Four Jayhawks Post Double Figures In 83-54 Win Over Queensland
Aug. 14, 2007
CAIRNS, Australia – Sophomore guard Danielle McCray scored 21 points in leading the University of Kansas women’s basketball team to an 83-54 win over the Queensland U-19 State team. McCray was one of four Jayhawks in double figures in the win, as Kansas concluded their tour of Australia with a 3-1 record.
“This was a great team effort,” said Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson. “We dominated the boards and took good care of the basketball. We had a very balanced attack, and it was good to see some different people stepping up.”
The Jayhawks controlled the overall rebounding battle 46-29, but were especially dominant on the offensive end, where they out-rebounded Queensland 23-6. KU led Queensland 28-2 in second chance points.
The second chance points were what allowed the Jayhawks to pull away after going back and forth with Queensland early. Queensland made 6-of-8 shot attempts in the first quarter to keep it close at 24-18 at the end of one period.
McCray and sophomore forward Porscha Weddington took over the boards in the second period and turned them into points as the duo combined for 18 of Kansas’ 20 second-quarter points. KU took a 44-26 lead into the halftime break.
The two teams again traded baskets to open the third period of action before Kansas went on a 12-0 run to widen the gap. During the run, five different players scored for the Jayhawks. KU pushed the lead to 22 points at the end of the third quarter, with the score being 66-44.
The Jayhawk inside players made their presence felt in the final session with senior forward Jamie Boyd scoring six points and senior forward Taylor McIntosh four. The only bucket of the quarter scored by a guard came on a jumper by sophomore guard Sade Morris. A basket by Boyd with just under a minute and half left to play gave Kansas their largest lead of the game at 81-51.
In addition to her 21 points, McCray also led Kansas with eight boards. Weddington had a strong outing with 18 points and five rebounds, while hitting 8-of-11 shots from the field.
McIntosh scored 12 points to go along with her six rebounds, while sophomore guard Morris had 12 points and two steals. Boyd and sophomore guard LaChelda Jacobs both had eight points and four boards each, while junior forward Marija Zinic had three points and junior guard Ivana Catic added one point and four rebounds.
The Jayhawks have now finished their travels of Australia and will return to the United States on Wednesday, August 15. The players will begin classes on Thursday, August 16. The first day of official practice is slated for Friday, October 13 and the 2007-08 season tips off with an exhibition game versus Pittsburg State on Sunday, Nov. 4. Game time is set for 7 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse.