Kansas Downs Pepperdine 73-60, Matches Best Start Ever

Dec. 28, 2005

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LAWRENCE, Kan. –

The University of Kansas women’s basketball team matched the 1991-92 squad for the best start in program history, improving to 10-0 with a 73-60 win over Pepperdine on Dec. 28 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks led by as many as 17 points in the contest en route to its fifth double-figure victory of the year.

Senior Crystal Kemp led the Jayhawks with 27 points — 17 in the second half — one shy of her career high and has now eclipsed the 20-point mark in two of the last three games. With her 10 field goals, Kemp moved into 10th on KU’s all-time list with 503. Senior Erica Hallman finished with 17 points, and freshman Ivana Catic chipped in with 14 points and five assists.

Kansas continued its stellar play on defense, limiting Pepperdine to 41 percent shooting and forcing 19 turnovers. The Jayhawks have now kept every opponent this season under 50-percent shooting from the field.

Pepperdine held KU to 30 percent shooting and pressured the Jayhawks into 15 turnovers. The difference in the game, however, came from the free-throw line. Kansas shot 16-23, while the Waves connected on only 9 of 20 attempts from the charity stripe.

Kansas will next be in action on Dec. 30 when they take on LaSalle at Allen Fieldhouse. Tip is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on Sunflower Cable.