Women's Basketball To Open Season Against UT-Arlington

Nov. 18, 2004

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Kansas Jayhawks (0-0) vs. Texas-Arlington Lady Mavs (0-0)
Game #1 – Sun., Nov. 21, 2004 – 1:05 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)

Jayhawk Radio Network: Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (color analyst) call the action. Sunflower Broadband Channel 6: Kevin Romary (play-by-play) and Lynn Harrod (color) call the action.

Kansas is 0-0 after going 1-1 in exhibition play. UT-Arlington went 2-0 in exhibition play and opens its regular season Friday at Arkansas Little Rock.


Bonnie Henrickson is 0-0 in as she begins her first year at Kansas, and owns a career record of 158-62 in her eighth year as a head coach overall. The Lady Mavs are coached by Donna Capps who is 54-61 in her fifth year at UTA and overall, prior to Texas-Arlington’s game at Arkansas Little Rock on Friday.

Jayhawk Storylines
– Kansas went 1-1 in exhibition play, defeating Fort Hays State on Nov. 9, 88-49, and falling to the West Coast All-Stars 60-58 on Nov. 16. Junior Crystal Kemp led Kansas with an average of 21 points and 13.5 rebounds in the two contests.
– The game marks the second-straight year KU and UTA have met. The Jayhawks defeated the Lady Mavs 71-52 in the first round of the Denver Wells Fargo Tournament on Dec. 20 last season.
– Kansas is 26-9* all-time in season-openers and 31-4* in home-openers. The Jayhawks have won their last 20 home-openers dating back to 1984-85.
– Kansas plays its first five games of the season at home in a 12 day period between Nov. 21 and Dec. 2. Additionally, the Dec. 2 game will mark KU’s 1,000th all-time game.
– First year head coach Bonnie Henrickson makes her official debut on the Kansas sidelines against UTA. Henrickson welcomes back seven letterwinners including three starters. A total of three newcomers have the opportunity to see their first official action in a Kansas uniform against UTA.

Today’s Game
Kansas opens regular season play Sunday, Nov. 21 against the Texas-Arlington Lady Mavs at 1:05 p.m. The game is the first of five-straight home games KU will play in Allen Fieldhouse to open the season.

The Jayhawks are coming off a pair of exhibition games where they went 1-1. Junior Crystal Kemp posted a double-double in both games, leading KU with 21.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. Senior Aquanita Burras also averaged a double-double with 12.0 points and 10.0 boards per contest. Junior Kaylee Brown hit five three-pointers over the two contests and averaged 15.0 points.

The game marks the official debut of first-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson, who brings a career record of 158-62 in her seven years as a head coach — all at Virginia Tech. The Jayhawks return seven letterwinners including three starters from last season. Two seniors, Burras and Blair Waltz, return for their final seasons in a Jayhawk uniform, while Brown, Kemp, junior Erica Hallman and sophomore Alicia Rhymes also return. Newcomers Jamie Boyd, Taylor McIntosh and Heather Hayes will all be looking for their first career action at KU in a regular season game.

Texas-Arlington, coached by Donna Capps, is playing its second game of the season after its season-opener at Arkansas Little Rock on Friday. UTA returns six letterwinners and four starters from a team that went 19-12 in 2003-04, and finished third in the Southland Conference with a league mark of 11-5.
The matchup will mark the second meeting between the two teams with KU owning a 1-0 series advantage.

Last Time Out
Kansas was defeated 60-58 Tuesday night by the West Coast All-Stars in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks did not help themselves in the final exhibition game, shooting just 11-of-25 from the free throw line.

“They threw a lot of defensive looks at us,” head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “We didn’t do very well offensively against them. We have a lot to learn from tonight’s game, we will get better from what we learned tonight.”

The Jayhawks were led by junior Crystal Kemp, who put in a game-high 20 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Junior Kaylee Brown added 13 points as the only other Jayhawk to score in double figures. Senior Aquanita Burras rounded out the offensive effort as she grabbed 13 rebounds and scored nine points.

Kansas was outscored 30-25 in the second half and shot 29 percent. West Coast put two players in double-figures with University of Rhode Island product Denise King leading the way with 20 points. Former Temple standout Tynecia Pam added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson enters her first season at the helm of the Jayhawks as one the hottest young coaches in the nation. Henrickson comes to Kansas after seven successful seasons at Virginia Tech University 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. When Henrickson took over at Virginia Tech for the 1997-98 season, she orchestrated the biggest turnaround in school history. She guided her team to a 22-10 record, the school’s first Atlantic 10 Conference title and an NCAA second-round appearance just one season after the Hokies had finished last in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 10-21 record. Overall, the Willmar, Minn., native has been a part of 11-straight postseason teams entering the 2004-05 season.

Kansas Signs Four
Kansas signed four players during the early signing period for the 2005-06 season including Ivana Catic (E-von-uh Cot-ich), Shaquina Mosley (Sha-KWAH-nah MOSE-lee), Jennifer Orgas (Or-GUS) and Sophronia Sallard (Suh-FRONE-yuh SUH-lard). Catic, Orgas and Sallard will join the Jayhawks as freshmen, while Mosley will be a junior after transferring from Central Arizona College.
Kansas Signees At-a-Glance
Ivana Catic (point guard, 5-8, Wheeling, W.V. – Mt. deChantal Academy)
Shaquina Mosley (point guard, 5-6, Lancaster, Calif. – Antelope Valley HS/Central Arizona College)
Jennifer Orgas (forward, 6-2, Omaha, Neb. – Skutt Catholic HS)
Sophronia Sallard (guard/forward, 5-10, Syracuse, N.Y. – Nottingham HS)

Today’s Opponent – Texas-Arlington Lady Mavs
Texas-Arlington comes to Lawrence after opening its season Friday at Arkansas Little Rock. The Lady Mavs went 2-0 in exhibition play with wins over the Houston Cavaliers (81-59) and the Houston Jaguars (74-71).

UTA returns four starters among six letterwinners to a team that went 19-12 overall and 11-5 for third place in the Southland Conference in 2003-04.
Senior forward Rola Ogunoye, a three-time all-Southland Conference selection, led the Lady Mavs in exhibition play with 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

Sophomore guard Terra Wallace tallied 12.0 points per game and sophomore forward Ashley Bobb added 11.5 points and 6.0 boards per contest.

In exhibition play, UTA averaged 77.5 points per game on 39.6 percent shooting and grabbed 50.5 rebounds per game, while allowing opponents an average of 65.0 points on 44.2 percent from the field and 36.0 boards per game.

Texas-Arlington head coach Donna Capps is 54-61 in her fifth year at UTA and overall heading into the Lady Mavs season-opener at Arkansas Little Rock.

Series Notes
Kansas leads the all-time series 1-0. Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson has never faced Texas-Arlington, while UTA head coach Donna Capps is 0-1 vs. KU.

Last Meeting
DENVER, Colo. — Crystal Kemp scored 21 points and hauled in eight rebounds as Kansas overpowered Texas-Arlington 71-52 in day one of the Denver Wells Fargo Tournament. With the win, the Jayhawks improved to 5-2 on the season, while the Lady Mavs fell to 3-6 overall. The win marked KU’s fifth-straight and the most consecutive victories since 2000 when the ‘Hawks went undefeated against five Big 12 opponents from Jan 26-Feb. 10. The last time the Jayhawks won six straight was 1999 when they defeated six Big 12 foes in a row (Jan. 23-Feb. 13).
Kansas held the Lady Mavs to just two points in the first six minutes of play and allowed only 19 UTA points in the half. KU shot 46.4 percent from the field and forced 17 UTA turnovers in the first half, and led 33-19 at the break.
UTA’s Rola Ogunoye scored 21 of her 25 points in the second half, but Kansas retaliated with 66.7 shooting from the floor.
In addition to Kemp’s double-figures, freshman Lauren Ervin added 14 points and Blair Waltz chipped in 10. Kansas forced 27 UTA turnovers and shot 55.8 from the floor on the afternoon.

A Kansas Win Would
Mark KU’s fifth season-opening win in the last six years (lost 63-50 last year at UMKC) … Make KU 2-0 all-time against Texas-Arlington … Marks KU’s 21st straight win in home-openers … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 1-0 (1.000) at KU and 159-62 (.719) in her career … Make the Jayhawks 598-398 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would
Mark KU’s second straight season-opening loss … Make KU 1-1 all-time against Texas-Arlington … Snap a streak of 20-straight wins in home-openers … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 0-1 (.000) at KU and 158-63 (.715) in her career … Make the Jayhawks 597-399 all-time.

Kansas In Season Openers
Kansas opens the regular season in Allen Fieldhouse for the fourth time in five years. The Jayhawks are 26-9* all-time in season openers. Last season, KU fell 63-50 at UMKC to begin the 2003-04 season. Additionally, the Jayhawks are 31-4* in home-openers. (*Records do not include results from the 1974-75 season as game-by-game scores are not available.)

Returning For The Jayhawks
Kansas returns seven players and three starters from last year’s team that finished 9-19 overall and 2-14 in the Big 12. Leading the returners is 2003-04 team MVP junior Crystal Kemp who averaged 13.4 points and 5.8 rebounds last year. Other returners with starting experience include senior Blair Waltz, senior Aquanita Burras, junior Kaylee Brown, junior Erica Hallman and sophomore Sharita Smith.

The Newcomers
Joining the team in 2004-05 are three newcomers including two freshmen and one junior. Below is a quick look at the new faces.
No., Name, Pos., Ht., Cl., Notes
10, Jamie Boyd, F, 6-0, Fr., Winner of the 2004 Ms. Iowa Basketball award.
13, Taylor McIntosh, F, 5-11, Fr., Wichita Heights product scored over 1,400 points.
22, Heather Hayes, G, 5-8, Jr., Began her career at Oral Roberts. Spent last season as a redshirt walk-on for the Jayhawks.

An All-Star Staff
Joining Bonnie Henrickson on the sidelines in her first season at KU are assistant coaches Karen Lange, Kyra Elzy, Katie O’Connor. Also joining the staff is director of operations Trena Anderson and administrative assistant Katie Wulf. Lange, O’Connor and Anderson followed Henrickson from Virginia Tech, while Elzy and Wulf both join 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 28 years old, Henrickson’s three assistant coaches (Lange, Elzy, O’Connor) have already been a part of 19 NCAA tournaments, eight Sweet 16s, five Elite Eights, four Final Fours and two National Championships, combined.

Random Notes
– Senior Aquanita Burras owns the team’s longest starting streak at 57 games. She has started every game of her Kansas career.
– Entering the season, junior Erica Hallman is in the all-time top 10 at Kansas for three-pointers made (58, tied for 9th), three-pointers attempted (168, tied for 8th) and three-point field goal percentage (34.5 percent, tied for 8th).
– Junior Crystal Kemp ranks fifth on the KU all-time free throw percentage list (minimum 50 made). She has connected on 158-of-211 free throws for 74.9 percent.
– Kansas is playing its 37th season of women’s basketball, and it’s 32nd season of basketball in Allen Fieldhouse. Bonnie Henrickson is the fifth head coach in KU history.

Preseason Polls
Texas was picked by both the conference media and league coaches to win the Big 12 Championship in 2004-05. In the Coaches Poll, Texas received 11 first place votes and Kansas State took one first place nod. In the Media Poll, Texas received 12 first place votes while K-State received two votes. Kansas was picked to finish 11th in both preseason polls.

Home Court Advantage
Kansas fans will have plenty of opportunities to check out the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse this season. KU plays a total of 18 games this year in Lawrence including two exhibition games, eight non-conference contests and eight conference matchups. Other than conference play, KU will only take to the road three times. KU plays at No. 14 Minnesota on Dec. 5, at Creighton on Dec. 21 and at Ball State on Dec. 30.

20 Games On TV
KU’s television package in 2004-05 is the finest in school history. The Jayhawks will play four times on national television (two each on Fox Sports Net and CSTV), four times on Metro Sports out of Kansas City, nine times on Sunflower Broadband in Lawrence, once on the Jayhawk Television Network and at least two other road Big 12 games. All 16 regular season home games will be on the tube, in addition to games at Texas, Colorado, Kansas State and Iowa State.

Increased Radio Coverage
The Jayhawk Radio Network has improved its coverage of the Jayhawks in 2004-05. Stations carrying the Jayhawks included KLWN 1320-AM in Lawrence, KWIC 99.3-FM in Topeka, KFH 98.7-FM in Wichita and either KMBZ 980-AM or KXTR-1660-AM in Kansas City.

Woodard To Be Enshrined In Women’s HOF
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced its seventh group of inductees, the Class of 2005, on Sunday, November 14. The six members of the Class of 2005 are Joe Ciampi, Kelli Litsch, Hunter Low, Edna Tarbutton, Dixie Woodall and Lynette Woodard.
Woodard, a Kansas legend, scored 3,649 points to become the all-time leading scorer in Division I women’s collegiate basketball en route to becoming a four-time Kodak All-American and winning the 1981 Wade Trophy then went on to become a two-time Olympian, serving as captain of the USA’s 1984 gold medal-winning squad, and the first female to play for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing professionally in Japan and Italy and two seasons in the WNBA.
The six individuals in the Class of 2005 will be formally enshrined as members of the Hall of Fame during a weekend of induction festivities to be held Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, 2005, in Knoxville.
Woodard becomes the second Jayhawk to be enshrined to in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, joining former Kansas coach Marian Washington who was enshrined in June of 2004.

Up Next For KU
After the game with Texas-Arlington, the Jayhawks will remain at home for four more games. KU will next take on Sacred Heart on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m., before playing UMKC on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. The Sacred Heart game will be broadcast on Sunflower Broadband and the UMKC game will air on the Jayhawk Television Network. KU plays its first five regular season games in a span of only 12 days.