KU Hosts Baylor On Senior Night
Feb. 22, 2005
Kansas (12-12, 5-8 Big 12) vs. Baylor (21-3, 11-2 Big 12)
Game #25 – Wed., Feb. 23, 2005 – 7 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Jayhawk Radio Network: Brian Hanni (play-by-play) and Patti Phillips (color analyst) call the action. Metro Sports TV: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Brenda Van Lengen (color analyst) call the action.
Kansas is 12-12 overall, 5-8 in the Big 12, and has won two of its last three games. Baylor is 21-3 overall, 11-2 in the Big 12 and is on an eight-game winning streak.
Kansas is not ranked. Baylor is ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press poll, and No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (Feb. 21-27).
Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson is 12-12 in her first year at KU and 170-74 in her eighth year as a head coach overall. The Lady Bears are coached by Kim Mulkey-Robertson, who is 119-38 in her fifth year at Baylor and overall.
– KU is 12-12 overall and 5-8 in the Big 12 defeating Nebraska 67-53 on Sunday in Lawrence. Junior Erica Hallman hit a career-high five three pointers on her way to a career-high 22 points.
– The Jayhawk’s 12 wins and five conference wins are the most since KU finished the 2000-01 season with an overall record of 12-17 and a 5-11 mark in the league.
– Junior Crystal Kemp posted her ninth double-double of the season against Nebraska. She moved up to 17th on the KU all-time scoring list with 1,029 career points. She needs 15 points to catch Shebra Legrant (1,044 points) for a share of 16th place.
– KU has held all 13 of its Big 12 opponents under their season scoring averages, and six of those opponents to more than 10 points below their season average.
– Kansas will be having Senior Day against Baylor. Aquanita Burras and Blair Waltz will be playing their final game in Allen Fieldhouse.
– Five different Jayhawks have led the team in scoring in the last six outings.
The University of Kansas women’s basketball team (12-12, 5-8) is looking for its 13th win overall and sixth win in the Big 12 when it takes on the Baylor Lady Bears (21-3, 11-2) on Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. The contest marks the final home game for seniors Aquanita Burras and Blair Waltz. The game will be aired live by Metro Sports and Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.
KU is coming off arguably it’s most impressive win of the season when it dispatched the Nebraska Cornhuskers 67-53 in Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday. Junior point guard Erica Hallman hit five three-pointers on her way to a career-high 22 points. Junior Crystal Kemp posted her ninth double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds as she moved up to 17th place on KU’s all-time scoring list.
The Lady Bears are ranked in the top-10 in the national polls and enter the game atop the Big 12 Conference standings. Baylor has won its last eight games after defeating Iowa State 82-77 on Saturday in Waco, Texas. The inside tandem of junior Sophia Young and senior Steffanie Blackmon combined for 38 points and 19 rebounds in the win. Young just missed a triple-double as she dished eight assists, to go with 16 points and 11 boards. Senior guard Chelsea Whitaker added 20 points. Young averages 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game to lead the Lady Bears, while Blackmon is not far behind with averages of 16.3 points and 8.4 boards per outing.
Baylor leads the all-time series 7-6 after winning the last five meetings. The two teams met twice last season. BU defeated KU 85-66 on Jan. 21 in Waco, and then knocked the Jayhawks out of the Big 12 Tournament on March 9 by a score of 86-71.
The last time the Jayhawks defeated the Lady Bears was on Jan. 19, 2000 in Waco by a score of 81-67.
Kansas, which has held all 13 of its Big 12 opponents under their season scoring averages, is looking for its sixth conference win — its the most since 1999-2000.
Last Time Out
The University of Kansas defeated visiting Nebraska 67-53, Sunday, Feb. 20 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks had four players in double figures and shot 46 percent from the field to cruise to the victory.
The Jayhawk defense forced 18 Cornhusker turnovers that led to 18 KU points.
Junior Erica Hallman led all scorers with a career-high 22 points and connected on 5-of-10 from three-point range. Hallman also dished out a game-high six assists. Fellow junior Kaylee Brown added 14 points, while senior Aquanita Burras chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Junior Crystal Kemp recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
“We wanted to set the tone early and we did that today,” head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “We were very unselfish and made some great passes.
“We felt we could beat somebody that, on paper, was supposed to be better than us,” Henrickson added. “We played with pride today and it was good to be able to take care of business at home.”
Nebraska was led by sophomore Kiera Hardy who was the lone Husker in double figures with 13 points. Junior Jelena Spiric added nine points and four assists, while junior Elena Diaz had eight points 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.
KU has used four different starting lineups in 24 games with freshman Taylor McIntosh, senior Aquanita Burras and junior Erica Hallman starting each game. Junior Kaylee Brown (22 starts), junior Crystal Kemp (22), 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 21 contests, and the team owns a record of 10-11 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 19 double-figure scoring games and has led KU in scoring 10 times. Kemp has led on the glass in 15 games and Hallman has led in assists in 19 games. KU has recorded 11 double-doubles, including nine by Kemp and two by McIntosh.
Tonight’s Opponent – Baylor
Baylor (21-3, 11-2 Big 12) comes to Kansas at the top of the Big 12 standings and on an eight-game winning streak after defeating Iowa State 82-77 on Feb. 19 in Waco, Texas.
Senior center Steffanie Blackmon posted 22 points — including 10-of-10 shooting from the free throw line — and eight rebounds. Junior forward Sophia Young added 16 points and 11 boards, and senior guard Chelsea Whitaker poured in 20 points. The Lady Bears outscored the Cyclones 20-11 from the free throw line and 13-7 on second chance points.
The Lady Bears’ three losses this year have come against LSU, Nebraska and Texas. The Huskers handed BU its first conference loss on Jan. 12 in a triple overtime contest.
For the season, the Lady Bears are led by the tandem of Young and Blackmon, arguably the best frontcourt tandem in the country. Young averages 17.6 points and 9.3 boards, while Blackmon adds 16.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Emily Niemann is a player to watch off the bench. She averages 9.9 points per game leads the team in three-point shooting. She hit five threes in the Big 12 Tournament against Kansas last year.
As a team, Baylor averages 74.8 ppg on 45.4 percent shooting and pulls down 41.1 rebounds per game. BU is giving up 61.3 ppg on 37.4 percent shooting and 33.5 boards per game.
Baylor is coached by Kim Mulkey-Robertson, who is 119-38 in her fifth year at BU and overall.
Baylor leads the all-time series 7-6 overall and 6-4 since the inception of the Big 12 Conference. In Lawrence, KU leads 3-2. BU has won the last five matchups including an 86-71 decision on March 8 in the Big 12 Tournament last season. KU’s last win came on Jan. 19, 2000 in Waco when the Jayhawks won 81-67.
Kansas/Baylor Last Meeting
DALLAS, Texas — Four Jayhawks scored in double-figures as 12th-seeded Kansas was defeated by No. 5 seed Baylor, 86-71, at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament at Reunion Arena.
Tamara Ransburg led KU with 15 points, and Aquanita Burras and Crystal Kemp chipped in with 14 apiece. Erica Hallman added 11 points and Sharita Smith had nine points in the loss. Kemp led the rebounding effort with 10 boards.
Baylor jumped to a 14-6 lead on back-to-back three pointers by Emily Niemann. Hallman canned a trey of her own to bring the Jayhawks within two, 23-21. Kansas took its first lead of the game as Burras hit a jumper to put KU up by one, 26-25 with 7:47 to play in the first half.
Niemann nailed two more threes and the Lady Bears controlled the boards over the next five minutes to take a commanding 43-32 lead. KU ended the first stanza with a 5-0 run and the teams went to the lockerrooms with Baylor leading 43-37.
The Bears opened the second half with a 12-3 run, but another Hallman three-pointer sparked an 11-2 KU run that closed Baylor’s lead to six.
Baylor took control and scored on three straight possessions down the stretch. KU’s 10 fouls put the Bears in the double bonus and BU took a 74-61 lead with five minutes left to play. The teams traded buckets until KU was forced to foul to stop the clock and the Bears pulled ahead by 15.
– Baylor senior Chelsea Whitaker began her career at the University of Virginia and was on the opposite sideline of Bonnie Henrickson (then at Virginia Tech) on Nov. 30, 2000. Whitaker did not play in the game and Virginia Tech won 57-56.
Best Start Since 1999-2000
With a 12-12 record, KU is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 season when the Jayhawks opened the season 12-4 and finished the year 20-10. With five conference wins, Kansas has tied its most league wins in the last five years. The last time KU had five Big 12 wins was in 2000-01. The last time KU had more than five Big 12 wins was 1999-2000 when the Jayhawks had 11.
A Kansas Win Would
Give KU 13 wins, it’s most since 1999-2000 when the Jayhawks finished with 20 wins … Make KU 6-8 in Big 12 play, giving the Jayhawks their most conference wins since the 1999-2000 team won 11 league games … Even Kansas’ all-time series against Baylor to 7-7 … Improve KU’s record against BU in Lawrence to 4-2 … Snap a five-game losing streak to BU … Give KU a 10-6 record at home this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 13-12 at KU and 171-74 (.698) in her career … Make KU 610-410 all-time.
A Kansas Loss Would
Make KU 12-13 overall … Make KU 5-9 in Big 12 play … Drop KU’s all-time series record versus Baylor to 6-8 … Make the Jayhawks 3-3 against Baylor in Lawrence … Give KU its sixth-straight loss to BU … Make the Jayhawks 9-7 at home this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 12-13 at KU and 170-75 (.693) in her career … Make KU 609-411 all-time.
Streaks And Career Leaders
– Senior Aquanita Burras owns the team’s longest starting streak at 81 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 (110, 5th), three-pointers attempted (300, 5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.7 percent, 5th).
– Hallman also has cracked the KU all-time top-10 in assists. Currently at 316 career assists, Hallman is in sixth place and needs 21 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 is tied for sixth (with Angie Halbleib, 1997) with 52 made this season. She needs one more trey to tie for fifth with Suzi Raymant (1998). Her current 39.4 three-point percentage also ranks eighth 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 (412-of-819). Former Jayhawk Kelly Jennings is in 10th at 50.8 percent.
– Kemp currently ranks 17th on the KU all-time scoring list with 1,029 career points. She needs 15 points to catch Shebra Legrant (1,044 points from 1980-81) for a share of 16th place.
– Kemp has played and scored in all 81 games of her Kansas career.
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.
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. The chart lists the career totals for all 11 of KU’s 1000-point, 500-rebound club members.
Three players (3rd-Erica Hallman-35.38, 5th-Aquanita Burras-33.92 and 7th-Crystal Kemp-33.25) are playing more than 33 minutes per game, 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 77.5 percent of the available minutes, while the top six play over 85 percent of the minutes.
Second Time Around
So far this season, KU has looked good against teams the second time it plays them. The Jayhawks have played Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska twice. In the first meetings KU defeated Missouri by two, defeated Colorado by five and lost to Nebraska by 11. The second time around, KU won by 18 over Missouri, 22 over Colorado and 14 over Nebraska. The biggest difference was on the defensive end. In the first meetings, those three opponents averaged 60.0 points and 13.6 turnovers. But in the second meetings, KU held those teams to an average 49.7 points and forced an averaged of 20.3 turnovers. Offensively, KU’s scoring average improved from 58.7 ppg to 67.7 ppg in second meetings.
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 56.4 points per game which ranks fourth in the Big 12. KU has held all 13 of its Big 12 opponents under their season scoring averages, 10 of those league opponents to more than five points below their average and six 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.
Kansas has posted 11 double-doubles this season including nine by junior Crystal Kemp and two by freshman Taylor McIntosh. Kemp’s nine double-doubles are the fifth-most in the Big 12 this season.
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 91-of-146 attempts for 62.3 percent. In crunch time, the Jayhawks are shooting slightly better at 67 percent in the final five minutes of games. Against Texas Tech, 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. KU has shot 75 percent from the line over the last three games.
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 +1.63.
– Point guard Erica Hallman ranks seventh in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.64-to-1.
– KU has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 14 games.
Putting Two Halves Together
During non-conference play, Kansas was impressive in the first half, outscoring opponents 32.9 ppg to 23.0 ppg. But in the second half, the Jayhawks would sometimes struggle and actually trailed on the scoreboard in the second period by a slim margin (29.1 ppg to 29.4 ppg). As the Big 12 conference season has progressed, the Jayhawks have consistently shown the ability to play a more complete game. KU is still playing well in the first half, outscoring opponents 717-641, and has led or been tied at the break in 15 out of 24 games. Five losses have come after being ahead or tied at intermission. As a team, the Jayhawks average 29.9 points per first half on 43.4 percent (289-of-666) shooting from the field. In the second half, KU shoots 39.4 percent (257-of-652) and averages 28.9 points.
Up Next For KU
KU then hits the road for its final two games of the regular season. The Jayhawks play at Kansas State on Feb. 26 on Fox Sports Net. Kansas then travels to Iowa State on March 1.
Kemp Leading The Jayhawks
Junior forward Crystal Kemp paces the team with 14.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. She has played in all 24 games with 22 starts. She has posted nine double-doubles, which ranks fourth 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 1,029 ranking her 17th all-time on the KU scoring list. 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 KU 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 24 games this season at point guard. She is second on the team with 12.8 points per game and leads the team with 52 three-pointers made. She provides KU with a solid ball-handling and long-range shooting option. Her 1.64-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 (5th). She currently is ranks sixth place on the KU career assist list with 316 career dimes. She scored a career-high 22 points in a win over Nebraska on Feb. 20. On defense, she leads the team with 13 charges drawn this season. She ranks third in the league, playing 35.4 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 5.1 rebounds per game. She ranks second on the team with 76 assists and leads the team with 48 steals. At just 5’9″, she is second on the team with 14 blocked shots and third on the squad with 36 offensive rebounds. She rarely comes out of the game, averaging 33.9 minutes per contest. In three years at KU, she has started all 81 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 24 games and has made her reputation doing the little things in her young career. She is second on the team with 6.8 rebounds per game and first on the team with 80 offensive rebounds. Her 3.33 offensive boards per game ranks second in the Big 12. Her 6.8 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 24 games with 22 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 39 three-pointers made, and has connected on at least one three-pointer in 20 of 24 games. She owns an average of 9.5 points and 1.0 boards per game. She posted a career-high 19 points at Ball State. She has led the team in scoring four times in Big 12 Conference games.
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 3.1 points and 1.2 assists in 15.3 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 23 games this season in a reserve role and has posted 2.6 points and 2.4 boards in 14.0 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 19 games with two starting assignments and averages 1.8 points and 1.1 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 15 games with two starting assignments. She has posted 1.1 points and 2.1 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 five 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 had plenty of opportunities to check out the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse this season. KU played 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.
Most Wins At Home Since 1999-2000
With a 9-6 mark in Allen Fieldhouse, KU has secured a winning record at home for the first time since 1999-2000 when the Jayhawks went 12-2 in Lawrence.
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.