Jayhawks Dominate Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 85-44

Nov. 17, 2010

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Sophomore Carolyn Davis scored 12 of the team’s first 14 points and made her first eight shots of the game, while junior Aishah Sutherland added her seventh career double-double in Kansas’ 85-44 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Davis finished the game with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go along with six rebounds in only 20 minutes of action. Sutherland had 13 points and 13 rebounds, while playing just 21 minutes.

Kansas improved to 2-0 with the victory, marking the fourth-straight year the Jayhawks have won their first two regular season games and the sixth-straight season KU has opened the year 2-0 at home. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi fell to 0-3 with the loss.

After a quick basket from each team in the first 30 seconds of the game, Kansas used a 20-4 run over the next nine minutes to take a 22-6 lead. The Jayhawks’ first nine field goals all came inside the paint.

Down by 16, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi responded with a 9-2 run in the next three minutes to cut the KU lead to single-digits, forcing Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to call a 30-second timeout. Following the timeout, KU scored the next six points and the Jayhawks never led by less than 11 from that point forward. Kansas went into halftime with a 44-26 lead.

In the second half, Kansas scored the first 10 points in the first three minutes after the break to extend its margin to a comfortable 28 points. Midway into the second period, KU used an 18-0 run during a six-minute stretch to push its lead to 82-35. The 47-point margin was Kansas’ largest since it led by 53 points against New Mexico State on Jan. 4, 2009. All 11 Jayhawks saw action in the second half, and 10 of them scored. Freshman Keena Mays led the team with seven points in the final 20 minutes.

For the second-straight game, KU dominated down low, outscoring the Islanders 48-18 on points in the paint and also out-rebounding TAMU-CC, 53-21. The 32-rebound margin was the fifth-largest in school history. Of Kansas’s 53 rebounds, 22 came on the offensive end, which the Jayhawks then converted into 30 second chance points. Kansas also recorded 11 blocks in the game, which tied for fifth all-time. Senior Krysten Boogaard led KU with four blocks, which tied her career high from the Jan. 30, 2008, game against Oklahoma.

Kansas also played strong defense throughout the contest, forcing 26 Islander turnovers. Sophomore Angel Goodrich had a career-high five steals.

Kansas will return to action Sunday, Nov. 21, when it plays at Wisconsin in its first road game of the season. That game will tip off at 5 p.m., and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.