Kansas Tops SMU, 75-52, To Improve To 7-0
Dec. 1, 2011
Sutherland’s Second Half Surge Plays Pivotal Role in KU Victory
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Junior Carolyn Davis scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the final 11 minutes, while Angel Goodrich notched six of her game-high eight assists in that span to help Kansas women’s basketball pull away down the stretch for a 75-52 victory against SMU in Allen Fieldhouse Thursday night.
Davis made eight of her 10 shots from the field to improve her field goal percentage to 70.2 percent for the season, which ranks in the top five nationally. Goodrich added 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, which included 1-for-3 from three-point range, to go along four steals and four rebounds. Goodrich’s eight assists marked her 20th-straight game with at least five helpers. Junior Aishah Sutherland chipped in 14 points on 7-for-12 shooting as well as six rebounds. As a team, KU shot 57.1 percent from the floor to increase its nation-leading field goal percentage to 51.7.
Kansas improved to 7-0 for the second-straight season, while SMU fell to 4-3 with the loss. Senior forward Christine Elliott had a double-double for the Mustangs with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Akil Simpson added four steals in the loss.
With Kansas leading 46-37 at the 11-minute mark, Davis and Goodrich re-entered the game, and the Jayhawks proceeded to score the next 11 points to open up a 20-point advantage. Seven of Davis’ eight field goals came on layups, helping the Jayhawks dominate the game’s points in the paint, 50-22. KU also outrebounded SMU, 35-31, continuing Kansas’ streak of outrebounding every opponent this season.
Goodrich topped all scorers with nine points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field to build a 33-27 halftime lead. Freshman guard Natalie Knight had five of her six rebounds in the first 20 minutes. For the visitors, Elliott led the Mustangs with six points and three rebounds at the break.
Kansas will travel to Alabama on Sunday to play the Crimson Tide at 2 p.m. Following the trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., KU’s next four games will be at Allen Fieldhouse. That homestand will kick off Thursday, Dec. 8, against Wisconsin at 7 p.m.