KU women's basketball moves to 2-0 with another comfortable home win

Kansas guard Aniya Thomas (5) shoots in front of Oklahoma State forward Natasha Mack (4) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Kansas guard Aniya Thomas (5) shoots in front of Oklahoma State forward Natasha Mack (4) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Monday, November 15, 2021

The Kansas women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on Sunday, with the Jayhawks’ 83-60 win over Tennessee State at Allen Fieldhouse.

Just as she did in KU’s season opener a few days earlier, senior guard Aniya Thomas led the team in scoring, going for a game-high 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting.

Thomas, who is now averaging 22 points per game, was one of four Jayhawks who put up double figures against the Tigers (2-1). KU sophomore forward Ioanna Chatzileonti (16), junior guard Zakiyah Franklin (13) and sophomore forward Katrine Jessen (10) provided some balance to KU’s scoring.

A 16-0 run in the first quarter helped the Jayhawks set the tone for a comfortable home win, in which they led by as many as 31 points in the second half.

“We did a good job executing against their pressure,” head coach Brandon Schneider said. “I was pleased early with how we executed when we were able to get into some numbers situations.”

High-percentage baskets made KU’s day easier, and the Jayhawks outscored TSU 44-18 in the paint and 25-4 in fastbreak points.

KU shot 47% from the floor overall, but went 3-for-17 (18%) on 3-pointers.

With the help of junior center Taiyanna Jackson’s 13 rebounds, KU had a 53-37 advantage on the glass.

This is the fifth season in a row KU has won its opening two games on the schedule.

The Jayhawks’ four-game home stand to open this year’s calendar continues on Wednesday, when Omaha (0-2) visits the fieldhouse (7 p.m., ESPN+).