Kansas Among Strong Field at WBCA/Metro Sports Classic

Nov. 9, 2006

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Event: WBCA/Metro Sports Classic<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Location: <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas City, Mo.

Venue: Municipal Auditorium

Capacity: 10,700

Television: Metro Sports

Nov. 11 Matchups:
Seton Hall vs. Kansas (2 p.m.)

MissouriState vs. Iowa (4:30 p.m.)


Nov. 12 Matchups:

Day 1 Losers (2 p.m.)

Day 1 Winners (4:30 p.m.)

Series vs. SHU: First Meeting

Series vs. Iowa: Kansas leads 2-1

Series vs. MSU: Kansas leads 9-3

KU Coach: Bonnie Henrickson

Record: 187-91 overall and 29-29 at KU

vs. SHU: 0-0 at KU, 5-0 overall

vs. Iowa: 0-0 at KU, 1-0 overall

vs. MSU: First Meeting

-Radio
Jayhawk Radio Network

Play-by-Play: Brian Hanni

Color Analyst: Josh Klingler

-Television
Metro Sports

Play-by-Play: Nate Bukaty

Color Analyst: Brenda VanLengen

-Internet

Live Audio

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OPENING TIP

The University of Kansas will participate in the WBCA/Metro Sports Classic held at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 11 and 12. The Jayhawks open the Classic with a 2 p.m. contest against Seton Hall on Saturday. Depending on Saturday’s outcome, KU will play at either 2 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

FAST BREAKS

-Bonnie Henrickson is 1-1 in season openers at KU, including a 77-53 victory over Binghamton last year. Henrickson has compiled a 8-1 record in season openers as a head coach.

-The Jayhawks are 7-3 in their last 10 season-opening contests.

-Kansas wrapped up its exhibition season with a 2-0 record for the third-straight year.

-Bonnie Henrickson is 5-0 all-time against Seton Hall, with all five victories over the Pirates coming when she was at Virginia Tech.

-Kansas had four players average double-figures scoring during its two exhibition victories: Danielle McCray (13.0), Taylor McIntosh (10.5), Marjia Zinic (10.5) and LaChelda Jacobs (10.0).

-KU will host UMKC in its home opener on Thursday, Nov. 16. The Jayhawks and Kangaroos will tip off at 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE WBCA/METRO SPORTS CLASSIC

Kansas, Seton Hall, Iowa and MissouriState will tip off its regular season the WBCA/Metro Sports Classic on Nov. 11 and 12. Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. will serve as host for the two day event. For tickets or more information visit, www.sportkc.org or call 816/474-4652. Fans attending this weekends tournament will have a chance to win:

-A trip for two to the 2007 ESPY Awards including round trip airfare and a hotel stay.

A two month lease on a Mercedes-Benz GLS and a chance to shoot a half court shot to win a two year lease.

A LOOK AT IOWA

Coach: Lisa Blunder

Record: 469-213 overall and 113-74 at Iowa

vs. KU: 0-0 at Iowa, 0-2 overall

2005-06 Record: 17-12, 10-6 Big 10

2006-07 Exhibition: 2-0

The Hawkeyes return 10 letterwinners and three starters from a squad that finished 17-12 last season and earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore center Megan Skouby was named Big 10 Freshman of the Year after posting 14.3 points per game as a rookie. Guard Kristi Smith started 21 games at the point as a rookie while dishing out an Iowa freshman record 82 assists. Iowa’s third returning starter is forward Krista VandeVenter who averaged 8.9 points and a team-best 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore.

A LOOK AT MISSOURISTATE

Coach: Katie Abrahamson-Henderson

Record: 88-40 overall and at Missouri State

vs. KU: 0-0 at MSU, 0-0 overall

2005-06 Record: 17-15, 7-11 MVC

2006-07 Exhibition: 2-0

Despite a sixth-place regular season finish in the Missouri Valley Conference last season, the Bears rallied to win the MVC postseason tournament and earn their fourth bid to the NCAA Tournament in five seasons under head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. Like KU, MissouriState enters the season with seven newcomers. The Bears lone returning starter is junior forward Tiff Terwelp who averaged 6.6 points per game last season. Junior guard Tahnee Balerio missed six games with a hand injury last season before coming back to earn all-tournament honors at the MVC Tournament.

A LOOK AT SETON HALL

Coach: Phyllis Mangina

Record: 294-306 at SHU and overall

vs. KU: 0-0 at SHU, 0-0 overall

2005-06 Record: 6-21, 3-13 Big East

2006-07 Exhibition: Played in two closed scrimmages

Picked to finish 16th in the Big East Preseason BIG EAST coaches poll, Seton Hall returns two double-figure scorers off last year’s 6-21 squad. Seniors Monique Blake and Heta Korpivaara averaged 11.9 and 10.1 points per contest a season ago, respectively. High touted 5-7 freshman point guard Ashley Booker of Oceanside, Calif., will make her collegiate debut against the Jayhawks. Head Coach Phyllis Mangina enters her 22nd season at the helm of the SHU program.

Six degrees of separation

-Bonnie Henrickson was an assistant coach at Iowa (1995-97) prior to her becoming the head coach at Virginia Tech in 1997.

-Assistant coach Karen Lange stared for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1992-96. Lange led Iowa to the 1993 Final Four, 1996 Sweet 16 and Big 10 Championships both of those seasons.

-KU’s Senior Associate Athletics Director Larry Keating served as Director of Athletics at SetonHallUniversity for 12 years prior to his arrival at Kansas.

-KU junior Jamie Boyd is a native of Underwood, Iowa.

WASHBURN LEFTOVERS

-Kansas gathered 14 offensive rebounds, converting them into 12 second-chance points.

-KU forced 26 Washburn turnovers, converting them into 15 points.

-Kansas has now won 20 of their last 22 exhibition contests and are 29-9 all-time in exhibition.

-The Jayhawks outscored Washburn 34 to 16 in the paint.

-Kansas held the Lady Blues without a field goal in the second half for 5:45, spanning from the 11:47 mark to the 6:02 mark.

-For the second-consecutive game, multiple Kansas freshmen scored in double figures. Danielle McCray led the way with 15 points and LaChelda Jacobs added 10 points.

LEADERS OF THE HAWKS

Junior Taylor McIntosh and sophomore Ivana Catic have been named co-captains for the 2006-07 season. KU’s most experienced players, McIntosh and Catic have combined to start 81 games for the Crimson and Blue.

WEBCAST AVAILABLE

New this season, Kansas fans will be able to watch 15 KU home basketball games live via AT&T Jayhawk All Access on kuathletics.com. To subscribe to Jayhawk All Access, log on to kuathletics.com and click on the All Access logo in the upper right corner of the page.

EXCELLENT EXPOSURE

The Jayhawks television and radio coverage is one of the best in the country. KU will be featured on television 24 time this season, including all 18 contests at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas will also appear on national television four times.

Among the Jayhawk Radio Network affiliates carrying the 2006-07 season includes WIBW (580 AM), which boasts the 11th largest signal in the country. KLWN (1320 AM) of Lawrence will join KCSP (610 AM), weekend games, and KXTR (1660 AM), weeknight games, are a few of the affiliates fans can use to listen to Jayhawk basketball.

BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL

The University of Kansas was tabbed 10th in the preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches. Defending conference champion Oklahoma was picked to win its second-consecutive Big 12 Conference women’s basketball title. The Sooners received all 11 possible first place votes for a total of 121 points.