Jayhawks Host Ole Miss Sunday

March 17, 2006

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Kansas Jayhawks vs. Ole Miss Lady Rebels
Game #30 – Sunday, March 19, 2006 – 6:05 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)

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Kansas is 17-12 overall, 5-11 in the Big 12 and won its preliminary game over Northern Iowa. Ole Miss is 16-13 overall, 5-9 in the SEC and is coming off a March 3 loss to No. 3 LSU in the SEC tournament.


Bonnie Henrickson is 29-28 in her second year at Kansas and 187-90 in her ninth season overall. The Lady Rebels are coached by Carol Ross who is 52-38 in her third year at Ole Miss and 299-159 in her 15th season as a head coach overall.

Series History
Ole Miss leads the series 1-0 after beating KU, 61-40, on Nov. 27, 1988 in the championship game of the Aruba Shootout.

Jayhawk Storylines
– KU picked up its first postseason win since 1999 when it defeated Northern Iowa 59-49 in the WNIT preliminary round on Thursday.
– Kansas is in the postseason for the first time since 2000 when KU fell 71-69 in double overtime to Vanderbilt in the NCAA first round in Ruston, La. It marks the third time KU has played in a postseason Women’s NIT tournament and the 17th all-time postseason appearance for the Jayhawks.
– Kansas played 14 games against teams who made the postseason this year including seven Big 12 teams, Florida International and Pepperdine. The Jayhawks went 5-9 in those games including a 3-5 record against teams participating in the WNIT.
– KU is hosting postseason play for the first time since 1997 when it hosted the NCAA first and second rounds. This marks the seventh time KU has hosted a postseason event.

The Matchup
After picking up its first postseason win since 1999, the University of Kansas women’s basketball team (17-12, 5-11 Big 12) under second year head coach Bonnie Henrickson has advanced to the next round of the postseason WNIT and will play the University of Mississippi (16-13, 5-9 SEC) on Sunday, March 19 at 6 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. A Jayhawk win would pit KU against the winner of the Pittsburgh and Delaware at a date, time and place to be determined.
Kansas, playing in the postseason for the 17th time in school history, faces Ole Miss after defeating Northern Iowa 59-49 on Thursday in Lawrence.
KU senior All-Big 12 first teamer Crystal Kemp posted her 11th double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Jayhawk attack. Senior guard Erica Hallman added 13 points as did freshman reserve forward Marija Zinic.
Ole Miss is playing in the WNIT for the third time in school history although the Lady Rebels have never won a game in the event. Mississippi is led by All-SEC First Team member Armintie Price who is considered by many to be one of the top guards in the country. She averages a team-high 16.9 points and an astonishing 9.9 rebounds per game and was recently named a finalist for the 2006 WBCA/Kodak All-America Team.
Price is backed up by senior guard Ashley Johnson with 11.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Off the bench, Ole Miss has gotten solid production from Carla Batee, a sophomore transfer from Western Kentucky. Batee averages 9.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the season, but has posted double-figures in seven of the last nine games.
The Jayhawks are led by seniors Kemp, Hallman and Kaylee Brown who are all having their finest seasons in a Jayhawk uniform. Kemp ranks 22nd in the country with an average of 18.7 points per game to go with 8.4 boards per contest. Hallman is second in scoring with 14.2 points per game and leads the team with 59 three-pointers made. Brown averages 11.2 points per outing while knocking down 56 treys.
Ole Miss leads the all-time series against Kansas 1-0 after defeating the Jayhawks 61-40 in the championship game of the Aruba Shootout on Nov. 27, 1988.

KU has never played in the WNIT under its current format, but did play in the NWIT twice — in 1978 and 1991 — when it was an eight-team tournament. The NWIT later went to 16 teams until its final year of 1996. There was no NWIT tournament in 1997. In 1998, the tournament was brought back under the new name WNIT and in 1999, the field expanded to 32 teams. This year, the tournament has expanded to 40 teams.

More From The Last Game
Kansas (17-12) defeated Northern Iowa (19-11), 59-49, in the opening round of the WNIT Thursday, March 16 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks outscored the Panthers 28-12 over the final 12 minutes of the second half to secure the win.
Crystal Kemp led all scorers with 18 points to go with 11 rebounds, which marked her 11th double-double of the season. Kemp added three assists, two steals and a career-high 21 field-goal attempts.
Marija Zinic, who finished with 13 points and five rebounds, poured in 11 points and five field goals in the second half to help seal the victory. Erica Hallman added 13 points, five rebounds and six assists.
The Jayhawks relied on a stout defense that limited the Panthers to 31.5 percent shooting from the field, marking a new opponent season low for the Jayhawks. The defense also forced 15 Panther turnovers that it converted into 14 points and held the Panthers’ bench scoreless.
Despite being out-rebounded 43-35, Kansas outscored UNI 30-16 in the paint. The game featured nine lead changes and five ties and the win gives KU its first postseason victory since 1999.

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 now been a part of postseason play in 12 of the last 13 seasons. She is 29-28 (.509) at KU and 187-90 (.675) in her career.

Jayhawk Starters
Kansas has used six different starting lineups in 28 games with senior F Crystal Kemp and senior G Kaylee Brown starting every game. Sophomore F Taylor McIntosh (28 starts), senior G Erica Hallman (26), freshman G Ivana Catic (24), junior G Sharita Smith (4), junior G Shaquina Mosley (3), sophomore F Jamie Boyd (1) and freshman G Sophronia Sallard (1) and have all received starting nods. The most-used lineup of McIntosh, Kemp, Catic, Brown and Hallman is 13-8 as a unit.

Today’s Opponent – Ole Miss
The University of Mississippi (16-13, 5-9 SEC) will face Kansas on Sunday, March 19 in the first round of the postseason WNIT. The winner will play either Pittsburgh or Delaware in the second round. Ole Miss is playing in the WNIT for the third time in school history and will be searching for its first WNIT win.
The meeting is the second all-time between the two schools with UM holding a 1-0 advantage. The two teams first squared off in November of 1988 in the Aruba Shootout, with Ole Miss taking a 61-40 victory.
The Lady Rebels are coming off a 91-73 loss to No. 3 LSU in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament on March 3. Ole Miss was led by All-SEC first teamer Armintie Price with 23 points, six rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Ashley Awkward added 19 points and senior guard Ashley Johnson had 17. The Lady Rebels were outrebounded 53-30. UM shot 36.3 percent (29-of-80) from the field while LSU scorched the nets for 54.5 percent (36-of-66).
Ole Miss is led on the season by Price with 16.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Price was recently named a finalist for the 2006 WBCA/Kodak All-America Team. Sophomore forward Carla Bartee has been Ole Miss’ top player off the bench with 9.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per outing. Bartee has posted double figures in seven of the last nine games and tied a career-high with 21 points in Ole Miss’ win over Arkansas in the first round of the 2006 SEC Tournament. Awkward had a strong showing at the SEC Tournament, averaging 16.0 points 6.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in Ole Miss’ two games, including a career-high 19 points vs. LSU.
Freshman center Shawn Goff has been coming on strong as of late. She has started the last four games and averaged 6.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in the last seven games. Goff has also tallied 13 blocks, seven steals and six assists in those seven outings.
The Lady Rebels are coached by Carol Ross, who is 52-38 in her third year at Ole Miss and 299-159 in her 15th season as a head coach overall.

Kansas/Northern Iowa Notes
Kansas and Ole Miss are meeting for the second time in history with the Lady Rebels owning a 1-0 series advantage. Ole Miss head coach Carol Ross was head coach at Florida when the Gators defeated KU 58-56 on Nov. 26, 1994 in Hawaii. UM associate head coach Peggie Gillom-Granderson previously was employed as head coach at Texas A&M from 1998-2003 where she went 1-4 against the Jayhawks. Lady Rebel sophomore Carla Bartee transferred to Ole Miss from Western Kentucky where she played in 2003-04 when KU assistant coach Kyra Elzy and Administrative Assistant Katie Capps were on staff at WKU. That year, the Lady Toppers advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT and Bartee averaged 11.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. UM Assistant Media Relations Director Katy Lonergan is a Kansas native and graduated from KU in 1998. At KU, she worked as a manager for the women’s basketball team for three years and also in the media relations office for one year.

The Times They Are A Changing
A quick look at a few of this season’s highlights under second year head coach Bonnie Henrickson…
… First winning season since 1999-2000 … Crystal Kemp named All-Big 12 First Team — the first selection for Kansas since 2000 … A school-record average regular season attendance of 3,041, an increase of over 900 per game from last season … First win over a top-25 opponent in 36 tries … Three Academic All-Big 12 First Team honorees … Two Big 12 Player of the Week Awards … Opened season 12-0 to mark the longest winning streak in school history … First 100-point game since 2000 … More games on TV than any other women’s team in the conference … First postseason win since 1999.

A Kansas Win Would…
Make the Jayhawks 18-12 overall … Give KU a 2-0 record in postseason play … Give KU a 1-1 record all-time against Ole Miss including a 1-0 record in Allen Fieldhouse … Make KU 17-4 at home this season … Make KU 5-3 all-time in postseason Women’s NIT tournaments … Give KU a 6-13 record all-time against teams from the SEC … Improve head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record to 30-28 at Kansas and 188-90 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 627-426 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would…
End Kansas’ season with a record of 17-13 overall … Give KU an 0-2 record all-time against Ole Miss including an 0-1 record in Allen Fieldhouse … Make KU 16-5 at home this season … Make KU 4-4 all-time in postseason Women’s NIT tournaments … Give KU a 5-14 record all-time against teams from the SEC … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 29-29 at Kansas and 187-91 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 626-427 all-time.

Kemp, Hallman Earn All-Big 12
Senior Crystal Kemp was named All-Big 12 First Team and senior Erica Hallman was named Honorable Mention. The all-conference teams, voted on by the league’s coaches, were comprised of 10 first team members, six second team members and 12 honorable mention selections.
Kemp and Hallman earned their honors after both being named Honorable Mention last year during their junior seasons. Kemp becomes the third player in KU history to win first team honors. Former Jayhawk Tamecka Dixon was named first team in the inaugural Big 12 season in 1997, while Lynn Pride was a three-time first team selection from 1998-2000.

Kemp, McIntosh and Boyd Named Academic All-Big 12
Senior Crystal Kemp, sophomore Taylor McIntosh and sophomore Jamie Boyd were named to the 2006 Women’s Basketball Academic All-Big 12 First Team. Kemp, a Topeka, Kan., native majoring in Speech Language and Hearing earned the honor for the third straight year. McIntosh, a Prepharmacy major, and Boyd, a Communication Studies major, both earned the award in their first year of eligibility. Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league women’s basketball squad consisted of 31 first team members combined with seven on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

Most Wins Since 1999-2000
When Kansas defeated Oklahoma State on Jan. 22, it recorded its 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 17 victories.

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 1,170 points, she is in 14th place on the all-time scoring list, and needs 24 points to catch Suzi Raymant for 13th 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 reached both 1,600 points and 800 rebounds in the Big 12 Championship against Kansas State as 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 in the first half of the team’s win against Wisconsin. The 14-point halftime comeback for the victory tied for the third-largest halftime rally in program history.
– Kaylee Brown ranks second on the KU career free throw percentage at 78.6 percent (85-107). Her 79.3 percent shooting this season ranks seventh on the single-season list.
– KU players have recorded 20+ point scoring games 17 times as Crystal Kemp has 12, Erica Hallman has three and Kaylee Brown has two.
– Kemp ranks in the all-time KU top-10 in points (7th-1,623), rebounds (8th-818), field goals made (6th-650), field goals attempted (7th-1,274), field goal percentage (T-9th-51.0), free throws made (9th-317), free throws attempted (10th-433), free throw percentage (8th-73.2), blocked shots (7th-90) and minutes (6th-3,586).
– Hallman ranks second on the all-time KU 3-pointers list with 178 made and 484 attempted. Brown ranks sixth with 106 made and fifth with 335 attempted.
– Hallman ranks third on the all-time assist list with 450 dimes.
– Hallman’s 83.3 percent (40-48) shooting from the free throw line this season ranks first all-time at KU (minimum 40 made).
– Freshman Ivana Catic’s 135 assists this season rank ninth on the KU single-season list. Hallman is five away from the top-10 list with 120 dimes this season.
– 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 18.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures in every game this season and in her last 30 outings overall. She continues to solidify herself among the elite players to ever don the Crimson and Blue as she is just one of six Jayhawks to ever reach 1,600 career points and 800 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 12 games with 20+ points this season and 11 double-doubles. She is shooting a career-best 53.2 percent from the field this season, and has regained her stroke at the free throw line, shooting a solid 77.0 percent.
Hallman has upped her scoring average to 14.2 this year after scoring 13.1 ppg last year. She is fourth in the conference with 2.19 3-pointers per game and her 59 treys rank fifth on the KU single-season list. She has nailed 178 trifectas in her career to rank second on the KU list.
Brown has emerged as a solid third scoring option as a senior, averaging 11.2 points per contest. Last year she averaged 8.9 points per game. Her 56 treys currently rank seventh on the KU single-season list. She has 106 career threes to rank sixth all-time at KU.

Quick Hits
– KU’s 66.0 points per game are the most since Kansas averaged 68.4 during the 2000-01 season.
– KU’s 189 steals and 46 blocked shots are both the fewest in school history. The next lowest is 217 steals done last season and 68 blocks done in 1983-84.
– KU’s 439 total assists are its most since 2000-01when the Jayhawks dished 504 assists in 29 games.
– Although Kansas shoots just 69.3 percent from the free throw line this season, the Jayhawks have hit 83.5 percent from the charity stripe over the last 11 outings.
– The Jayhawks’ 140 three-pointers made are the most for the team since KU hit 150 during the 1994-95 season. KU’s 35.6 percent accuracy from 3-point range is the highest since 1999-2000 when Kansas shot 35.8 percent.
– Kansas has won 17 or more games 20 times in school history.
– Senior Erica Hallman is the only player in the Big 12 to average at least 14 points, four assists and four rebounds.
– Senior Crystal Kemp has team’s longest starting streak at 55 games.
– Kansas has not played an SEC team since its last postseason appearance when it fell 71-69 in double overtime to Vanderbilt on March 18, 2000. KU is 5-13 all-time against teams from the SEC.
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.

Winning The Close Ones
The Jayhawks are 6-0 in games decided by five or fewer points and 3-0 in overtime games. Against Missouri, KU won 81-71 in overtime. KU also has an overtime win at Iowa State and a double overtime win over Wisconsin.

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)

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.

Smith’s Defensive Presence Felt
Junior defensive specialist Sharita Smith has seen her minutes increase recently because of the pressure she puts on opposing guards. Whenever she is in the game, she is charged with guarding the opposing team’s top perimeter scoring threat. Some of her most impressive work came in the form of holding Missouri’s LaToya Bond to four points and Iowa State’s Lyndsey Medders to seven points.

Taking Care Of The Ball
The Jayhawks have passed out 439 assists and made 734 field goals, or an assist for every 1.67 field goals made. KU averages 15.14 assists per game while only turning the ball over 14.0 times per game to rank third in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.08. 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. The 14.0 turnovers per game are the fewest since 1986-87 when the Jayhawks averaged just 11.6 miscues per game.

Record Crowds
Kansas enjoyed its highest regular season home attendance average in school history at 3,041 fans per game. In conference games, the average rose to 3,962 per game. The increase was over 900 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, and the ninth-most in school history.

27 Games On TV
With 27 games on the tube, KU’s television package in 2005-06 was 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 had 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 had two games on Fox Sports Net, three games on FSN regional television and three contests on CSTV. Locally, 14 games were produced and aired by Sunflower Broadband in Lawrence, and five contests were 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.

Sallard Out
Freshman reserve guard Sophronia Sallard is currently not playing for medical reasons. Her status for the remainder of the season is unknown. The Syracuse, N.Y., native has played in 15 games with averages of 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game.

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.

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.

KU Tough When Scoring 70
Kansas has scored 70 or more points in 13 games. After scoring 57 points at Oklahoma, the Jayhawks’ scoring average dipped just below 70 for the season. KU now sits on 66.0 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 12-1 when scoring 70 or more this year.

Serbian Sensations
Kansas welcomed 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 brings 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).

Possible Next Opponent
If Kansas could defeat Mississippi in the WNIT first round, the Jayhawks would play the winner of Pittsburgh (19-10, 6th Big East) and Delaware (22-7, 3rd Colonial) at a date, time and site to be announced.

No Place Like Home
Kansas has played an unprecedented 22 games in Allen Fieldhouse this season including two exhibition contests, all 11 non-conference matchups, eight Big 12 games and its WNIT game against Northern Iowa. 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.