KU Opens Season with 77-53 Victory Over Binghamton
Nov. 20, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Behind a balanced offensive attack, the University of Kansas women’s basketball team opened its 2005-06 season with a 77-53 victory over the Binghamton Bearcats on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks were led by senior center Crystal Kemp’s 18th career double-double and the debuts of freshmen guard Ivana Catic and junior guard Shaquina Mosley. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
The Jayhawks never trailed in the game, using large runs in the first half to bury the Bearcats. Kemp finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and scored the first eight points for the Jayhawks in the second half. She also was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Catic stuffed the stat sheet, recording 13 points, seven assists and five steals. Mosely, a junior transfer, chipped in 10 points and eight assists. The eight and seven assists by Mosely and Catic represent the most assists by any Jayhawk in their debut since assists began to be recorded in the 1981-82 season.
In the first half, the Jayhawks jumped out to a large lead behind a 19-4 run. Senior guard Kaylee Brown led the Jayhawks with 16 points in the stanza on 6-for-8 shooting. She finished with a team high 19 points. Catic and Moseley set the tone for the Jayhawks, dishing out three and four assists, respectively, in the first half. The Jayhawks closed out the half on a 22-8 run to take a 48-22 lead into halftime.
The second half saw several Jayhawks contribute to the scoring. Sophomore forward Jamie Boyd, freshman guard Sophronia Sallard and junior guard Sharita Smith each scored four points for the Jayhawks. The Jayhawks finished the game shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 60 percent from the three-point line on 6-for-10 shooting.
The Jayhawks have a quick turn around for their next game, as they take on Detroit-Mercy at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.
The game will feature several promotions, as it will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night, where members of the KU community can receive $2 tickets with a KU ID. Also, any fans that wear blue to game will receive free popcorn and there will be a $25,000 sponsored contest at halftime.