Kansas cruises past UMKC 77-52, with 18 Points from Davis
Dec. 17, 2011
Engelman Provides Spark In Return To Starting Lineup
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior Carolyn Davis scored a team-high 18 points and added nine rebounds as the University of Kansas defeated UMKC 77-52 Saturday night in women’s basketball action at Allen Fieldhouse. KU, now 9-1 on the year, had a nine-day lay-off for finals before returning to action. The Jayhawks showed no signs of rust as they outshot UMKC 50.8 percent to 37.7 percent from the field.
Senior Aishah Sutherland scored KU’s first four points of the game on a jumper and a lay-up just a minute passed tip-off, but UMKC (6-4), would hang tough. The Kangaroos trailed their non-conference hosts 12-11, with 10 and a half minutes gone by in the contest. Back-to-back layups by Davis as well as a steal and a bucket by Angel Goodrich stretched the KU lead to seven with less than 10 to play in the first frame. Kansas would extend its lead, going on an 18-4 run and head into halftime with a 39-21 advantage.
Davis finished the first half 6-for-6 from the field with 12 points and junior Monica Engelman added 10 points with her 4-for-6 performance in the game’s first 20 minutes.
KU coach Bonnie Henrickson’s crew maintained its lead early on in the second half and pushed it to as much as 23, when a rebound and lay-up, followed by a pair of free throws by Davis gave KU a 53-30 lead, with a little less than 12 minutes left to play. That sizeable cushion was enough to let Kansas cruise to its sixth-straight victory over UMKC and eighth-straight in Allen Fieldhouse this season.
The Jayhawks’ Sutherland, Engelman and Goodrich all reached double-digits in points during the contest. Sutherland had 13 points and seven rebounds, while Engelman finished with 14. Goodrich came within a point and a steal of equaling career highs in both categories as the junior finished with 16 points and six steals to go along with seven assists.
KU shot 50.8 percent from the field, going 31-for-61, in its sixth game of the year shooting over 50 percent. The Jayhawk defense held UMKC to just 37.7 percent from the field (20-for-53) and forced 23 Kangaroo turnovers in the contest.
Kansas will play the third contest of its four-game homestand when it hosts Oral Roberts on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Tip-off for the game is slated for 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.