Jayhawks To Play Washburn

Dec. 1, 2004

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Kansas Jayhawks (3-1) vs. Washburn Lady Blues (3-0)

Game #5 – Thurs., Dec. 2, 2004 – 7:05 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)


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


Kansas is 3-1 and is on a three game winning streak. Washburn is 3-0, and is coming off a 69-34 win over Baker.


Kansas is not ranked. Washburn is ranked No. 9 in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.


Bonnie Henrickson is 3-1 in her first year at Kansas and 161-63 in her eighth year as a head coach overall. The Lady Blues are coached by Ron McHenry, who is 95-30 in his fifth year at Washburn and overall.

Jayhawk Storylines

– Kansas is 3-1 after defeating Denver 67-44 on Tuesday. The margin of 23 points was KU’s biggest win of the season.

– Junior Crystal Kemp tallied 18 points against Denver to lead KU in scoring for the second straight game. She leads KU with 17.0 points per game this season.

– Freshman Taylor McIntosh led KU in rebounding for the second straight game against Denver with seven. Her 7.5 rebounds per game leads the Jayhawks.

– KU is 9-0 in regular season play against Washburn, all in the 1970s. The two teams have also met once in exhibition play, a 72-46 KU win in 2000.

– The game against Washburn is KU’s 1,000th all-time game.

– KU’s win against Denver was the 600th victory in program history. KU became the 30th school in NCAA Division I history to reach this milestone.

– KU gets its first road test this Sunday at No. 18 Minnesota.

Tonight’s Game

Kansas (3-1) plays its fifth consecutive home game to start the season on Thursday, Dec. 2 against the Washburn Lady Blues (3-0) at 7:05 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be broadcast live on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.

KU is back in action just two days after dispatching Denver, 67-44, on Tuesday. The win was Kansas’ third-straight this season and marked the 600th win in program history. The Jayhawks placed three players in the double-digit scoring column led by junior Crystal Kemp with 18 points. Junior Erica Hallman added a season-high 17 points, and junior Kaylee Brown pumped in a career-high 11 points. On the glass, freshman Taylor McIntosh led KU for the second-straight game with seven boards. McIntosh leads the team with 7.5 boards per game. Kemp ranks third in the Big 12 with a team-best 17 points per game.

Washburn is off to a fast start this season with easy wins over Rockhurst (85-62), Southeastern Oklahoma (81-31) and Baker (69-34). The contest will be the Lady Blues first game away from home. Washburn is paced by senior forward Carla Sintra with 16.0 points and 7.3 boards per game. Sophomore forward Brooke Ubelaker is the only other Lady Blue in double figures with 10.0 points per game. Junior forward Jennifer Harris is tied with Sintra for the team-lead with 7.3 boards per outing.

Washburn is coached by Ron McHenry, who is 95-30 in his fifth year at WU and overall.

Kansas leads the all-time series 9-0, with each game being played in the early to mid-’70s. The two squads last met in exhibition play, a 72-46 win for the Jayhawks on Dec. 9, 2000.

Last Time Out

Kansas won its third straight game in convincing fashion by beating Denver 67-44, Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Allen Fieldhouse. The win gave KU its 600th victory all-time.

The Jayhawks connected on six first-half three pointers to go into the break with a 41-15 lead.

KU shot 51 percent from the field in the game. Junior forward Crystal Kemp connected on nine of her 10 attempts for a game-high 18 points. Junior guard Erica Hallman chipped in with 17 points, hitting 3-of-4 from three-point range, while fellow junior Kaylee Brown rounded out the double figure scoring with 11 points. Freshman forward Taylor McIntosh, who grabbed a game-high seven boards, led KU on the glass for the second-straight game.

“Overall our offensive execution was good tonight,” head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “I was pleased with how we created a lot of our offense from our defensive play.

“We have some tough games coming up,” Henrickson added. “We have to be disciplined and committed to playing as hard as we can in each of those games.”

The KU defense played well forcing 16 turnovers and holding Denver to just 33 percent shooting and no fast break points. The Pioneers had two players in double figures as Sarah Benham and Sarah Cyran each scored 10 points for Denver.

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson

Head coach Bonnie Henrickson, in her first season at the helm of the Jayhawks, is one the hottest young coaches in the nation. Henrickson comes to KU 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 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.

A Quick Look At the Jayhawks

KU has used a different starting lineup in its first four games with freshman Taylor McIntosh, senior Aquanita Burras and junior Erica Hallman starting each game. Junior Kaylee Brown, junior Crystal Kemp, sophomore Alicia Rhymes and senior Blair Waltz have also made starts.

Kemp (Topeka, Kan.), the returning team MVP, will anchor the inside game. At 6-2, Kemp is the tallest player on the KU roster. Rhymes (Shreveport, La.), freshman Jamie Boyd (Underwood, Iowa) and McIntosh (Wichita, Kan.) will bolster the Jayhawk frontcourt.

As a result of a lack of height, Henrickson may choose to go with a four-out, one-in type of offense, and she has six quality players to work with on the perimeter. Hallman (Covington, Ky.) will carry the brunt of the workload at the point, while Brown (Arcadia,Okla.), Waltz (Leawood, Kan.), Burras (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and sophomore Sharita Smith (Dallas, Texas) will operate on the wings. Junior Heather Hayes (Derby, Kan.), a late addition to the team, will also see time on the wing.

Tonight’s Opponent – Washburn Lady Blues

Washburn (0-2) comes to Lawrence after opening its season with wins over Rockhurst (85-62), Southeastern (81-31) and Baker (69-34).

Last game against Baker, the Lady Blues were paced senior center Carla Sintra with 17 points and six boards. Junior guard Jennifer Harris added 11 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Juwanna Rivers rounded out the double-figure scoring with 10 points. Senior guard Lora Westling and junior guard April Roadhouse each dished four assists. Washburn dominated the game inside, outscoring Baker 46-20 in the paint. The Lady Blue defense forced Baker into 30 turnovers and also held a sizeable margin of 33-7 in points off turnovers.

Through three games, Sintra leads the team with 16.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Brooke Unbelaker is the only other player scoring in double figures with 10. points per outing. Harris is tied with Sintra for the team-lead with 7.3 boards per game.

Washburn is scoring 78.3 points per game on 44.6 percent shooting and grabbing 43.7 boards per game, while giving up 42.3 points per game on 30.1 percent shooting and 31.7 boards per contest.

The Lady Blues are coached by Ron McHenry who is 95-30 in his fifth year at WU and overall.

Series Notes

Kansas leads the all-time regular season series 9-0, with each game being played between 1970 and 1975. The two squads most recently met in exhibition action, when KU defeated WU 72-46 on Dec. 9, 2000.

Kansas/Washburn Connections

– A total of 13 Kansas natives could play today including four Jayhawks and nine Lady Blues.

– Washburn junior Stacey Becker played one season as a walk-on for KU before transferring to Washburn. Becker played 21 games for KU in 2002-03, and canned 24 three-pointers for an average of 4.0 points per game.

– WU junior Dani McHenry began her college career as member of the KU volleyball team. McHenry averaged 2.79 kills and 2.60 digs per game for the Jayhawks in 2001.

– KU junior Heather Hayes (Derby, Kan.) and WU junior Erin Menard (Burlington, Kan.) each began their collegiate basketball careers at Oral Roberts University. Hayes played at ORU in 2001-02, while Menard suited up for the Golden Eagles in 2002-03.

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 Ariz. College)

Jennifer Orgas (forward, 6-2, Omaha, Neb. – Skutt Catholic HS)

Sophronia Sallard (guard/forward, 5-10, Syracuse, N.Y. – Nottingham HS)

A Kansas Win Would

Make KU 10-0 all-time against Washburn … Give KU a four-game winning streak … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 4-1 (.800) at KU and 162-63 (.720) in her career … Make the Jayhawks 601-399 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would

Make KU 9-1 all-time against Washburn … Snap KU’s three game winning streak … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 3-2 (.600) at KU and 161-64 (.716) in her career … Make the Jayhawks 600-400 all-time.

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. Also returning is sophomore Alicia Rhymes.

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 61 games. She has started every game of her Kansas career.

– Junior Erica Hallman is in the all-time top 10 at Kansas for three-pointers made (66, 8th), three-pointers attempted (189, 7th) and three-point field goal percentage (34.9 percent, 8th).

– Junior Crystal Kemp ranks 10th on the KU all-time free throw percentage list (minimum 50 made). She has connected on 166-of-230 free throws for 72.2 percent.

– After shooting 9-of-10 against Denver, Kemp improved her career field goal percentage to 50.9 percent (296-582) which ranks 10th at KU all-time.

– 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.

Program Milestones

With a 67-44 win over Denver on Nov. 30, Kansas became the 30th school in NCAA Division I history to record 600 wins. Additionally, on Dec. 2 against Washburn, Kansas plays its 1,000th all-time game.

Tenacious D

KU has held its last three opponents to under 50 points and for the season is holding opponents to 45.2 points per game which ranks second in the Big 12. The Jayhawks rank third in the league in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 34.0 percent from the field.

KU vs. Division II Schools

Kansas is 49-27 all-time against NCAA Division II schools including a 9-0 mark against Washburn, which plays in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Conference (MIAA). The MIAA is the D-II conference KU has played the most at 41 games, and the Jayhawks hold a 27-14 advantage against squads from that league. KU also played against Division II Fort Hays State in exhibition play this year, defeating the Tigers 88-49 on Nov. 9.

Up Next For KU

After the game with Washburn, the Jayhawks will get their first road test when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to face No. 18 Minnesota on Dec. 5. KU returns to Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 8 to face Western Illinois at 7 p.m. in a game to be aired live on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.

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.