KU Downs FIU, 73-65, Moves To 8-0

Dec. 18, 2005

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The University of Kansas women’s basketball team defeated Florida International, 73-65, Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Senior forward Crystal Kemp, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, spurred the Jayhawks to the victory with 20 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.

The victory pushes the Jayhawks’ record to 8-0 on the season, only the second time since 1980 that KU has started a season with eight straight victories. Helping Kemp and the Jayhawks fight off the pesky Golden Panthers were senior guards Kaylee Brown and Erica Hallman. Brown finished with 16 points and a team-high four assists while Hallman added 10 points and knocked down two three-pointers.

The Jayhawks took a 34-30 lead into halftime. KU jumped out to an early advantage behind a 14-4 run to start the game. Kemp, who led all scorers with 15 points at the break, scored eight of the Jayhawks’ first 13 points and also grabbed six rebounds. Brown chipped in six points and Hallman scored five points and had four rebounds. Kansas also outscored the Golden Panthers 16-12 in the paint in the first half.

In the second half, a pair of freshmen helped KU withstand a late Florida International run. Freshman forward Marija Zinic scored eight of her nine points after halftime and also finished with seven rebounds. Freshman guard Ivana Catic, who entered the game ranked third in the nation in assists per game, scored nine of her 10 points in the second half and dished out three assists, pushing her season average to 7.0 assists per game.

The Kansas defense was especially tough, forcing 18 turnovers FIU that resulted in 21 KU points. Kemp, Brown and Catic each snagged two steals.

The Jayhawks look to continue their winning ways when they take on the Creighton Bluejays on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Allen Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.