Women To Play Nebraska In Allen Fieldhouse

Feb. 14, 2006

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Game #23 – Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 – 7:05 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300) Live video streaming, Gametracker and post-game results will be available on Kansas Athletics’ official website, kuathletics.com. Radio
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Kansas is 14-8 overall, 3-8 in the Big 12 and has lost its last two. Nebraska is 12-10 overall, 4-7 in Big 12 play and has lost its last three.

Neither Kansas nor Nebraska is ranked.

Bonnie Henrickson is 26-24 in her second year at Kansas and 184-86 in her ninth season overall. The Cornhuskers are coached by Connie Yori who is 56-56 in her fourth year at Nebraska and 251-196 in her 16th season as a head coach overall.

Series History
Kansas leads the all-time series 44-23. Nebraska won the first meeting this season by a score of 73-61 in Lincoln. The two clubs split last season with each team winning at home. KU leads 23-6 all-time in games played in Lawrence.

Jayhawk Storylines
– Kansas is coming off a 64-57 loss at Missouri on Saturday.
– Senior Crystal Kemp has scored in double-figures in her last 23 games, dating back to the final game of last season. She ranks ninth on the KU all-time scoring list with1,501 career points.
– Kansas’ most-used starting lineup of McIntosh, Kemp, Catic, Brown and Hallman is playing 76 percent of the available minutes in Big 12 games and scoring 85 percent of the Jayhawks’ points.
– Nine players have started at least one game. Freshman Sophronia Sallard made her first career start last game against Missouri. Sophomore Jamie Boyd made her first start of the season at MU.
– 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
With both teams still fighting for postseason invitations, the University of Kansas (14-8 overall, 3-8 Big 12) and the University of Nebraska (12-10 overall, 4-7 Big 12) will square off in a rematch on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Allen Fieldhouse. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Nebraska won the first meeting, 73-64, on Jan. 7 in Lincoln, Neb. The first game was a close affair with 13 lead changes and nine ties. KU led 35-34 at the half before the Huskers claimed the 73-61 victory. Senior Crystal Kemp pumped in 23 points to go with 11 boards in the game. Nebraska was led by Kansas City native Kiera Hardy with 26 points.
Nebraska shot 51.9 percent from the field while the Jayhawks shot 45.8 percent. The Huskers scored their final nine points from the free throw line to secure the win. After starting the season 12-0, the loss at Nebraska was KU’s first blemish of the season.
Kansas leads the all-time series over Nebraska 44-23 including a 23-6 mark in games played in Lawrence. The Cornhuskers have won four of the last five meetings. Last year in Lawrence, the Jayhawks upended NU 67-53. Erica Hallman led the Jayhawks in that contest with 22 points, while Hardy paced the Huskers with 15.
Hardy leads Nebraska with 17.1 points per game, which ranks eighth in the Big 12. Freshman forward Kelsey Griffin is second on the team with 15.0 points to go with a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game. NU averages 68.5 points per game overall, and 63.3 in league games only.
Kemp leads the Jayhawks for the season with 19.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Hallman is second with 13.8 points per game. Kaylee Brown is third in scoring with 12.8 points per outing.
The meeting is the 68th all-time between the two clubs dating back to 1975. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Nebraska leads 13-7.

Game Promotions
– Department of Student Housing Night
– Date Night (buy one ticket get one free)
– Russell Stover Valentine’s Day Candy
– Marching Cobra’s halftime performance

More From The Last Game
Kansas fell 64-57 to Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Mizzou Sports Arena in Columbia, Mo.
Senior Erica Hallman drained four 3-pointers for a team-high 19 points to lead KU, which wore its red uniforms for the second time. Senior Crystal Kemp added 18 points and nine rebounds.
The Tigers were paced by senior guard LaToya Bond with 31 points. Senior center Christelle N’Garsanet added 20 points and 12 boards. The Jayhawks shot 42.9 percent from the field and grabbed 27 rebounds, while MU shot 44.9 percent and snared 34 boards.
After MU scored the first basket of the game, the Jayhawks took the lead at the 17:10 mark of the first half on a Hallman trey. KU maintained the lead for the entire first half and led 30-25 at the break.
For the first six minutes of the second half, KU continued to hold a narrow lead. Missouri tied the game at 13:34 and then three more times in the second stanza before claiming the lead at the 5:35 mark on an N’Garsanet lay in. Mizzou hit 12 free throws down the stretch – including eight from Bond – to take the victory.
KU freshman Sophronia Sallard and sophomore Jamie Boyd recorded their first starts of the season.

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 26-24 (.520) at KU and 184-86 (.682) in her career.

Jayhawk Starters
Kansas has used five different starting lineups in 22 games with senior F Crystal Kemp and senior G Kaylee Brown starting every game. Sophomore F Taylor McIntosh (21 starts), freshman G Ivana Catic (20), senior G Erica Hallman (19), junior G Shaquina Mosley (3), sophomore F Jamie Boyd (1), freshman G Sophronia Sallard (1) and junior G Sharita Smith (1) have all received starting nods. The most used line-up of McIntosh, Kemp, Catic, Brown and Hallman are 11-6 as a unit. Last game, KU went with the group of Boyd, Kemp, Sallard, Brown and Hallman for the first time this season.

Mosley Sidelined
Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Monday (2/13) that junior Shaquina Mosley has been suspended for an indefinite period of time at the coach’s discretion. Mosley, a native of Lancaster, Calif., has played in 18 games with three starts and averages 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game.

Today’s Opponent – Nebraska
Nebraska enters the game against Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 15, with a record of 12-10 overall and 4-7 in Big 12 Conference games. After starting the season 10-3, the Huskers have dropped seven of their last nine outings.
After defeating Kansas 73-61 on Jan. 7 in Lincoln, the Cornhuskers dropped their next four games. NU then picked up home wins over Colorado and Iowa State, before dropping its last three.
Nebraska is coming off a 69-50 loss to Texas A&M on Feb. 11. The Huskers were led by freshman Kelsey Griffin with 20 points and five rebounds. Junior Kiera Hardy added 10 points. Nebraska was a victim to A&M’s defense, turning the ball over 25 times. NU shot 42.2 percent from the floor compared to 45.5 percent for the Aggies. Texas A&M outrebounded NU 39-24.
Hardy leads the team in scoring for the season with 17.1 points per game. Griffin is second with 15.0 ppg to go with a team-best 6.7 boards per outing.
Nebraska averages 68.5 points per game for the season, an average that drops to 63.3 in Big 12 games.
The Huskers have one win on the road in conference play as NU defeated Colorado in its conference opener.
The Huskers are coached by Connie Yori, who is 56-56 in her fourth year at NU and 251-196 in her 16th year as a head coach overall.

Kansas/Nebraska Notes
Kansas and Nebraska are meeting for the 68th time in history dating back to 1975. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Nebraska leads 13-7. Kansas freshmen Jen Orgas and Katie Smith are natives of Nebraska. Husker sophomore Sarah White is a native of Topeka, Kan., and junior Kiera Hardy is from Kansas City, Mo. Each team has two natives of Serbia & Montenegro including Ivana Catic and Marija Zinic for KU and Jelena Spiric and Ivana Drmanac for NU. Nebraska coach Connie Yori compiled a 4-6 record against Kansas when she was coach at Creighton between 1992 and 2001.

A Kansas Win Would
Make the Jayhawks 15-8 overall and 4-8 in Big 12 play … Give KU its second win in the last four games … Give KU its second win in the last three meetings with the Huskers … Improve KU’s record against NU to 45-23 including a 24-6 mark in games played in Lawrence … Make KU 15-2 at home this season … Improve head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record to 27-24 at Kansas and 185-86 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 624-422 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would
Make the Jayhawks 14-9 overall and 3-9 in Big 12 play … Give KU its sixth loss in the last seven games … Make KU 44-24 all-time against Nebraska, including a 23-7 mark in Lawrence … Give Nebraska its second-straight win against the Jayhawks … Make the Jayhawks 14-3 at home this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 26-25 at Kansas and 184-87 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 623-423 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. KU now sits on 68.9 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 358 assists and made 578 field goals, or an assist for every 1.61 field goals made. KU’s 16.27 assists per game ranks in a tie for third in the Big 12 with Baylor and behind Oklahoma and Kansas State. Additionally, KU only turns the ball over 14.5 times per game to rank fourth in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.12. 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 1,062 points, she is in 17th place on the all-time scoring list, and needs 13 points to catch Jennifer Jackson for 16th 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 Missouri, she scored her 1,500th point, making her the seventh Jayhawk in history to reach both 1,500 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 second on the KU career free throw percentage at 79.4 percent (77-97).
– 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-1,501), rebounds (10th-757), field goals made (8th-597), field goals attempted (9th-1,171), field goal percentage (T9th-51.0), free throws made (9th-301), free throws attempted (T10-411), free throw percentage (8th-73.2), blocked shots (T9-85) and minutes (10th-3,313).
– Hallman ranks second on the all-time KU 3-pointers list with 171 made, and 455 attempted. Brown ranks sixth with 99 made and 305 attempted.
– Hallman ranks third on the all-time assist list with 421 dimes.
– Freshman Ivana Catic’s 125 assists this season rank tied for ninth on the KU single season list.
– KU’s 50-point loss at Baylor was the largest margin of defeat in school history.
– KU wore red uniforms for the first time at K-State on Jan. 25, and again at Missouri on Feb. 11.

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 goes back on the road for a rematch with the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday, Feb. 18 in Ames, Iowa. The game, which is part of the FSN Big 12 package, tips off at 1 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. KU then plays its final game against a Big 12 South opponent when it travels to Lubbock, Texas to take on the Texas Tech Lady Raiders on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Game time is 7 p.m. from the United Spirit Arena. The game will not be televised.