Kansas Defeats Washburn 80-46 in Final Exhibition Game

Nov. 7, 2010

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Sophomores Monica Engelman and Carolyn Davis led the Kansas scoring attack with 20 and 15 points, respectively, as the Jayhawks defeated Washburn 80-46 in its final exhibition game of the year. KU shot 50 percent from the field and all 11 Jayhawks who played scored.

Kansas improved to 38-9 all-time in exhibition games, including a 29-2 record in its last 31 preseason contests. Washburn, which is ranked 10th in the Division II ESPN/USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll and picked to win the MIAA, fell to 1-12 all-time against the Jayhawks.

Kansas also had a strong defensive performance as a team, holding Washburn to 36 percent shooting and forcing 27 turnovers, the most since KU forced 27 turnovers against Fort Hays State in its first exhibition game of the 2008-09 season on Nov. 2, 2008. The Jayhawks converted their defense into offense, scoring 37 points off turnovers compared to only seven from the Lady Blues. Additionally, Kansas blocked 10 shots as a team, which would have tied for the seventh most in school history had it been a regular season game. Junior Aishah Sutherland had four of the team’s 10 swats, which would have tied her career best from the WNIT game against New Mexico on March 30, 2009.

The game was tied at 15-15 when Kansas opened up a 15-point lead thanks to an 18-3 run in the middle of the first half. However, Washburn quickly responded with a 9-0 run of its own to bring the score within six. Kansas then scored the final four points of the first half to take a 37-27 lead into the intermission. Davis led the Jayhawks at the break with 10 points and six rebounds.

To begin the second half, Engelman scored the team’s first 10 points before Angel Goodrich stole an Ichabod pass at halfcourt and went the distance for a layup. Kansas steadily increased its lead throughout the second half, with its largest run only an 8-0 stretch of unanswered points, en route to its 34-point margin of victory.

Kansas will officially open its 2010-11 season on Sunday, Nov. 14, when it hosts South Dakota at 2 p.m. That game is scheduled to be televised on Sunflower Broadband.