KU women earn first win of the season after several ejections

Sunday, November 20, 2016

— Eight Kansas players were ejected in the second quarter, but the KU women's basketball team earned its first win of the season on the road against Memphis, 68-58, at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

With more than seven minutes remaining in the second quarter, seven KU players earned automatic ejections for leaving the team's bench during the game, along with junior transfer Jessica Washington, who received a flagrant-2 technical foul for fighting. That left Kansas with only six players for more than half of the game.

Nonetheless, the Jayhawks (1-2) found a rhythm offensively, including 10-of-21 shooting from behind the three-point arc (46.7 percent). Junior guard Chayla Cheadle and sophomore McKenzie Calvert both scored 21 points, a career-high for Cheadle. Sophomore guard Kylee Kopatich added a career-high 16 points, draining four three-pointers.

KU pulled away from Memphis (2-2) with a fast start in the third quarter. Calvert and Cheadle combined on a 10-2 run for a 10-point lead that the Jayhawks would never relinquish.

It was the first true road victory under second-year KU coach Brandon Schneider.