Jayhawks Host UMKC Kangaroos in Home Opener

Nov. 15, 2006

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Date: Thursday, Nov. 16

Tip-off: 7 p.m.

Location: Lawrence. Kan.

Venue: Allen Fieldhouse

Capacity: 16,300

KU leads 11-3

Last Meeting: Dec. 7, 2005 at KU

Current Win Streak: 2, Kansas

KU Coach:
Bonnie Henrickson

Record: 188-92 overall and 30-30 at KU

vs. UMKC: 2-0

UMKC Coach:
Bo Overton

Record: 21-39 overall and at UMKC

vs. KU: 0-2

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Color Analyst: Brenda VanLengen

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The University of Kansas hosts UMKC in its home-opener on Thursday, Nov. 16. Tip-off at Allen Fieldhouse is scheduled for 7 p.m. Both squads enter the contest 1-1 on the young season.


-Kansas is 1-1 in home-opening games under Bonnie Henrickson. In her 10th season as a head coach, Henrickson has compiled a 8-1 record during home-opening games.

-Marija Zinic has scored double-figures in five-straight games dating back to last season. The sophomore is averaging 15.0 points during that stretch.

-Both KU and UMKC won its season opening games by wide margins (KU by 14 and UMKC by 25), before dropping its second game, also by wide margins (KU by 14, UMKC by 17).

-The Jayhawks’ 11 victories all-time against the Kangaroos have been by an average of 20.1 points.

-Freshmen Kelly Kohn and Sade Morris have been in KU’s starting lineup for its first two games of the season. The last time Kansas had two rookies in the same starting lineup was on Jan. 17, 2004 against KansasState. Current Jayhawk Sharita Smith and former `Hawk Lauren Ervin made their first career starts against the Wildcats.

-KU will travel to Omaha, Neb. to face the Creighton Bluejays on Monday, Nov. 20. Tip-off at the Omaha Civic Auditorium is scheduled for 7 p.m. KU downed Creighton, 63-52, last season a year after losing to CU, 68-63, in Omaha during the 2004-05 season.


The Kangaroos entered the season with four starters and 10 letterwinners returning from a squad that went 10-18 last year. UMKC also boasts freshman Chazny Morris. The Oakland, Calif. native poured in a team-high 17 points in the Kangaroos season-opening 71-46 victory over Northern Colorado and .

Jowan Ortega is UMKC’s most experienced returning player. A member of the Trinidad & Tobago National Team during the 2006 Goodwill Games this past summer, Ortega is a three-year starter that averaged 7.9 points while dishing out 106 assists last season.

Six degrees of separation

-Kansas has two players from the Kansas City area: Danielle McCray (Olathe, Kan.) and Lindsay Ballweg (Shawnee, Kan.).

-UMKC’s head coach Bo Overton played guard for four years at Oklahoma. During his time with the Sooners (1980-83), Overton and OU went 4-6 against the Jayhawks and 1-3 at Allen Fieldhouse.


-Six KU freshmen made their college debuts last weekend. Kelly Kohn and Sade Morris started both games while Danielle McCray, LaChelda Jacobs and Lindsay Ballweg saw significant action off the bench in both contests. Porscha Weddington played six minutes off the bench against Iowa.

-Marija Zinic combined to score 31 points and pull down 10 rebounds during KU’s two games in the tournament. The Serbia native was named to the All-Tournament Team after leading Kansas in scoring both games.

-Kansas outrebounded both Seton Hall and Iowa during the WBCA/Metro Sports Classic.

-KU’s season opening victory against Seton Hall improved Bonnie Henrickson to 2-1 in season-opening games at KU and 9-1 overall. Henrickson also improved to 6-0 all-time against the Pirates.


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.


Kansas fans may need a program early in the season to identify Bonnie Henrickson’s 2006-07 roster. Half of KU’s 14-player roster consists of true freshmen. The seven-member class was ranked in the Top 25 by some recruiting services, Henrickson’s second-straight class to earn the distinction. Making up the seven players are two local products: Danielle McCray (Olathe, Kan./Olathe East HS) and Lindsay Ballweg (Shawnee, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas HS). Two Texans: LaChelda Jacobs (Mansfield/Mansfield HS) and Porscha Weddington (Temple/Temple HS). Kelly Kohn (Adrian/Adrian HS) hales from Michigan, Sade Morris (Norman/Norman HS) is from Oklahoma while Rebecca Fieckert (Goodrich/Sheridan County) is a native of North Dakota.


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.