Jayhawks defeat Missouri by three

Columbia, Mo. -- With the help of stifling defense and 47.1 percent shooting from the field, the University of Kansas women's basketball team (8-5) downed the Missouri Tigers, 55-52, Saturday night in Columbia.

The Jayhawks and Tigers both got out to quick starts and the game was tied 14-all at the 13:51 mark. Despite shooting only 5-12 from the charity stripe, KU went on an impressive run with sophomore Crystal Kemp doing most of the damage from the post area and led at the break 32-24.

KU extended its lead to as many as 15 points in the second half when Kemp hit a turnaround jumper from the left block at the 14:08 mark. For the next six minutes Missouri chipped away at the lead but Kansas was able to keep its lead in double-figures. At the eight minute mark, MU hit a barrage of three-point baskets and cut the Jayhawk lead to just two.

Kansas was able to keep its composure and clutch baskets by Aquanita Burras, Larisha Graves and Kemp sealed the three-point win in the closing moments.

The win snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Tigers and moved the Jayhawks to 1-1 in conference play. Additionally, KU extended its lead in the KU/MU Midwest Ford Dealers Border War all sports series to 10.5 to 4.

For the game, KU was led by Kemp with 20 points and five rebounds. Burras added her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards and freshman Lauren Ervin grabbed 10 rebounds.

KU shot 47.1 percent from the field while holding the Tigers to 32.7 percent.

Next up for the Jayhawks is a return to Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. on Tuesday against the Colorado Buffaloes.

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