Women's Hoops Hosts Texas Tech Wednesday

Feb. 14, 2005

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Kansas (11-11, 4-7 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (17-5, 8-3 Big 12)
Game #23 – Wed., Feb. 16, 2005 – 7:05 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)

Jayhawk Radio Network: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Brian Hanni (color analyst) call the action. Sunflower Broadband TV: Kevin Romary (play-by-play) and Lynn Harrod (color) call the action.

Kansas is 11-11 overall, 4-7 in the Big 12, and has won two of its last three games. Texas Tech is 17-5 overall, 8-3 in the Big 12 and is coming off a 64-43 loss at Texas.

Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson is 11-11 in her first year at KU and 169-73 in her eighth year as a head coach overall. The Lady Raiders are coached by Marsha Sharp, who is 550-172 in her 23rd year at Texas Tech and overall.

Tonight’s Game
The University of Kansas women’s basketball team (11-11, 4-7) looks to push its record over the .500 mark and pick up its fifth Big 12 victory when it takes on the No. 13 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (17-5, 8-3) on Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be aired live on Sunflower Broadband channel 6.

KU is coming off its most lopsided conference win since the first year of the Big 12. By beating the Colorado Buffaloes 76-54, the 22-margin was the biggest league win since Kansas defeated Oklahoma by 23 (92-69) on March 1, 1997. The win over the Buffaloes also gave KU a season-sweep of the Buffaloes. The Jayhawks have now swept both Missouri and Colorado, marking the first time Kansas swept two Big 12 opponents since the 1999-2000 season.

Against Colorado on Sunday, KU was paced by junior point guard Erica Hallman with 18 points and eight assists. Her eight dimes pushed her career total to 305, making her just the seventh player in KU history to eclipse the 300 assist mark. Junior Crystal Kemp posted 17 points against the Buffaloes to move her career total to 999. With her next point, she will become the 18th 1,000-point scorer in KU history. The Topeka, Kan., native reached 500 career rebounds at Oklahoma State. She would be the 11th KU player all-time to reach both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

No. 13 Texas Tech is coming off a 64-43 loss to No. 17 Texas on Sunday in Austin, Texas. The Lady Raiders shot just 27 percent from the field, including 0-12 from three-point range. Junior guard Erin Grant led the way with 10 points. Junior forward LaToya Davis pulled down 11 rebounds. The loss knocked the Lady Raiders out of a tie for first place in the league.

Texas Tech is led in scoring by senior center Cisti Greenwalt with 13.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Three other players are scoring over 11 points per outing. Grant is first in the Big 12 with 6.5 assists per game.

The game will mark the 11th meeting between the two teams. Texas Tech has won the last five meetings. Last year in Lubbock, the Lady Raiders defeated the Jayhawks 67-44 on Feb. 4. KU’s last win came on Jan. 23, 1999, when the Jayhawks downed TTU 55-45 in Lawrence.

Kansas, which has held all 11 Big 12 opponents under their season scoring averages, is looking for its fifth conference win, which would be the most since 2000-01.

Last Time Out
Kansas held Colorado to 33 percent shooting and coasted to a 76-54 victory over the Buffaloes, Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Junior guard Erica Hallman led all scorers with 18 points and dished out a game-high eight assists. Junior forward Crystal Kemp netted 17 points and grabbed seven boards, while junior guard Kaylee Brown scored 17 in the win.

The Jayhawks shot 48 percent (29-of-60) from the field and 53 percent (8-of-15) from three-point range in the contest.

“We were unselfish the entire game,” head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “This game was important for us to build confidence and to get prepared for a difficult stretch of games coming up.

“Our defense prevented Colorado from having many scoring opportunities and then led us to some big scoring opportunities on offense,” Henrickson added.

The win gave Kansas a series sweep over Colorado for the first time since 1999-00. Coupled with the team’s season sweep of Missouri, the Jayhawks have swept two Big 12 opponents for the first since 2000. In addition, the four conference victories are the most by any Jayhawk team since 2001.

Colorado was led by freshman Jackie McFarland who scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Freshman Yari Escalera added 11, while sophomore Jasmina Ilic scored 10 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.

Jayhawk Starters
KU has used four different starting lineups in 22 games with freshman Taylor McIntosh, senior Aquanita Burras and junior Erica Hallman starting each game. Junior Kaylee Brown (20 starts), junior Crystal Kemp (20), 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 19 contests, and the team owns a record of 9-10 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 17 double-figure scoring games and has led KU in scoring nine times. Kemp has led on the glass in 13 games and Hallman has led in assists in 17 games. KU has recorded nine double-doubles, including seven by Kemp and two by McIntosh.

Best Start Since 1999-2000
With an 11-11 record, KU is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 season when the Jayhawks opened the season 11-4 and finished the year 20-10. With four conference wins, Kansas has recorded its most league wins in the last four years. The last time KU had more than three Big 12 wins was 2000-01 when the Jayhawks had five.