KU Defense Suffocates UMKC

Nov. 27, 2004

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas women’s basketball team improved to 2-1 on the season after beating UMKC 47-36, Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have now won two straight after losing their season opener to Texas-Arlington.

Kansas had two players in double figures. Junior Crystal Kemp led the charge once again. She tied game-high honors with 17 points. Kemp also grabbed 12 rebounds to record her first double double of the season, and the eighth of her career. Senior Aquanita Burras added 10 points in the win. Freshman Taylor McIntosh continued her strong play by recording a game-high 13 rebounds.

“We are learning to be pretty good defensively and the offense will come,” KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the way our kids played defensively. We felt like we got to the shooters’ legs in the second half.”

The KU bench provided a spark, outscoring the Kangaroos’ bench 12-4. Junior guard Kaylee Brown scored seven off the bench for KU.

UMKC was led by Katie Houlihan, who had 17 points. Houlihan was the lone Kangaroo in double figures. Courtney Farmer added six points, while Liz Obrecht added five.

The Jayhawks (2-1) will return home Tuesday, Nov. 30 when they host Denver at Allen Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.