Sharp-Shooting Jayhawks Cruise to 81-55 Victory over Saint Louis
Dec. 2, 2007
<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – Three University of Kansas players scored in doubles figures, led by 16 apiece from sophomores Danielle McCray and Sade Morris, as the Jayhawks jumped on Saint Louis early and never let up en-route to an 81-55 win Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
For the second-straight game, KU opened up a huge margin almost as soon as the contest started. After jumping out on top of Creighton 27-2 in last Tuesday’s win, the Jayhawks went up 29-7 over the Billikens, which included a 17-2 run, to take command.
Kansas eventually went into the break up 43-21 in a half in which it led by as many as 23, shooting 57.1-percent while holding SLU to only 22.6-percent shooting from the field.
After the Jayhawks extended their lead to a game-high 30 on a bucket by freshman Krysten Boogaard at the 16:06 mark in the second half, Saint Louis began to make the game interesting, cutting KU’s lead to 16 — the closest it had been since just under 10 minutes remaining in the first – after going on a 16-2 run.
The Jayhawks, though, put the contest away over the next four minutes, led by McCray, who stopped the Billiken run by making two tough lay-ins while absorbing SLU fouls. KU also got clutch shooting down the stretch by freshman Nicollette Smith, who connected on a pair of three-pointers in the final four minutes.
For the game, Kansas shot 51.6-percent and limited SLU to just 27.1-percent from the field. The Jayhawks have now held all six of its opponents this season to under 50-percent shooting.
KU recorded 22 assists — two shy of a season-high – led by junior Ivana Catic’s eight. The Zrenjanin, Serbia native also added eight points for the Jayhawks.
McCray, who has now scored in double-digits in every game this season, finished 7-of-14 from the field and just missed a double-double by recording nine rebounds. Smith scored 13 for Kansas, while Boogaard netted nine points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Senior Taylor McIntosh added eight points and seven rebounds.
KU will next be in action when it hosts Marquette on Thursday, Dec. 6 in Lawrence. The game will tip at 7 p.m., and will be televised by Sunflower Channel 6.