Game Notes & Quotes|
No. 23 Kansas (9-3) 71 vs. Washington (3-5) 62
December 20, 1998
KANSAS - 1998 SEATTLE TIMES CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
MVP - Lynn Pride, Kansas
Sarah Wilkerson, Liberty
Nichole Lockridge, UTM
Nakia Sanford, Kansas
Jamie Redd, UW
Amber Hall, UW
The all-time series is now in the favor of Kansas at 2-1. Last year, the
Huskies defeated the Jayhawks 75-64 at the Hawkeye Classic.
Kansas set the ST Classic record with 23 assists today.
UW falls to 3-5 on the year. This is UWs first home loss this season. UW
0-3 vs ranked teams...0-3 when trailing at the half...Uw is now 0-3 when
scoring in the 60s
Gray and Sheets both made their second career and consecutive starts. UW
started the same five yesterday.
Megan Franza scored 15 of her 16 points in the second half, including all
4 three-pointers. The 15 points is a UW season high for the second half.
Megan Franza was 0 for 7 (0-5 3 pointers) in the first half. Yesterday,
Megan Franza set a career high for assists with 5 vs. Liberty.
Lynn Pride, KS, and Jennifer Jackson, KS led the Jayhawks finished with 18
points eash. Pride had 9 rebounds as well.
Jamie Redd was held to only 4 points in the first half, 1 of 5 fg...she
finished with only 9 pts, her lowest output all season and first
non-double digit scroing game.
Kansas only attempted 2 3-pointers, making 1.
UW starters: 16-49 fg, 48 pts, 6-16 3-pointers, 10-17 ft
KU Starters: 23-38 fg, 56 pts, 0-1 3 pointers, 10-11 ft
UW shot only .522 from FT line
UW was down by as many as 20 points, 49-29 (13:52), before ripping off a
33-16 run to close within three at 65-62...However, Kansas scored the
final 6 points of the game. During the 33-16 run, UW hit all six of its
Kansas finished shooting 60% for the game, a UW opponent best.
Kansas had only 5 offensive rebounds of the 36 total rebounds they
grabbed, a UW opponent low.
In the first half, UW had 14 points in the paint and Kansas had 24 (12-15
UW's 25 points at halfime was the fewest all season and the 12 point
deficit is the largest of the season for UW. Nine field goals made fewest
all season in the first half. UW did have the advantage from the free
throw line however - 7 of 13 in the first half compared to Kansas 2 of 4,
which was a UW opponent season low. Husky opponents are averaging 35.3
free throw attempts per game this season coming into the game.
15 UW rebounds in the first half also a season-low.
Kansas FG shooting: 1st half - 68 % (17-25)
UW FG shooting: 1st half - 30 % (9-30)
UW 3 pointers 0-8 in the first half....6-12 second half
Nakia Sanford, Kansas, led the Jayhawks at halftime with 10 points.
Amber Hall had 11 points at the half for UW...Hall only had 5 pts, 4 reb
in 2nd half.
UW didnt score until the 16:56 mark of first half when Hall scored. Hall
had the first 6 points for UW
Kansas led by as many as 13 points in the first half (25-12, 8:06)
Kansas began the game on an 18-6 run. UW came back with a 13-11 run
Kansas had 18 rebounds in the first half - all defensive.
Assist differential: First half, Kansas 13, UW 5 Both teams had 9
turnovers in the first half.
Washington head coach June Daugherty Quotes
General Remarks: Losing your home tournament is disappointing. We thought
we played really tough trying to get the lead, cutting Kansas lead to
three with two minutes left. What we are taking from this game is the
things we did well, we are getting better. We are going to be away for
awhile, we are going to stay positive and keep growing in the areas we
need to be better.
We fought tough to try and get that lead. (Lynn) Pride and (Jennifer)
Jackson are great players. Kansas is a good team and are well coached, it
will be interesting to see what they do the rest of the season.
On the comeback: We were trying to go inside-out with our offense. We had
some trouble with their man-to-man defense, I think our gaurds had trouble
seeing Amber (Hall) down low. In the second half we had more ball
movement. The other thing is to get a run and we kept it running. Megan
Franza is good shooter who stays confident and the team stays confident in
her, she hit a couple of threes and it opened up the basket. After that we
were able to run plays to get the ball to her. She (Franza) keeps shooting
and keeps believing. She is a great shooter.
Kansas head coach Marian Washington quotes
We played a little better than we did yesterday. Washington played some
good ball, yet I was pleased to see how my team played. We were able to
put two good halves together; we havent been able to do that. We knew
that Washington was going to come back strong, and we needed to be able to
stop them. I am very pleased with our effort. It was a great tournament
Question: The beginning of this game was very defensive?
White: Well it set the tone, but we set the tone yesterday. But then we
lost the momentum, and we were not going to let that happen today. There
is no question that these were back to back games, where we set the tone,
but the difference was that we were able to maintain that intensity.
Players came off the bench and were able to help us to play at this level,
and keep us in the ball game.
Question: What allowed them (Huskies) to get back into the game?
White: First of all they are a great ball team, and great teams are going
to find a way. I think Franza did a great job getting open, we did not
close out on her very well. She got at least 3 open three point shots.
And that can sweep a momentum really quick.
Question: Jennifer Jackson had a couple good shots, can you comment
White: There are a lot of good things about this game for us. Players
looking for the shots that they needed look for. Jennifer is really good
off the dribble drive, and that is where she scored for us.. We looked to
get lay-ins. I think the kids did a great job on defense. Sanford and
Johnson did a good job against Hall. She is one of the greatest players
in the country and also one of the best rebounders in the game. For us to
be able to cut into a little bit of what she does for this team is
UW Women's Basketball Player Quotes
"It was the first minute that got us. We played with them the
whole time except for that first minute. It was those first eight points
that they held on us the whole time. Eventually our shots started falling.
They kept telling me to keep shooting the three, and their confidence in
me really helped. Once you get that first shot to fall, you know you have
what it takes. Overall, I think our team knows we could have won tonight,
and we should have won tonight."
"Kansas has a really great front line. Sanford really knows
how to push against you. I was trying not to let her get a body on me so
easily. With that type of player you really have to tire them out,
because they fight so hard they end up just fighting against themselves."
Liberty (5-5) 71 vs. Tennessee-Martin (6-3) 75
Yesterday, UTM set a Seattle Times Classic record for best free throw
percentage in a game at 21 for 22. Today, the Skyhwaks were 26 of 33 from
the line to make a 47 for 55 for two games, which is a 85.5 %, a new
Seattle Times Classic record for free throw percentage for two games. The
previous mark was 82.0% (22-28) by Rhode Island in 1995. In the first
half, UTM shot 19 for 25 from the line.
Kisseleva, Liberty, was held to just 1 for 9 shooting from the field, but
she was able to hit 8 of 9 from the line to finish with 10 points.
Nichole Lockridge led UTM to the victory, registering a double-double,
scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Free-throw difference - 2nd half: Liberty 18-22, UTM 7-8.
Sharon Wilkerson, Liberty, was held to only 4 points (1-of-8), after
scoring a present-tournament high of 29 points yesterday. Her twin
sister, Sarah, picked up the slack however and scored a game-high 21
points (7-11) as well as hitting 5 of 8 from the line and 2 of 4 from
3-point range. She also had 3 assists and 3 steals. Sarah Wilkerson,
however, fouled out at 4:21 left in the game.
Sharon Wilkerson did not score her first hoop until the 12:57 mark of the
UTM's first free throw attempt of the second half was at 8:20 mark.
Liberty's biggest lead was 70-67 in the second half off of a Krystal Reeves
3-pointer. However, Tamika Brown for UTM nailed a three-pointer 19
seconds later and UTM never trailed after that.
Zabrina Harris, UTM, finished with a team-high 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Zabrina Harris, UTM, had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 for 4 from the line, and
UTM outrebounded Liberty 40 to 29. UTM committed 14 of their 25 turnovers
in the second half.
Liberty did not reach the free throw line until the 4:12 mark of the first
half when Sarah Wilkerson hit two free throws. UTM was 14 for 17 from the
line at that point.
Liberty trailed the entire first half until the 3:30 mark when Spurlock
hit a layin from Kimmie Reeves to put the Flames up 33-32. Their only
other lead in the first half was at 37-35 on a putback shot by Woodruff.
The UTM Skyhawks led by as much as 14 (20-6, 12:45) points in the first
UTM came out to start the game on a 20-6 run. Then Liberty struck back
with a 16-4 run in the next 4:03. The teams battled back and forth the
rest of the half with UTM scoring the final six points of the half to lead
Sarah Wilkerson, Liberty, had a team-high 11 points in the first half on 3
of 4 shooting, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 turnovers.
Liberty was a solid 5-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first half.
However, in the second half they went cold, shooting 2 for 12.
Liberty shot a blistering 53.8% from the field in the first half. Second
half - 25.9%. While, UTM improved from the field from 35.7% to 59.1%