Women's Hoops Hosts UMKC Wednesday

Dec. 6, 2005

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Kansas Jayhawks vs. UMKC Kangaroos
Game #6 – Wed., Dec. 7, 2005 – 7:05 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)

Live video streaming, Gametracker and post-match results will be available on Kansas Athletics’ official website, kuathletics.com.

Jayhawk Radio Network. Brian Hanni (play-by-play), Brenda VanLengen (color).

Metro Sports. Nate Bukaty (play-by-play), Patti Phillips (color). Tape delayed.

Kansas is 5-0 to open the season. UMKC is 2-5 after a loss at Arkansas.

Kansas is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll. UMKC is not ranked.

Bonnie Henrickson is 17-16 in her second year at Kansas and 175-78 in her ninth season overall. The Kangaroos are coached by Bo Overton, who is 12-25 in his second year at UMKC and as a head coach overall.

Series History
Kansas leads UMKC 10-3 overall and 5-1 in Lawrence. Kansas won last year’s meeting in Lawrence, 47-36, although the Kangaroos have won two of the last three meetings.

Jayhawk Storylines
– Kansas is 5-0 after defeating New Orleans, 100-50, on Saturday. The 100 points marked the first time since Dec. 21, 2000 that the Jayhawks cracked the century mark.
– KU turned the ball over only six times against UNO to tie the single-game school record.
– Ivana Catic ranks first in NCAA I-A in assists with 8.2 per game.
– KU ranks 11th in the nation in field goal accuracy at 48.4 percent.
– KU and UMKC both make 7.0 three pointers per game, which ranks in a tie for 16th in the nation.
– Kansas is leading the Big 12 and ranks second in NCAA I-A in three-point percentage at 49.3 percent. The percentage is slightly higher than its overall field goal percentage of 48.4. At the free throw line, KU has shot only 61.9 percent.

The Matchup
Kansas (5-0) and UMKC (2-5) will meet for the fourth straight year on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Allen Fieldhouse in a game televised by Metro Sports. The Jayhawks’ 5-0 record marks just the sixth time in school history that Kansas has opened the season with five or more wins. The longest KU has ever gone unbeaten was 1991-92, when the Jayhawks started 10-0.
The Kangaroos come to Lawrence for the second-straight year. UMKC has played six of its seven games away from home, and have picked up wins versus New Mexico State in the Texas-San Antonio Thanksgiving Classic and over Northwest Missouri State in its lone home game.
The Jayhawks are coming off an impressive 100-50 win over New Orleans this past Saturday. Against UNO, Kansas tied a school record with just six turnovers, and the 100 points marked the first time since Dec. 21, 2000 that KU reached the century mark. Kansas also defeated Birmingham-Southern, 72-50, on Friday as freshman Ivana Catic set a KU freshman record with 10 assists. Senior Crystal Kemp became the ninth player in KU history to accumulate over 1,000 points and 600 rebounds when she collected her 600th rebound against BSC.
Preseason All-Mid-Con pick Liz Obrecht is the top returning player for the Kangaroos, who were picked to finish fifth in the nine team Mid-Continent Conference. Currently in the middle of a tough stretch of games that includes games at Arkansas, Kansas and Kansas State, UMKC has one player averaging in double-figures as junior center Stephanie Brown posts 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game to lead the Kangaroos’ attack.
Last year in Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas stopped a two-game winning streak by UMKC, defeating the Kangaroos 47-36.
UMKC is coached by Bo Overton, who is in his second season with the Kangaroos.
Kansas leads the all-time series 10-3 including a 5-1 mark in games played in Lawrence.

Game Promotions
Promotions for the game include Douglas County Night ($2 single game ticket with Douglas County ID), “Greek Night” with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, a UPS Team Photo Card Giveaway and a $25,000 sponsored contest at halftime.

More From The Last Game
Kansas defeated the University of New Orleans, 100-50, Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. KU improved to 5-0 behind a season-best 53 percent shooting.
Six Jayhawks scored in double-figures in a game that saw 12 different Jayhawks score, the first time KU has achieved those feats since the 2003-04 season. Senior guard Erica Hallman led all scorers, pouring in 20 points and knocking down four three-pointers.
Sophomore forward Taylor McIntosh tied a career-high with 11 points and freshman forward Marija Zinic set a new career-best with 12 points. Senior guard Kaylee Brown tossed in 12 points, while senior forward Crystal Kemp and freshman guard Ivana Catic each added 10 points.
In the first half, the Jayhawks used two large runs to build a 58-27 halftime lead. A 20-2 run, in which five different Jayhawks recorded baskets, was followed by 24-5 run to close the half where eight Jayhawks scored. Hallman scored 16 of her points in the half and McIntosh and Brown each added nine.
The second stanza saw the Jayhawks continue to stifle the Privateers’ offensive attack, limiting the Privateers to 23 points. For the game, KU forced 16 turnovers that resulted in 33 Jayhawk points. Kansas also outscored UNO 44-24 in the paint and notched 20 fast break points.

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 KU 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 17-16 (.515) at KU and 175-78 (.692) in her career.

Jayhawk Starters
Kansas has used three different starting lineups in five games with sophomore forward Taylor McIntosh, senior forward Crystal Kemp, freshman point guard Ivana Catic and senior guard Kaylee Brown starting every game. Junior Shaquina Mosley (2 starts), junior Sharita Smith (1) and senior Erica Hallman (2) have all received starting nods at the third guard spot. Hallman has started the last two games.

Today’s Opponent – UMKC
UMKC (2-5) will face Kansas on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The Kangaroos have played all but one game away from home and are in the middle of a tough stretch of games which includes games at Arkansas, at Kansas and at Kansas State.
The Kangaroos are coming off an 84-57 loss at Arkansas on Dec. 4. UMKC was plagued by 22 turnovers. The `Roos shot 41.4 percent from the field, while Arkansas scorched the nets at 52.2 percent. UMKC was led by junior center Stephanie Brown with 18 points and six rebounds. Sophomore center Alysa Klein added 14 points and senior guard Sammi Knapic chipped in 11 points. Freshman guard Tobey Beer passed out nine assists.
Brown is the only player to average in double-figures for the season with 11.1 points per game to go with a team-best 7.4 boards per outing.
Last year, Kansas defeated UMKC 47-36 on Nov. 27 in Lawrence. The Kangaroos were led by Katie Houlehan — who is now on the UMKC coaching staff — with 17 points. Kansas was paced by Crystal Kemp with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
UMKC is coached by Bo Overton, who is 12-25 in his second season with the Kangaroos.

Kansas/UMKC Notes
Kansas and UMKC are meeting for the fourth straight year with KU owning an overall 10-3 lead in the series. UMKC has won two of the last three meetings, although the Jayhawks defeated the Kangaroos last year, 47-36, in Lawrence. In Lawrence, KU holds a 5-1 all-time advantage. KU is 21-4 all-time against teams from the Mid-Continent Conference.

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 6-0 to start the season for the first time since 1991-92 when KU went 10-0 to begin the year … Give the Jayhawks their first six-game winning streak since winning six-straight between Jan. 23 and Feb. 13 in 1998-99 … Make KU 11-3 all-time against UMKC and 6-1 against the Kangaroos in Lawrence … Improve the Jayhawks all-time record against the Mid-Continent Conference to 22-4 … Make the Jayhawks 6-0 at home this season … Improve head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record to 18-16 at Kansas and 176-78 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 615-414 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would
Make the Jayhawks 5-1 to start the season for the first time since the 2000-01 season … Snap KU’s five-game winning streak … Make KU 10-4 all-time against UMKC and 5-2 in Lawrence … Make the Jayhawks all-time record against the Mid-Continent Conference 21-5 … Make the Jayhawks 5-1 at home this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 17-17 at Kansas and 175-79 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 614-415 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. Against Birmingham-Southern this year, the Topeka, Kan., native collected her 600th career rebound. She is just the ninth player in KU history to accumulate over 1,000 career points and 600 career boards. She continues to move up both career lists as she ranks among the top players to ever don the Crimson & Blue.

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.

Serbian Sensations
Kansas welcomes the addition of two international players in 2005-06 with the addition of freshmen Ivana Catic and Marija Zinic — both natives of Serbia & Montenegro. The duo has extensive experience playing together on various teams in their home country. The pair bring Kansas’ all-time list of international players to eight. Other international players to suit up for KU include Bente Dahl (Oslo, Norway – 1985), Sandra de Bruin (Beetgum, Holland – 1990), Suzi Raymant (Melbourne, Australia – 1996-2000), Fernanda Bosi (Americana, Brazil – 2000-01), Leila Mengüç (Stockholm, Sweden – 2000-04) and Valerie Migicovsky (North Bay, Ontario – 2001-03).

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 ninth player in KU history to have amassed over 1,000 career points and 600 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 returns to Allen Fieldhouse for its seventh-straight regular season home game when it hosts Wisconsin on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. The game will be aired live by Metro Sports television out of Kansas City. The only other time the two teams met was March 16, 1995, when the Badgers defeated the Jayhawks 73-72 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Lubbock, Texas.