Sutherland Guides Jayhawks to 73-59 Victory Over Creighton
Nov. 16, 2011
Sutherland Has Career-Tying Night on the Boards
LAWRENCE, Kan.–Senior forward Aishah Sutherland notched her first double-double of the season as the University of Kansas women’s basketball team downed the Creighton Bluejays, 73-59 Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. The Perris, Calif., native recorded 16 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks and two steals during the contest. Her 14 rebounds tied a career high as she matched her output from last November in a win over Wisconsin.
Juniors Carolyn Davis, Angel Goodrich and Monica Engelman each chipped in double-figure performances scoring 14, 12 and 12 points, respectively. As a team, Kansas shot a blazing 53.8 percent from the field during the game, including 4-of-9 behind the three-point arc.
The Jayhawks came out firing in the first half to gain a quick 7-2 lead capped off by a steal and fast-break layup by Natalie Knight. It marked the freshman’s only points of the night but she found other ways to contribute as she finished the evening with three assists and a pair of steals.
Three three-pointers each from Engelman, Goodrich and sophomore Keena Mays during a three-minute stretch broke the game open as Kansas went on a 17-6 run in the middle of the first half. Mays finished with a stat line of nine points and five rebounds. In all, the Jayhawks brought down 40 rebounds, out-rebounding the Bluejays by 11.
Front court play was key during the opening period, as Sutherland and sophomore Tania Jackson led the team down low. The two combined for eight of the team’s 10 points in a three minute stretch in the middle of the first frame, with Sutherland making two key steals during that span. The duo ended the opening frame with a combined 10 points and 10 rebounds. Davis also contributed six points in nine minutes of first half action as KU scored 20 points in the paint.
Kansas went into the locker room with a 36-27 lead with eight Jayhawks contributing at least two points. Goodrich led the team at half with eight tallies from 3-of-5 shooting, including two three-pointers.
Creighton stayed within reach for the first part of the second half but a jumper by Engelman with 10:23 left in the game kick-started an 8-0 run by the Jayhawks, capped by a pair free throws from Davis. Davis, who made her return from an early-season injury, started the second half and contributed 14 points and two blocks in 18 minutes of play on the night. Davis went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe, while the Jayhawks converted on 13-of-14 free throws (92.9 percent) for the contest.
Back-to-back layups from Mays gave KU a 17-point lead with 5:40 left in the contest, its largest lead of the game, as the Jayhawks went on to win its sixth-straight regular-season non-conference game.
Kansas goes on the road for the first time this season as the Jayhawks travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to play Wake Forest on Sunday, Nov. 20. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.