Senior Duo Powers Jayhawks Past Redhawks
Nov. 14, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The No. 25-ranked Kansas women’s basketball team relied on the performances of seniors Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis versus Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The duo combined for 44 points to lead the Jayhawks to a 68-58 victory over the Redhawks.
Kansas (2-0) shot 40 percent (26-for-65) on the evening and out-rebounded Southeast Missouri State (1-2), 44-36. The Jayhawks also capitalized on 17 Redhawk turnovers, scoring 17 points off of turnovers compared to the visitors’ four.
Individually, Davis led all scorers with 27 points while Goodrich added 17. Junior forward Tania Jackson recorded her third career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds while sophomore guard Natalie Knight also scored in double figures, adding 10 points.
Goodrich and Davis told the story of the first half with their combined scoring effort. The All-America candidates raced out of the gate to score the first nine points of the game, giving KU a 9-0 lead just 3:21 into the contest. The Redhawks came back just as quickly and cut the KU lead to three at 14-11 with 12:27 to play in the half. Goodrich again led the Jayhawks on a scoring spurt as the point guard scored the next five points to give KU an eight-point lead. Davis accounted for four of the next five Jayhawk points, pushing KU’s lead to 24-18 with 8:11 left in the half.
The Jayhawks saw their lead shrink to as little as two, but Goodrich responded by scoring five points in a 7-0 KU run. KU went into the locker room with a 34-27 lead behind 25 points between Goodrich and Davis.
Senior Monica Engelman started the second half with a steal and a layup. KU would extend its lead to 11 early in the half before Southeast Missouri State sophomore guard Allyson Bradshaw led the Redhawks on a 17-6 run to tie the game at 44. In less than two minutes, Bradshaw scored nine points. KU junior forward Tania Jackson got into the scoring column in a big way as she racked up eight points during a 12-0 KU run powering KU to a 56-44 lead with just over six minutes to play.
Southeast Missouri State responded with a 9-2 run of its own to cut the Kansas lead to 58-53 with 2:49 remaining in the game. The night would end where it began, as Goodrich and Davis put the game out of reach, combining for nine points over the final 2:31 of play.
KU is in action again Sunday, Nov. 18 when the Deamon Deacons of Wake Forest visit Allen Fieldhouse. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. and the game will be televised by Knology Channel 6.
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