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Sunday, August 14, 2016

KU women win again in Europe

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Kansas’ women’s basketball team improved to 3-0 on its 2016 foreign tour with an 87-22 victory over Sion Select on Saturday in Montreux, Switzerland.

The Jayhawks’ 65-point victory was their largest margin of victory on the tour.

Thirteen players scored for Kansas. Redshirt sophomore McKenzie Calvert led the way with 14 points.

Senior Caelynn Mannin-Allen and sophomore Tyler Johnson each scored eight points, and senior Jada Brown and sophomore Aisia Robertson had seven points apiece. Johnson ended the afternoon with five boards, second-most on the squad behind senior Sydney Benoit’s seven rebounds.

The Jayhawks’ offense clicked on all cylinders during the third game of their foreign tour. KU opened the game with 11 unanswered points to take an early double-digit lead. While the offense was heating up early on in the half, the defense held the Helios to only six points in the opening minutes.

Senior Timeka O’Neal led the Jayhawks had nine points and was 2-for-2 from behind the three-point line.

Kansas saw eight scorers in the first 10 minutes as KU led Sion Select, 27-6.

In the second quarter, Kansas built on its lead while continuing to silence the opponent with stifling defense. Junior Chayla Cheadle completed a three-point play to give KU a 28-point advantage. The Jayhawks outscored the Helios, 23-10, in the second period.

O’Neal led KU with nine points in the first half, all from beyond the arc, while redshirt junior Jessica Washington dished out three assists. Manning-Allen grabbed a team-high five boards in the opening half, and Benoit recorded four boards. Heading into the locker room at the break, the Jayhawks built a commanding 50-16 lead.

KU’s defense held the Helios to just two points over the 10-minute third period, while the offense put up 23 points.

The Jayhawks’ final game of the foreign tour is against Nice Select in Nice, France, at 8 a.m. (CT) Tuesday.

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