Jayhawks Looking For Season Sweep Of Iowa State

Feb. 17, 2006

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Kansas Jayhawks at Iowa State Cyclones
Game #24 – Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006 – 1:06 p.m. – Hilton Coliseum (14,092) Radio
Jayhawk Radio Network: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play), Brian Hanni (color). Television
Fox Sports Net: Kevin Eschenfelder (play-by-play), Debbie Antonelli (color). Wave Robinson produces. Records
Kansas is 14-9 overall, 3-9 in the Big 12 and has lost its last three. Iowa State is 15-8 overall, 6-6 in Big 12 play and has won its last three. Rankings
Neither Kansas nor Iowa State is ranked. Coaches
Bonnie Henrickson is 26-25 in her second year at Kansas and 184-87 in her ninth season overall. The Cyclones are coached by Bill Fennelly who is 230-105 in his 11th year at Iowa State and 396-158 in his 18th season as a head coach overall. Series History
Kansas leads the all-time series 39-20 after defeating ISU on Feb. 4 in Lawrence. The KU win snapped a four-game winning streak by the Cyclones in the series. KU leads 14-12 in games played in Ames. Jayhawk Storylines
– Kansas is coming off a 65-57 loss against Nebraska.
– Senior Crystal Kemp has scored in double-figures in her last 24 games, dating back to the final game of last season. She ranks eighth on the KU all-time scoring list with1,520 career points.
– Kansas’ win over ISU on Feb. 4 is the Jayhawks lone win over a Big 12 North opponent this season.
– Kansas’ most-used starting lineup of McIntosh, Kemp, Catic, Brown and Hallman is playing over 80 percent of the available minutes in Big 12 games and scoring nearly 89 percent of the Jayhawks’ points.
– Kansas defeated Iowa State by one point in the first meeting. The Jayhawks are 5-0 in games decided by five or fewer points.
– Kansas is going for its first series sweep of the season. Last year, KU swept both Missouri and Colorado. The Matchup
The University of Kansas (14-9 overall, 3-9 Big 12) will travel to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State University (15-8 overall, 6-6 Big 12) for a contest in Hilton Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 18. The game, aired live on Fox Sports Net, tips off at 1 p.m.
Since KU defeated ISU 65-64 on Feb. 4 in Lawrence, the two teams have gone in opposite directions. The Jayhawks have struggled through losses at Oklahoma and Missouri, and to Nebraska at home on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Cyclones have reeled off three-straight wins over Missouri, at Kansas State and against Texas Tech.
One key element to the surging Cyclones has been the return of junior point guard Lyndsey Medders — who did not play against KU in the Feb. 4 game. After suffering an injury, Medders returned two games ago to score 26 at K-State. Medders leads the team in scoring average with 17.8 points per game to go with a league-best 8.3 assists per game. Senior center Brittany Wilkins adds 14.8 points along with a team-high 8.9 boards per outing. Wilkins was the top scorer in the first meeting against KU with 20 points and 12 rebounds. ISU coach Bill Fennelly felt that depite falling to KU, the Cyclones built some momentum in the second half of the game by erasing KU’s lead of 19 points.
For the season, Iowa State averages 68.2 points per game, but gives up just 61.7. The Cyclones outrebound their opponents 40.8 to 38.4, and have outshot their opponents 41 percent to 36.1 percent.
KU, meanwhile, has lost its last three games, scoring 57 points in all three outings. Kansas’ senior trio of Crystal Kemp, Erica Hallman and Kaylee Brown continue to lead the offensive effort, scoring over 73 percent of the team’s points in Big 12 games. Kemp averages 19.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game to rank among the league leaders in both categories. Hallman is second with 13.8 ppg, while Brown is third with an average of 12.7. All three are having their best seasons in a Kansas uniform statistically. Kemp is one of only six Jayhawks to ever reach 1,500 career points and 750 career rebounds, while Hallman and Brown each rank among the top six 3-point shooters in KU history.
Kansas leads the all-time series over Iowa State 39-20 including a 14-12 mark in games played in Ames, Iowa. Prior to Kansas’ win earlier this season, the Cyclones had won four straight in the series. Last year in Ames, the Cyclones defeated the Jayhawks 61-52. Hallman led the Jayhawks in that contest with 15 points. ISU junior Megan Ronhovde is the only returning Cyclone who scored in that game as she posted five points. More From The Last Game
Kansas (14-9, 3-9 Big 12) fell to Nebraska (13-10, 5-7 Big 12) Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Allen Fieldhouse, 65-57. The game featured seven ties and 13 lead changes, but the Jayhawks came up short.
Senior Crystal Kemp led all scorers with 19 points and also collected six rebounds. Kemp, who was recently named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VII team, continued to climb the KU career lists, moving into eighth place all-time in scoring. She increased her career total to 1,520 points. She also swatted the 86th block of her career, moving into eighth place all-time on that list.
Senior Erica Hallman added 15 points and six rebounds for the Jayhawks. She was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line and also dished out a team-high five assists. Senior Kaylee Brown chipped in 11 points and three 3-pointers, all in the second half. She also tied a season high with her five rebounds.
The Jayhawks were a perfect 13-of-13 from the charity stripe, the second time during the season the Jayhawks did not miss a free throw attempt. KU also outscored Nebraska 13-3 in second chance points.
Kansas trailed 28-25 at halftime. Kemp led the Jayhawks into the break with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Freshman Marija Zinic added four points in the first half and finished the game with a career-high three assists. Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson, one of 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 26-25 (.510) at KU and 184-87 (.679) in her career. Jayhawk Starters
Kansas has used five different starting lineups in 23 games with senior F Crystal Kemp and senior G Kaylee Brown starting every game. Sophomore F Taylor McIntosh (22 starts), freshman G Ivana Catic (21), senior G Erica Hallman (20), 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 11-7 as a unit.
Today’s Opponent – Iowa State
Iowa State (15-8, 6-6 Big 12), which is on a three-game winning streak, hosts Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 18. The streak began following a Feb. 4 loss at KU by a score of 65-64. ISU erased a 19-point lead before the narrow defeat. Since then, Iowa State has defeated Missouri, Kansas State and Texas Tech.
Iowa State’s last two wins have been enhanced by the return of junior point guard Lyndsey Medders – the team’s leading scorer with 17.8 points per game. Medders, who also averages a Big 12 best 8.2 assists per game – was injured and missed three games including the Kansas game on Feb. 4. She returned Feb. 11 at Kansas State and scored 26 points.
Senior center Brittany Wilkins is second on the team with 14.8 points per game. Her 8.9 rebounds per game rank fifth in the league. Freshman Heather Ezell, who had the task of running the offense in Medders’ absence, is third in scoring with 11.0 points per game.
Iowa State leads the conference in most 3-pointers made with 177, led by Ezell with 56 — third most in the conference.
Last game against Texas Tech, ISU was led by Wilkins with 24 points. Sophomore center Lisa Bildeaux was second with 22 points, while Medders added 13. Although the Cyclones made just one trey, they did make 22-of-25 free throws while the Lady Raiders mustered just 8-of-11.
Free throws were also the difference in last year’s KU game in Ames. Kansas went 1-of-3 in the game, while Iowa State was 26-of-31.
The Cyclones are coached by Bill Fennelly who is 230-105 in his 11th season at Iowa State and 396-158 in his 18th year as a head coach overall. Kansas/Iowa State Notes
Kansas and Iowa State are meeting for the 60th time in history dating back to 1978. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Iowa State leads 13-9. Kansas sophomore Jamie Boyd is a native of Underwood, Iowa, and was named Miss Iowa Basketball in 2004. KU coach Bonnie Henrickson faced Iowa State once while at Virginia Tech. Henrickson’s Hokies defeated ISU 67-57 on Nov. 28, 2003, at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. Henrickson was an assistant coach at Iowa in 1996-97 when the Hawkeyes defeated ISU 64-53 on Dec. 1, 1996. KU assistant coach Karen Lange played at the University of Iowa from 1992-96, although she never played against ISU.
A Kansas Win Would
Make the Jayhawks 15-9 overall and 4-9 in Big 12 play … Give KU its first win since defeating ISU on Feb. 4, snapping a three-game losing streak … Give KU its second-straight win over the Cyclones … Improve KU’s record against ISU to 40-20 including a 15-12 mark in games played in Ames, Iowa … Make KU 1-6 on the road this season … Improve head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record to 27-25 at Kansas and 185-87 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 624-423 all-time. A Kansas Loss Would
Make the Jayhawks 14-10 overall and 3-10 in Big 12 play … Give KU its seventh loss in the last eight games … Make KU 39-21 all-time against Iowa State, including a 14-13 mark in Ames … Give Iowa State its fifth win in the last six meetings against the Jayhawks … Make the Jayhawks 0-7 on the road this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 26-26 at Kansas and 184-88 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 623-424 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. 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. Jayhawks Tough When 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 68.3 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. 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 1,077 points, she is in 16th place on the all-time scoring list, and needs 24 points to catch Brooke Reves for 15th 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 79.8 percent (79-99). Her 80 percent shooting this season ranks in a tie for fourth on the single-season list.
– 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 (8th-1,501), rebounds (10th-763), field goals made (8th-605), field goals attempted (9th-1,183), field goal percentage (9th-51.1), free throws made (9th-304), free throws attempted (10-414), free throw percentage (8th-73.4), blocked shots (9th-86) and minutes (9th-3,352).
– Hallman ranks second on the all-time KU 3-pointers list with 172 made and 459 attempted. Brown ranks sixth with 102 made and 311 attempted.
– Hallman ranks third on the all-time assist list with 426 dimes.
– Freshman Ivana Catic’s 126 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. Kemp Named Academic All-District
Senior Crystal Kemp was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday, Feb. 9. As a first team member, Kemp became eligible for Academic All-America honors to be released at a later date.
The honor is the first for Kemp in her career. She becomes the first KU player to receive an Academic All-District award since Jennifer Jackson was named to the second team in 2001.
A Speech Language and Hearing major from Topeka, Kan., Kemp has been a standout in the classroom throughout her career. She is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection and has been a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every year.
On the court, Kemp is having her best season as a Jayhawk with averages of 19.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures in every game this season and in her last 24 outings overall. She continues to solidify herself among the elite players to ever don the Crimson and Blue as she is just one of seven Jayhawks in history to reach 1,500 career points and 700 career rebounds.
A student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher to be eligible for the Academic All-District Team. Seniors Stepping It Up
The senior trio of Crystal Kemp, Erica Hallman and Kaylee Brown are having their best seasons as Jayhawks, ranking 1-2-3 on the KU scoring list.
Kemp is scoring 19.1 points per game after averaging 13.8 a year ago. She has 11 games with 20 or more points this season and eight double-doubles. She is shooting a career-best 54.2 percent from the field this season, and has regained her stroke at the free throw line, shooting a solid 78.4 percent.
Hallman has upped her scoring average to 13.8 this year after scoring 13.1 ppg last year. Hallman is first in the conference with 2.52 3-pointers per game and her 53 treys for the season rank in a tie for sixth on the single-season list. She has nailed 172 tri fectas in her career which ranks second on the KU list.
Brown has emerged as a solid third scoring option as a senior, averaging 12.7 points per contest. Last year she averaged 8.9 points per game. Her 52 treys currently rank eighth on the KU single-season list, while her 40.9 3-point accuracy is among the conference leaders. She has 102 career threes to rank sixth all-time at KU. 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).
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. Taking Care Of The Ball
The Jayhawks have passed out 371 assists and made 598 field goals, or an assist for every 1.61 field goals made. KU averages 16.13 assists per game while only turning the ball over 14.6 times per game to rank fourth in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.11. 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. 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) 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. KU then finishes the regular season at home against its biggest two rivals, Missouri on Feb. 25 and Kansas State on March 2.