Hallman: We were due.

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Hot hands and impressive shooting characterized Tuesday night's match up in women's basketball. Kansas won its third straight game in convincing fashion by beating Denver 67-44.

Kansas averaged 33 percent from the field in their first three games of the season. Last night the Jayhawks shot 51 percent from the field. The Jayhawks scored eighteen points off three-point shooting and ended the half with a 41-15 lead.

"We didn't do anything different. After the last few games, I think we were due," said junior guard Erica Hallman. "People got open looks and were able to knock them down, which is a good thing. We do have good shooters, it is just a matter of concentrating, focusing and hitting open shots when you get them."

The Jayhawks were hitting those shots last night. Junior forward Crystal Kemp missed just one shot, connecting on nine of her 10 attempts for a game-high 18 points. Hallman added 17 points, hitting 3-of-4 from three-point range, while Kaylee Brown also scored 11.

"The coaches did a really good job of scouting and they knew that this team was going to play a zone defense, so that is what we worked on," explained Hallman.

"I tried to go out and shoot like I do everyday in practice and the shots were falling. The last few games I have been struggling, but it is good to get back in a rhythm," added Hallman.

Coach Bonnie Henrickson was pleased with her team and with Hallman's performance.

"I think she is making good decisions in the half-court offense, whether that is to drop a pass or take a shot. I thought her shot selection tonight was very good. She didn't force anything," said Henrickson. "She is being more disciplined with her passing and she can create, but sometimes it is her decision not to go for the knock-out blow, that works the best.".

The KU defense played well forcing 16 turnovers and holding Denver to just 33 percent shooting and no fast break points. Freshman forward Taylor McIntosh took home game-high rebounding honors for the second straight game with seven boards.

The win gives KU 600 victories in its history. The Jayhawks return home Thursday to face Washburn. The Allen Fieldhouse tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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