KU Takes On K-State In Sunflower Showdown Saturday

Feb. 25, 2005

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Kansas (12-13, 5-9 Big 12) at Kansas State (19-6, 10-4 Big 12)

Game #26 – Sat., Feb. 26, 2005 – 5 p.m. – Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)

Radio/Television

Jayhawk Radio Network: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Brian Hanni (color analyst) call the action. Fox Sports Net TV: Brain Anderson (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (color analyst) call the action. Wave Robinson produces.

Records

Kansas is 12-13 overall, 5-9 in the Big 12, and is coming off a loss to Baylor. Kansas State is 19-6 overall, 10-4 in the Big 12 and has won its last two.

Rankings

Kansas is not ranked. Kansas State is ranked No. 17 in both the Associated Press poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (Feb. 21-27).

Coaches

Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson is 12-13 in her first year at KU and 170-75 in her eighth year as a head coach overall. The Wildcats are coached by Deb Patterson, who is 170-101 in her ninth year at Kansas State and overall.

Jayhawk Storylines

– KU is 12-13 overall and 5-9 in the Big 12 falling to No. 6/8 Baylor 70-60 on Wednesday in Lawrence. Senior Aquanita Burras tied a career-high with 24 points in her last game in Allen Fieldhouse. Junior Erica Hallman scored 21 points, marking her second 20+ point game.

– 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.

– KU has been successful so far in its second trip around the Big 12 North. The Jayhawks are 3-0 in second meetings with a 22-point win over Colorado, 18-point win at Missouri and 14-point win against Nebraska. The first time around, KU beat Colorado by two, Missouri by five and lost to Nebraska by 11. In the first meeting this year against K-State, the Jayhawks lost by 18.

– KU has held all 14 of its Big 12 opponents under their season scoring averages, and six of those opponents to more than 10 points below their season average.

– All five of the Jayhawks’ regular starters have led in scoring at least once in the last seven outings.

Tonight’s Game

The University of Kansas women’s basketball team (12-13, 5-9) is looking for its 13th win overall and sixth win in the Big 12 when it takes on the No. 17/17 Kansas State Wildcats (19-6, 10-4) on Saturday, Feb. 26, in Bramlage Coliseum at 5 p.m. The game will be aired live nationally by Fox Sports Net.

KU is coming off an impressive showing against No. 6/8 Baylor on Wednesday in Lawrence. After trailing by as much as 18 in the first half, the Jayhawks surged back to cut the Lady Bear lead to six late in the second half before Baylor prevailed 70-60. Senior Aquanita Burras shined in her last game in Allen Fieldhouse, tying a career-high 24 points. Junior Erica Hallman pumped in 21 points, marking the second-straight game she scored at least 20 points.

No. 17/17 Kansas State is coming off a 94-69 win at Nebraska on Wednesday. Five Wildcats reached double figures in scoring led by senior Laurie Koehn with 22 points. Senior All-American candidate Kendra Wecker added 18 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Claire Coggins also posted 18 points. KSU shot 58.7 percent in the contest.

The game is the second meeting between the two teams this season. Back on Jan. 8 in Lawrence, then No. 22/20 K-State defeated Kansas 63-45. KU came out strong and led for much of the first half. After being tied 26-all at halftime, K-State put together an impressive second half for the win. Kansas was led by junior Kaylee Brown with 13 points, while junior Crystal Kemp posted 10 points and 11 rebounds. KSU got 18 points and 11 boards from Wecker, and 17 points from Koehn. K-State shot 48.1 percent from the field, while KU shot 32.7 percent.

Kansas State leads the all-time series 48-40 after winning the last seven meetings. Last season in Manhattan, the Wildcats topped the Jayhawks 79-50. The last KU win in the series came on Jan. 27, 2001 in Bramlage Coliseum when the Jayhawks defeated KSU 65-62.

Kansas, which has held all 14 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

Kansas closed out the 2005 home schedule with a 70-60 loss to Baylor, Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Allen Fieldhouse. It was the final home game for KU seniors Aquanita Burras and Blair Waltz.

Burras took advantage of her last home appearance, as she tied a career-high with 24 points on 9-of-15 from the field. Burras also added six rebounds. Junior Erica Hallman scored 21 points for KU. Junior Crystal Kemp added seven points and five rebounds in the loss.

“I was proud of our team for answering the way we did tonight,” head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “We gave Baylor too many uncontested shots and we just didn’t have enough to finish this game.

“Aquanita (Burras) was aggressive and gave a tremendous effort tonight,” Henrickson added. “We are all very proud of her. We will learn from this loss and build on it for Kansas State and Iowa State.”

Baylor had three players in double-figures, led by the 20 points of senior Steffanie Blackmon. Junior Sophia Young added 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while junior Chameka Scott chipped in with 14 points for the Lady Bears.

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. In her eighth year as a head coach, her career record now stands at 170-75.

Jayhawk Starters

KU has used four different starting lineups in 25 games with freshman Taylor McIntosh, senior Aquanita Burras and junior Erica Hallman starting each game. Junior Crystal Kemp (23), junior Kaylee Brown (22 starts), senior Blair Waltz (3) and sophomore Alicia Rhymes (2) have also made starts. The combo of McIntosh, Burras, Hallman, Brown and Kemp have started 21 of the last 22 contests (with the exception of Senior Night), and the team owns a record of 10-11 when going with that fivesome.

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 14 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 – Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State (19-6, 10-4 Big 12) hosts Kansas riding a two-game winning streak. The Wildcats are coming off a 94-69 dismantling of Nebraska on Feb. 23 in Lincoln. Five Wildcats posted double-figure scoring led by senior guard Laurie Koehn with 22 points. Senior Kendra Wecker added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and sophomore Claire Coggins also posted 18 points.

The Wildcats, who currently sit in a tie for fourth place in the Big 12, are ranked No. 17 in the nation in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls.

Leading the Wildcats is senior forward Kendra Wecker with 20.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Koehn is the only other player in double figures with 12.3 ppg.

The Wildcats are averaging 72.1 points and 39.1 rebounds per game and shooting 44.8 percent from the field while giving up just 56.1 points on 36.9 percent shooting and 32.0 rebounds per game.

In the first meeting between the two teams in Lawrence, K-State escaped with a 63-45 win after the game was tied 26 apiece at halftime.

K-State is coached by Deb Patterson, who is 170-101 in her ninth year at KSU and overall.

Kansas vs. K-State Series Notes

Kansas State leads the all-time series 48-40. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, KSU leads 10-9. In Manhattan, the Wildcats lead the series 22-13 all-time. KU’s last win came on Jan. 27, 2001 when the Jayhawks downed the Wildcats 65-62 in Manhattan. KSU has won the last seven meetings, spanning the last four years.

Kansas/Kansas State Last Meeting

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Despite a valiant first half effort, Kansas fell to in-state rival Kansas State 63-45, Saturday, Jan. 8, in Allen Fieldhouse. The Wildcats shot 50 percent in the second half to pull away for the victory.

In the first half, the crowd of 5,551 fans was entertained by a back-and-forth game that featured three ties and five lead changes. KU junior guard Kaylee Brown got off to a quick start as she hit 3-of-5 from three-point range for 11 first half points. At the break, the score was tied 26-26, thanks in part to 12 second chance points by the Jayhawks who pulled down nine offensive rebounds in the game’s first 20 minutes.

Kansas State shot 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field in the second half while the Jayhawks connected on just 28 percent of their shots in the final frame.

Brown led the Jayhawks with 13 points, while junior forward Crystal Kemp added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Erica Hallman chipped in with nine points.

Kansas State was led by senior forward Kendra Wecker who scored 18 points and tied Kemp for game-high honors with 11 rebounds. Senior guard Laurie Koehn added 17 points, while sophomore guard Claire Coggins and senior forward Brie Madden each had eight.

Kansas/K-State Connections

– A total of eight players (4 KU, 4 KSU) hail from the state of Kansas, including four (2 KU-Kemp, McIntosh, 2 KSU-Koehn, Wecker) who are expected to start.

– KU guard Heather Hayes and KSU center Jessica McFarland both graduated from Derby High School in Derby, Kan.

Best Start Since 1999-2000

With a 12-13 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 6-9 in Big 12 play, giving the Jayhawks their most conference wins since the 1999-2000 team won 11 league games … Improve Kansas’ all-time series against Kansas State to 41-48 … Improve KU’s record against KSU in Manhattan to 14-22 … Snap a seven-game losing streak to KSU … Give KU a 4-6 record on the road this season … Snap a streak of 34 straight losses to opponents ranked in the top-25 … Give KU its first win over a ranked opponent since a 69-61 over No. 6 Iowa State on Feb. 17, 2001 … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 13-13 at KU and 171-75 (.695) in her career … Make KU 610-411 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would

Make KU 12-14 overall … Make KU 5-10 in Big 12 play … Drop KU’s all-time series record versus Kansas State to 40-49 … Make the Jayhawks 13-23 against Kansas State in Manhattan … Give KU its eighth-straight loss to KSU … Make the Jayhawks 3-7 on the road this season … Extend KU’s streak to 34 straight losses to opponents ranked in the top-25 … Make KU 0-7 against ranked opponents this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 12-14 at KU and 170-76 (.691) in her career … Make KU 609-412 all-time.

Streaks And Career Leaders

– Senior Aquanita Burras owns the team’s longest starting streak at 82 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 (112, 5th), three-pointers attempted (306, 5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.6 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 is currently fifth with 54 made this season and needs four more treys to tie for fourth with Sandy Shaw who made 58 in 1988. Her current 39.1 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 50.2 percent (414-of-824). Former Jayhawk Kelly Jennings is in 10th at 50.8 percent.

– Kemp currently ranks 17th on the KU all-time scoring list with 1,036 career points. She needs eight points to catch Shebra Legrant (1,044 points from 1980-81) for a share of 16th place. Jennifer Jackson (1998-2001) is in 15th with 1,075 points.

– Kemp has played and scored in all 82 games of her Kansas career.

Close Encounters

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 overall 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.

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.

Tenacious D

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 57.0 points per game which ranks fourth in the Big 12. KU has held all 14 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.

Double-Doubles

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 fourth-most in the Big 12 this season.

Free Throw Ups And Downs

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 103-of-160 attempts for 64.4 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 78.6 percent (33-of-42) from the line over the last four 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, KU sometimes struggled 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 season has progressed, KU has consistently shown the ability to play a more complete game. KU is still playing well in the first half, outscoring opponents 739-673, and has led or been tied at the break in 15 out of 25 games. Five losses have come after being ahead or tied at intermission. As a team, the Jayhawks average 29.6 points per first half on 43.6 percent (299-of-686) shooting from the field. In the second half, KU is has improved its scoring average to nearly the same amount of points (29.2) as the first half, but is shooting just 39.6 percent (269-of-680).

Hallman Posts Back-To-Back 20-Point Games

Junior Erica Hallman, who was averaging just 7.4 points per game for her career entering this season, is scoring 13.1 points per game. In Big 12 games, her average goes up to a team-best 13.8 ppg. Against Nebraska (2/20) and Baylor (2/23) she scored a career-high 22 points and 21 points, respectively. It marked the first time a KU player posted back-to-back 20+ point games since 2001, when Jaclyn Johnson scored 25 against Colorado (2/7) and 20 versus Missouri (2/10).

Up Next For KU

KU plays its final game of the regular season when it travels to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State on Tuesday, March 1. Gametime is 7 p.m. Following the game at ISU, KU will play in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium on March 8-10, 12.

Kemp Leading The Jayhawks

Junior forward Crystal Kemp paces the team with 13.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. She has played in all 25 games with 23 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 1,036 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 25 games this season at point guard. She is second on the team with 13.1 points per game and leads the team with 54 three-pointers made. She provides KU with a solid ball-handling and long-range shooting option. Her 1.62-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks first on the team and eighth 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, and followed that with 21 versus Baylor. On defense, she leads the team with 13 charges drawn this season. She ranks fourth 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 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. She ranks second on the team with 80 assists and leads the team with 49 steals. At just 5’9″, she is second on the team with 14 blocked shots and third on the squad with 42 offensive rebounds. She rarely comes out of the game, averaging 34.2 minutes per contest. In three years at KU, she has started all 82 games of her career. She tied a career-high 24 points at Texas A&M on Jan. 15 and on Senior Night versus Baylor. 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 25 games and has made her reputation doing the little things in her young career. She is second on the team with 6.6 rebounds per game and first on the team with 80 offensive rebounds. Her 3.20 offensive boards per game ranks third in the Big 12. Her 6.6 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 25 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 25 games. She owns an average of 9.2 points and 1.4 assists 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 3.0 points and 1.0 assists in 15.1 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 24 games this season in a reserve role and has posted 2.6 points and 2.3 boards in 14.5 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 20 games with three starting assignments and averages 1.7 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.

Preseason Polls

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)

Program Milestones

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 9-7 mark in Allen Fieldhouse, KU owned 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.