On the strength of 11 first half points by sophomore Crystal Kemp, the Jayhawks were able to control the first half and led at the break 40-31.
KU came out quick in the second half and extended its lead to 20 points at the 9:16 mark before the Hornets started to chip away at the Jayhawk lead. Just like the night before against Oregon, the game came down to free throws as KU made six charity shots in the last minute to seal the victory, this time in favor of the Jayhawks.
For the game, Kansas was led by sophomore Tamara Ransburg with 18 points and six rebounds. Kemp finished with 13 points and junior Blair Waltz knocked in a season-high 10 points. Kansas shot 47.2 percent from the field compared to 51.0 percent for Sacramento State. The Jayhawks led on the glass pulling down 33 rebounds to 25 for the Hornets.
Sacramento State was paced by Katelyn Ciampi with 13 points, Sarah Craig with 12 points and Samania Black with 10 points.
Next up for Kansas is the Holiday Inn Jayhawk Classic on Dec. 6-7 in Allen Fieldhouse. The Classic features teams from Cal State Fullerton, UTEP and Alabama State. KU is set to play Cal State Fullerton at 12:30 on Saturday in the Jayhawks' first home game of the season.