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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

KU women’s basketball turns slow start into blowout vs. UTRGV

Kansas center Taiyanna Jackson looks to get to the basket against Texas Rio Grande Valley, on Dec. 1, 2021, inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Taiyanna Jackson looks to get to the basket against Texas Rio Grande Valley, on Dec. 1, 2021, inside Allen Fieldhouse.

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After a slow first quarter Wednesday night versus Texas Rio Grande Valley, the lead for the Kansas women’s basketball team just kept growing in what turned into a 75-44 blowout at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks (6-1) only led 14-13 after the first quarter, when they shot 4-for-16 from the floor and 0-for-4 from 3-point range in their first home game in 10 days.

Said head coach Brandon Schneider afterward: “I thought in the first quarter that our players didn’t have the grasp that this is an opportunity of a lifetime for those kids at Rio Grande Valley, to come in here and get to play at Allen Fieldhouse. And they played with a lot more juice than we did. And we need to understand that, that it's a really big deal to get to play in here, whether it's one time or whether it's every game of your college career. And that brings a little something extra, you know, especially in the nonconference.”

Though KU wouldn’t get its first 3-pointer to drop until the final minute of the third quarter, when Julie Brosseau connected to end the team’s 0-for-9 start from beyond the arc, the Jayhawks’ takeover began in the second quarter.

KU dominated throughout the 10 minutes leading up to halftime, as UTRGV (1-5) turned the ball over 10 times and shot 2-for-10 from the floor.

The second quarter opened with a layup-heavy, 14-0 outburst by the Jayhawks, who ended up winning the period, 19-5, setting up a 33-18 halftime advantage.

KU took a 62-35 lead into the fourth quarter, with the final three points in that margin coming via Mia Vuksic’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Vuksic’s last-second bomb gave KU 29 points in the quarter, and the home team shot 9-for-14 from the floor in that span. Junior center Taiyanna Jackson scored nine of her game-high 13 points in the third.

Junior guard Holly Kersgieter and Brosseau each added 10 points for KU.

“The second quarter through the fourth quarter, I thought we hunkered down and defended pretty well,” Schneider said.

Though the Jayahwks entered the game shooting 40.9% from 3-point range for the season, they went 3-for-15 in the nonconference home win.

The KU bench outscored UTRGV, 35-14, led by Brosseau and Vuksic (nine points).

KU is back at the fieldhouse on Sunday for its second date in a three-game home stand, a matchup with Vanderbilt (2 p.m., ESPN+).

Comments

Dirk Medema 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Assuming Vanderbilt will be a tougher game but that they aren’t in the top half of their league either.

Carolyn Hunzicker 1 month, 2 weeks ago

It would be nice if we (The Fans) could watch the K U Women's Basketball Games. Get to Tsee them and learn who they are and all about the team.....;BUY NO.... most game are on the useless PLUS + TV. All about extra money for K U SICK SICK...We'll have to read about it 2 days later in the Kansas City Star Paper.

And that why few are interested in KU Womens Basketball

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