Sutherland's Historic Night Leads Kansas Past Oklahoma State, 65-60
Jan. 18, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – For the first time since 1981, a Kansas women’s basketball player reached the 20-rebound mark as senior Aishah Sutherland pulled down 22 boards as the Jayhawks gave Oklahoma State its first home loss of the season, 65-60. The last Jayhawk to gather 20 or more boards was Tracy Claxton on Nov. 21, 1981 when she tallied 28 rebounds.
With its third-straight road win, Kansas improved to 4-1 in the Big 12 for the first time since 1996-97 and moved to 15-2 overall. OSU fell to 10-4 with the loss (2-3 Big 12).
Sutherland also added 15 points for her fifth double-double of the season and is only three points shy of reaching 1,000 points for her career. Fellow forward Carolyn Davis led all players with 18 points. She collected four rebounds in the contest to push her past the 500-rebound mark. Earlier this season, Davis recorded her 1,000th career point to became the 14th Jayhawk to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.
Junior Monica Engelman and freshman Natalie Knight rounded out KU’s double-digit scorers with 13 and 10 points, respectively, in the win.
Kansas held its largest lead of the second frame at the 8:24 mark, 54-43. Oklahoma State outscored the Jayhawks 12-2 over the next five minutes to come within one, 56-55, with 3:38 left to play in the game after a jumper from Lindsey Keller.
Unfazed, Kansas quickly responded with a Sutherland layup on the other end. She was fouled on the play and sank the ensuing free throw to complete the traditional three-point play. Shortly after junior Angel Goodrich was sent to the foul line and proceeded to sink a pair of free throws with 1:07 on the clock to put KU up 61-55.
On OSU’s next offensive possession, Engelman came away with a steal and drove down the court for a fastbreak layup to cap a 9-0 run by the Jayhawks.
But Oklahoma State was not done. Keller hit two free throws for the Cowgirls and Tiffany Bias hit a shot from just across half court to make it a one-possession game, 63-60, with 11 seconds remaining in the game. OSU was forced to foul on the KU in-bounds and Goodrich sank both free throws to seal the victory. She sank all four attempts from the charity stripe on the night and finished with nine points, four assists and four steals.
As a team, the Jayhawks shot 77.8 percent at the foul line in the second half and finished 9-for-12 for the game (75.0 percent) compared to OSU’s 54.5 percent. KU also out-shot the home team 48.1 percent-40.6 percent. Despite Sutherland’s performance, Oklahoma State topped KU on the boards pulling down 38 rebounds to Kansas’ 34.
The Jayhawks return home this weekend to host defending national champion No. 13/14 Texas A&M on Saturday, Jan. 21. The contest, scheduled for 7 p.m., matches KU up with its first of three-straight ranked opponents.