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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Slow start doesn’t stop KU women’s basketball from moving to 4-0

Kansas sophomore forward Ioanna Chatzileonti takes a jumper against SIU-Edwardsville during the Jayhawks' season-opener, on Nov. 10, 2021.

Kansas sophomore forward Ioanna Chatzileonti takes a jumper against SIU-Edwardsville during the Jayhawks' season-opener, on Nov. 10, 2021.

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The University of Kansas women’s basketball team recovered from a slow start versus St. Louis in the first half Sunday to remain unbeaten.

The Jayhawks, led by sophomore forward Ioanna Chatzileonti’s 19 points in a 79-50 victory at Allen Fieldhouse, turned it on in the third quarter to pull away.

The Jayhawks (4-0) led for most of the opening two quarters, but only had 27 points by halftime. They put up 28 in the third and 24 in the fourth, while hitting 58.3% of their shots from the floor in the second half.

KU’s surge coincided with Chatzileonti’s offensive uptick. The 6-foot-3 sophomore from Greece scored 15 points in the second half, and shot 7-for-8 in the final two quarters.

She had plenty of help against the Billikens (1-3), too. Sophomore guard Mia Vuksic scored 12 off the bench, junior guard Zakiyah Franklin posted 11 points and junior center Taiyanna Jackson added 10 more for KU.

The Jayhawks’ subs outscored the St. Louis reserves, 31-11, with Vuksic, super-senior Julie Brosseau (eight points) and freshman center Danai Papadopoulou (seven) all contributing.

“Depth is a strength of our team,” KU head coach Brandon Schneider said. “We have had a lot of players out through the first month of practice, but a lot of development and chemistry continues to happen.”

Up next for KU is a Thanksgiving weekend trip to Las Vegas, for the South Point Shootout. The Jayhawks are set to take on Tennessee (4-0) on Friday (5:30 p.m., FloSports), and then face UTEP (4-0) on Saturday (8 p.m., FloSports).

Comments

David Kelley-Wood 1 week, 6 days ago

Nice going (again), Jayhawks! Rest up for Tennessee!

When are we going to be able to hear audio broadcasts of the games??? Please either allow the broadcasts, or stop showing them as being available!

Glen Miller 1 week, 5 days ago

The true test will be when they get to Big 12 play. Every year we do decent if not great leading up to Big 12 play and then fall flat. Seems like the talent is there........ but is the coaching?

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