Boogaard Leads Jayhawks To 59-52 Win Over San Jose State

Dec. 20, 2007

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Freshman center Krysten Boogaard exploded for 24 points, 16 in the second half to spark Kansas to a 59-52 win over San Jose State on Friday night at The Event Center on the campus of San Jose State University. Boogaard hit 10-of-14 shots from the field and 4-of-5 free throws to lead the Jayhawks to their sixth-straight win and a 9-1 overall mark on the season. The loss dropped SJSU to 1-10 overall.

Trailing by five points at the half, Kansas went extensively to Boogaard in the second half as the 6-foot-5 Regina, Saskatchewan native towered over the Spartan inside players. Boogaard, who collected her first career double-double as she had 10 rebounds, got help from senior forward Taylor McIntosh with six second-half points.

After a sluggish first half of play, Kansas inched back in the game getting as close as one point at 37-36 with 12:26 left in the second period. Neither team could manage to score over the next three minutes of play, as the Jayhawks missed two shots and committed two turnovers, and were not able to grab the lead.

The Jayhawks then went down by four points again at 40-36, but behind four points by Boogaard and a lay-up by sophomore guard Sade Morris, Kansas took its first lead of the second half at 45-44. San Jose State would not go away though and the two teams traded baskets over the next two and half minutes of action before a lay-up by Boogaard and another one by freshman forward Nicollette Smith put KU up by a five-point margin.

Kansas was able to claim the win by forcing San Jose State into turnovers and knocking down a few free throws to forge the final score of 59-52.

A turnover plagued first half caused the Jayhawks to find themselves in a deep hole. After opening the game with a three-point basket by sophomore guard Kelly Kohn, KU extended its lead to five points at 7-2 with two free throws by Morris.

San Jose State turned up the defense, as their 2-3 zone forced the Jayhawks into 14 first half miscues. SJSU’s Brittany Powell hit a jumper and then Natalie White hit back-to-back three’s to give the Spartans a 12-9 advantage with 14 minutes to play in the opening frame. The Spartans extended their lead to 12 points at 23-11 with 6:12 to play in the first period as the Jayhawks continued to turn the ball over and were cold from the field.

A second three-point basket by Kohn sparked a Kansas run as the Jayhawks outscored San Jose State 15-8 to close the half in a five-point deficit at 31-26. Boogaard was a presence in the post, scoring KU’s last eight points before the break.

McIntosh and Kohn each finished with eight points for the Jayhawks, while sophomore guard LaChelda Jacobs had seven points and Morris totaled six. McIntosh also pulled down seven rebounds and junior guard Ivana Catic tied a career-high with six boards. Kohn and Morris each dished six assists and Catic finished with five dimes as the Jayhawks tallied 17 assists on 22 baskets.

White and Myosha Barnes each turned in 10 points to lead SJSU. White also led the Spartans on the boards with seven caroms.

The Jayhawks finished with 23 turnovers in the game, but controlled the paint with a 42-28 advantage in rebounds. They also outscored SJSU 36-26 in points in the paint.

KU will remain in the Bay Area as they head to Berkeley to take on the California Golden Bears on Friday, Dec. 21. Game time is slated for 8 p.m. (CST).