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Kansas defeats Wisconsin, 73-44

  • 7 p.m., Dec. 8, 2011
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Originally published December 8, 2011 at 08:48p.m., updated December 9, 2011 at 12:45a.m.

KU women rout Wisconsin, 73-44

Kansas' Keena Mays puts up a shot in KU's victory over Wisconsin Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas' Keena Mays puts up a shot in KU's victory over Wisconsin Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Keena Mays admits she still needs to work on her poker face.

During Thursday’s shoot-around, Mays, Kansas University’s sophomore guard, let out a quick smile when she was told that she would be starting her first game of the season.

“I was happy, but I couldn’t express how happy I was,” Mays said. “I just had to come out and play like I know how.”

The 5-foot-7 Mays was impressive in her new role, scoring a team-high 17 points to lead the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 73-44 rout over Wisconsin at Allen Fieldhouse.

Mays, who scored a career-high 21 points in KU’s previous game against Alabama, said that “a little birdie” gave her a heads-up that she might be entering the starting lineup.

That birdie was actually one of the assistant coaches, who told Mays she had the opportunity to start if she continued to practice well.

“That’s what I wanted from the beginning,” Mays said of starting. “I just proved that I can be the player (coach Bonnie Henrickson) needs me to be.”

Mays found first-half success by shooting jumpers over a sagging Wisconsin defense. She made five of seven shots and two of three three-pointers for 14 points before the break.

The Arlington, Texas, native finished 6-for-11 from the floor with four rebounds, one assist and no turnovers.

“She’s produced,” Henrickson said of Mays. “She’s practiced well. She’s been who I thought all along she can be.”

Much of KU’s effectiveness offensively could be attributed to ball security. The Jayhawks turned it over just six times, which tied for the second-fewest turnovers in school history.

The Jayhawks’ previous low for turnovers this season was 16 against Alabama. KU entered the game averaging 21 giveaways per game.

“I think (it was) just focusing and not rushing things like we have in the past,” Mays said. “Just hitting (shots) when they were there.”

KU senior forward Aishah Sutherland posted a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. That included a 10-point, 10-rebound effort in the second half.

Angel Goodrich added 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting while also contributing five assists, four steals and no turnovers.

Meanwhile, KU junior forward Carolyn Davis failed to hit double figures for the first time all season, scoring nine points on 3-for-6 shooting in 23 minutes.

Wisconsin (4-6) was led by Morgan Paige’s 14 points.

KU (8-1) will play host to UMKC on Dec. 17.

Comments

KGphoto 10 years, 1 month ago

So our depth is emerging. I like this team!

MinnesotaJay 10 years, 1 month ago

Wow! Is Wisconsin that bad? Or, is something really good happening in Jayhawk land?

Nice going, team!.

JayHawkFanToo 10 years, 1 month ago

First Charlie Weis becomes KU football head coach and now the girls beat a B1G team; sure looks like early Christmas. You go girls, keep winning!!!

TheGiftedOne 10 years, 1 month ago

Great performance tonight. Cant beat great defense and ball security. We beat Wisconsin at their own game. Keena has become an x-factor, she is truly the instant offense from the guard position we have been lacking since Danielle McCray left. KU could make some noise this year for real...there is more than one team that plays in AFH.

bluzhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

They valued the ball. Keena looked great in the starting line up. Wisconsin guards hit a few shot over our smaller backcourt, but our quickness kept their blow byes to a minimum. Keep it up.

sad_lawrencian 10 years, 1 month ago

Good job, KU women. I'm not a big KU fan, but I really truly dislike Wisconsin.

Yolanda Gay 10 years, 1 month ago

I like this team too. I just pray that they can carry this winning tradtion to the conference season. Seeems like every year, I get excited about this team because of the success of the non conference record. But then when conference season starts, they falter. I want this team to get into the NCAA tournament this year!

Bville Hawk 10 years, 1 month ago

They NEED to do well this season. I think Bonnie is on SZ's clock.

KGphoto 10 years, 1 month ago

bville, it's almost as if Sheahon has had his little talk with her, eh?

Bville Hawk 10 years, 1 month ago

I heard he talked to the whole department and made it clear that mediocre was no longer acceptable in any sport at any level.

Waylon Cook 10 years, 1 month ago

Wisky isn't good at all. I think ORU(solid team led by Luper a girl Bonnie struck out on) beat them at Wisky.

But its ok Lisa Stone got an extension. I didnt know Lew was at Wisky!

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