Jayhawks Survive Late Wake Forest Surge to Win 74-73
Nov. 20, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–A layup from sophomore Keena Mays with five seconds left in the contest gave the Kansas women’s basketball team a 74-73 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Jayhawks are now 3-0 for the season, while Wake Forest dropped to 2-1.
Junior forward Carolyn Davis led all scorers, finishing with 21 points off of 8-of-10 shooting in 26 minutes. Three other Jayhawks scored in double figures during the contest. Senior forward Aishah Sutherland scored 11 points in 35 minutes and sophomore forward Tania Jackson ended with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Junior guard Angel Goodrich tallied 10 points and broke her career record in steals, grabbing seven during the contest. The Tahlequah, Okla., native’s previous record was five.
KU utilized its post players early in the first half, relying on Sutherland and Davis for the team’s first six points. The Jayhawks then went on a 9-2 run, capped off by a steal and fast-break lay-up by Goodrich with 12:09 left in the first period.
After a 10-3 run by the Jayhawks, the Demon Deacons whittled KU’s lead down to two before Kansas came back firing. Kansas went on another 8-2 run, kicked-off by a layup from Jackson to make the score 33-25 with 1:51 remaining in the first period, marking the Jayhawks’ largest lead of the half.
The teams took a 33-32 score into the locker room for halftime with KU holding just a one-point lead. Jackson led first-half scoring with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Kansas shot a perfect 13-13 from the free-throw line during the first period, led by junior guard Monica Engelman, who went 5-for-5 from the line.
The Jayhawks flew out to an eight-point lead to start the second half in Lawrence Joel Coliseum, scoring seven unanswered points in less than one minute. Davis, from Houston, Texas, jump-started the run and scored all seven of those points. KU turned it into a 10-2 run to make the score 45-34 in the visitors’ favor with 16:34 remaining. Nineteen of Davis’ 21 points came during in the second half of play.
KU scored another 10 unanswered points, capped off by a three-pointer by Jackson to put the Jayhawks ahead by 16, 56-40, with 12:58 left in the contest.
After a late surge from Wake Forest, Kansas increased its lead back to double-digits at the 5:09 mark after a layup from Goodrich and a jumper from Davis, fed through a behind-the-back pass from Goodrich.
Battling back once again, Wake Forest pulled within two points of Kansas with less than one minute to play. The Demon Deacons took the lead with 25 seconds left in the game before a layup from Mays with only five seconds remaining on the game clock gave the Jayhawks the lead and the victory.
The Jayhawks return home to Allen Fieldhouse later this week to host the BTI Tip-Off Classic, Nov. 25-27. KU will host Lamar Friday at 7 p.m. followed by IUPUI Saturday at 4 p.m. and wraps up the tournament by playing FAU Sunday at 1:30 p.m.