KU Downs No. 23 Texas, 70-61, Remains Perfect at 12-0

Jan. 3, 2006

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Seniors Kaylee Brown, Erica Hallman and Crystal Kemp combined to score 50 points to lead the University of Kansas to a 70-61 victory over No. 23 Texas, Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse. The victory to open its Big 12 schedule was KU’s school-best 12th straight.

Texas (6-5, 0-1) held its only lead of the game at 2-0. Kemp scored 15 of her game-high 21 points as the Jayhawks closed out the first half on an 8-2 run and went into the lockerroom leading 39-31.

Two Kemp free throws and a Hallman jumper to open the second stanza stretched the Jayhawks lead to 43-31. After the Jayhawks converted back-to-back old-fashioned three-point plays to take a 61-47 lead, the Longhorns went on a 7-0 spurt to pull to within seven points.

With the shot clock winding down a driving Hallman found freshman center Marija Zinic under the basket for a layup to stop the Texas run and give the Jayhawks a comfortable lead they would not relinquish with 4:29 remaining. Hallman finished with a game-high six assists to go with her 14 points.

Brown knocked down three 3-pointers and scored 15 points on the game. As a team, KU shot 40 percent (8-of-20) from behind the 3-point arc. Kemp and Brown played all 40 minutes while Hallman was on the court for 38.

The victory snapped a Texas six-game winning streak over KU. The last time the Jayhawks defeated a ranked foe was during the 2001 season.

The Jayhawks will hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, Jan. 7. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.