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Sunday, December 11, 2005

KU women defeat Wisconsin, 90-87 in 2OT

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Kansas University's women's basketball team overcame a 14-point halftime deficit and escaped two overtimes to record a 90-87 victory over the University of Wisconsin Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

Thanks to a new career-high afternoon from senior forward Crystal Kemp, who tallied 28 points, and senior guard Erica Hallman, who just missed becoming the first Jayhawk to record a triple-double since Lynette Woodard, the Jayhawks improved to 7-0 for the first time since the 1991-92 season.

"It lets us know that anything is possible," Kemp said of coming back for the win. "We didn't get down on ourselves and we executed things that we knew that would work and we kept trying to play to their weaknesses. It's great to come out with a win in double overtime!"

Hallman, who recorded 24 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds, helped lead the spirited second half comeback along with Kemp.

In addition to her game-high 28 points, Kemp grabbed 11 rebounds. Senior guard Kaylee Brown added 17 points and freshman guard Ivana Catic contributed 12 points and nine assists.

In the second half, the Jayhawks outscored the Badgers 40-26. Hallman went 5-8 from 3-point land in the second half and the two extra frames. She tied the game at 70-all nailing a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into overtime.

"I'm a shooter. I'm going to keep shooting and eventually it will fall," Hallman said. "If the first doesn't fall eventually one will, and fortunately it did late in the game."

Overtime saw the two teams battle back and forth before Brown nailed two free-throws to put the KU ahead 81-78 with under ten seconds remaining. However, Badger guard Jolene Anderson banked home an off balance 3-pointer as time expired to send the Jayhawks to their first double overtime game since March 18, 2000 against Vanderbilt.

In the second overtime, KU rallied behind clutch free throw shooting to seal the victory. While Brown and Hallman each added buckets during the frame, Kemp and Hallman sunk crucial free throws to secure the victory.

The Jayhawks trailed the Badgers 44-30 at halftime. Brown led the Jayhawks with nine points while Kemp added eight points and Hallman dished out four of her 10 assists.

"They did a great job and we are lucky to get out of here alive. It was a good game for us," KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "Now that we've played them, we know where we are at and are ready to get after it again. I think it was good for us."

KU will take on Florida International Dec. 18 in a 1 p.m. contest at Allen Fieldhouse.

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