LAWRENCE, Kan. - University of Kansas sophomore Sade Morris scored 13 points, including her team's last six, as the Jayhawks held off a late rally by UMKC to improve to 2-0 with a 64-58 victory Wednesday, marking head coach Bonnie Henrickson's 200th career win.
Henrickson, who also coached at Virginia Tech, improves to 200-111 in her career.
The Jayhawks got off to a blistering start, using a 17-3 run, which included a stretch of 10 straight KU points from freshman Krysten Boogaard. Kansas also used a stingy defense that held UMKC under ten points for the game's first 15 minutes. The Jayhawks eventually took a 38-22 cushion into the halftime break.
However, Kansas, which lead by as many as 25 in the first half, slowly began to see its lead dwindle in the second. After scoring the second half's first seven points, sophomore Danielle McCray, who scored 12 in the game, had to sit after picking up her fourth foul, and the Kangaroo's took advantage.
Following a basket by senior Taylor McIntosh made the score 47-26 in favor of KU early in the second, UMKC staged a 14-2 run to close the gap to 49-40 at the ten-minute mark. It was the first time Kansas' lead fell below double-digits since midway through the first half.
However, the Jayhawks answered back, extending their lead back to 15 at the 6:03 mark on a McIntosh jumper. UMKC answered again, though, using a 10-2 run to make the score 60-54 with 1:26 remaining. But Morris, a Norman, Okla., native, stymied the Kangaroo momentum by nailing a jumper with just under a minute to play, giving Kansas an eight-point lead and control of the game.
Morris would then add two clutch free-throws with 13 seconds left after UMKC had closed to within four to secure the victory for her team.
McIntosh finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, marking her fifth-career double-double. Boogard also turned in a strong performance in her second-career outing, scoring 10 points while grabbing five boards.
KU forced 20 UMKC turnovers which led to 21 points and outscored the Kangaroos in the paint, 28-18. The Jayhawks also held UMKC to just 29.7 percent shooting.
The Jayhawks will face Drake in the first game of the SMU Hoops for the Cure Classic on Friday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.