Davis' Season High Lifts Kansas Past Oral Roberts, 85-68
Dec. 21, 2011
McCray Returns to Allen Fieldhouse to Spread Holiday Cheer
LAWRENCE, Kan. – On the heels of another big night from junior forward Carolyn Davis, Kansas women’s basketball beat Oral Roberts85-68 Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Davis recorded season-highs in both points and rebounds, with 25 and 11, respectively. The combination gave Davis her first double-double of the season while the 25 points marked Davis’ fourth game with 20 or more points during 2011-12 and the most by a Jayhawk all season.
With the win, the Jayhawks improved to 10-1 on the season, earning 10 non-conference wins for the fifth-straight season. Oral Roberts dropped to 7-5 with the loss.
The Jayhawks shot 51.6 percent for the game, and were aided by 52 points in the paint. It marked the second-straight game KU hit over 50 percent from the floor and seventh time this season.
With the score tied at 19-19 with 9:11 left in the first half, Kansas went on a 20-8 run that started with a Monica Engelman three-pointer. Kansas took a 41-29 lead into halftime with the help of Davis’ 20 first-half points.
The big statistical night from the Jayhawks saw senior forward Aishah Sutherland tie a career-high in blocks with four while adding 18 points- 12 of which came in the second half- to the Kansas total.
Angel Goodrich, KU’s junior point guard, dished out a season-high 14 assists while playing a big role in the Kansas victory. The 14 assists were one away from a career high; it also marked the 24th-straight game in which she had at least five assists and the 11th time in her career with 10 or more assists. The season-high night moved Goodrich into sixth-place in the Kansas record book with 367 career assists.
Engelman chipped in 16 points, her highest output this season since the opener against Western Michigan when she scored 17. She added five assists to her stat line, which is a season high.
Freshman forward Chelsea Gardner also contributed a career-high 10 points in only six minutes played.
The strong Jayhawk defense forced 24 Oral Roberts turnovers, while holding the Golden Eagles’ All-American Kevi Luper to 39.1 percent shooting from the field, significantly lower than her season average of 48.8 percent. Luper still managed to contribute 20 points to the Oral Roberts effort, leading all ORU scorers on the night.
Kansas will take a seven-day break from competition for the holidays before returning to action on Wednesday, Dec. 28 to take on Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.