 in Big 12 play … Extend KU’s all-time series lead over Nebraska to 44-21 … Improve KU’s record against NU in Lincoln, Neb., to 14-13 … Snap a two-game losing streak to Nebraska … Give KU a 3-4 record on the road this season … Give KU a three-game winning streak … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 10-8 at KU and 168-70 (.706) in her career … Make KU 607-406 all-time.
A Kansas Loss Would
Make KU 9-9 to start the season for the second straight year … Make KU 2-5 in Big 12 play … Narrow KU’s all-time series record against Nebraska to 43-22 … Make the Jayhawks 13-14 against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. … Give NU a three-game winning streak in the series … Make the Jayhawks 2-5 on the road this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 9-9 at KU and 167-71 (.702) in her career … Make KU 606-407 all-time.
Streaks And Career Leaders
– Senior Aquanita Burras owns the team’s longest starting streak at 74 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 (93, 5th), three-pointers attempted (254, 5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.6 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 278 career assists, Hallman sits in ninth place and needs 14 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 (379-of-746). Former Jayhawk Kelly Jennings is also 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 949 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 74 games of her Kansas career.
Hallman Among National Leaders
Through the NCAA statistics of Jan. 24, junior Erica Hallman ranked 30th in the nation in three-point percentage at 41.3 percent. Additionally, Hallman’s 13 assists against Dartmouth on Dec. 18 ranks as the sixth highest total in DI women’s basketball this season.
KU’s last three games — and six total games this season — have been decided by five points or less. In the last two outings, the Jayhawks have come out on top, defeating Missouri by two and Colorado by five. In the series against Nebraska, three of the last four games have been decided by four or less points.
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 56.4 points per game which ranks fourth in the Big 12. KU has held all six of its Big 12 opponents under their season scoring averages, and four of those league opponents to more than five points below their average.
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.
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 +2.06.
– Point guard Erica Hallman ranks fifth in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.70-to-1.
– KU ranks 24th nationally in fewest turnovers per game with 14.7 (NCAA stats as of 1/24).
Taking A Charge
On the defensive end, KU has drawn 28 charges while being called for just eight 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 43-of-77 attempts for 55.8 percent. In crunch time, the Jayhawks have stepped it up in the final five minutes of games by hitting 69 percent.
Putting Two Halves Together
This season, KU has outscored opponents 517-445 in the first half and has led or been tied at the break in 11 out of 17 games. In the second half, KU is trailing 513-486 and four of eight losses have come after being ahead or tied at intermission. As a team, the Jayhawks are averaging 30.4 points per first half on 44.6 percent (208-of-466) shooting from the field. In the second half, KU is connecting on 38.1 percent (175-of-459) of its shots and averaging 28.6 points.
Logging The Minutes
Three players (3rd-Erica Hallman-36.00, 5th-Aquanita Burras-33.82 and 7th-Crystal Kemp-33.29) 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 9.1 rebounds per game. She has played in all 17 games with 15 starts. She has posted a double-double in each of the last two outings, and owns seven 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 nine rebounds per outing and shooting over 52 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 51 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 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She also ranks second on the team with 56 assists and leads the team with 33 steals. At just 5’9″, she is tied for second on the team with nine blocked shots and third on the squad with 27 offensive rebounds. She rarely comes out of the game, averaging 33.8 minutes per game. In three years at KU, she has started all 74 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 17 games this season at point guard. She is second on the team with 12.5 points per game and leads the team with 35 three-pointers made. She provides KU with a solid ball-handling and long-range shooting option. Her 1.70-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, and is the sixth highest total in the NCAA DI ranks this year. She is in the all-time top-10 at KU for three-pointers made (93-5th), three-pointers attempted (254-5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.6 percent-5th). Against Ball State, she moved into the KU top-10 in assists and currently sits in ninth with 278 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 36.0 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 17 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 58 offensive rebounds. Her 3.41 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 17 games with 15 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 29 three-pointers made, and has connected for at least one three-pointer in 15 of the last 16 games. She owns an average of 9.2 points and 1.3 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 2.5 points and 1.1 assists in 13.7 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 16 games this season in a reserve role and has posted 2.3 points and 2.3 boards in 12.9 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 12 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 11 games with two starting assignments. She has posted 1.5 points and 2.5 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 Nebraska, the Jayhawks return home for a Wednesday matchup with Oklahoma on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Metro Sports and Sunflower Broadband channel 6. KU then travels to Columbia, Mo., for the second Border Showdown game against Missouri at 1 p.m. on Feb. 5.
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.