No. 21 Jayhawks Fight Off Panthers, 72-60
Dec. 16, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan.— Junior forward Tania Jackson recorded her second double-double of the season, scoring a season-high 13 points and grabbing her 10th rebound in the final minute as Kansas women’s basketball knocked off Prairie View A&M, 72-60, to win its 51st consecutive non-conference home game Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.
With the Prairie View A&M (2-5) defense keying on Kansas (9-1) senior forward Carolyn Davis, Jackson stepped up to shoot 6-of-8 from the floor and knocked down the only trey she attempted. Battling a barrage of defense, Davis struggled from the floor, shooting just 3-of-10, but the Player of the Year candidate was able to connect on 7-of-8 free throws to add 13 points and eight rebounds to the Jayhawk effort.
Senior guard Angel Goodrich led Kansas on the scoreboard with 19 points, while adding eight assists and recording a season-high five steals for the third time this season.
Additionally, senior guard Monica Engelman had her most productive game of the season, tallying 11 points and snatching eight rebounds while also dishing out four assists. Engelman got started early scoring nine points and grabbing six rebounds in the first half including her first made three of the season.
Kansas came out aggressive early in the second half pushing a 14-point halftime advantage to 18 with just 40 seconds into the second half. Prairie View A&M would respond with an 11-7 run over the next 3:35 to cut the Kansas lead to nine. Sophomore guard LaReahn Washington added a free throw to cut the Kansas lead to eight with 12:27 to play in the game.
The Panthers’ JaQuandria Williams, who went scoreless in the first half, keyed the PVAMU run in the second half scoring nine points and setting up teammate Larissa Scott for a layup that cut the Kansas lead to 56-52 with 6:38 to play, setting up the exciting finish.
Following a Goodrich free throw with just under six minutes to play, PVAMU scored five-straight points to even the score at 57-57 with 5:04 to play, forcing a Kansas timeout.
Goodrich answered with a drive to the basket for a layup and a foul that put the Jayhawks on top 60-57, sparking a 15-3 run for Kansas over the final five minutes. Both teams traded possessions before Kansas was able to move ahead by seven behind two free throws apiece from Knight and Davis. Junior guard CeCe Harper found Davis in the lane for an easy layup that increased the Jayhawk lead to nine, all but sealing the game for the Jayhawks.
Over the final 2:35, Kansas was 6-of-9 from the free throw line to help clinch the victory. The Jayhawks were 23-of-30 for the game, both the makes and attempts were the most in a game this season.
The Jayhawks built its early lead as they got out to a hot start from behind the arc in the first half, knocking down 5-of-9 three-pointers for the team’s best three-point shooting performance in a half this season.
Kansas held Prairie View A&M to just 34 percent shooting in the first half and forced nine Panther turnovers, but KU trailed in the points off turnovers category after giving seven points on 11 turnovers.
Prairie View A&M’s Latia Williams led all scorers with 21 points in 37 minutes. Kiara Etienne added 15 for the panthers. PVAM’s 60 points is the most the Jayhawks have given up at home this season.
Kansas travels to Berkley, Calif., to face California in a Big 12-Pac 12 match up on Friday, Dec. 21. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. PST, 7 p.m. in Lawrence.