10-0 Jayhawks End Non-Conference Play With La Salle

Dec. 30, 2005

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Kansas Jayhawks vs. La Salle Explorers
Game #11 – Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 – 7:05 p.m. – Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)

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

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 10-0 to open the season. La Salle is 3-6, and has lost its last three.

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

Bonnie Henrickson is 22-16 in her second year at Kansas and 180-78 in her ninth season overall. The Explorers are coached by Tom Lochner, who is 15-22 in his second year at La Salle and overall.

Series History
First meeting between Kansas and La Salle.

The Matchup
The University of Kansas women’s basketball team (10-0) is back in Allen Fieldhouse for the second time in the three nights when it faces the La Salle University Explorers (3-6) on Friday, Dec. 30. Opening tip is set for 7:05 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6. The Jayhawks enter the contest after winning their first 10 games which matches a program-best, set in 1991-92. KU has never finished a season undefeated in non-conference play.
On Wednesday, Kansas picked up its 10th victory of the season over Pepperdine, 73-60. Senior Crystal Kemp had an impressive night, finishing with 27 points and nine rebounds in 38 minutes. The Topeka, Kan., native has sat out just four minutes in the last four games, averaging 22.8 points and 10 rebounds per game over that span.
Senior Erica Hallman was also strong against Pepperdine with 17 points and eight boards. Although not known for her rebounding prowess, the 5′-8″ Hallman has grabbed eight or more boards in three of the last four outings.
Sophomore Taylor McIntosh returned to her old form on the glass against the Waves as she collected 10 rebounds, including five on each end of the floor. Freshman Ivana Catic added 14 points and five assists.
La Salle comes to Lawrence on a three-game losing streak, but has not played since Dec. 22 when the Explorers fell 70-57 to Vanderbilt. Four players scored in double-figures against Vandy including Jenna Graber (12), Davineia Payne (11), Carlene Hightower (10) and Shaune McLaughlin (10). La Salle shot just 34 percent from the field and was outrebounded 37-28.
Crista Ricketts leads the team in scoring for the season at a clip of 15.9 points per game with Payne coming in second at 11.6.
La Salle is coached by Tom Lochner, who is 15-22 in his second season with the Explorers.

Game Promotions
Promotions for the game include Senior Citizens Night ($2 ticket for individuals 55+ with ID), 2006 New Year’s eyeglasses giveaway and halftime entertainment provided by the Beale St. Flippers.

More From The Last Game
Kansas matched the 1991-92 squad for the best start in program history, improving to 10-0 with a 73-60 win over Pepperdine on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Jayhawks led by as many as 17 points in the contest en route to its fifth double-figure victory of the year.
Senior Crystal Kemp led the Jayhawks with 27 points — 17 in the second half — one shy of her career high and eclipsed the 20-point mark for the second time in the last three games. With her 10 field goals, Kemp moved into 10th on KU’s all-time list with 503. Senior Erica Hallman finished with 17 points, and freshman Ivana Catic chipped in with 14 points and five assists.
Kansas continued its stellar play on defense, limiting Pepperdine to 41 percent shooting and forcing 19 turnovers.
Pepperdine held KU to 30 percent shooting and pressured the Jayhawks into 15 turnovers. The difference in the game, however, came from the free-throw line. Kansas shot 16-23, while the Waves connected on only 9 of 20 attempts from the charity stripe.

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 22-16 (.579) at KU and 180-78 (.698) in her career.