Jayhawks Host Northeastern On Sunday

Nov. 25, 2005

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Kansas Jayhawks vs. Northeastern Huskies
Game #3 – Sun., Nov. 27, 2005 – 1:05 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)

Jayhawk Radio Network. Nate Bukaty (play-by-play), Brian Hanni (color).

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

Kansas is 2-0 to open the season. Northeastern enters the game 1-2, coming off a win over Providence.

Kansas is receiving votes in the both the Associated Press and WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls. Northeastern is not ranked.

Bonnie Henrickson is 14-16 in her second year at Kansas and 172-78 in her ninth season overall. The Huskies are coached by Willette White, who is 57-90 in her sixth year as a head coach, all at Northeastern.

Series History
Kansas and Northeastern have never met in women’s basketball.

Jayhawk Storylines
– Kansas is 2-0 after defeating Detroit, 70-68, on Tuesday. Crystal Kemp led the way with 23 points, while Taylor McIntosh collected her third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
– Kemp’s 23 points marked the 14th time in her career she scored 20 or more points.
– Although very early in the season, freshman Ivana Catic has had two solid games and is tied for second in the Big 12 with 8.0 assists per game. She nearly missed a double-double against Detroit with 11 points and nine assists. Kansas is first in the league as a team passing out 21 assists per game.
– Kansas is also leading the league in assist/turnover ratio at 1.68. The Jayhawks have passed out 42 assists while turning the ball over just 25 times.
– KU will next play on back-to-back nights when it hosts Birmingham-Southern and New Orleans on Dec. 2-3. The three times were originally scheduled to play a tournament in New Orleans.

The Matchup
Riding a two-game winning streak, the University of Kansas women’s basketball team (2-0) hosts the Northeastern Huskies (1-2) on Sunday, Nov. 27, in Allen Fieldhouse. Northeastern, located in Boston, Mass., lost its first two games to Holy Cross, 76-60, and at Boston University, 73-46. The Huskies faced Providence on Wednesday before Thanksgiving, winning 71-51. For Kansas, the game is the third of 12-straight home games to begin the season.
The Jayhawks are coming off a thrilling 70-68 victory over Detroit on Tuesday. In a game that featured five lead changes, KU trailed by six with under five minutes remaining before rallying for the victory. Kansas was led by senior Crystal Kemp with 23 points and sophomore Taylor McIntosh with 10 points and 10 boards — her third career double-double. McIntosh and Kemp combined for a perfect 11-for-11 from the charity stripe, and both hit crucial free throws late in the game. Kemp and senior Kaylee Brown each logged a full 40 minutes of action as Brown had another impressive outing with 18 points. Rounding out the double-figure scoring was freshman Ivana Catic with 11 points to go with nine assists.
Kemp (20.5 ppg), Brown (18.5 ppg) and Catic (12.0 ppg) are the top three scorers through two games, while three other Jayhawks are averaging five or more points. Kansas has averaged 73.5 points and 39.5 rebounds in its two wins, while giving up 60.5 points and 29.5 rebounds.
Northeastern is picked to finish ninth in the 12-team Colonial Athletic Conference. Led by freshman Ashlee Feldman, who was named the CAA Rookie of the Week last week, the Huskies return four starters among nine letterwinners to a team that went 14-15 overall and 8-10 in the CAA for seventh place last season. Feldman is the only NU player to average double figures with 15.5 points per game, while four others are posting at least five points per contest. In addition, sophomore Shaleyse Smallwood played her first game against Providence, scoring 26 points.
The Huskies average 59.0 points and 36.0 rebounds, while giving up 66.7 points and 39.0 boards per outing.
Kansas and Northeastern have never faced one another.

Game Promotions
Promotions for the game include “Take a Kid to a Game” and Big Brothers/Big Sisters Day, where one paid adult admission receives a free kids’ ticket. Also, the game will feature a reunion for campers from the women’s summer basketball camp.

More From The Last Game
In a game that featured five lead changes and six ties, Kansas defeated the Detroit Titans, 70-68, Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks improved to 2-0 with the victory.
Sophomore forward Taylor McIntosh sealed the victory for the Jayhawks with two free throws with 1:08 remaining in the game. She also finished with a game-high 10 rebounds, 10 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. It was her third career double-double.
Seniors Crystal Kemp and Kaylee Brown played all 40 minutes in the game. Kansas outscored Detroit 28-8 in points in the paint, as Kemp led all scorers with 23 points, 15 of which came in the second half. It was the 15th 20-point game of her career. Brown finished with 18 points and also tallied five steals.
Freshman guard Ivana Catic also played a key part in the victory. She scored all 11 of her points in the second half and dished out nine assists, one off the Kansas record for a freshman.
Free throw shooting and turnovers proved key for the Jayhawks. They finished 15-for-18 from the line and forced 14 Titan turnovers resulting in 20 points.
In the first half, the Jayhawks took a 30-27 lead into halftime behind Kemp’s 10 points and Catic’s six assists. Brown scored eight of her points in the half, knocking down two three-point shots.

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson, one the top young coaches in the nation, is in her second season at the helm of the Jayhawks. In her first year on the Kansas 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. She is 14-16, .467 at KU and 172-78, .688 in her career.

Today’s Opponent – Northeastern
Northeastern (1-2) will face Kansas on Sunday, Nov. 27. The Huskies dropped their first two games against Holy Cross (60-76) and at Boston University (46-73), before picking up a 71-51 win over Providence.
Picked to finish ninth in the 12-team Colonial Athletic Conference, the Huskies are led by freshman Ashlee Feldman, who was named the CAA Rookie of the Week last week. Northeastern returns four starters among nine letterwinners to a team that went 14-15 overall and 8-10 in the CAA for seventh place last season.
This season, Feldman is the only NU player to play every game and average double figures with 17.0 points per game, while four others are posting at least five points per contest. Senior forward Erica Sheppard is second on the squad with 7.7 ppg and leads with 6.7 rebounds per outing. Sophomore Shaleyse Smallwood saw her first action against Providence as she scored 26 points and dished five assists.
Against Boston University, the Huskies were paced by freshman forward Joanna Ausmann with 12 points and four rebounds. Feldman added 11 points and four boards. Through NU’s first two games, only seven players players had seen action, with the top six players receiving the bulk of the action.
For the season, NU is averaging 59.0 points per contest while shooting 36.9 percent from the field and pulling down 36.0 rebounds per game. The Huskies have given up an average of 66.7 points and 39.0 rebounds, and 40.2 percent field goal shooting to their opponents.
Northeastern is coached by Willette White, who is 57-90 in her sixth year at NU.

Kansas/Northeastern Notes
KU and Northeastern have never played one another. The only team from the Colonial Athletic Association Kansas has ever played is Old Dominion, which the Jayhawks dropped two games to in the late 1970s. Northeastern senior Maralene Zwarich is a native of nearby Merriam, Kan., and played high school basketball at Shawnee Mission North HS. She scored two points and grabbed six rebounds against Providence in her first action of the season.

Jayhawk Starters
The Jayhawks take the court this year with six returning players, five newcomers and a walk-on. KU used the same starting lineup of sophomore Taylor McIntosh, senior Crystal Kemp, freshman Ivana Catic, senior Kaylee Brown and senior Erica Hallman in each of its two exhibition contests. After a team suspension of Hallman for academic reasons, junior Shaquina Mosley stepped in to start the first two regular season games.

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)

A Kansas Win Would
Make the Jayhawks 3-0 for the first time since 2002-03 … Make KU 1-0 all-time against Northeastern … Improve the Jayhawks all-time record against the Colonial Athletic Association to to 1-2 … Give KU a three-game winning streak … Make the Jayhawks 3-0 at home … Improve head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record to 15-16 at Kansas and 173-78 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 612-414 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would
Make the Jayhawks 2-1 for the second straight season … Make KU 0-1 all-time against Northeastern … Make the Jayhawks all-time record against the Colonial Athletic Association 0-3 … Make the Jayhawks 2-1 at home … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 14-17 at Kansas and 172-79 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 611-415 all-time.

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.

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.

Kemp Among KU’s All-Time Elite
Junior Crystal Kemp became the 18th player in KU history to reach 1,000 career points when she hit a jumper from the right wing with 18:13 on the clock in first half against Texas Tech last season. Two games before against Oklahoma State, the Topeka, Kan., native collected her 500th career rebound. She was just the 11th player in KU history to accumulate over 1,000 career points and 500 career boards. She continues to move up both lists as she ranks among the top players to ever don the Crimson & Blue. She needs 10 more rebounds for 600, which would make her just the eighth KU player to score over 1,000 points and grab 600 boards.

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
Kansas will play on back-to-back nights when it hosts Birmingham-Southern on Friday, Dec. 2, and New Orleans on Saturday, Dec. 3. The three teams were originally schedule to play the Lady Privateer Classic in New Orleans on those dates before Hurricane Katrina. Tip time against BSU on Friday is set for 6 p.m., while the UNO game on Saturday is at 6 p.m. Additionally, Birmingham-Southern and New Orleans will play each other at noon on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Allen Fieldhouse.