Jayhawks And Tigers To Tangle Saturday
Feb. 24, 2006
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Missouri Tigers
Game #26 – Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006 – 11:06 a.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300) Radio
Jayhawk Radio Network: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play), Patti Phillips (color). Gametracker and post-game results will be available on Kansas Athletics’ official website, kuathletics.com. Television
Fox Sports Net: Kevin Eschenfelder (play-by-play), Brenda VanLengen (color). Wave Robinson produces. Records
Kansas is 15-10 overall, 4-10 in the Big 12 and is coming off a loss at Texas Tech. Missouri is 20-6 overall, 10-4 in Big 12 play and has won its last four. Rankings
Kansas is not ranked. Missouri is receiving votes in both the Associated Press Top-25 poll and the latest USA Today/WBCA/ESPN Coaches poll. Coaches
Bonnie Henrickson is 27-26 in her second year at Kansas and 185-88 in her ninth season overall. The Tigers are coached by Cindy Stein who is 132-103 in her eighth year at Missouri and 197-128 in her 11th season as a head coach overall. Series History
Kansas leads the all-time series 36-33, but Missouri has won the last two meetings. Missouri defeated Kansas 64-57 earlier this season in Columbia. KU leads 16-10 in games played in Lawrence. Jayhawk Storylines
– Kansas is coming off a 62-50 loss at Texas Tech. Senior Crystal Kemp posted her ninth double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Erica Hallman led KU with 15 points.
– Sophomore Taylor McIntosh posted a career-high 14 points against the Lady Raiders and pulled down nine rebounds. She has four games in double figures this season.
– Kemp has scored in double figures in her last 26 games, dating back to the final game of last season against Missouri in the Big 12 Tournament.
– Although KU shoots 67.7 percent for the season from the line, the Jayhawks are shooting 86.5 percent from the line in the last seven games.
– KU will have Senior Night on Thursday, March 2, when it hosts in-state rival Kansas State in the regular-season finale for both clubs. The Matchup
Bragging rights are on the line as the University of Kansas women’s basketball team (15-10, 4-10 Big 12) hosts the University of Missouri Tigers (20-6, 10-4 Big 12) in Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. The game will be played in front of a national television audience on Fox Sports Net.
The first meeting between the two teams this season came on Feb. 11 in Columbia, Mo., when the Tigers tripped up the Jayhawks 64-57. KU led the entire first half of that contest and for much of the second half until MU took its first lead with 5:35 in the game. Missouri hit 12 free throws down the stretch to clinch the win.
Missouri senior point guard LaToya Bond led all scorers with 31 points, while senior center Christelle N’Garsanet added 20 points and 12 rebounds. KU was led by senior Erica Hallman with 19 points and senior Crystal Kemp with 18 points and nine rebounds.
For the season, Kemp leads the Jayhawks with 18.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Last game at Texas Tech, the Topeka, Kan., native posted her ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards. Second on the scoring list is Hallman with 14.0 points per game. Senior Kaylee Brown rounds out the double-figure scorers with 12.1 points per outing.
Missouri is paced by Bond with 18.2 points and 3.2 assists per game. N’Garsanet is second in scoring with an average of 14.0 points to go with 8.9 boards per contest. Junior forward Carlynn Savant averages 10.4 points to round out the double-figure scorers. Since falling at Iowa State on Feb. 8, the Tigers have won their last four outings, including their last game at home against ISU.
Kansas leads the all-time series 36-33, and holds a 16-10 advantage in games played in Lawrence. Last year in Allen Fieldhouse KU topped MU 63-61. Kemp posted game highs of 22 points and 14 rebounds, while the Tigers were led by Tiffany Brooks with 14 points.
The winner will receive 1.5 points in the Midwest Ford Dealers Border Showdown Series. KU currently leads the all-sports series 10-7. Game Promotions
Promotions for the game include Midwest Ford Dealers Border Showdown & First National Bank Rally Towel giveaway, Girl Scout Day with Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Women’s Basketball Family Day. Border Showdown
The game marks the second meeting between Kansas and Missouri this year and the winner will take home 1.5 points in the Border Showdown all-sports series presented by the Midwest Ford Dealers. This year, Kansas currently has 10 points with wins in women’s soccer (3.0), men’s cross country (1.0), women’s swimming (1.5), football (3.0), and men’s basketball (1.5). MU has picked up points in volleyball (3.0), women’s cross country (1.0), men’s basketball (1.5) and women’s basketball (1.5). More From The Last Game
Kansas (15-9, 4-9 Big 12) fell 62-50 to Texas Tech (12-12, 7-6 Big 12) on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at United Spirit Arena.
KU was led by senior Erica Hallman with 15 points and four assists. Senior Crystal Kemp added her ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Taylor McIntosh notched a career-high 14 points to go with nine boards.
Texas Tech was led by LaToya Davis with 21 points and nine rebounds. Alesha Robertson pumped in three 3-pointers to finish with 16 points to go with eight rebounds.
The game was tied at 24 at halftime. Hallman led KU with nine points. Kemp tallied four points and four rebounds for the Jayhawks before picking up her second foul at the 6:36 mark and sitting out for the remainder of the half. TTU’s LaToya Davis led all scorers at the half with 11 points.
The game remained close for the first 12 minutes of the second half as Texas Tech led just 45-43 at the 7:44 mark. However, KU went scoreless over the next five minutes and the Lady Raiders pulled away for the 62-50 victory.
Texas Tech won the battle of the boards 34-32, and outshot the Jayhawks 48.0 percent to 38.2 percent. Both teams committed just 11 turnovers. 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 27-26 (.509) at KU and 185-88 (.678) in her career. Jayhawk Starters
Kansas has used five different starting lineups in 25 games with senior F Crystal Kemp and senior G Kaylee Brown starting every game. Sophomore F Taylor McIntosh (24 starts), freshman G Ivana Catic (23), senior G Erica Hallman (22), 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 is 12-8 as a unit. Today’s Opponent – Missouri
Missouri (20-6, 10-4 Big 12) will play Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 25, after winning its last four games. The Tigers began their winning streak on Feb. 11 with a 64-57 victory over KU in Columbia, Mo. Since then, Mizzou has defeated Oklahoma State and Colorado both on the road and Iowa State at home. The Tigers enter the game in second place in the Big 12, having clinched a top-four seed in the Big 12 Championship.
In Missouri’s win over KU on Feb. 11, the Tigers were led by senior point guard LaToya Bond with 31 points. Senior center Christelle N’Garsanet added 20 points and 12 rebounds. Mizzou won the battle on the glass 34-27 and made eight more free throws than KU.
Bond and N’Garsanet have been the keys to Missouri’s success with Bond averaging 18.2 points and 3.2 assists while N’Garanet tallies 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
Last game against Iowa State in Columbia, the Tigers defeated the Cyclones 67-59. Bond pumped in 22 points and N’Garsanet added 20 points and 13 rebounds. The Tigers rarely went to their bench in the contest as all five starters played over 33 minutes and four of the five played 37 or more minutes.
As a team, Missouri is scoring 70.5 points per night in all games and 64.8 in league games. Mizzou shoots 42.9 percent from the field while allowing just 38.7 percent from its foes. The Tigers grab 39.7 rebounds per game while conceding 38.3.
Behind Kansas, Missouri is the second most accurate 3-point shooting team at a clip of 36.2 percent. Junior forward Carlynn Savant leads the MU 3-point attack and the Big 12 hitting 46.8 percent of her 3-point attempts.
The Tigers are coached by Cindy Stein who is 132-103 in her eighth year at Missouri and 197-128 in her 11th season as a head coach overall. Kansas/Missouri Notes
Kansas and Missouri are meeting for the 70th time in history dating back to 1973. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Missouri leads the series 11-9. MU coach Cindy Stein’s previous job was in the state of Kansas as head coach of the Emporia State Hornets. Missouri has two Kansas natives on its roster in Marchele Campbell (Kansas City, Kan.) and Tiffany Brooks (Leavenworth, Kan.). KU and MU do not list the overall series record the same. Kansas includes the first meeting between the two teams in 1973 in a tournament played at Missouri State — MU does not recognize any results prior to 1974. A Kansas Win Would
Make the Jayhawks 16-10 overall and 5-10 in Big 12 play … Give KU its second win in the last three games … Snap a two-game losing streak to the Tigers … Improve KU’s record against MU to 37-33 overall including a 17-10 mark in games played in Lawrence, Kan. … Make KU 15-3 at home this season … Improve head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record to 28-26 at Kansas and 186-88 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 625-424 all-time. A Kansas Loss Would
Make the Jayhawks 15-11 overall and 4-11 in Big 12 play … Make KU 36-34 all-time against Missouri, including a 16-11 mark in Lawrence … Give Missouri its third straight win over the Jayhawks … Make the Jayhawks 14-4 at home this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 27-27 at Kansas and 185-89 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 624-425 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 15 victories. 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 67.2 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 1,110 points, she is in 15th place on the all-time scoring list, and needs 53 points to catch Lisa Dougherty for 14th 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-1,548), rebounds (10th-780), field goals made (7th-617), field goals attempted (7th-1,208), field goal percentage (9th-51.1), free throws made (9th-308), free throws attempted (10th-418), free throw percentage (8th-73.7), blocked shots (9th-87) and minutes (8th-3,430).
– Hallman ranks second on the all-time KU 3-pointers list with 175 made and 468 attempted. Brown ranks sixth with 104 made and 323 attempted.
– Hallman ranks third on the all-time assist list with 432 dimes.
– Freshman Ivana Catic’s 128 assists this season rank 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 18.7 points per game after averaging 13.8 a year ago. She has 11 games with 20 or more points this season and nine double-doubles. She is shooting a career-best 53.8 percent from the field this season, and has regained her stroke at the free throw line, shooting a solid 79.2 percent.
Hallman has upped her scoring average to 14.0 this year after scoring 13.1 ppg last year. She is second in the conference with 2.43 3-pointers per game and her 56 treys rank sixth on the single-season list. She has nailed 175 trifectas in her career which ranks second on the KU list.
Brown has emerged as a solid third scoring option as a senior, averaging 12.1 points per contest. Last year she averaged 8.9 points per game. Her 54 treys currently rank seventh on the KU single-season list. She has 104 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. 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. 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)
Winning The Close Ones
With Kansas’ 57-56 overtime victory over Iowa State on Feb. 18, the Jayhawks moved to 6-0 in games decided by five or fewer points and 2-0 in overtime games. KU also won in double overtime over Wisconsin. End The Trend
Since Big 12 play started, the Jayhawks have experienced a trend that includes winning one game followed by three losses. This has been the case for the last 13 games. Kansas will look to end that trend against Missouri. Taking Care Of The Ball
The Jayhawks have passed out 392 assists and made 643 field goals, or an assist for every 1.64 field goals made. KU averages 15.68 assists per game while only turning the ball over 14.4 times per game to rank fourth in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.09. 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. 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 Reinstated
Head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Feb. 20 the reinstatement of junior guard Shaquina Mosley. Mosley was suspended at Henrickson’s discretion on Feb. 14 and missed games against Nebraska and at Iowa State. The Lancaster, Calif., native resumed practice with the team on Feb. 20. 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 returns to Allen Fieldhouse for its final regular season game at home when it hosts Kansas State on Thursday, March 2 for Senior Night. The K-State game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by CSTV. The Jayhawks will then take place in the 10th Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on March 7-9, 11 at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.