KU To Play Regular Season Finale At Iowa State
Feb. 28, 2005
Kansas (12-14, 5-10 Big 12) at Iowa State (21-5, 11-4 Big 12)
Game #27 – Tues., March 1, 2005 – 7 p.m. – Hilton Coliseum (14,092)
Jayhawk Radio Network: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Brian Hanni (color analyst) call the action. Television: Mediacom Connections in Iowa only.
Kansas is 12-14 overall, 5-10 in the Big 12, and has lost its last two. Iowa State is 21-5 overall, 11-4 in the Big 12 and has won its last two.
Kansas is not ranked. Iowa State is ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (Feb. 21-27).
Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson is 12-14 in her first year at KU and 170-76 in her eighth year as a head coach overall. The Cyclones are coached by Bill Fennelly, who is 213-95 in his 10th year at Iowa State and 379-148 in his 17th season overall.
– KU is 12-14 overall and 5-10 in the Big 12 after falling to No. 17/17 Kansas State 73-46 on Saturday in Manhattan. Senior Aquanita Burras led KU with 11 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.
– KU has done well in its second trip around the Big 12 North. The Jayhawks are 3-1 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. KU dropped both contests to Kansas State. KU fell by 33 in the first meeting against Iowa State.
– KU has held 14 of 15 Big 12 opponents under their season scoring averages, and six of those opponents to more than 10 points below their season average.
– KU is playing Iowa State in its regular season finale for the third-straight season. This is the second year in a row the Jayhawks end the regular season in Ames, Iowa.
The University of Kansas women’s basketball team (12-14, 5-10) will travel to Ames, Iowa, to play is last regular season game of the year when it takes on the No. 21/20 Iowa State Cyclones (21-5, 11-4) on Tuesday, March 1, in Hilton Coliseum at 7 p.m.
The Jayhawks will be looking for their 13th win of the season and sixth win in the Big 12, which would represent Kansas’ most wins since 1999-2000.
Iowa State will be Kansas’ fifth-straight opponent either ranked or receiving votes in the top-25. To make matters worse, the Jayhawks are playing their second opponent in a row on its senior day. KU is coming off a 73-46 loss at K-State on Saturday. The Wildcats jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back. Senior Aquanita Burras led the Jayhawks with 11 points as Kansas was only able to shoot 30.6 percent from the field and was outrebounded 42-32.
No. 21/20 Iowa State is coming off a 68-64 win against Texas A&M on Saturday. ISU placed four players in double figures led by senior forward Katie Robinette with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Senior guards Mary Fox and Anne O’Neil combined for 30 points as the duo hit seven of the Cyclone’s eight three pointers.
The game is the second meeting between the two teams this season. Back on Jan. 12 in Lawrence, then No. 24/24 Iowa State defeated Kansas 70-37. Iowa State canned nine three-pointers and won going away hitting 52 percent of its shots in the second half. The Jayhawks were led by freshman Taylor McIntosh and junior Kaylee Brown with eight points apiece, as KU shot 25 percent from the field.
Kansas leads the all-time series 38-19 although ISU has won the last three meetings. KU’s last win came 63-60 on March 11, 2003 in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas, Texas. KU last beat the Cyclones in Ames 79-71 on Feb. 16, 2000.
Last Time Out
Kansas fell to No. 17 Kansas State, 73-46, on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. The loss dropped KU to 12-14 on the season and 5-10 in Big 12 play, while Kansas State improved to 20-6 overall and 11-4 in the conference.
KU senior guard Aquanita Burras led KU with 11 points to go with four rebounds. Junior forward Crystal Kemp added eight points and 12 boards, while freshman forward Taylor McIntosh scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting.
Kansas trailed 38-18 at the break after shooting 26.9 percent (7-for-26) from the field in the first half, while K-State shot 50 percent on 14-of-28 shooting.
K-State outrebounded the Jayhawks 42-32 for the game and held a 19-4 edge on second chance points. KU shot 30.6 percent on the day while Kansas State hit 41.4 percent of its field goals.
KSU’s Kendra Wecker led the Wildcats with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Laurie Koehn added 19 points on 5-of-10 three point shooting.
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 170-76.
KU has used four different starting lineups in 26 games with freshman Taylor McIntosh, senior Aquanita Burras and junior Erica Hallman starting each game. Junior Crystal Kemp (24 starts), junior Kaylee Brown (23), senior Blair Waltz (3) and sophomore Alicia Rhymes (2) have also made starts. The combo of McIntosh, Burras, Hallman, Brown and Kemp have started 22 of the last 23 contests (with the exception of Senior Night), and the team owns a record of 10-12 when going with that fivesome.
Up Next For KU
KU plays in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament on March 8-10, 12, in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium. KU will play as either an eight or nine seed on March 8 at noon.
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 20 contests. KU has recorded 11 double-doubles, including nine by Kemp and two by McIntosh.
Tonight’s Opponent – Iowa State Cyclones
Iowa State (21-5, 11-4 Big 12) enters the game against Kansas after defeating Texas A&M 68-54 on Saturday in Ames.
Iowa State has won three of its last four games. Currently tied for fourth in the Big 12 standings, ISU has league losses this year to Kansas State, Texas Tech, Nebraska and Baylor.
Last game against the Aggies, the Cyclones used balanced scoring with four players tallying double-figure scoring. Senior forward Katie Robinette led the way with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Senior guards Mary Fox and Anne O’Neil combined for 30 points as the duo accounted for seven three pointers. ISU outshot the Aggies 49 percent to 28.8 percent from the field.
In the first meeting between KU and ISU this season, the Cyclones defeated the Jayhawks 70-37 in Lawrence on Jan. 12. O’Neil scored 18 points and pulled down nine boards to lead ISU in that game.
O’Neil paces ISU with 16.7 points per game as four Cyclones average double figures. Robinette adds 14.9 ppg to go with a team-high 7.2 boards per outing.
As a team, the Cyclones are averaging 78 points per game which ranks fifth in the nation. ISU averages more than nine three-pointers per game which is the most in the country.
Iowa State is coached by Bill Fennelly, who is 213-95 in his 10th year at Iowa State and 379-148 in his 17th season overall.
Kansas vs. Iowa State Series Notes
Kansas leads the all-time series 38-19. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, the ISU leads 12-8. KU has a 14-11 advantage in games played in Ames. ISU won both meetings last season and the first meeting this season. KU’s last win came on March 11, 2003 when the Jayhawks downed the Cyclones 63-60 in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas, Texas.
Kansas/Iowa State Last Meeting
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas was defeated 70-37 by visiting Iowa State on Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Allen Fieldhouse. The Cyclones shot 52 percent in the second half to pull away for the victory.
Freshman Taylor McIntosh and junior Kaylee Brown paced the Jayhawks with eight points each. Junior Crystal Kemp added seven points and tied for game-high honors with nine rebounds. Junior Erica Hallman added six points.
The Jayhawks shot 25 percent from the field in the loss.
Iowa State had four players in double-figures. Anne O’neil led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Mary Fox and Katie Robinette each added 11 points, while Megan Ronhovde scored 10.
Kansas/Iowa State Connections
– Iowa State is one of two (also Texas Tech) Big 12 teams KU coach Bonnie Henrickson faced while at Virginia Tech. Last season in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands, Henrickson’s Hokies defeated ISU 67-57 on Nov. 28, 2003.
– Henrickson was an assistant coach at Iowa in 1996-97 when the Hawkeyes defeated ISU 64-53 on Dec. 1, 1996.
– KU assistant coach Karen Lange played at the University of Iowa from 1992-96.
– Kansas freshman Jamie Boyd is a native of Underwood, Iowa.
Best Start Since 1999-2000
With a 12-14 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 6-10 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 Iowa State to 39-19 … Improve KU’s record against ISU in Ames to 15-11 … Snap a three-game losing streak to ISU … Give KU a 4-7 record on the road this season … Snap a streak of 35 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 13-14 at KU and 171-76 (.692) in her career … Make KU 610-412 all-time.
A Kansas Loss Would
Make KU 12-15 overall … Make KU 5-11 in Big 12 play … Drop KU’s all-time series record versus Iowa State to 38-20 … Make the Jayhawks 14-12 against Iowa State in Ames … Give KU its fourth-straight loss to ISU … Make the Jayhawks 3-8 on the road this season … Extend KU’s streak to 36 straight losses to opponents ranked in the top-25 … Make KU 0-8 against ranked opponents this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 12-15 at KU and 170-77 (.688) in her career … Make KU 609-413 all-time.
Streaks And Career Leaders
– Senior Aquanita Burras owns the team’s longest starting streak at 83 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 (113, 5th), three-pointers attempted (310, 5th) and three-point field goal percentage (36.5 percent, 5th).
– Hallman also has cracked the KU all-time top-10 in assists. Currently at 320 career assists, Hallman is in sixth place and needs 17 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 55 made this season and needs three more treys to tie for fourth with Sandy Shaw who made 58 in 1988. Her 142 attempts also rank fifth and her current 38.7 three-point percentage ranks eighth on the KU single season list.
– Kemp currently is tied for 16th on the KU all-time scoring list with 1,044 career points with Shebra Legrant (1980-81). She needs 31 points to catch Jennifer Jackson (1998-2001) for a share of 15th place with 1,075 points. Brooke Reves (1999-2001) is in 14th place with 1,101 points.
– Kemp has played and scored in all 83 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 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.
Three players (4th-Erica Hallman-35.27, 5th-Aquanita Burras-34.15 and 6th-Crystal Kemp-33.46) are playing more than 33 minutes per game, and each rank in the top six in the conference in time played per game. Kemp (5), Burras (3) and Hallman (3) have also each played at least three complete games. Only six players have played in every game. KU’s starters are playing 77.4 percent of the available minutes, while the top six play 85 percent of the minutes.
Second Time Around
Until KU had the unfortunate task of taking on K-State on Senior Night, KU had looked good against teams the second time it played them. The Jayhawks have also played Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska twice. In the first meetings against those three, KU narrowly defeated Missouri by two, won at Colorado by five and lost at 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 against MU, CU and NU.
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 57.6 points per game which ranks fourth in the Big 12. KU has held 14 of 15 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 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 117-of-181 attempts for 64.6 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 74.6 percent (47-of-63) from the line over the last five 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 757-711, and has led or been tied at the break in 15 out of 26 games. Five losses have come after being ahead or tied at intermission. As a team, the Jayhawks average 29.1 points per first half on 43.0 percent (306-of-712) shooting from the field. In the second half, KU is has improved its scoring average to essentially the same amount of points (29.2) as the first half, but is shooting just 39.4 percent (277-of-703).
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 12.8 points per game. In Big 12 games, her average goes up to a team-best 13.2 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).
Kemp Leading The Jayhawks
Junior forward Crystal Kemp paces the team with 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. She has played in all 26 games with 24 starts. She has posted nine 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 1,044 ranking her in a tie for 16th 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 26 games this season at point guard. She is second on the team with 12.7 points per game and leads the team with 55 three-pointers made. She provides KU with a solid ball-handling and long-range shooting option. Her 1.65-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 ranks sixth place on the KU career assist list with 320 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 81 assists and leads the team with 50 steals. At just 5’9″, she is second on the team with 14 blocked shots and third on the squad with 43 offensive rebounds. She rarely comes out of the game, averaging 34.2 minutes per contest. In three years at KU, she has started all 83 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 26 games and has made her reputation doing the little things in her young career. She is second on the team with 6.4 rebounds per game and first on the team with 82 offensive rebounds. Her 3.15 offensive boards per game ranks third in the Big 12. Her 6.4 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 26 games with 23 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 40 three-pointers made, and has connected on at least one three-pointer in 21 of 26 games. She owns an average of 9.1 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 16 times and is averaging 3.0 points and 1.1 assists in 15.2 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 25 games this season in a reserve role and has posted 2.6 points and 2.3 boards in 14.6 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 21 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 16 games with two starting assignments. She has posted 1.0 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 9-7 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 was the finest in school history. The Jayhawks played 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 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.