LAWRENCE, Kan. — Sophomore Carolyn Davis posted her 10th career 20-point game, leading all scorers with 24 points as Kansas women’s basketball defeated Alabama 79-57 in front of 2,231 fans in Allen Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Monica Engelman also posted a 20-point night, her second of the season and third of her career, as she recorded 22 points to go along with a team-high six assists.
Junior Aishah Sutherland registered her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while freshman Keena Mays grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and tied for the team lead with six assists.
Kansas improved its record to 9-1 with the victory, while Alabama fell to 8-2. The Jayhawks also improved to 8-0 in Allen Fieldhouse for the fourth consecutive season.
Tierney Jenkins recorded a double-double for the Crimson Tide with 17 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. Ericka Russell was the only other Alabama player in double-figures, scoring 11 points in the game.
Kansas began the second half with a 13-1 run in the first five minutes to take a commanding 47-30 lead and never let the Crimson Tide get closer than 12 points for the remainder of the game. Davis scored five-straight points to cap off the run while Engelman made two consecutive baskets for KU during the stretch.
Kansas pulled away in the final 2:40, going on an 8-0 run to coast to the 22-point final margin. KU shot 58.8 percent from the field and had 19 assists as a team. The Jayhawks outscored Alabama 48-18 on points in the paint. Defensively, Kansas held Alabama to 26.6 percent field goal shooting, including 15.8 percent (3-19) from three-point range.
In the first half, KU only trailed for nine seconds. After a Jasmine Robinson three-point play gave Alabama its first lead of the game, 19-17, with 7:42 remaining in the period, Davis made a layup with 7:33 on the clock to tie the game. That layup sparked a 7-0 by the Jayhawks, which included an Engelman three-point play to give KU a 24-19 lead. Kansas’ largest lead in the opening frame came with 4:05 left when a Sutherland jump shot pushed the Jayhawk lead to seven, 28-21. KU took a five-point advantage into the break, 34-29.
For the half, Kansas shot 55.6 percent from the field while holding Alabama to 22.6 percent. KU also dominated points in the paint, 24-8. Davis led all scorers with 12 points in the first 20 minutes, while Sutherland contributed 10.
The game also offered the opportunity for fans to receive free admission with the donation of an unopened toy to Douglas County Toys for Tots. KU gathered 130 toys and raised $350 in cash donations for Toys for Tots as part of the promotion. Kansas fans can continue to donate unopened toys between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics until Dec. 17. Fans who donate will receive a voucher for two free tickets to an upcoming men’s and women’s basketball game.
Kansas will look to continue its perfect mark at home when it plays its next game against -Edwardsville in Allen Fieldhouse Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. That game will begin at 2 p.m. and be televised in the Lawrence area on Sunflower Broadband channel 6.