Jayhawks Edge Drake 69-64

Nov. 23, 2007

DALLAS - Sophomore guard LaChelda Jacobs poured in 15 points off the bench to spark the Kansas women's basketball team to a 69-64 win over Drake Friday evening in the opening round of play at the 2007 SMU Hoops for the Cure Classic. The win improved KU to 3-0 on the season, while Drake dropped to 2-3.

Jacobs was perfect from the field, knocking down all seven of her shot attempts, while also making one of two free throws in her 20 minutes of action. She was joined in double figures by fellow sophomores Danielle McCray with 14 points and Sade Morris with 10.

Drake's Linday Whorton opened the game with a three-point basket, before Kansas would get two free throws by McCray and five-straight tallies by sophomore forward Porscha Weddington to forge a 7-3 Kansas lead. Senior forward Taylor McIntosh got in the action with a bucket and the Jayhawks were off and running.

Drake came back with a run over their own behind senior Jill Martin. Seven straight points by the DU forward put the Bulldogs back in front 13-11 with just under 12 minutes to play in the opening frame.

KU reclaimed the lead with a jumper by Morris and the two teams went back and forth over the next several minutes, before Jacobs ignited a 10-2 Jayhawk run. A lay-up by the Mansfield, Texas native with three seconds left before the half gave Kansas a 35-29 lead at the break.

The Jayhawks were on fire coming out of the locker room to start the second half, scoring six points before allowing Drake to get on the board. A jumper by McCray with 14:59 left in the game pushed the KU lead to 14 at 45-31.

Drake took advantage of several Kansas fouls to chip away at the lead. With very little time coming off the clock due to the repeated stoppage in play, the 14-point Kansas lead evaporated as Martin knocked down free throw after free throw.

Two foul shots by Whorton completed the come back as the scored was tied at 58 with 3:06 left to play. Freshman center Krysten Boogaard put in two of her seven points to put Kansas back in front 60-58, a lead they would not relinquish again. Four straight foul shots from Morris gave KU a four-point cushion, but Drake was not done. Martin added two more free throws and a jumper to close the Bulldogs to within one point at 65-64 with just 16 seconds left in the game.

Drake fouled McCray on the ensuing in bounds pass and the Olathe, Kan., native knocked down both free throws. The Jayhawk defense won out on the final Drake possession, denying the Bulldogs a tie. Junior guard Ivana Catic pulled down the final rebound and was fouled. Catic hit both foul shots for the final margin of 69-64.

KU finished the game connecting on 25-of-52 shots from the field, good for 48.1 percent. The Jayhawks failed to make a three-point basket for the first time in 37 games, but did make 19-of-31 from the charity stripe. KU out-rebounded Drake 36-34, with McCray and McIntosh leading the way with eight caroms a piece. The Jayhawk bench out performed their Drake counterparts 28-11, behind Jacobs 15-point effort. Boogaard also put down seven second half points in the win. Catic led Kansas with six assists and four steals.

KU held Drake to just 29.2 percent shooting from the field, however the Bulldogs did knock down 33-of-39 free throws. Martin led all players with 27 points and 14 rebounds.

Kansas will take on either SMU or Western Michigan in the championship game of the two-day tourney on Saturday, Nov. 24. Game time is slated for 7 p.m., in Moody Coliseum.


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