Davis, Sutherland post double-doubles as KU downs Sam Houston State 87-59.
Dec. 28, 2011
Team Puts Emphasis on Rebounding
LAWRENCE, Kan.– Junior forward Carolyn Davis racked up her second straight double-double, while senior Aishah Sutherland tallied her fourth of the season during Kansas women’s basketball’s 87-59 victory over Sam Houston State, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
A total of five KU players scored in double-digits, while Davis’ 21 points and 13 rebounds led her squad. With the victory, Kansas improved to 11-1 on the year, while the loss dropped the Bearkats to 4-5.
After falling behind SHSU 2-0 to start the game, Kansas reeled off six-straight points to take a 6-2 lead. The Bearkats would surge back taking leads of 7-6, and 11-8, until back-to-back lay-ups and a foul shot by Davis put the Jayhawks up 13-11 at the 13:00 mark of the first half. Davis and her teammates would ward off another Bearkat charge with an additional pair of lay-ups to give the forward nine points in the first nine minutes of the contest. Davis’ four points began a 15-0 run for the Jayhawks, capped off by a Natalie Knight three-pointer and a Sutherland lay-up.
Following Kansas’ commanding run, Sam Houston State would counter with one of their own, scoring seven-straight points to cut the KU lead to five with less than five minutes before intermission. The Jayhawks would give themselves some breathing room heading into the half as they extended their lead to nine at 40-31. Davis finished the first 20 minutes of the contest with a team-leading 17 points and five rebounds
Sam Houston State began play in the second half on a 7-2 run to cut the Kansas margin to four at 42-38. A three-pointer by Angel Goodrich sparked a 21-0 KU run, which would be capped off by another trey by guard Monica Engelman. The entire Jayhawk run would last less than four minutes and gave the home team a 25-point advantage with 11:00 to play. The Jayhawks would not look back as they extended that lead to 28 as the final Fieldhouse buzzer sounded.
Kansas would finish the game outshooting their opponent 55.9-34.4 percent and out rebounding them 49-25. Knight set a new career high with her 12-point performance, while Goodrich (14 points) and Engelman (11 points) rounded out the other five Jayhawks in double-digits. Sutherland’s double-double consisted of 12 points and 10 boards on the night.
Kansas will open Big 12 play at Texas on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. The Jayhawks then return home to host Kansas State, Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m.