Jayhawks Win Showdown

Jan. 22, 2005

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas women’s basketball team won its first Big 12 conference game of the season in a thrilling 63-61 victory over rival Missouri Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks outscored the Tigers 40-18 in the paint to secure the victory.

With the win KU improves to 8-8 on the season and 1-4 in Big 12 play. Missouri falls to 7-10 overall and 1-5 in the conference.

In front of a raucous Fieldhouse crowd of 4,629, junior Crystal Kemp shined with 22 points and 14 rebounds, both of which were game-highs. Junior Erica Hallman connected on 4-of-7 three-point shots as she tallied 16 points and six assists. Senior Aquanita Burras scored 12 points and recorded four steals in the win.

Freshman Taylor McIntosh added seven points and eight rebounds.

“We are really excited about this win,” Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “Our defensive effort was really good tonight.

“Neither team played perfect but we made fewer mistakes and came away with the win tonight. Our offense came through when we needed it to in the second half.”

Missouri had four players in double-figures as Tiffany Brooks led the Tigers with 14 points. LaToya Bond and EeTisha Riddle each added 13 points, while Carlynn Savant chipped in with 10 points.

With round one of the Border Showdown complete, KU and Mizzou will meet once more, this time in Columbia on Feb. 5.

Kansas will hit the road Tuesday when the Jayhawks travel to Boulder, Colo. to take on Colorado. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.