Jayhawks Defeat Evansville in the Second Round of the WNIT
March 24, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Four Jayhawks scored in double figures as the <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas women’s basketball team defeated Evansville, 82-60, Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse in the second round of the Postseason WNIT. The Jayhawks now move on to the third round where they will face MichiganState on Thursday night.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Three Kansas sophomores, Danielle McCray, Sade Morris, and Kelly Kohn, each scored seven points to lead the team in the first half. The Jayhawks led by just three points with 12:19 to play in the half, but proceeded to go on a 19-5 run to build a 33-16 lead. Kansas shot a blistering 60.0 percent (18-30) from the field in the first half as they took a 41-25 lead into the locker room
Kansas wasted no time extending their led in the second half, as Sade Morris hit a three pointer just 15 seconds into the half. The Purple Aces fought back, however, and came to within 13 points, 56-43, with 10:23 remaining in the game. The Jayhawks answered with an 11-0 run to extend their lead to 24 points and never looked back. Kansas led by as many as 26 points in the second half, good for their largest lead of the season.
Danielle McCray scored 20 points to lead the team in scoring. Three other players -sophomore Sade Morris (16 points), sophomore Kelly Kohn (10), and freshman Krysten Boogaard (10) – scored in double figures for the Jayhawks. Boogaard also grabbed 10 rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the season.
For the game, Kansas shot an impressive 55.9% (33-for-59) from the floor and 69.2% (9-for-13) from behind the arc.
The game marked the first postseason victory for the program since 2006, when the Jayhawks defeated Northern Iowa in the first round of the WNIT. Kansas will next travel to East Lansing, Michigan where they will face MichiganState on Thursday evening at 6 pm CST in the third round of the WNIT.