LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas Women’s Basketball improved to 9-0 on Sunday afternoon, defeating Wichita State in convincing fashion 72-52 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are now 9-0 for just the fourth time in program history and the first time since opening the 2019-20 season 11-0.
The 20-point rout over Wichita State is good for Kansas’ seventh straight win over an opponent of 20 or more points. The last time the Jayhawks had a seven-game winning streak of 20+ points was in 1980.
On Sunday, Kansas was led by the senior duo of Zakiyah Franklin and Holly Kersgieter, who both poured in 16 points against the Shockers. Chandler Prater also added 10 points and four rebounds, while Taiyanna Jackson posted seven points and 13 rebounds.
Kansas was very effective on the defensive end of the court, grabbing 15 steals and seven blocks as a team. The Jayhawks’ 15 steals are a season high and the most since Dec. 5, 2018, against Nebraska. Prater and Kersgieter each had four steals, while Franklin had three and Sanna Strøm had two. Jackson also tied his season high in blocks with five.
“I thought we were really engaged defensively today, and we have been all year. This group takes pride in the defensive end of the floor and is trying to establish that as their identity.”
Head Coach Brandon Schneider
Both teams came out slow, but Kansas took control of the lead late in the first quarter, 13-7. A Franklin three-pointer sparked offense for the Jayhawks, resulting in a buzzer-beating layup from Kersgieter to end the first.
The Jayhawks held the Shockers to just seven points, the second time this season Kansas has held a team to less than 10 points in the first quarter (Dec. 4, 2022, vs Southeast Missouri State).
Kansas led by eight, 31-23, at the half after an offensive second quarter. The Jayhawks kept things busy on the defensive end, forcing 10 turnovers. Prater grabbed three steals and Franklin grabbed two. Jackson hauled in seven points and seven boards, leading both teams at the half individually.
Kersgieter caught fire right out of halftime, producing eight points for the Jayhawks. Franklin put up 11 points in the third and banked in a corner three-pointer for his second quarter. The game changed gears in the second half, with Franklin and Kersgieter both scoring in double figures in the third quarter to give Kansas a 19-point lead entering the fourth.
Nadira Eltayeb scored her first points in the fourth, converting on an and-one left corner in the paint to put Kansas up 63-43. The Jayhawks outscored the Shockers 41-29 in the second half and finished the game 72-52.
The Associated Press Top 25 poll will be released at 12pm CT on Monday, while the WBCA Coaches Poll is released on Tuesday afternoon. The 9-0 Jayhawks are in position to earn a spot in the AP Poll for the first time since Jan. 14, 2013. Kansas will then close out its non-conference home schedule on Friday the 16th. December against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. That game will tip off at 7:00 PM CT and air on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+.
Kansas held Wichita State to just seven points in the first quarter, the second time the Jayhawks have held an opponent under 10 points in the first quarter (vs. SEMO, Dec. 4)
Mayberry scored seven points and tied his season best with three assists. This is the third time she has dished out three assists this season (at Saint Mary’s (Nov. 26) & vs. Maine (Nov. 25).
Kersgieter finished with 16 points (6-of-12) and two assists. She has scored in double figures in eight of the nine games played this season.
The Jayhawks haven’t trailed after the first quarter through nine games this season.
Jackson finished with game highs in both rebounds (13) and blocks (5). This is the sixth time Jackson has finished with double-digit rebounds this season and the second time with five blocks.
KANSAS: LAST TIME (TEAM)
The Jayhawks had 15 steals on the season, led by Kersgieter and Prater, both with four steals. This was the first time Kansas has had 15+ steals in a game since they had 15 steals at Nebraska on December 5, 2018.