Kansas Hosts Northern Illinois in Friday Night Tilt

Dec. 27, 2006


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Northern Illinois (7-3) at Kansas (5-5)
Date: Friday, Dec. 29
Tip-off: 7:05 p.m.
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse
Capacity: 16,300

First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Current Win Streak: First Meeting

KU Coach:
Bonnie Henrickson
Record: 192-96 overall and 34-34 at KU
vs. NIU: First Meeting

NIU Coach:
Carol Owens
Record: 19-20 overall and at NIU
vs. KU: First Meeting

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Play-by-Play: Nate Bukaty
Color Analyst: Patti Phillips

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Play-by-Play: Kevin Romary
Color Analyst: Steven Davis

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Kansas (5-5) returns from its holiday break to host Northern Illinois (7-3) on Friday, Dec. 29. The first meeting between the Jayhawks and Huskies is set for 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. Friday night will be Johnson County night, fans can purchase a single game ticket for $3 with a Johnson County ID.

-Kansas is 21-5 at home in non-conference games under head coach Bonnie Henrickson.

-Sophomore Marija Zinic’s 10 points led all Jayhawks in scoring in their last game at Indiana, snapping a streak of seven games in which a KU freshmen led the team in scoring.

-KU’s freshmen class has scored 333 of the Jayhawks 594 points (56 percent).

-Kansas is 5-0 this season when it shoots a higher percentage from the field then its opponent.

-The Jayhawks are 4-1 when scoring between 60-69 points but 0-4 when tallying under 49 points in a contest.

-KU’s bench has out-scored its opponents bench 264-161 this season.

The Jayhawks return to Allen Fieldhouse after dropping a 63-48 decision to Indiana in Bloomington on Dec. 22. The Jayhawks will follow up their game with NIU on New Year’s Eve with a 12:30 p.m. contest against Xavier. Kansas will then open conference play with a game against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.

Northern Illinois is off to a 7-3 start under second year head coach Carol Owens. NIU had its five-game winning streak snapped in its last outing against Illinois-Chicago, 80-62.

The Huskies are led by senior guard Stephanie Raymond. Stephanie Raymond was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week after scoring 30 points in the Huskies win over Bradley on Dec. 17. The Rockford, Ill, native is averaging 20.5 points per game. Forward Whitney Lowe (13.0) and center Kritin Wiener (12.0) round out NIU players that average double-figures in scoring.

NIU is 3-2 away from DeKalb, Ill. this season. The Huskies were picked fourth in the preseason MAC West Division poll.

The University of Kansas fell to Indiana University, 63-48, last Thursday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. The Hoosiers improved to 11-2 on the season while the Jayhawks record stands at 5-5.

Sophomore Marija Zinic’s was KU’s lone player in double-figures with 10 points. Freshman Kelly Kohn and sophomore Ivana Catic had nine apiece. Kohn pulled down a career-high seven boards.

Indiana led by as much as 11 points in the first half before KU went on an 8-2 run to close out the stanza and cut the Hoosiers lead to five at the break. Senior Shaquina Mosley capped the run with a put-back basket as time expired.

KU continued the run to start the second half. The Jayhawks scored the first four points of the half, cutting the lead to one before the Hoosiers took control of the game.

Freshman guard Kelly Kohn was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week by a media voting panel for games from Dec. 11-17. The Adrian, Mich., native scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down five rebounds while chipping in four assists and three steals to lead KU to a 78-68 victory over Santa Clara on Dec. 17.

Kohn hit on 5-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc and shot 6-for-9 from the floor in the contest. Kohn played a career-high 36 minutes including the entire second half. Kohn is the third Jayhawk to earn Big 12 Rookie of the Week and first since Aquanita Burras was honored on Dec. 9, 2003.

KU players took some time out of their busy schedule to spread holiday cheer during the holiday season. With the help of local donations, KU players browsed a local Target for the families’ Wish List” gifts. The Jayhawks purchased items for seven local families.

Players then visited Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Dec. 18 to spread holiday cheer to patients. The visit marked the 14th consecutive year the Jayhawks have distributed items collected during the “Crimson & Blue Holiday Project” to LMH.

Follow the Kansas women’s basketball team this season through the words of head coach Bonnie Henrickson, junior Taylor McIntosh and freshman Kelly Kohn as the three write blogs for KUathletics.com. To access the blogs log onto the women’s basketball page at kuathletics.com (http://kuathletics.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/kan-w-baskbl-body.html) and click on the picture links on the right-hand side of the page.