Jayhawk Women's Basketball Victorious Over #5 Baylor, 69-45 on Senior Night
March 4, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
For the first time since the 1999-2000 season, the Kansas women’s basketball team won its fourth straight Big 12 conference game as it defeated #5 Baylor, 69-45, Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
The senior-night win extended Kansas’ win streak to four straight games for the second time this season. KU is now 17-11 overall and 6-9 in Big 12 action. Baylor dropped to 23-5 overall and 11-4 in league play.
Kansas rode a wave of first-half momentum into the second period, never allowing Baylor to come within 20 points. The Jayhawks took their largest lead of the game, 30 points, on a three-point play by Krysten Boogaard with 12 minutes remaining in the contest. Kansas did not let up, dominating the lane on the way to a 32-16 advantage for points in the paint.
Danielle McCray led the Jayhawks with a career-high 35 points on 11-of-21 shooting and 6-of-7 from behind the arc. McCray’s previous best was 30 points. Boogaard chipped in 18 points and a team-high 11 rebounds as KU held Baylor to its lowest field goal percentage of the season, 26 percent.
Baylor started cold from the field, missing its first seven shots, but making two free-throws at the 15:39 mark to make the score 7-2. Kansas continued to take advantage of the Lady Bears’ poor shooting, building the lead to 16 on back-to-back McCray three-pointers midway through the first half.
The Jayhawks kept up a strong 54 percent shooting performance and took a 25-point lead into the locker room, 42-17. McCray led all scorers at halftime with 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Baylor finished the half shooting 19 percent from the field.
Senior Ivana Catic dished out six assists and senior Marija Zinic scored two points in their last regular season game in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas looks to continue its win streak when it travels to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday night in Hilton Coliseum. Game time is set for 7 p.m.