A highly productive third quarter keyed a 67-54 victory for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team against Creighton on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Although the Jayhawks (4-2) only led by two in the opening minutes of the second half, back-to-back three-pointers from freshman Kylee Kopatich and sophomore Lauren Aldridge got the offense rolling. KU went on to shoot 9-for-15 in the quarter, outscore Creighton 26-14 in the third and take a 15-point lead into the fourth.
Kopatich, a first-year guard from Olathe, set a new career high with 15 points, and shot 3-for-3 from three-point range and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds — sharing that distinction with junior KU forward Caelynn Manning-Allen.
Aldridge, KU’s leading returning scorer from last year, continued a strong second season, with 18 points, three assists and 4-for-9 shooting from downtown.
In the game’s opening minutes, Creighton (4-3) seemed on its way to a road win. Five different Bluejays made threes in the first quarter, and KU trailed 19-10 entering the second.
However, Kansas countered with a three-point-powered response. Sophomore guard Chayla Cheadle made a left-corner three, KU’s first of the game, to cut the KU deficit to nine. The next trip down the floor, Cheadle set up Aldridge for another three. When Kopatich cashed a three off an Aldridge assist, KU had gone on an 11-1 run.
Kopatich buried her second three on a pass from junior forward Jada Brown late in the second, and KU led for the first time since the opening minute, taking a 30-27 lead into halftime.
Freshman Tyler Johnson, junior Timeka O'Neal and Manning-Allen each scored eight points.
The Jayhawks made eight of their 19 three-point field goals.
Kansas returns to the fieldhouse on Sunday to play host to St. John’s.
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