Women Host Florida International Sunday

Dec. 16, 2005

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Kansas Jayhawks vs. Florida International
Game #8 – Sun., Dec. 18, 2005 – 1:05 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)

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

Radio
Jayhawk Radio Network. Nate Bukaty (play-by-play), Brenda VanLengen (color).

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

Records
Kansas is 7-0 to open the season. Florida International is 4-3, and has lost its last three games.

Rankings
Kansas is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll. Florida International is not ranked.

Coaches
Bonnie Henrickson is 19-16 in her second year at Kansas and 177-78 in her ninth season overall. The Golden Panthers are coached by Cindy Russo, who is 538-220 in her 27th year at FIU and 578-242 in her 29th year as a head coach overall.

Series History
Kansas leads Florida International 1-0 overall. The Jayhawks defeated the Golden Panthers 81-69 on Jan. 4, 1992 in Miami, Fla.

Jayhawk Storylines
– KU’s 7-0 start is its best since 1991-92 when the Jayhawks went 10-0. The only other better start was an 8-0 run in 1980-81.
– KU has scored at least 70 points in every game this year, and averages 78.9 per game. Last year, the Jayhawks reached 70 points only four times. Additionally, KU has only given up 70 points once — last game against Wisconsin which had 70 at the end of regulation, and finished with 87.
– Crystal Kemp pumped in a career-high 28 points against Wisconsin to go with 11 rebounds. She was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week for her efforts against UW and UMKC.
– KU’s 20.71 assists per game lead the Big 12. The Jayhawks are passing out assists at a rate of one per every 1.44 field goals. Ivana Catic ranks third in the nation with 7.6 assists per game
– Erica Hallman missed a triple-double against Wisconsin by one rebound. She finished the game with a career-high 24 points, 10 assists and nine boards.

The Matchup
One of only 15 undefeated teams in the country, the University of Kansas women’s basketball team (7-0) will take on the Florida International University Golden Panthers (4-3) on Sunday, Dec. 18 at Allen Fieldhouse. The meeting is the second in history between the two programs.
KU’s perfect 7-0 start is the best since 1991-92 when the Jayhawks recorded a program-best 10-straight wins to open the season. FIU opened the season with four wins before dropping its last three outings.
Kansas’ last game was last Sunday when the Jayhawks dropped Wisconsin 90-87 in double overtime in what was one of the most exciting games in recent memory. After trailing by as many as 18 points, Kansas rallied back in the second half behind the hot shooting of Erica Hallman and the steady play of Crystal Kemp. Hallman missed a triple-double by just one rebound as she finished with a career-high 24 points while playing all 50 minutes. Kemp also posted a career-high 28 points and was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week.
The Golden Panthers are visiting Lawrence for the first time. After starting 4-0, FIU lost its last three games at Kentucky, at Miami and to Bowling Green. Three players average double figures led by senior guard Faeza Bouderra with 13.1 points per game. Junior center Lasma Jekabsone averages a double-double with 13.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per outing. Junior guard Eva Makela adds 11.0 points per contest.
The only other meeting between the two teams came on Jan. 4, 1992, when Kansas defeated Florida International 81-69 in Miami, Fla. FIU is coached by Cindy Russo, who is 538-220 in her 27th season with the Golden Panthers and 578-242 in her 29th year as a head coach overall.

Game Promotions
Promotions for the game include “Heroes Day” ($2 ticket for members (and families) of Military, Law Enforcement, Fire & Emergency Personnel, and Teachers with corresponding ID), free Pocket First Aid Kits from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Breakdance Troupe performance at halftime and a Hardwood Club Gathering following the game.

More From The Last Game
It took double overtime, but Kansas overcame a 14-point halftime deficit, to defeat Wisconsin, 90-87, Sunday, Dec. 11 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Crystal Kemp set a new career-high with 28 points, and Erica Hallman — who just missed a triple-double — led the Jayhawks in the spirited comeback. Hallman recorded 24 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds.
In addition to her game-high 28 points, Kemp grabbed 11 rebounds. Kaylee Brown added 17 points and Ivana Catic contributed 12 points and nine assists.
In the second half, the Jayhawks outscored the Badgers 40-26. Hallman went 5-8 from 3-point land in the second half and the two extra frames. She tied the game, 70-70, nailing a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into overtime.
Overtime saw the two teams battle back and forth before Brown nailed two free-throws to put the KU ahead 81-78 with under ten seconds remaining. However, Badger guard Jolene Anderson banked home an off balance 3-pointer as time expired to send the Jayhawks to their first double overtime game since March 18, 2000.
In the second overtime, KU rallied behind clutch free throw shooting to seal the victory. While Brown and Hallman each added buckets during the frame, Kemp and Hallman sunk crucial free throws to secure the victory.

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 19-16 (.543) at KU and 177-78 (.694) in her career.

Jayhawk Starters
Kansas has used three different starting lineups in seven games with sophomore forward Taylor McIntosh, senior forward Crystal Kemp, freshman point guard Ivana Catic and senior guard Kaylee Brown starting every game. Senior Erica Hallman (4 starts), junior Shaquina Mosley (2) and junior Sharita Smith (1) have all received starting nods at the third guard spot. Hallman has started the last four games.

Today’s Opponent – Florida International
Florida International (4-3) will face Kansas on Sunday, Dec. 18. The Golden Panthers started the season strong with four straight victories before falling in the last three outings. FIU is going through a difficult December schedule in which its opponents (including Kansas) have a combined record of 22-1 heading into their respective games against the Golden Eagles.
The Golden Panthers are coming off a 56-67 loss at home to Bowling Green on Dec. 10. FIU was led by junior center Lasma Jekabsone with 17 points, nine rebounds and a game-high three blocks, while senior guard Faeza Bouderra added 16 points, six boards and three assists. Bouderra tied her career high that was set at Miami earlier in the week with three three-pointers. Junior guard Eva Makela added 11 points and three assists. Adding to the loss were 26 FIU turnovers and a shooting percentage of 36.4 percent.
For the season, Bouderra paces the team with 13.1 points per game. Jekabsone adds 13.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per outing. She ranks 11th in the nation with 3.14 blocks per game. The Golden Panthers average 62.7 points and 45.9 rebounds per game while giving up 61.3 points and 34.3 boards.
Florida International was picked to finish fourth in the East division of the Sun Belt Conference. Bouderra and Jekabsone were each preseason third team all-conference picks.
Florida International is coached by Cindy Russo, who is 538-220 in her 27th season with the Golden Panthers, and 578-242 in her 29th year as a head coach overall.

Kansas/Florida International Notes
Kansas and Florida International are meeting for the second time in history. KU took the first meeting, 81-69, in the FIU Fun & Sun Classic on Jan. 4, 1992. Florida International is making its first-ever trip to Lawrence. KU is 9-4 all-time against teams from the Sun Belt Conference, including a 100-50 win over New Orleans earlier this season. KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson faced FIU while at Virginia Tech, falling 79-70 on Nov. 29, 2002. FIU has six international players on its 12-member roster, while KU has two.

Kemp Named Big 12 Player of the Week
Kansas senior Crystal Kemp was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week by a media voting panel for games played from Dec. 5-11. A Topeka, Kan., native, Kemp posted a double-double with a career-high 28 points to go with 11 rebounds, one steal, one block and one assist while playing a career-high 49 minutes in KU’s double overtime win over Wisconsin. She led Kansas to a come-from-behind win after trailing by as many as 18 points in the first half. Twenty of Kemp’s points came in the second half or overtime periods including a crucial three-point play plus another free throw in the final minutes of the game. For the week, she averaged 22 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 86 percent from the free throw line. She became the first KU player to receive a Player of the Week honor since Lynn Pride on Jan. 3, 2000.

Offensive Explosion
Kansas has scored 70 or more points in every game this season with an average of 78.9 points per outing. Last year, the Jayhawks reached 70 points just four times all season. The last time KU averaged 70 or more points for a season was 1999-2000 when the team averaged 70.4. KU’s high scoring game this year came when the squad scored 100 points against New Orleans on Dec. 3. It marked the first time since Dec. 21, 2000 — when KU outscored Mississippi Valley State 116-34 — that Kansas reached 100 points. KU also reached 90 points against Wisconsin — marking the first time in six seasons the Jayhawks scored at least 90 twice in one season.

Random Notes
– KU trailed by as many as 18 points against Wisconsin. The 14-point halftime comeback for the victory ties for the third-biggest halftime comeback in program history.
– The Jayhawks rank first in the Big 12 in three-point percentage (43.9), assists (20.71) and assist/turnover ratio (1.58).
– Erica Hallman has made 4.0 three pointers per game, which would rank first in the Big 12 if she had played in 75 percent of Kansas’ games.
– Ivana Catic ranks third in the nation with 7.6 assists per game.
– Kaylee Brown shoots 78.7 percent (48-of-61) from the free throw line for her career, which would rank third on the KU leaders list. She becomes eligible for the list when she makes her 50th charity.

A Kansas Win Would
Make the Jayhawks 8-0 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 eight-game winning streak since winning eight-straight between Dec. 4 and Jan. 5 in the 1998-99 season … Make KU 2-0 all-time against Florida International and 1-0 against the Golden Panthers in Lawrence … Improve the Jayhawks to 2-0 against Sun Belt Conference teams this season and 10-4 all-time … Make the Jayhawks 8-0 at home this season … Improve head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record to 20-16 at Kansas and 178-78 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 617-414 all-time.

A Kansas Loss Would
Make the Jayhawks 7-1 to start the season … Snap KU’s seven-game winning streak … Make KU 1-1 all-time against Florida International and 0-1 against the Golden Panthers in Lawrence … Make the Jayhawks 1-1 against Sun Belt Conference teams this season and 9-5 all-time … Make the Jayhawks 7-1 at home this season … Make head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record 19-17 at Kansas and 177-79 in her career … Make the Jayhawks 616-415 all-time.

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 now the eighth player in KU history to accumulate over 1,200 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.

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.

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.

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).

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)

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.
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 ninth-straight regular season home game when it hosts Creighton on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. The game will be aired live by Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 in Lawrence. Kansas leads the all-time series over Creighton 14-12, although the Blue Jays have won the last five meetings. KU leads the series in Lawrence 8-5.