Nov. 11, 2007
Kansas 76, Hartford 72
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007
— Kansas improves to 30-10 all-time in season-openers, including 3-1 under Bonnie Henrickson. Over the last 10 years, KU is 7-3 in the first game of the regular season.
— Henrickson moves to 2-0 as the Jayhawks’ head coach against America East opponents. KU defeated Binghamton in the season-opener of the 2005-06 season.
— KU built a 10-point lead at the half on the strength of 52 percent field goal percentage. Hartford was just 11-for-28 (40 percent) from the field.
— Kansas went on a 21-6 run midway through the first half to turn a five-point deficit into a 10-point lead. During the surge, five different Jayhawks scored, including Danielle McCray, who scored eight of KU’s 21 points during the eight-minute stretch.
— The Jayhawks used a 14-3 run during a three-minute stretch during the second half. Hartford had cut the KU lead down to two, but Sade Morris’ three-point play at 6:25 ignited the KU rally.
— KU hit 11 three-point field goals, matching the third-most in a game in school history. It was the most three-pointers by a Jayhawk team since they connected on 11 treys at Colorado on Jan. 10, 2006.
— The Jayhawks’ 69 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc was the team’s best percentage since it shot 75 percent (3-for-4) against Fairfield on Dec. 30, 2003.
— Freshman Nicollette Smith became the second Jayhawk in the last five years to score in double figures in her collegiate debut. Ivana Catic scored 13 points in her collegiate debut against Binghamton in 2005.
— Smith’s 19 points were the most by a KU freshman since Danielle McCray scored 20 at Colorado on Feb. 24 of last year.
— Smith also recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. It marked the first double-double by a KU freshman since McCray had 25 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas State on Feb. 18 last season.
— Sophomore Danielle McCray finished with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field. Dating back to last season, it marked the fifth consecutive game she has scored in double-figures.
— Sophomore Sade Morris’ 17 points were a career high. Her season-high as a freshman was 15 against Northern Illinois on Dec. 29.
— Morris also matched a career high with four assists.
— Kansas’ 19 free throws made were the most since connecting on 20 free throws against New Orleans on Dec. 3, 2005.