Kansas Defense Shuts Down No. 19 Colorado, 67-52
March 23, 2013
Kansas 67, No. 19 Colorado 52
Coors Events Center // Boulder, Colo.
Monica Engelman scored 10 points in Kansas’ 67-52 win over Colorado in the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon.
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BOULDER, Colo. – Kansas had five players in double-digit scoring, led by Carolyn Davis and Angel Goodrich with 14 points apiece, but it was the Jayhawks defense that allowed them to top No. 19 Colorado 67-52, in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament Saturday night at the Coors Events Center and advance to play South Carolina Monday night in the national tournament.
With the victory, No. 12-seeded Kansas posts its third NCAA Tournament win in the last two seasons and improves to 19-13 on the season. No. 5-seeded Colorado ends its season at 25-7. The Jayhawks will face South Carolina Monday night at 8:30 p.m. CT. South Carolina won the first game of the session, 74-52, over South Dakota State.
KU built on its 10-point halftime lead by scoring the first six points of the second half, as part of a 12-2 run, to take a 49-29 lead at the 14:55 mark. Kansas held Colorado without a made field goal for the first six minutes of the second half and cruised to the 15-point win. CU finished the game shooting 25.4 percent, which was the lowest field goal percentage ever by a KU NCAA Tournament foe. The Buffaloes also shot 5-for-29 (.172) in the second half.
Davis opened up the scoring, as KU jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Colorado used a 14-2 run and built a 14-4 advantage with 17:11 on the clock. Kansas crept back into the game, 15-13, thanks to a 9-1 run, including five points by Goodrich, as CU went scoreless for six minutes.
Markisha Hawkins sank her only basket of the game with a three-pointer from the right corner to give the Jayhawks their first lead, 24-21, with 6:04 left on the clock. KU ended the half with a 13-6 run to turn a 10-point, first-half deficit into a 10-point, halftime lead, 37-27. Colorado sank six of its first seven shots, but the Kansas defense held the Buffaloes to 5-for-27 shooting for the rest of the first half.
Goodrich added eight assists with only three turnovers, while Chelsea Gardner and CeCe Harper each tossed in 12 points apiece. Monica Engelman finished with 10 points.
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