Jayhawks Execute Flawless Ball Protection in 73-44 Win Over Wisconsin

Dec. 8, 2011

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Kansas 73, Wisconsin 44
Allen Fieldhouse // Lawrence, Kan.

Senior Aishah Sutherland collected a career-high 16 rebounds Thursday night against Wisconsin

1st 2nd Final
Wisconsin 23 21 44
Kansas 42 31 73
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Statistical Leaders
Wisconsin Kansas
Points M. Paige (14) K. Mays (17)
Rebounds T. Wurtz (7)

A. Sutherland(16)


J. Davis (4)

A. Goodrich (5)
Steals Four Tied (1) A. Goodrich (4)
Blocks T. Wurtz (1) C. Davis (2)
Stats at a Glance
FG Percentage 28.3 44.3
3-Point FG Percentage 42.1 28.6
FT Percentage 66.7 75.0
Offensive Rebounds 9 11
Defensive Rebounds 26 30
Total Rebounds 35 41
Turnovers 16 6
Points in the Paint 6 30
Points off Turnovers 1 25
Second Chance Points 6 9
Fast Break Points 2 8
Bench Points 23 21

LAWRENCE, Kan. – A well-balanced offense that turned the ball over for the second-fewest times in school history highlighted the Kansas women’s basketball team’s 73-44 victory against Wisconsin in Allen Fieldhouse Thursday night. Kansas (8-1) committed six turnovers in the lopsided win, falling one shy of tying the fewest-ever surrendered in program history, and marked the first time since a six-turnover effort against New Orleans on Dec. 3, 2005. The Jayhawks gave the ball away only three times in each half to give the Big 12 the 5-4 lead with just one game remaining in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge. Four different Jayhawks put up double-digit points as 11 of the 12 players who checked into Thursday night’s game scored. Senior forward Aishah Sutherland pulled down a career-high 16 boards, the most rebounds for a Jayhawk this season, to accompany 12 points for her third double-double of the year. After putting up 21 points at Alabama, sophomore guard Keena Mays earned her first start and responded by leading the floor with 17 points on a 6-for-11 night. Junior guard Angel Goodrich (12) and sophomore forward Tania Jackson (10) rounded out the Jayhawks in double figures. Looking to rebound from its first loss of the season, Kansas brought the intensity on both ends of the floor. While racking up its fourth 20-plus point victory the year, KU’s defense held Wisconsin (4-6) to its lowest scoring output and field goal percentage (28.3 percent) of the season. The Big Ten’s leading defender against the three-pointer struggled to defend the Jayhawks from beyond the arc in the opening half as Kansas knocked down four threes in a half for the second time this season. Using a pair of buckets from junior forward Carolyn Davis, an added pair of free throws from freshman guard Natalie Knight and five forced turnovers, Kansas jolted ahead 8-2 not four minutes into the game. Back-to-back threes from the Badgers, however, quickly erased the Jayhawk lead heading into the first media timeout. Out of the pause, Jackson and Goodrich each knocked down a three – just the fourth and fifth that the Badgers’ had surrendered in their last three games – to retake the lead, 14-8. Five-straight points from Mays expanded KU’s first-half cushion and sparked a red-hot half for the Arlington, Texas native, who posted 14 points in the game’s first 20 minutes. Executing at will, the Jayhawk offense had no issues inside the arc either, as the team finished the opening half shooting 54 percent from the floor, while holding the Badgers to a 28 percent mark. Mays and Jackson scored the team’s last seven points to take a 42-23 lead into halftime. As Kansas started the second half with the lead for the eighth time in nine games, the Jayhawks wasted no time adding to it. Consecutive baskets from Sutherland highlighted the 6-0 run that prompted a timeout from the Wisconsin bench, who attempted to curb the 25-point lead the Jayhawks had built not yet three minutes into the half. Solid defense continued to complement the comfortable lead. After holding the Badgers to seven field goals in the first half, the Jayhawks surrendered only two buckets to Wisconsin in the first 10 minutes of the second before the Badgers broke the 30-point barrier at the 10:14 mark. Sutherland converted an offensive rebound to a layup, to eclipse the double-double mark and power the home team to a 58-34 lead. Kansas’ bench took over in the final minutes, including a pair of baskets from freshmen Donielle Breaux and Chelsea Gardner, to wrap up the 73-44 win. As finals week approaches, Kansas will have more than a week to prep for its next contest, a match-up with UMKC on Saturday, Dec. 17. The game will tip-off from Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. and be televised on Knology.