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Sunday, January 13, 2019

KU women’s basketball team nets first win over Kansas State since 2014

Kansas senior guard Christalah Lyons runs the floor in the first half in an exhibiton against Washburn Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas senior guard Christalah Lyons runs the floor in the first half in an exhibiton against Washburn Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The University of Kansas women's basketball team earned its first Big 12 Conference win with a 61-54 victory over rival Kansas State on Sunday afternoon inside Bramlage Coliseum.

The win by KU (11-3, 1-2 Big 12) marked the team's first win over KSU since 2014. It snapped the program's 10-game losing streak in the rivalry.

"I think our program has been through a lot the past few years," head coach Brandon Schneider said in a team release. "We feel like we really have it going in the right direction. We have made a lot of progress. I think when the players play at a high level in a key win like this, they have every right to celebrate."

A trio of seniors led the Jayhawks in the win, with Christalah Lyons leading the charge, netting a game-high 20 points and grabbing a season-high seven rebounds. Lyons' 20 points are her second 20-point performance of the season. Austin Richardson posted her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Kylee Kopatich added 10 points.

The Wildcats (10-6, 1-3) were led by junior Peyton Williams with 19 points and eight rebounds. Senior Kayla Goth and sophomore Rachel Ranke also posted double-figure scoring efforts with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Kansas plays host to No. 4 Baylor at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Comments

Steven Haag 4 months ago

I was able to watch the game. Haven’t seen very many of them this year. With that said, there wasn’t much post presence. That 6’5” post was almost nonexistent. Lyons is QUICK. Washington wasn’t her normal self. Definitely making progress. At a minimum, we need an NIT bid, if not an NCAA bid. NIT might be the better option as we might have some post season success

Joe Black 4 months ago

Post season talk is a little premature. They will need to post several more Big 12 wins before that is a reality and that is something they have struggled with mightily for a lot of years now.

Joe Black 4 months ago

Don't get me wrong, I think they are looking much better than in the past and I hope they are able to accomplish it.

Steven Haag 4 months ago

Agreed Joe, I wasn’t automatically penciling them in either. They need to produce more than 3 Big XII wins like last year. If they can get five or six wins, they wouldn’t be at the bottom of the Big XII and would have 15-16 wins on the season. That “should” get an NIT draw. I’m not sure what the OU, OSU, TCU women’s teams are like this year

[''] 4 months ago

As Dirks says: "Maybe just blind squirrels?"

Dirk Medema 4 months ago

Thanks for the name drop, but What?

Dirk Medema 4 months ago

" - That's funny. Context can be a fleeting concept, but if you find a 5th grader they can probably help you understand; get a head start on things. In the meantime, a general practice it might be wise to use is that if you down't understand what you're talking about, you're better off if you don't.

David Kelley-Wood 4 months ago

There were some lapses, but also some flashes of brilliance, with an 18-point lead at one stage. All in all, a very solid road win in a rivalry game has got to feel pretty good.

Dirk Medema 4 months ago

Particularly nice that it comes on the road. They do seem to be playing better than in the past, so hopefully more conference wins follow as well.

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