KU Women Win Third Straight

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The University of Kansas women's basketball team won its third straight game in convincing fashion by beating Denver 67-44, Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The win gives KU 600 victories in its history.

The Jayhawks connected on six first-half three pointers to go into the break with a 41-15 lead.

Kansas shot 51 percent from the field on the game. Junior forward Crystal Kemp missed just one shot, connecting on nine of her 10 attempts for a game-high 18 points. Junior guard Erica Hallman chipped in with 17 points, hitting 3-of-4 from three-point range, while fellow junior Kaylee Brown rounded out the double figure scoring with 11 points. Freshman forward Taylor McIntosh took home game-high rebounding honors for the second straight game with seven boards.

"Overall our offensive execution was good tonight," KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "I was pleased with how we created a lot of our offense from our defensive play."

"We have some tough games coming up," Henrickson added. "We have to be disciplined and committed to playing as hard as we can in each of those games."

The KU defense played well forcing 16 turnovers and holding Denver to just 33 percent shooting and no fast break points.

The Pioneers had two players in double figures as Sarah Benham and Sarah Cyran each scored 10 points for Denver.

The Jayhawks (3-1) will have a quick turn around as they will return home Thursday to face Washburn. The Allen Fieldhouse tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Kansas Postgame Notes

Kansas' Win Over Denver...
...Makes KU 2-1 all-time against Denver.
...Gives KU a three-game winning streak.
...Makes head coach Bonnie Henrickson's record 3-1 at KU and 161-63 in her career.
...Makes the Jayhawks 600-399 all-time.

Notes
- Kansas became the 30th team in women's Division I-A basketball history to win 600 games.
- Senior Aquanita Burras started her 61st straight game. She has started every game of her KU career.
- Junior Erica Hallman's 17 points and five rebounds were season-highs.
- Senior Aquanita Burras knocked down her first three-point basket of the season.
- The Pioneers' 15 points in the first half were the lowest by any KU opponent in a single half this season.
- Kansas recorded season highs for points in a game (67), points in a half (41), three-point field goals made (seven), three-point field goals attempted (18), field goals made (27), field goal percentage (50.9), three-point percentage (38.9), free throw percentage (66.7), steals (11) and assists (15).
- Sophomore Sharita Smith's three steals marked a career-high.
- Junior Kaylee Brown recorded career-highs in points (11), steals (3) and blocked shots (1).
- Junior Heather Hayes saw her first action as a Jayhawk.
- Freshman Jamie Boyd's five points, four rebounds and three steals marked career-highs.

Kansas Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
On the game:
"We made the extra passes tonight to give us uncontested shots. We made the uncontested shots, also. We have been unselfish in all of our games, it's not like tonight was the first time we looked for the extra pass. We have good shooters on our team and we have struggled shooting the ball, but it requires focus and concentration, which we had tonight. I thought we went inside early which opened up some kick-out passes. I think we are a much better team offensively when we have a feel for screens which leads to open shots. Overall, I think our defensive execution was very good. I thought we created offense from our defense and we had opportunities in transition. The most disappointing thing was how many layups we gave up. We have got to pull the weakside over and take a charge instead of giving up the layup."

On the upcoming games:
"Most people don't realize how good Washburn is. They have excellent guard play and we understand that. Our players have to commit, be focused and ready to play. We have to have discipline and maturity in these games. The upperclassmen have to set the tempo."

Junior Forward Crystal Kemp
On the game:
"When we run the offense, good things happen. There were a few times that we got good shots at the end (of the shot clock). I thought I was going to get more offensive rebounds, but most of the shots from the outside went in."

On playing Washburn:
"A couple of people have already called me from home, asking me if I am ready. I am not taking it as an easier game or a harder game, it is just another game that we are going to have to work hard to win."

Denver Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Pam Tanner
On the game:
"I don't think we came in ready to play. I think we played scared in the first 20 minutes and I think Kansas did a good job of taking advantage of our lack of aggressiveness. I think we had them scouted well and had a good game plan, but we didn't execute the game plan and they did. Age was a factor. We played five freshmen 20 minutes or more."

On playing Kansas:
"We gained valuable experience in this game. With five younger kids who have not had much experience, this gives us valuable experience. They are a similar team to what we will face in the Sun Belt Conference. This was a great experience for our upcoming games."

Freshman Forward Jenna Cole
On the game:
"We did not have a very good first half. We came out slow, but picked it up in the second half. Things just didn't go our way. They (Kansas) were shooting well, and our shots just weren't falling."

On playing Kansas:
"It makes us better. They are the best team we have played yet. It is tough to come back against a team like this."

Senior Center Sarah Cyran
On the game:
"Kansas is a good team and they have good pressure, but we just fell apart. We weren't communicating or talking to each other and playing as a team."


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