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Friday, August 12, 2016

KU women improve to 2-0 overseas

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Winning was tough to come by for Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider and his Jayhawks during Year 1 of Schneider's reign with the program.

But, so far at least, that's all the Jayhawks know on their trip overseas for a stretch of four exhibition games in France and Switzerland.

Schneider's squad improved to 2-0 on Friday morning with a 95-52 victory against AMW All-Stars at Le Stadium in Paris.

It marked the second game against the AMW All-Stars and four Jayhawks, for the second game in a row, reached double figures, with junior Jessica Washington leading all scorers with 17 points. Junior Chayla Cheadle added 15 points behind a pair of treys and sophomores McKenzie Calvert (14) and Kylee Kopatich (13) rounded out KU's double-digit scorers.

Sophomore Chelsea Lott came off the bench to lead Kansas on the glass with five rebounds. Calvert, Cheadle and Tyler Johnson each grabbed three boards while senior Caelynn Manning-Allen brought down four rebounds.

Kansas opened the game with a 6-0 run and didn't allow the opposition to score until the 6:39 mark. The Jayhawks' defense held the AMW All-Stars to just 11 points in the first period and built a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Cheadle led KU with eight points in the opening quarter. Kansas poured it on again in the second quarter to the tune of a 20-7 advantage and took a 41-18 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Jayhawks hit the AMW All-Stars with a 6-0 run to start the second half. Sophomore Aisia Robertson sank a three-pointer to give Kansas a 32-point advantage and newcomer Eboni Watts also logged quality minutes in the third, recording a steal, a rebound and a pair of assists. Kansas took a 70-36 advantage into the final quarter and cruised to victory behind the sharp shooting of Kopatich, who scored 11 points in the final frame.

The Jayhawks will travel to Montreaux, Switzerland to face Sion Select. Tip off is set for 8 a.m. (central) on Sunday.

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