By Nathan Fordyce

Nathan Fordyce

Summer Correspondent

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Nathan Fordyce is a senior originally from York Springs, Pa. but now resides in Newnan, Ga. He is majoring in journalism with a focus on news and information and is minoring in film media studies. Last year, Fordyce covered swimming and diving for the University Daily Kansan and also was a contributer to men's basketball. This spring, he covered cross country, track and field and women's basketball.

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Self’s former player, Jerrance Howard, joins coaching staff

Kansas coach Bill Self added a familiar face to his coaching staff as he announced the hiring of new assistant coach Jerrance Howard. Howard, a former player under Self while he was at Illinois from 2001 to 2004, will replace long-time Kansas assistant coach Joe Dooley. “It’s almost surreal,” Howard said. “It’s a dream. I’m […]

Hull named Academic All-American

Though the Jayhawks’ softball season ended without a postseason bid, the honors kept ringing in for senior outfielder Maggie Hull. Already a decorated player, Hull earned her most prominent achievement yet as she was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the third Jayhawk ever […]

Baseball amends inconsistent season with tournament success

The Kansas baseball team’s 2013 season had its ups and downs. The Jayhawks finished the regular season 31-24. The team had a five-game winning streak and a six-game winning streak but also had stretches where the losses and wins alternated, feeding its inconsistency. Pair those two things with a tough six-game losing streak to end […]

Jayhawks left out of postseason play

Before the weekend started, the Jayhawks knew they had to make a splash at the Big 12 tournament in order to try to sway the committee to allow them to make the trip to Omaha, Neb. for the College World Series.  But despite going 3-0 in the round-robin grouping and earning a spot in the […]

Cinderella story ends for Jayhawks

Cinderella story ends for Jayhawks

It had been a sweet ride for the Kansas Jayhawks until Sunday. Before Sunday’s showdown with the No. 1 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Jayhawks hadn’t shot under 45 percent and on top of that, hadn’t allowed an opponent to shoot over 38 percent in the tournament. That all flipped in a chance to […]

Women's basketball team returns to the Sweet 16

Women’s basketball team returns to the Sweet 16

The women’s basketball team returned victorious to Lawrence after an improbable weekend of upsets. On Saturday, the No. 12 seeded Kansas Jayhawks knocked off the No. 5 Colorado Buffaloes on their home court in Boulder, Colo. Then on Monday, the team continued to make noise as they knocked off No. 4 seeded South Carolina as […]

Seniors carry women’s basketball team to Sweet 16

For just the second time in the NCAA women’s bracket history, a 12th-seeded team reaches the Sweet 16. The Kansas Jayhawks once again surprised the basketball world when they knocked off the No. 4 seeded South Carolina Gamecocks 75-69. Kansas joined the 1996 San Francisco Lady Dons as the only No. 12 seeds to be […]

Women's team defies expectations in NCAA tournament

Women’s team defies expectations in NCAA tournament

Coming into the game against the No. 5-seed Colorado Buffaloes, the Kansas Jayhawks weren’t suppose to be there. They weren’t supposed to be in the NCAA tournament. Many assumed they would be NIT-bound. But the No. 12 seeded Jayhawks didn’t care what their critics said about their place in the postseason. They decided to roll […]

Monica Engelman reminisces over seasons with teammates

Monica Engelman reminisces over seasons with teammates

With more than 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and nearly 300 assists, senior guard Monica Engelman made herself a name while wearing the crimson and blue jersey of the Kansas Jayhawks. And, after four year at the University, her career is nearly over. “I’m going to miss being a Jayhawk and just being here,” Engelman said. […]

Junior Hawkins shines on Senior Night

Junior Hawkins shines on Senior Night

On a night dedicated to the senior trio of guards Angel Goodrich, Monica Engelman and forward Carolyn Davis, there was another star, but this one was an unknown to many. Getting the starting nod for the first time of the season and her career, junior guard Markisha Hawkins shined in her new role. Prior to […]

Four-game losing streak threatens Tournament eligibility

Five games ago, the Jayhawks pulled off a major home victory over then-ranked No. 22 Oklahoma Sooners. After the 81-71 victory, the Jayhawks seemed ready to climb the polls and make the big dance. But after Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., the Jayhawks are reeling from a four-game losing streak that could possibly […]

Women's basketball ready to save season

Women’s basketball ready to save season

When the Kansas Jayhawks came back from 18 points to defeat the Iowa State Cyclones on Jan. 30, it had appeared they had found their mojo and were going on the right track through Big 12 play. Over a month later, the Jayhawks stumbled off the right track and are in a whirlwind spiral despite […]

Turnovers result in close loss for Jayhawks

Losing a basketball game is rough, no matter if it’s a 20-point loss or a two-point loss, as it was Sunday afternoon against Texas Tech. But losing basketball games becomes increasingly frustrating if the way the team loses is something that can be controlled, such as turnovers. And turnovers were at a maximum for the […]

Goodrich passes her way to the top

Goodrich passes her way to the top

The personal accolades continue to pile up for senior point guard Angel Goodrich. First, it was being named an All-American. Then, it was being named a John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 finalist. Next, it was scoring 1,000 points and becoming the 26th Kansas Jayhawk to do so. Now, she has her name on […]

Comeback queens 2.0

Twenty-two point deficit, not a problem. Early in the season, the Kansas Jayhawks came back from an 18-point deficit to defeat Iowa State in overtime. So why not make it even more thrilling? Fueled by senior guard Monica Engelman and her career-high 26 points, the Jayhawks found a way to erase the large deficit and […]