No. 20 Kansas Runs Past Oral Roberts in Season Opener, 106-80

Nov. 15, 2009

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LAWRENCE, Kan. –

Danielle McCray scored 27 points, 21 in the first half, Aishah Sutherland scored a career-high 24 and Krysten Boogaard recorded a double-double as No. 20 Kansas ran away to a 106-80 victory against Oral Roberts in front of 3,860 fans at Allen Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon.

McCray, Boogaard and Sutherland combined for 70 points, shooting 26 of 39 from the field to give the Jayhawks a nearly unstoppable trio of scorers. Kansas also dished out 24 assists as a team, led by McCray and freshman point guard Angel Goodrich with seven dimes each. McCray also hauled in 11 rebounds to record her 18th career double-double.

Boogaard used her size advantage to muscle the Golden Eagles in the paint to the tune of 19 points and 10 rebounds while also contributing two blocks to the Jayhawks defensive cause. She gave the Oral Robert post defenders fits, going to the free throw line 12 times and making seven, while Sutherland helped out with eight rebounds and three blocks to go along with her career scoring night. Sutherland’s previous high was 15 points.

McCray was nearly perfect from the field in the first half as Kansas used its size and athleticism to keep Oral Roberts on the back foot defensively. McCray, the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, made seven of eight attempts from the field during the opening 20 minutes, including four of five three-point attempts, to help give the Jayhawks a 64-42 halftime advantage.

The rest of her teammates were nearly as efficient as Kansas shot 62 percent from the field in the first half and 56 percent for the game. Much of that performance was based on the dominating play of Boogaard and Sutherland in the paint.

Coach Bonnie Henrickson’s team out-rebounded Oral Roberts 51-31, 18 of those coming on the offensive glass. In addition to Sutherland, Boogaard and McCray’s combined 29 rebounds, junior forward Nicollette Smith grabbed six of her own to go along with seven points off the bench.

Goodrich finished with 10 points and wowed the crowd with a variety of no-look and behind-the-back passes. Junior Sade Morris scored 12 points on four of five shooting and also contributed seven rebounds. Morris got to the line six times, making four. The Jayhawks were 23 of 34 from the charity stripe as a team.

Kansas held Oral Roberts to 37 percent shooting from the field and 24 percent shooting from behind the three-point line. The Golden Eagles also committed 19 turnovers.

Kevi Luper and Janae Voelker led Oral Roberts with 24 and 29 points respectively.

Kansas is now 9-2 in its last 11 season openers and 5-1 under Henrickson. It leads the all-time series with Oral Roberts 10-0 as well.

The Jayhawks are back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Kansas won last year’s matchup at Allen Fieldhouse 76-55 in a game shown on ESPN.