Jayhawks Top Gorillas in Final Exhibition, 68-43
Nov. 6, 2011
- Coach Henrickson Interview
- C. Davis Interview
- M. Engelman Interview
- A. Sutherland Interview
Goodrich Displays Improved Shot In Exhibition Season
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior Monica Engelman shot 7-for-11 from the field to lead the University of Kansas women’s basketball team to a 68-43 victory over the Pittsburg State Gorillas Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks won their 14th consecutive exhibition contest, including 2-0 this season, while the Gorillas fell to 0-2 in exhibition games this year.
After a quick start from PSU, KU’s defense took over, forcing three turnovers in the first five minutes. It would set the tone as the Gorillas went on to commit 26 turnovers, while Kansas’ defense also kept Pittsburg State to just 28.6 percent shooting from the field
The Gorillas kept it close throughout the first half, staying within seven points at the intermission. Engelman led the Jayhawks at halftime, amassing 10 points before the break. The 5-foot-11 junior ended the game with team-highs of 16 points and four steals in 20 minutes of play.
Out of the locker room, the Jayhawks built a lead off a 16-5 run at the start of the second half, which was capped by a layup from junior forward Carolyn Davis at 15:17. Davis joined Engelman in double-digit points on the night finishing with 12 tallies along with junior point guard Angel Goodrich. Davis also added a team-high eight rebounds and six blocks. Her six rejections would have been a career high had it not been an exhibition game.
Kansas held Pittsburg State scoreless for nearly four minutes midway through the second frame to help the Crimson and Blue break open the game. Senior Aishah Sutherland poured in eight of her nine points in the second 20 minutes of play hitting all four of her attempts from the field.
KU led by as much as 25 points in the second half fueled by the team’s 54.8 percent shooting. For the game, the Jayhawks hit 30 of its 58 attempts (51.7 percent).
KU will begin regular-season play on Sunday, Nov. 13, when the Jayhawks welcome Western Michigan to Allen Fieldhouse. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on Knology TV.