Kansas Travels To Missouri For Border Showdown

Feb. 10, 2006

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Game #22 – Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 – 3 p.m. – Mizzou Sports Arena (15,061) Radio
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Kansas is 14-7 overall, 3-7 in the Big 12 and is coming off a loss at Oklahoma. Missouri is 16-6 overall, 6-4 in Big 12 play and has lost its last two.

Kansas is not ranked. Missouri is receiving votes in both the Associated Press Top-25 poll and the latest USA Today/WBCA/ESPN Coaches poll.

Bonnie Henrickson is 26-23 in her second year at Kansas and 184-85 in her ninth season overall. The Tigers are coached by Cindy Stein who is 128-103 in her eighth year at Missouri and 193-128 in her 11th season as a head coach overall.

Series History
Kansas leads the all-time series 36-32. Last season, KU swept the regular season meetings before MU defeated Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament. The Tigers lead 15-13 in Columbia.

Jayhawk Storylines
– Kansas is coming off an 86-57 loss at No. 9/12 Oklahoma on Wednesday.
– Senior Crystal Kemp has scored in double-figures in her last 22 games, dating back to the final game of last season. She posted her 11th 20-point game against Oklahoma with 21 points.
– Kansas’ regular starting lineup of McIntosh, Kemp, Catic, Brown and Hallman is playing 80 percent of the available minutes in Big 12 games and scoring over 88 percent of the Jayhawks’ points.
– Kemp was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. She is now eligible for Academic All-America honors.

The Matchup
The University of Kansas (14-7, 3-7 Big 12) will face Border Showdown rival Missouri (16-6, 6-4 Big 12) on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Mizzou Sports Arena. The game can be seen on Metro Sports of Kansas City and heard on the Jayhawk Radio Network.
The Jayhawks are coming off an 86-57 loss at No. 9/12 Oklahoma on Wednesday. Senior Crystal Kemp paced KU with a game-high 21 points to go with five rebounds. The 21-point effort was Kemp’s 11th 20 point game of the season and her 22nd straight game in double figures. Senior Erica Hallman added 18 points including four 3-pointers. It was Hallman’s top offensive output in four outings.
For the season, Kemp averages 19.2 points and 8.2 boards per game to lead the Jayhawks. Second on the scoring list is Hallman with 13.5 per game. Senior Kaylee Brown rounds out the double-figure scorers with 12.9 points per contest. The trio account for 63.8 percent of the team’s offensive output. Freshman Ivana Catic dishes a team-high 5.9 assists per game to go with 9.4 points per game. Catic’s season total of 124 dimes ranks 10th on the KU single season list.
Missouri is coming off a 66-60 loss at Iowa State on Wednesday. Before the ISU contest, the Tigers also fell to Oklahoma 88-73 in Columbia. Against the Cyclones, MU was led by senior center Christelle N’Garsanet with game-highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard LaToya Bond added 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Bond leads the Tigers with 18.0 points per game for the season. Like Kemp for KU, Bond has been named Big 12 Player of the Week twice this season. The most recent honor came after her two games last week when she averaged 25.5 points against Kansas State and Oklahoma. N’Garsanet is second with 13.4 points to go with a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game. She has posted six double-doubles this season after her effort against Iowa State.
The Tigers, who score 71.0 ppg for the season, are averaging 63.5 points against Big 12 foes. League opponents are scoring 61.5 points per game against MU and outrebounding the Tigers by an average of 39.8 to 38.7.
Kansas leads the all-time series over Missouri 36-32. Last season, KU defeated the Tigers 63-61 in Lawrence before topping MU 60-42 in the first meeting between the two teams in Mizzou Sports Arena. Missouri leads Kansas 15-13 in games played in Columbia, Mo., although the Jayhawks have won the last two. Missouri won the most recent meeting between the two clubs, 62-57, in the first round of the 2005 Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.
The Tigers are coached by Cindy Stein who is 128-103 in her eighth year at Missouri and 193-128 in her 11th season as a head coach overall.

More From The Last Game
The University of Kansas fell 86-57 to No. 9 Oklahoma on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. The loss dropped KU to 14-7 overall and 3-7 in the Big 12, while the Sooners improved to 20-4 and 10-0 in the league.
Senior Crystal Kemp led the Jayhawks with a game-high 21 points and five rebounds. Senior Erica Hallman chipped in with 18 points.
The Sooners were paced by freshman Courtney Paris with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Chelsi Welch added 16 points.
The Jayhawks shot 35.8 percent from the field and grabbed 33 rebounds, while OU shot 50.7 percent and snared 38 boards. The Sooners turned the ball over just six times while KU had 18 miscues.
Oklahoma led 45-27 at halftime. Before the break, KU was led by Hallman with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Oklahoma was led at intermission by Welch with 13 points and junior Leah Rush with 10 points. C. Paris had eight points and nine boards in the first stanza.

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 26-23 (.531) at KU and 184-85 (.684) in her career.

Jayhawk Starters
Kansas has used four different starting lineups in 21 games with sophomore forward Taylor McIntosh, senior forward Crystal Kemp and senior guard Kaylee Brown starting every game. Freshman Ivana Catic (20 starts), senior Erica Hallman (18), junior Shaquina Mosley (3) and junior Sharita Smith (1) have all received starting nods at a guard spot. Hallman has started the last 18 games. Catic has started every game except for the Baylor contest, when Mosley got the nod. The current, and most used, line-up of McIntosh, Kemp, Catic, Brown and Hallman are 11-6 as a unit.

Today’s Opponent – Missouri
Missouri (16-6, 6-4 Big 12) hosts Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 11, on a two-game losing skid. The Tigers are coming off losses to Oklahoma (88-73) and at Iowa State (66-60). Missouri has enjoyed league wins against Baylor, Kansas State, at Nebraska, Colorado, Texas Tech and at Kansas State.
The Tigers’ other two league losses came at Texas and at Texas A&M.
Against Iowa State, Missouri was led by senior center Christelle N’Garsanet with 24 points and 12 boards for her sixth double-double of the season. Senior guard LaToya Bond added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Missouri struggled from the floor, hitting only 34.7 percent of its shots, while the Cyclones connected on 40.0 percent. In addition, ISU outrebounded MU 44-40. However, the Tigers took care of the ball with only nine turnovers and recorded six steals.
As a team, Missouri is scoring 71.0 points per night in all games and 63.5 in league games. Mizzou shoots 42.7 percent from the field while allowing just 38.4 percent from its foes. The Tigers grab 40.1 rebounds per game while conceding 39.1.
Behind Kansas, Missouri is the second most accurate 3-point shooting team at a clip of 35.8 percent.
The Tigers are coached by Cindy Stein who is 128-103 in her eighth year at Missouri and 193-128 in her 11th season as a head coach overall.

Kansas/Missouri Notes
Kansas and Missouri are meeting for the 69th time in history dating back to 1973. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Missouri leads the series 10-9. MU coach Cindy Stein’s previous job was in the state of Kansas as head coach of the Emporia State Hornets. Missouri has two Kansas natives on its roster in Marchele Campbell (Kansas City, Kan.) and Tiffany Brooks (Leavenworth, Kan.). KU and MU do not list the overall series record the same. Kansas includes the first meeting between the two teams in 1973 in a tournament played at Missouri State — MU does not recognize any results prior to 1974.

A Kansas Win Would
Make the Jayhawks 15-7 overall and 4-7 in Big 12 play … Give KU its second win in the last three games … Give KU its fourth win in the last six meetings with the Tigers … Improve KU’s record against MU to 37-32 including a 14-15 mark in games played in Columbia … Give KU its third-straight win in Columbia … Make KU 1-5 on the road this season … Improve head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record to 27-23 at Kansas and 185-85 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 624-421 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would
Make the Jayhawks 14-8 overall and 3-8 in Big 12 play … Give KU its fifth loss in the last six games … Make KU 36-33 all-time against Missouri, including a 13-16 mark in Columbia … Snap a two-game KU winning streak in Columbia … Give Missouri its second-straight win against the Jayhawks … Make the Jayhawks 0-6 on the road this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 26-24 at Kansas and 184-86 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 623-422 all-time.

Most Wins Since 1999-2000
When Kansas defeated Oklahoma State on Jan. 22, it recorded its lucky 13th win of the season to mark 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. KU now has 14 victories.

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 12 games. After scoring 57 points at Oklahoma, the Jayhawks’ scoring average dipped just below 70 for the season, as KU sits on 69.4 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 is 11-1 when scoring 70 or more this year.

Taking Care Of The Ball
The Jayhawks have passed out 345 assists and made 557 field goals, or an assist for every 1.61 field goals made. KU’s 16.43 assists per game ranks fourth in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma, Kansas State, and Baylor. Additionally, KU only turns the ball over 14.3 times per game to rank in a tie for second in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.15. 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 increased home attendance by an average of over 600 fans per game from last season’s average. 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.

Hallman Reaches 1,000
Senior Erica Hallman cemented her name in the KU record books when she hit a jumper from the right elbow with 19:07 in the first half at Baylor for her 1,000th career point. The Covington, Ky., native is the 19th player in KU history to reach the scoring plateau. Currently at 1,043 points, she is in 18th place on the all-time scoring list, and needs one point to catch Shebra Legrant for 17th place.

Kemp Among KU’s All-Time Elite
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 as a junior 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 78.9 percent (75-95).
– KU players have recorded 20+ point scoring games 15 times as Crystal Kemp has 11, Erica Hallman has two and Kaylee Brown has two. Kemp has nine 20+ games in the last 12 outings.
– Kemp ranks in the all-time KU top-10 in points (9th-1,483), rebounds (10th-748), field goals made (8th-590), field goals attempted (9th-1,158), field goal percentage (T9th-51.0), free throws made (9th-297), free throw percentage (8th-73.3) and minutes (10th-3,273).
– 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.
– Hallman ranks second on the all-time KU 3-pointers list with 167 made.
– Brown has attempted 297 career 3-pointers to rank sixth on the KU all-time list. Fifth place is occupied by Suzi Raymant who attempted 328 between 1996-2000.
– Hallman ranks third on the all-time assist list with 416 dimes.
– Freshman Ivana Catic’s 124 assists this season rank 10th on the KU single season list.
– KU’s 50-point loss at Baylor was the largest margin of defeat in school history.
– Kansas wore red uniforms for the first time at Kansas State on Jan. 25.

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.

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 will get a rematch with the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Lawrence. Game time from Allen Fieldhouse is 7 p.m. The game will be aired on Sunflower Broadband channel 6 and can be heard on the Jayhawk Radio Network. KU then plays at Iowa State and Texas Tech before ending the regular season with home games against Kansas State and Missouri.