Sophomores Pace KU in 91-56 Rout of Creighton

Nov. 27, 2007

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Behind 16 points a piece from sophomores Danielle McCray and Sade Morris and a 21-0 run early in the first half, the University of Kansas rolled past Creighton, 91-56, Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The win improved the Jayhawks to 4-1 this season, while the Bluejays fell to 4-2. KU’s 91 points were the most since the 2005-06 squad hung 100 on <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>New Orleans on Dec. 3 in Lawrence.

KU put the game out of reach almost as early as it began, jumping out to a 27-2 lead just over seven minutes into the contest. Morris and McCray provided 17 of the team’s first 27 points. KU led by as many as 30 in the first half in which it shot 57.1-percent and scored 23 points off 14 CU turnovers.

The second half saw more of the same for the Jayhawks, who remained unbeaten at home this season with the win. After its sophomores lit up the opening frame, Kansas got strong performances from its freshman in the second half, as Krysten Boogard scored seven of her nine points in the final 20 minutes, while Nicollette Smith netted six of her nine.

KU went on a 16-4 run midway through the second half and eventually pushed its lead to a game-high 40 points on a basket by sophomore Kelly Kohn, who finished the contest with four points and three assists.

Kansas’ defense stifled Creighton, which shot just 26.9-percent for the game. The Jayhawks have now held three of their opponents to less than 30-percent shooting from the field after accomplishing the feat only once last year. KU also outscored the Bluejays 22-4 on fast breaks.

McCray, an Olathe, Kan., native, has now scored in double-digits in each game this season and 20 times during her career. Morris finished one point shy of her career-high of 17 that was set earlier this season against Hartford.

Senior Taylor McIntosh added 10 points and four rebounds, while sophomore Porsche Weddington scored eight. Junior Ivana Catic played a nice floor game for KU, finishing with six points and four assists while recording three of KU’s 17 steals. Overall, Kansas dished out 24 dimes, which were its most since tallying 28 in the previously mentioned game against New Orleans in 2005.

The Jayhawks shot 56.7-percent from the field, which was a season best and outscored CU 46-18 in the paint.

KU hosts Saint Louis on Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be televised on Sunflower Channel 6.