🏀 Jayhawks Defeat Cowgirls, 77-69

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Spearheaded by a hot start and a 23-point outburst from freshman Zakiyah Franklin, the Jayhawks emerged victorious, defeating the visiting Oklahoma State Cowgirls by a score of 77-69, Saturday evening in Allen Fieldhouse.

With the win, the Jayhawks advanced to 15-12 on the year and 4-12 in Big 12 play, while the Cowgirls fell to 16-13 on the season and 6-10 in conference play.


The first quarter was certainly one to remember for the home team, as the Jayhawks came out of the locker room on fire. The team opened up with a 12-5 run over the Cowgirls in the game’s first three minutes. The fire kept burning after a three-pointer from senior Mariane De Carvalho at the 7:52 mark ignited a 16-0 run that was capped off with a fast break lay-up by sophomore Aniya Thomas with 2:05 left in the first quarter.

The Jayhawks finished the first quarter leading with a score of 27-9. Those 27 points ties the team’s season-high for a first-quarter total.


4 – The Jayhawks have now won four conference games this year – the most since 2014-2015 when they won six games in Big 12 play.


  • Kansas’ win gives it four conference wins on the season, which is the most league wins since 2014-15.
  • KU has now won three out of its last four conference games played, a first since the 2014-2015 season where the team won four out of five games (Jan. 21-Feb.4).
  • The Jayhawks’ win also gives KU a guaranteed .500 mark overall for the remainder of the season. This is the first time since the 2012-13 season that a Kansas team will end the season .500 or above.
  • The Jayhawks began the game on a 12-5 run in the first two minutes.
  • The largest run of the game was 16-0 over a 6:35 span in the first quarter.
  • After back-to-back made free-throws by Tina Stephens, Kansas posted its largest lead of the game at 22 points with 6:16 left in the third quarter.
  • Stephens recorded her second-straight double-double and her fifth of the season with 13 points and 12 boards, tying her career-high in rebounds.
  • Zakiyah Franklin led the team with 23 points. She went 7-for-9 from the free-throw line and also had a career-high in assists with eight.
  • Aniya Thomas tied her career-high with four steals.


Kansas wraps up its home slate on Tuesday, March 3, when the Jayhawks play host to Iowa State at 7 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse