Jayhawks Remain Undefeated With Win Over San Jose State
Dec. 4, 2008
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – –
Four Jayhawks scored in double figures and two Jayhawks recorded career-highs as Kansas defeated the San Jose State Spartans 93-49 Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Junior Danielle McCray led the Jayhawks with 20 points (7-of-10) and junior Kelly Kohn chipped in a season-high 15 points (5-of-7) in the victory. Junior Sade Morris also contributed 15 points and tied sophomore Nicollette Smith to lead KU with seven rebounds. Junior Porscha Weddington also chipped in 12 points. Junior Rebecca Feickert and senior Katie Smith each recorded career-high performances with eight points and four points, respectively.
Kansas improved to 5-0 on the year, its best starting record since the 2005-06 season, while San Jose State dropped to 1-5. The visiting Spartans were led by Kelly Blair, who scored 12 points and Natalie White, who added 10 points.
After getting off to a slow start in the second half, the Jayhawks went on an 11-3 run that was jump-started by a three-pointer by Morris and never looked back. Kansas held San Jose State to just seven points in the last 9:44 of the game.
The Jayhawks began the contest on a 10-2 run and held the Spartans without a field goal for 7:16 in the middle of the first half. McCray paced the Jayhawks with 13 points (4-of-6) in the final eight minutes of the first half as Kansas shot 56 percent from the field and scored 19 points off turnovers to take a 43-22 lead into the locker room.
Kansas, who never trailed in the contest, finished with its best shooting percentage of the season at 59.6 percent (34-of-57) from the field. The Jayhawks also shot at a 59 percent clip from behind the arc thanks in part to Kohn’s 4-of-5 performance. KU also recorded two team season-highs of 27 assists and 40 bench points on the night.
KU was strong on defense as well, crashing the defensive boards for a 36-18 advantage over the Spartans and tallying eight blocks and 12 steals. Morris and senior Ivana Catic led the Jayhawks with three steals apiece. The Jayhawks held San Jose State to just 28 percent from the field, the second-lowest percentage by an opponent this season.
Kansas will return to action when they travel to Milwaukee, Wisc. to take on Marquette on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.