Women's Basketball Hosts Fort Hays State In Exhibition Opener

Oct. 29, 2010


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Kansas hosts Fort Hays State in its first exhibition game of the 2010-11 season Sunday, Oct. 31. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. Bonnie Henrickson is in her seventh season at the helm of the women’s basketball program after leading the Jayhawks to a 96-95 overall mark during her first six campaigns, including a 17-16 mark and a third-consecutive postseason appearance during the 2009-10 season.


-Kansas holds a 36-9 all-time record in exhibition games and has won 27 of its last 29 preseason contests. See page 3 for complete preseason exhibition results.

-Today’s game will mark the 16th time the Jayhawks have played an in-state Division II foe in the preseason, including last season’s wins over Pittsburg State and Emporia State.

-KU defeated Fort Hays State, 93-37, on Nov. 2, 2008, in its last meeting with the Tigers. The Jayhawks are 3-0 versus Fort Hays State under head coach Bonnie Henrickson. KU is 5-0 all-time versus the Tigers in preseason exhibition games.

-FHSU leads the regular season series with Kansas, 5-4. The Jayhawks and Tigers have not met during regular-season play since KU took a 72-32 win over FHSU on Feb. 20, 1976. The Tigers won four-straight meetings between the two teams spanning the 1972-74 seasons.

-The Jayhawks will host South Dakota in the 2010-11 season-opener on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas and South Dakota will be meeting for the second time in program history with KU owning a 1-0 lead in the series. The two teams have not met since 1981.


The Tigers, who were tabbed to finish seventh in the MIAA Preseason Poll, will have several new faces looking to make an impact this year with the departure of four seniors from last year’s team. They were four of the five regular starters and top four scorers on last year’s team. Four returning players have starting experience, but no returning player averaged more than six points per game last season. A recruiting class of five transfers and two freshmen will join with nine returning players to lead the Tigers this season. The top returners from last year’s team include seniors Shelby Hillman (5.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and Kara Champlin (4.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg) and sophomores Traci Keyser (5.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg) and Kara McFarland (4.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg). All four started games last year. FHSU is led by third year coach Tony Hobson, who owns a 27-29 mark with the Tigers.


Kansas will hit the court to begin the 2010-11 season returning seven letterwinners, including three starters, from last season’s 17-16 team that earned a spot in the WNIT postseason tournament. The Jayhawks return junior forward Aishah Sutherland, sophomore guard Angel Goodrich and sophomore forward Carolyn Davis as starters. Sutherland turned in 9.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore, while Davis added 10.2 points and 5.6 boards an outing. The pair both ranked in the top 10 in the Big 12 in field goal percentage as Davis topped the chart by shooting 71.9 percent on the season and Sutherland ranked fifth at 52.3 percent. Goodrich was averaging 6.8 points to go along with 7.1 assists per game prior to missing the final 18 games of the season with a knee injury. Her 7.1 assists were leading the Big 12 and ranked fourth in the NCAA. Also returning to the court for KU is senior center Krysten Boogaard who turned in 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season. Boogaard led KU in the WNIT as she poured in a career-best 37 points in a win over Prairie View A&M. Sophomore guard Monica Engelman started the final 13 games of last season, filling in for injured All-American Danielle McCray. Engelman averaged 12.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game upon entering the starting line up. Senior guard Marisha Brown is also back for KU. Brown averaged 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 21 games last season. KU welcomes four freshmen to the program, in addition to redshirt freshman forward Tania Jackson. Jackson missed the entire 2009-10 season while rehabbing a knee injury. A trio of Texas natives in guards CeCe Harper, Keena Mays and Diara Moore, along with Colorado native Brooke Jelniker are welcome additions to the Jayhawk team.