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Follow the <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas women’s basketball team through the words of KU sophomore guard Kelly Kohn. The Adrian, Mich. native is one of 11 returning letterwinners poised to lead the Jayhawks to an exciting 2007-08 season.

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February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air and so is the smell of victory after last night’s win over Colorado. With another conference win under our belt, Cupid has shot us with a new spark of energy and we are ready to make a run into March.

Cupid has been flying around the Lady Jayhawks and many of us have fallen victim to his striking arrows. Danielle McCray has been shot with an offensive rebounding arrow, crashing the offensive boards like she can’t live without pulling that ball into her arms. Krysten Boogaard has been shot with a free throw arrow, sinking the ball from the charity stripe as if her life depended on it. Nicollette Smith has the three-point arrow stuck in her heart, draining threes for the Jayhawks. Cupid struck Chakeitha Weldon with a strong heart and tough Jayhawk spirit after her devastating ACL injury. The entire Lady Jayhawk bench has been shot with a crazed excitement and spirit to push this team to the top of the Big 12.

Needless to say, Cupid has been a pretty busy guy around Allen Fieldhouse this week, but Cupid, just one more request… I’m still waiting for love to come my way. I heard Justin Timberlake is recently single?

Happy Valentine’s Day! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

October 23, 2007

Trick or Treat!

With Halloween approaching, we are well into our first week of practice and counting down the days until November 4th, our first exhibition game. While we are busy studying for our midterms and preparing together on the court, we have not forgotten one of our favorite holidays…All Hallow’s Eve! Although we probably won’t show up at your doorstep yelling trick or treat this year, I can imagine the Jayhawks in their Halloween costumes…

The freshmen would stick together of course. Chakeitha, Nicollette and Krysten would morph into Nutty Professors frantically studying and memorizing every play and drill Coach Bonnie puts into practice.

Jamie and Taylor would be ghosts so they could disappear from their remaining few classes and reappear in time to walk down the Hill in May.

Rebecca would be Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hide. She would be Mr. Hyde in the classroom, racking up a perfect 4.0 GPA and turn into Dr. Jekyl creating a magical potion to bring her wrist back to perfect health.

Ivana and Marija would be witches, casting a spell over all of Lawrence making Serbian the official language.

Porscha would be a werewolf and instead of a full moon, the blow of Coach Bonnie’s whistle would turn her into an animal in the post, blocking every shot and dominating the block.

Danielle would be Superwoman. Her kryptonite would be a trusty Gatorade energy bar and she would become unstoppable from the wing.

Sade would be the Incredible Hulk. After downing yet another Gatorade shake, she would morph into the Hulk and finally her muscles would bulk out, and she would be the intimidation factor to our opponents.

Katie would be a vampire out to slay three-pointers.

And as for me, I’d like to see myself in a Jack-O-Lantern costume. I’d bring light and energy from the inside and I would always be on fire!

This Halloween, be careful! The Jayhawks are on the loose and you never know who may show up on your doorstep and instead of trick or treating, yelling…ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK, GO KU!

April 23, 2007

Postseason is in the air. With our team banquet behind us, it’s officially the end of the 2006-07 season and the beginning of a whole new experience. Millions of shots are going up everyday in Allen Fieldhouse while weights continue to clank around in the Anderson Family Strength and ConditioningCenter. Between pick-up and individual workouts, we are continuing to improve our individual skills.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

One of my personal favorite additions to the infamous Coach Hudy strength and conditioning workouts has been the new DDR station. I know it might sound a little intimidating, but for all you non-gamers, DDR actually stands for Dance, Dance, Revolution, a video interaction game.

Coach Hudy has us do different levels on the game to improve our hand-eye coordination. You have to step on a big electronic pad which is connected to a screen and move to music as the screen instructs you where to place your feet to each beat of the song.

It’s hard not to get into it when at the end, the game will grade your performance and all of us bite our nails in hopes of an “A” appearing on the screen. Unfortunately, the songs are extremely catchy and our whole team ends up singing the pointless refrains for the remainder of the day (we definitely do not have any hidden talent in the singing department)!

As the sun begins to shine and the flowers begin to bloom, you can smell the Jayhawk postseason flying in the air. Now is the time for us to buckle down and take our game to the next level.

So watch out spring, there’s a different season taking over here at KU and in this season we don’t mess with the bunnies and daisies, it’s time for all out, sweat pouring, weight pumping, give it all you got POSTSEASON!

Rock Chalk JAYHAWK!

Feb. 7, 2007

Making it through my first winter as a Jayhawk has been quite the experience. Between slipping down the steps of the towers, watching the freshmen slide down the hills on trays from Mrs. E’s and being convinced my ears were going to surrender to frostbite on my morning walk to Fraser, the winter has definitely welcomed me in it’s own way.

I know what you are thinking, “Isn’t this girl from Michigan, where winters seem like the North Pole?”

True, Michigan isn’t quite the sunshine state, but I guess I just wasn’t prepared for the gracious Kansas winds that simply take your breath away =).

Even though the weather has been chilly, we have had plenty of Jayhawks heating it up. Shaq has been on fire, nearly pulling out two triple doubles in the last couple of games. With her senior year coming to a close, Shaq has been fueling us on both ends of the court.

Porscha has also been adding fuel to the fire. After practice one day a few of us were hanging in the gym just shooting around. We mixed in a friendly game of PIG and Porscha said she was just going to do an easy finger roll into the basket, no big deal right? Wrong. The easy finger roll turned into Porscha Weddington, a 6-foot-1 freshman from Temple, Texas, dunking the basketball. That’s right, you heard me, SHE DUNKED.

At approximately 6 p.m. on a cold Thursday evening Porscha aka “P-Dub” shocked everyone standing in Allen Fieldhouse. As our jaws dropped and we stood there in awe, all Porscha could say was “Wow, I didn’t even mean to do that!”

Even though we have been fighting through frostbit ears and gliding over icy sidewalks, as soon as we walk into Allen Fieldhouse we know it’s time to heat up. We have been adding fuel to our fire all winter and now it’s time to let it explode. It’s time to melt this winter freeze with a win. It’s time to fire up!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Dec. 20, 2006

Dear Santa,

I hope this blog finds you in time. I have faith that you will make this a very special Christmas for the Jayhawks. I have been asked to give you a few wish lists from my fellow Jayhawks – so here it goes.

Danielle McCray would like a new set of 300 pound dumbbells. I guess the 200 pound set isn’t really doing it for her anymore.

LaChelda Jacobs would like a new pair of turbo boost sneakers to fly up and down the court.

Lindsay Ballweg would like you to change KU’s colors to pink and light pink.

Rebecca Feickert would like A’s on all of her exams, tests, quizzes, homework papers and pretty much every piece of schoolwork she has done this semester. (Although I don’t think she needs much help from you).

Sade Morris would like a longer bed put in the JayhawkTowers that is equipped for human limbs that extend past 4 feet.

Porscha Weddington would like a complete set of Mr. Clean cleaning supplies to help clean out her locker.

Shaquina Mosley (Porscha’s locker neighbor) would also like for Porscha to finally clean her locker out.

Sharita Smith would like a big frame for her future college diploma.

Jamie Boyd and Katie Smith would both like the complete seasons of every Gilmore Girls episode ever created to watch over break. If you could somehow create a new show for them to watch over break, I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated.

Taylor McIntosh would like for you to allow her to foul seven times in a game instead of five, better yet just eliminate all fouls from the game of basketball.

Ivana Catic and Marija Zinic would like you to invent a special jet that will fly them back and forth from Serbia in a five minute travel time.

And as for me…well, for now, I will settle for a new left hand =).

Merry Christmas, and ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

Nov. 9, 2006

Hello fellow Jayhawks! I’m here to introduce myself as one of the many new freshmen to enter the wonderful world of Kansas Basketball and to give you all an inside scoop into the life of a Jayhawk.

Since being welcomed onto campus this summer, myself and six other youngsters (yes, that’s right there are seven of us) have come a long way to say the least. I still remember a ridiculously hot 6 a.m. morning workout with Andrea Hudy, our strength and conditioning coach. It was one of our first conditioning workouts and lets just say I never knew the human body could perspire so much!

Porscha, my fellow rookie had the most difficult time with what we call “25’s” (down, back, down and back in 25 seconds). The soft-spoken, 6’1″ freshman, pushed in gasps of air through what she insisted on calling her “pump” (I guess that’s what Texans refer to as inhalers) and continued to push through the summer conditioning.

Porscha became a prime example of Hudy’s ingenious work. Just last practice in a short court sprint, as I was about to cross the baseline I felt a sudden rush as someone sprinted past me to the finish line. I looked over to see my girl Porscha hardly out of breath and looking like “I might as well throw that pump in the trash can!” Needless to say, we all have come a long way.

In five months all seven of us rookies have experienced things here at KU that we had never imagined. With the exception of Rebecca, being from North Dakota, pretty much everything other than grass and cows is a little out of the ordinary. But seriously, from Lindsay learning to “walk it out” at “Late Night” or Danielle finally maxing out on bench at 210, my first few months here have been one of the most exciting times of my life.

I could not explain the feeling running out of the tunnel at “Late Night” and finally hearing my name being announced to 16,000 Jayhawk fans, the rush was indescribable.

And so, I would like to make my first blog as a Jayhawker a thank you to the many loyal Jayhawk fans that have made not only me, but the six other starry-eyed freshmen, feel more than welcome in their new home away from home. I hope we return the favor this season and pay you all back with more than enough wins!

Until next time, ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!