Miss Basketball Signs LOI with Kansas

Goodbye to Lauren Ervin, hello to Jamie Boyd

University of Kansas head basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday the signing of Jamie Boyd, a 6-0 forward from Underwood, Iowa, to a national letter-of-intent for the 2004-05 season.

The recipient of the 2004 Miss Basketball award in Iowa -- the highest individual award given in the state -- Boyd started all four years for Underwood High where she established herself as one of the best players in Iowa history. Her 1,920 career points ranks 15th and her 1,007 career rebounds ranks in a tie for eighth all-time in the state of Iowa.

A three-time all-state player, Boyd led Underwood to a four-year 94-11 record and class 2-A state championship titles in her junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Boyd averaged 17.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

Also known as a defensive stopper, Boyd led the Eagles in steals all four of her years in high school. In addition to being named first-team all-state for three years, she earned second-team honors her freshman season.

"We're excited to have Jamie join our women's basketball family at Kansas," Henrickson said. "She is not only a good basketball player but also a good student and a good person. She will bring needed depth to the post position, and also has perimeter skills."

Ervin Second Transfer From KU

University of Kansas freshman women's basketball player Lauren Ervin has elected to transfer from KU, head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Tuesday.

A 6-4 forward from Inglewood, Calif., Ervin played 24 games in 2003-04 at Kansas with one starting assignment. She led the team with an average of 6.8 rebounds per game and a 51.5 field goal percentage to go with 6.8 points and 1.2 blocks per contest. Ervin was named to the Holiday Inn Jayhawk Classic All-Tournament team and the Dallas Morning News Big 12 All-Freshman team.

"We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors," Henrickson said.

Ervin had received a public reprimand early in the season, for taunting a Missouri player after a win. Ervin also missed games in February due to a personal issues and disciplinary reasons.

This marks the second transfer since the coaching change. 6-4 forward/center Tamara Ransburg elected to transfer from KU to Old Dominion.

Ransburg played two full seasons at Kansas. She saw action in 56 career games with 47 starts and averaged 10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 25.3 minutes per game. She leaves Kansas as the fourth-best shot blocker in school history with 122 career swats.

Ransburg also served a one game suspension for her involvement in the incident after the Missouri game. Ransburg attempted to strike a Missouri player, in an effort to defend a teammate.


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