Kansas Women's Basketball Runs Past Iowa 76-55 On ESPN

Nov. 18, 2008

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Using a balanced attack from the perimeter trio of LaChelda Jacobs, Sade Morris and Danielle McCray, the University of Kansas women’s basketball team impressively defeated the University of Iowa, 76-55, in a rare Tuesday morning game on ESPN in Allen Fieldhouse.

An excited crowd of 5,186 saw Kansas improve to 2-0 overall in the young season and Iowa fall to 1-1.

In the game’s first 15 minutes, the two teams traded punch for punch with 11 ties and five lead changes. With 4:33 left, Hawkeye Megan Skouby – who led all scorers in the first half with 16 – gave Iowa a 25-23 lead. Over the next three minutes and 50 seconds, Kansas went on a 10-0 run with points from four different players including 3-pointers from Danielle McCray and Kelly Kohn.

In all, KU ended the first half on a 12-2 run and led 35-27 at the break. McCray and LaChelda Jacobs each scored 10 in the period to lead KU. Kansas benefitted from six steals and 11 overall Iowa turnovers, and led Iowa 11-0 in points off turnovers.

Behind inspired all-around play from Jacobs and Sade Morris, Kansas came out on all cylinders in the second half and built on its momentum. By the 17 minute mark, Kansas’ lead had swelled to double digits. The duo scored 12 of the Jayhawks first 15 points as KU continued to build its lead, which peaked at 25 with 7:22 left in the contest.

Morris carved up the Hawkeye defense scoring all 17 of her points in the second period, primarily on dribble penetration. Jacobs had an impressive overall line with a team-high 18 points, a career-high tying six assists, three steals and three rebounds.

McCray just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds to go with four steals and an assist. The Jayhawks tallied eight made 3-pointers compared to just one for Iowa. KU turned the ball over just 12 times while Iowa had 23 miscues. Kansas displayed tough defense holding Iowa to just 37 percent shooting from the field. From the 9:34 of the second half until the 3:19 point, Iowa did not score a field goal.

Skouby led all scorers with 33 points for Iowa.

The game was the only women’s game included in ESPN’s 24 Hours of College Basketball Promotion. Over 3,000 Lawrence elementary students were in attendance as part of a Health & Fitness Education program.

Kansas will get its first road test of the young season this Sunday, Nov. 23, when it plays at Saint Louis University at 4 p.m. The game will not be televised, but can be heard as usual on the Jayhawk Radio Network.