KU Women To Host Nebraska Sunday
Feb. 18, 2005
Kansas (11-12, 4-8 Big 12) vs. Nebraska (16-8, 8-4 Big 12)
Game #24 – Sun., Feb. 20, 2005 – 1 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Jayhawk Radio Network: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Brenda Van Lengen (color analyst) call the action. Fox Sports Net: Bill Land (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (color) call the action.
Wave Robinson produces.
Kansas is 11-12 overall, 4-8 in the Big 12, and is coming off a loss to Texas Tech. Nebraska is 16-8 overall, 8-4 in the Big 12 and has won five of its last six games.
Kansas is not ranked. Nebraska is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll (Feb. 14-20).
Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson is 11-12 in her first year at KU and 169-74 in her eighth year as a head coach overall. The Cornhuskers are coached by Connie Yori, who is 42-40 in her third year at Nebraska and 237-180 in her 15th season overall.
– KU is 11-12 overall and 4-8 in the Big 12 after falling 66-53 to Texas Tech on Wednesday in Lawrence. Junior Crystal Kemp posted game-highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season.
– Kemp became the 18th 1,000-point scorer in KU history against Texas Tech. She is also just the 11th player in KU history to reach both 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. Her current totals are 1,018 points and 530 rebounds.
– KU is off to its best season start since 1999-2000. KU’s four conference victories are the most in the last four seasons. The last time KU recorded more than four league wins was 2000-01 when it had five.
– The Jayhawks and Huskers are squaring off for the second time this season. Nebraska knocked off Kansas 59-48 on Jan. 29 in Lincoln.
– In the last five outings, each one of KU’s starters has led the team in scoring at least once. Kemp led KU last game and also tied for team-high honors with Taylor McIntosh against Oklahoma. Brown led against Missouri, Burras led against Oklahoma State and Hallman led against Colorado.
The University of Kansas women’s basketball team (11-12, 4-8) will look to equal its most wins in the last five seasons when it takes on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-8, 8-4) on Sunday, Feb. 20, in Allen Fieldhouse at 1 p.m. The game will be aired live on Fox Sports Net.
This past Wednesday, junior Crystal Kemp pumped in 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Texas Tech as the Jayhawks fell to the Lady Raiders 66-53. Kemp became the 18th player in KU history to score over 1,000 career points. Now with 1,018 points and 530 rebounds, Kemp is also just the 11th player in KU history to reach both 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. The double-double was her eighth of the season.
Nebraska is coming off a 73-59 victory over Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, on Wednesday. Four Huskers scored in double figures with sophomore forward Chelsea Aubry leading the charge with 20 points. Nebraska scorched the nets, hitting 56.3 percent of its shots, while Texas A&M hit a cold 36.1 percent.
The meeting between Kansas and Nebraska will be the second between the two teams this season. Back on Jan. 29, the Huskers defeated the Jayhawks 59-48 in Lincoln, Neb. KU got off to a solid start in that contest behind hot shooting from junior guard Kaylee Brown. Nebraska battled back to take a one-point lead at halftime before extending its lead in the second period. Brown finished the game with a team-high 15 points. Hallman added 12 points and eight assists. The Cornhuskers were paced by sophomore guard Kiera Hardy with 17 points and freshman forward Danielle Page added 12 points off the bench.
The game will mark the 66th overall meeting between the two teams with Kansas holding a 43-22 lead in the series. Nebraska has won the last three meetings. KU’s last win was a 62-58 victory on Feb. 19, 2003 in Lincoln. The last Jayhawk win in Lawrence came on Jan. 29, 2003 when Kansas came out on top 67-64.
Kansas, which has held all 12 of its 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 fell to No. 15 Texas Tech 66-53, Wednesday, Feb. 16 in Allen Fieldhouse. Jayhawk junior Crystal Kemp scored her 1,000th career point on a 12 foot jumper with 18:13 on the clock in the first half.
The Lady Raiders connected on 57 percent of their shots in the game.
The Jayhawks trailed 37-16 at the half, but outscored Texas Tech in the second half 37-29. KU shot 60 percent from the field in the second half but could not complete the comeback.
Kemp was the lone Jayhawk in double-figures with a game-high 19 points. Kemp notched a double-double in the game with 10 rebounds. Junior Erica Hallman scored nine points and dished out a team-high five assists, while sophomore Sharita Smith added eight points in the loss.
“I was disappointed because we didn’t match Texas Tech’s energy early in the game, head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “We responded in the second half and played better defense.
“We’ve got to be better especially when we play the quality teams we have left on our schedule,” Henrickson added. “However, we did fight back tonight.”
Texas Tech junior LaToya Davis led three players in double figures with 14 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Alesha Robertson added 12 points, while senior Cisti Greenwalt added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds in the win.
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 23 games with freshman Taylor McIntosh, senior Aquanita Burras and junior Erica Hallman starting each game. Junior Kaylee Brown (21 starts), junior Crystal Kemp (21), 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 20 contests, and the team owns a record of 9-11 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 18 double-figure scoring games and has led KU in scoring 10 times. Kemp has led on the glass in 14 games and Hallman has led in assists in 18 games. KU has recorded 10 double-doubles, including eight by Kemp and two by McIntosh.
Today’s Opponent – Nebraska
Nebraska (16-8, 8-4 Big 12) comes to Kansas after defeating Texas A&M 73-59 on Feb. 16 in College Station, Texas. The Cornhuskers outrebounded the Aggies 36-29 and outshot Texas A&M 56.3 percent to 36.1 percent.
Nebraska was led by sophomore forward Chelsea Aubry with 20 points. Sophomore guard Kiera Hardy added 18 points. Junior forward Elena Diaz led on the glass with nine boards, while senior guard Jina Johansen passed out a game-high 11 assists. Freshman forward Danielle Page, who played well against KU in the first meeing, came off the bench to score 11 points.
Nebraska has won five of its last six games including a 59-48 victory over Kansas on Jan. 29 in Lincoln. Hardy scored 17 in that game, while Page recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Huskers ultimately won the game at the free throw line, connecting on 13-of-15 charities, while KU shot 3-of-5 from the line.
For the season, the Huskers are led by Hardy with 19.5 points per game. In league games only, Hardy leads the Big 12 with 21.8 points per game. Aubry and sophomore forward Jessica Gerhart each grab 5.3 rebounds per outing to go with over nine points per game. Senior guard Jina Johansen dishes 6.1 assists per outing.
As a team, Nebraska averages 70.9 ppg on 44.2 percent shooting and pulls down 37.1 rebounds per game. NU is giving up 64.2 ppg on 40.9 percent shooting and 36.3 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 42-40 in her third year at NU and 237-180 in her 15th season overall.
Kansas leads the all-time series 43-22, but Nebraska leads 12-6 since the inception of the Big 12 Conference. In Lawrence, KU leads 22-6. NU has won the last three matchups including a 59-48 decision in Lincoln on Jan. 29 earlier this season. KU won both meetings two years ago during the 2002-03 season.
Kansas/Nebraska Last Meeting
LINCOLN, Neb. – Kansas had its two-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, Jan. 29, as it fell to Nebraska, 59-48, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.
With the loss, KU’s record on the season fell to 9-9 and 2-5 in Big 12 play, while Nebraska improved to 12-7 overall and 4-3 in league play.
The Jayhawks had three players in double-figures, led by junior Kaylee Brown, who collected 15 points. Brown was 3-of-4 from three-point range. Junior Erica Hallman chipped in with 12 points, while junior Crystal Kemp scored 10 points.
Nebraska was led in scoring by sophomore guard Kiera Hardy who poured in a game-high 17 points. Freshman Danielle Page came off the bench to score 12 points and collect 11 rebounds for the Cornhuskers.
Kansas trailed by only one point, 28-27, at halftime.
– NU freshman Sarah White is a native of Topeka, Kan. Sophomore Kiera Hardy is also native of nearby Kansas City, Mo.
Best Start Since 1999-2000
With an 11-12 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 four Big 12 wins was in 2000-01 when the Jayhawks had five.
A Kansas Win Would
Give KU 12 wins, it’s most since 2000-01 … Make KU 5-8 in Big 12 play, giving the Jayhawks their most conference wins since the 2000-01 team also won five league games … Improve Kansas’ all-time series lead over Nebraska to 43-22 … Improve KU’s record against NU in Lawrence to 23-6 … Snap a three-game losing streak to NU … Give KU a 9-6 record at home this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 12-12 at KU and 170-74 (.697) in her career … Make KU 609-410 all-time.
A Kansas Loss Would
Make KU 11-13 overall … Make KU 4-9 in Big 12 play … Narrow KU’s all-time series record over Nebraska to 43-23 … Make the Jayhawks 22-7 against Nebraska in Lawrence … Give KU its fourth-straight loss to NU … Make the Jayhawks 8-7 at home this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 11-13 at KU and 169-75 (.693) in her career … Make KU 608-411 all-time.
Streaks And Career Leaders
– Senior Aquanita Burras owns the team’s longest starting streak at 80 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 (105, 5th), three-pointers attempted (290, 5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.2 percent, 6th).
– Hallman also has cracked the KU all-time top-10 in assists. Currently at 310 career assists, Hallman is in a tie for sixth place (with Mary Myers) and needs 27 more dimes to catch Tamecka Dixon (337 career assists from 1994-97) for fifth place. Kay Kay Hart is in fourth place with 356 assists.
– At Oklahoma State, Hallman moved into the KU single season top-10 for three-point field goals made. She currently ranks eighth with 47 made this season. She needs two more treys to tie for seventh with Kay Kay Hart (1992). Her current 38.5 three-point percentage also ranks ninth on the KU single season list.
– Junior Crystal Kemp has flirted with the KU career field goal percentage list top 10 throughout the season. She is currently at 50.3 percent (407-of-809). Former Jayhawk Kelly Jennings is in 10th at 50.8 percent.
– Kemp currently ranks 18th on the KU all-time scoring list with 1,018 career points. She needs six points to catch Tracy Claxton (1,024 points from 1981-82) for a share of 17th place.
– Kemp has played and scored in all 80 games of her Kansas career.
Putting Two Halves Together
This season, KU has outscored opponents 687-617 in the first half and has led or been tied at the break in 14 out of 23 games. In the second half, KU is trailing 684-656 and five losses have come after being ahead or tied at intermission. As a team, the Jayhawks are averaging 29.9 points per first half on 43.4 percent (276-of-636) shooting from the field. In the second half, KU is connecting on 38.9 percent (242-of-621) of its shots and averaging 28.5 points.
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.
Kemp Joins 1,000-Point, 500-Rebound Club
Junior 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. Two games earlier against Oklahoma State, the Topeka, Kan., native collected her 500th career rebound. She is just the 11th player in KU history to accumulate over 1,000 career points and 500 career boards, which puts her in some exclusive company.
Three players (3rd-Erica Hallman-35.30, 6th-Aquanita Burras-33.91 and 7th-Crystal Kemp-33.22) are playing 33 minutes per game or more, and each rank in the top seven in the conference in time played per game. Kemp (4), Hallman (3) and Burras (2) have also each played at least two complete games. Only six players have played in every game. KU’s starters are playing 77 percent of the available minutes, while the top six play over 85 percent of the minutes.
Four of KU’s Big 12 games — and seven total games this season — have been decided by five points or less. In wins over Missouri (1/22) and at Colorado (1/25) , KU defeated the Tigers by two and the Buffaloes by five. The Jayhawks are 2-5 in games decided by five or fewer points.
Second Time Around
KU is playing Nebraska for the second time this season. So far this season, KU has looked good against teams the second time it plays them. The only two teams the Jayhawks have played twice are Missouri and Colorado. In the first meetings against both of those teams, KU squeaked out narrow wins with a two-point win against the Tigers and a five-point victory at Colorado. The second time around, KU won by 18 over Missouri and 22 over Colorado. The biggest difference was on the defensive end. MU and CU averaged 60.5 points and 12.0 turnovers in the first meetings. But in the second meetings, KU held those teams to an average 48.0 points forced an averaged of 21.5 turnovers.
KU has held six opponents to under 20 points in the first half (UMKC-19, Denver-15, Washburn-19, Western Illinois-13, San Diego State-17, Missouri-15). 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 56.1 points per game which ranks fourth in the Big 12. KU has held all 12 of its Big 12 opponents under their season scoring averages, nine of those league opponents to more than five points below their average and five of those teams to more than 10 points below their season average. KU held Missouri to 42 points (2/5), which was the lowest point total by a Big 12 opponent against KU since the Jayhawks held Missouri to 37 points on Feb. 7, 1999.
Taking A Charge
On the defensive end, KU has drawn 32 charges while being called for just 13 all season. Junior Erica Hallman has drawn 13 charges, junior Kaylee Brown has taken nine and junior Crystal Kemp has drawn six. Senior Aquanita Burras (3) 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 87-of-139 attempts for 62.6 percent. In crunch time, the Jayhawks are shooting slightly better at 67.8 percent in the final five minutes of games. Last game, the Jayhawks went 7-for-7 from the line, which was the first time KU was perfect from the line in a game since Feb. 28 of last season when Kansas went 6-for-6 against Nebraska.
Protecting The Ball
The Jayhawks have taken care of the ball well this season. Consider the following:
– KU ranks seventh in the Big 12 in turnover margin at +1.65.
– Point guard Erica Hallman ranks seventh in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.63-to-1.
– KU has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 13 games.
Up Next For KU
KU will continue play its final home game of the season when the Jayhawks host Baylor on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be aired on Metro Sports and Sunflower Broadband Channel 6. KU then hits the road for its last two games at Kansas State (2/26) and Iowa State (3/1).
Kemp Leading The Jayhawks
Junior forward Crystal Kemp paces the team with 14.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. She has played in all 23 games with 21 starts. She has posted eight double-doubles, which ranks fifth 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 owns three 20+ point games this season. She reached 1,000 career points on Feb. 16 against Texas Tech, and her career total currently stands at 1,018. Kemp has collected 15 or more rebounds in a game four times this season including at Oklahoma State when her 15 boards pushed her career total over 500. She is the 11th player to accumulate both 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
Hallman Running The Point
Junior Erica Hallman, who primarily played on the wing last season, has started all 23 games this season at point guard. She is second on the team with 12.3 points per game and leads the team with 47 three-pointers made. She provides KU with a solid ball-handling and long-range shooting option. Her 1.63-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks first on the team and seventh 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 (5th), three-pointers attempted (5th) and three-point field goal percentage (6th). She currently is tied for sixth place on the KU career assist list with 310 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 35.3 minutes per game. She is one of just two players (also Dionnah Jackson) in the conference to average at least 12 points and five assists per game.
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 9.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She ranks second on the team with 73 assists and leads the team with 45 steals. At just 5’9″, she is second on the team with 14 blocked shots and third on the squad with 35 offensive rebounds. She rarely comes out of the game, averaging 33.9 minutes per contest. In three years at KU, she has started all 80 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.
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 23 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 76 offensive rebounds. Her 3.30 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 has become more reliable with the ball in her hands. She has recorded two double-doubles including at Missouri when she recorded 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. She owns five double-figure scoring games.
Brown From Downtown
Junior guard Kaylee Brown has played in all 23 games with 21 starts. A hard-nosed player, Brown is not afraid to sacrifice her body to take a charge (she has taken nine 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 37 three-pointers made, and has connected on at least one three-pointer in 19 of 23 games. She owns an average of 9.3 points and 1.1 boards per game. She posted a career-high 19 points at Ball State. She has led the team in scoring a team-most four times in Big 12 Conference games only.
Smith First Off The Bench
Sophomore guard Sharita Smith is in her first full season after missing the first half of her freshman campaign due to injury. This season, she has been the first player off the bench a team-high 15 times and is averaging 3.0 points and 1.2 assists in 15.4 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 22 games this season in a reserve role and has posted 2.5 points and 2.4 boards in 13.7 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 18 games with two starting assignments and averages 1.9 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 14 games with two starting assignments. She has posted 1.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per outing. 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 four games.
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 (Shuh-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, Tenn.
Woodard will become the second Jayhawk to be enshrined in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, joining former Kansas coach Marian Washington who was enshrined in June, 2004.