On Monday night in Boulder, Colorado, the 12th-seeded Kansas Lady Jayhawks did it again in beating fourth-seeded South Carolina, 75-69.
With the win, Kansas improved to 19-13 on the season, while ending South Carolina’s run at 25-8.
Jayhawks guard Monica Engleman lead the charge with 27 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Angel Goodrich added 20 points, eight assists and two steals. Forward Carolyn Davis scored 12 points, and pulled down five rebounds. South Carolina was led by Ashley Brunner, and Aleigsha Welch who both scored 16 points. Welch added 11 rebounds, and three blocked shots.
The magic number before the game for Kansas to score was 60 points, and the Lady Jayhawks eclipsed this total with over nine minutes left in the contest. South Carolina before the game, had only given up more then 60 points, five times on the season. The Gamecocks broke open a close game in the first half with a 10-2 run, giving South Carolina an 28-21 lead. The Jayhawks once again rebounded and took the lead at halftime, 42-41 after Goodrich connected on a field goal.
The second half saw Kansas grab a seven point lead at 59-52 after Goodrich made a free throw, though the Gamecocks weren’t finished. Welch scored nine of the team’s points during a 13-4 run, once again tying the game at 65. The score was tied at 69 after Brunner made a jumper with 2:17 left. South Carolina wouldn’t score again. Davis broke the tie at 2:15 left, then Goodrich and Chelsea Gardner padded the lead with free throws.
Next up for Kansas is a meeting with either top-seeded Notre Dame or ninth-seeded Iowa. This second-round game takes place tomorrow.
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