Davis, Sutherland Help Jayhawks Grab 64-58 Road Win over Creighton

Dec. 22, 2010

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OMAHA, Neb. – The post play of Carolyn Davis and Aishah Sutherland helped Kansas women’s basketball work out of a second-half jam and get past Creighton for a 64-58 win, Wednesday afternoon in Omaha, Neb.

In front of a Qwest Center crowd of 1,758, the duo helped the Jayhawks (11-1) overcome a 9-0 run by Creighton (6-4) in the second half with a key run of their own. The two broke through the Blue Jays’ zone defense to combine for 24 points and 13 rebounds in the second half alone. Sutherland totaled 14 points, eight rebounds, a block and recorded a career-high four assists. Davis filled out the stat sheet with 18 points and eight boards.

Angel Goodrich, who typically plays well against the Blue Jays, put in a season-high 12 points in the effort for the Jayhawks.

Kelsey Woodard led Creighton with a game-high 21 points.

KU led by as much as 12 points in the first half, but the Blue Jays rallied late and Creighton crept back in, cutting the lead to seven at 2:25. Davis made two free throws to push the lead back up to nine but a quick layup by Woodard put the Jays right back in the mix, making the score 29-22 right before the intermission.

The rally continued for the home team in the second half, as the Jays scored nine straight out of the gate. Turnovers and a dismal shooting performance cost Kansas. The Jayhawks turned the ball over four times during an 1-for-6 shooting stretch, allowing Creighton to pull ahead to a 31-29 lead.

KU was finally able to answer to the Jays after Sutherland laid one in around the 15-minute mark that tied the game at 31-all. The Jays were able to come right back, but the Jayhawks capitalized on the momentum from Sutherland’s shot.

Davis then went on a tear, combining with Keena Mays for two fastbreak plays and hit a third straight layup to tie the game at 39-39. Mays buried a trey to take back a KU lead, and the Jayhawks then scored in the post on the next three possessions, working back up to a 50-43 lead.

Sutherland and Davis continued to cruise, as the defense kept the Jays at bay. In closing minutes, six free throws and a final layup by Goodrich capped the comeback performance for the Jayhawks, who walked away with their third road win of the 2010-2011 season.

Kansas will now close out 2010 with a home game as the Jayhawks host UT-Arlington at Allen Fieldhouse Thursday, Dec. 30. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.