Sunday, November 20, 2016

KU women earn first win of the season after several ejections


— 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.


Ashwin Rao 5 years, 8 months ago

Wow, ejections in a women's game & a fight... BTW: Isn't this the first win in at least a year?

Dirk Medema 5 years, 8 months ago

The ladies didn't win much in Big12 play last year, but it hasn't been more than a year.

David Kelley-Wood 5 years, 8 months ago

Was listening to the game, and thought we'd have no chance, i.e., until the play-by-play man mentioned that Memphis was shorthanded to begin with. So, we were playing six against seven for 2 1/2 quarters.

Congrats, ladies, on the first of many wins!

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