Kansas Drops UMKC, 66-53

Nov. 16, 2006

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Freshmen Kelly Kohn and Danielle McCray combined for 23 points, while the Kansas defense forced 25 turnovers as the Jayhawks earned a 66-53 triumph over UMKC Thursday evening at Allen Fieldhouse. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The victory moves KU to 2-1 overall, while the Kangaroos fall to 1-2 this season.

The Jayhawks controlled play throughout the contest, holding UMKC without a single point for an 8 minute, 34 second stretch at the end of the first half. After Leigh Mead’s three-point basket cut the KU lead to 17-16 at 8:34 of the first half, the Jayhawks scored the final 13 points of the period.

The Kangaroos again cut into the lead in the second half, but a late 13-3 run put KU comfortably ahead with under three minutes left. Kohn keyed the Jayhawk surge, scoring seven straight points during one stretch.

The 5-foot-9 freshman finished with 13 points while shooting 5-for-8 from the field and 2-for-3 from the foul line. Kohn also chipped in four assists and three steals.

As a team, the Jayhawks collected 12 steals and converted 25 Kangaroo turnovers into 23 points.

McCray enjoyed her first double-digit point effort as a Jayhawk, scoring 10 points off the bench, while Ivana Catic added nine points in a reserve role.

UMKC forward Alysa Klein almost single-handedly kept her team in the game, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds along with seven blocked shots.

The Jayhawks will travel to Creighton next Monday for a 7 p.m. tip against the Bluejays.