Women's Hoops Hosts Emporia State Sunday

Nov. 10, 2005

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Kansas Jayhawks vs. Emporia State Hornets
Exhibition Game #2 – Sun., Nov. 13, 2005 – 1 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)

Jayhawk Radio Network. Nate Bukaty (play-by-play), Brenda VanLengen (color).

Sunflower Broadband Channel 6. Kevin Romary (play-by-play), Steven Davis (color).

Kansas is 1-0 in exhibition play while Emporia State is 0-1 in preseason action.

Kansas is receiving votes in the preseason Associated Press poll. Emporia State is picked No. 9 in the WBCA DII preseason rankings.

Bonnie Henrickson is 12-16 in her second year at Kansas and 170-78 in her ninth season overall. The Lady Hornets are coached by Brandon Schneider who is 177-40 in his eighth season at ESU.

Series History
Kansas and Emporia State have never met in exhibition play. Kansas won the last regular season meeting, 56-46, on Dec. 14, 1991.

Jayhawk Storylines
– Kansas is 1-0 in exhibition play after defeating Pittsburg State, 90-65, on Nov. 6. Senior Crystal Kemp led five Jayhawks in double-figures with 24 points.
– The meeting against Division II Emporia State marks the sixth time in the past six years, and the second time this season, Kansas has played a D-II school from the state of Kansas in exhibition action.
– Four Jayhawks made their Kansas debuts against PSU including freshmen Ivana Catic, Sophronia Sallard and Marija Zinic, and junior Shaquina Mosley.
– KU signed seven recruits this week including Lindsay Ballweg, Rebecca Feickert, LaChelda Jacobs, Kelly Kohn, Danielle McCray, Sade Morris and Porscha Weddington.
– KU will open regular season action Sunday, Nov. 20 against Binghamton in Allen Fieldhouse at noon. The contest is the first of 12-straight regular season home games for the Jayhawks.

The Matchup
Kansas plays its second and final exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 13, when the Jayhawks take on in-state Division II foe Emporia State of the MIAA conference. Opening tip in Allen Fieldhouse is 1 p.m. The game marks the final tune up for the Jayhawks before opening regular season action on Nov. 20 against Binghamton.
The Jayhawks opened the season with a 90-65 exhibition victory over Pittsburg State last Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse. Senior Crystal Kemp paced five players in double-figures with 24 points. Senior Erica Hallman added 14 points and six assists. Four newcomers stepped on the floor for the first time in a Kansas uniform, including freshman Ivana Catic who started alongside returning starters Kemp, Hallman, senior Kaylee Brown and sophomore Taylor McIntosh. Junior Shaquina Mosley and freshman Sophronia Sallard added 13 points apiece in their Kansas debuts.
The Lady Hornets, who have played in the NCAA Tournament in eight of the last nine seasons, are picked to finish ninth in Division II this year. ESU returns its top scorer in sophomore forward Michelle Stueve who averaged 12.3 points and 5.9 points last year as a freshman. In 2004-05, ESU ended the season with a 27-6 overall record marking the fifth most wins in school history. The Lady Hornets fell to MIAA foe Washburn in the NCAA South Central Regional finals. Emporia State is playing its second exhibition game of the season after falling 60-46 at Kansas State on Tuesday.
Kansas and Emporia State have never met in exhibition action.

Game Promotions
Promotions for the game include “Sadie Hawkins” day, where one paid admission will get one free ticket, and “Scout Day,” where scout troops will receive $2 single game tickets. In addition, the game will feature a youth basketball scrimmage at half-time.

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson enters her second season at the helm of the Jayhawks as one the top young coaches in the nation. In her first year on the Jayhawk 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 Kansas 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 been a part of postseason play in 11 of the last 12 seasons.

Today’s Opponent – Emporia State
Emporia State enters the 2005-06 season under the direction of head coach Brandon Schneider, who is 177-40 in his eighth year at ESU.
The Lady Hornets opened the 2005-06 season with a 60-46 exhibition loss at Kansas State on Tuesday in Manhattan. ESU returns four players from last year’s 27-6 team that advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional championship game and twice knocked off No. 1 ranked teams.
Top scorer Michelle Stueve, a sophomore forward from Olpe, Kan., returns after averaging 12.3 points and 5.9 rebounds as a freshman a year ago. In the opener against K-State, Stueve posted game highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Andi McAlexander added 10 points.
The Lady Hornets held the young Wildcat team to just 36.4 percent shooting from the field, and won the battle on the boards 39-37. K-State ended the game on a 22-7 run for the win.

Kansas In Exhibition Games
KU holds a 26-9 all-time record in exhibition games and has won 11 of its last 12 preseason contests. KU has never played Emporia State in exhibition play. The game will mark the sixth time the Jayhawks have played an in-state Division II foe in the preseason, and second this season after defeating Pittsburg State last Sunday 90-65. Last year, KU defeated Fort Hays State 88-49 on Nov. 9, then fell to the West Coast All-Stars 60-58 on Nov. 16.

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.

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)

More From The Last Game
Kansas opened its 2005-06 season with a 90-65 exhibition victory over the Pittsburg State Gorillas last Sunday. The Jayhawks pulled away in the second half behind a 24-2 run that helped seal the victory. Five Jayhawks scored in double-figures and KU forced 28 Gorilla turnovers, which resulted in 36 Jayhawk points.
Senior forward Crystal Kemp led all scorers with 24 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Kemp scored 14 of the Jayhawks’ first 16 points to open the second half. She also finished with three rebounds and three assists.
The game also saw the debut of several new Jayhawks. Junior guard Shaquina Mosley finished with 13 points and four assists, seven of which came in the first half. Freshman guard Ivana Catic was also impressive in her Kansas debut, finishing with six points, six assists, and five steals. Additionally, freshman guard Sophronia Sallard chipped in 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half.
In the first half, senior guard Kaylee Brown’s 12 points paced the Jayhawks to a 40-32 halftime lead. The Arcadia, Okla., native scored the Jayhawk’s first five points and helped Kansas open the game on a 14-1 run. Sophomore forward Taylor McIntosh snagged four rebounds in the opening half to lead the Jayhawks.
The second half saw the Jayhawks employ an aggressive full-court defense that pressured the Gorillas into numerous turnovers. Senior guard Erica Hallman scored nine of her 13 points in the second half. Sophomore forward Jamie Boyd grabbed five of her team-high seven rebounds in the second half.

No Place Like Home
Kansas plays an unprecedented 21 games in Allen Fieldhouse this season including two exhibition contests, all 11 non-conference matchups and eight Big 12 games. The Jayhawks will not play away from Lawrence until after the new year when KU plays at Nebraska on Jan. 7. 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.

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.

Mosley Tabbed Preseason Big 12 Rookie of the Year
Junior transfer Shaquina Mosley was named the Preseason Newcomer of the Year in a vote of the Big 12 women’s basketball coaches released Oct. 18 by the conference office. A 5-6 junior guard, Mosley transferred to Kansas from Central Arizona Community College. She led her team to the NJCAA national championship last year while being named the 2005 WBCA Junior College/Community College Player of the Year.

Kemp Chosen Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Senior Crystal Kemp was selected as a preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention pick by a vote of the league coaches as released on Oct. 18. Last season, Kemp was named postseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention after leading the Jayhawks with 13.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. She is just the 11th player in KU history to have amassed over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.

27 Games On TV
With 27 games on the tube, KU’s television package in 2005-06 is 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 will play 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 plays two games on Fox Sports Net, three games on FSN regional television and three contests on CSTV. Locally, 14 games will be produced and aired by Sunflower Broadband in Lawrence, and five contests will be produced by Metro Sports of Kansas City.

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.

Up Next For KU
One week after Emporia State game, the Jayhawks will open the regular season with a home matchup against Binghamton on Nov. 20 at noon in Allen Fieldhouse. Including exhibition contests, the Jayhawks play their first 14 games in the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse.