Wilson, M. Johnson, Ward, Jorgensen, Motrechuk
Lott, Washington, O'Neal, Cheadle, Kopatich
How It Happened
Rhode Island could not keep Kansas off the boards as it fell at Kansas, 72-36, Sunday afternoon. While the Rams (4-7) showed solid defense on initial shot attempts, Rhody gave up 23 offensive rebounds to Kansas (4-5). The Jayhawks turned the 23 offensive boards into 26 second-chance points, using second and third opportunities to put the game away.
Rhode Island's defense was strong early, holding Kansas to 2-for-12 from the floor in the first quarter. The effort helped the Rams to a 7-6 lead after one quarter, as junior Tyler Raysor had four points and two rebounds in the period.
From there, it was all Kansas. The Jayhawks used aquick 9-0 run over a span of 1:34 in the second quarter to build a 20-12 lead. The spurt was highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Kylee Kopatich, who hit three treys in the quarter as the Jayhawks went into the break up 36-17.
Both sides struggled out of the gates in the third quarter, combining to start the period 4-for-17 from the floor. The Jayhawks were able to extend their advantage to 24 points, 54-30, heading into the final period. Kansas continued to pull away in the final period, as the Rams scored just two points in the first 5:48 of the fourth.
For Rhode Island, it was the team's fourth straight loss. Kansas snapped a three-game losing streak of its own.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Tyler Raysor scored a career-high eight points and had five rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.
- Sophomore Jalissa Ross had a season-high seven rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
- Junior Charise Wilson was the lone Ram in double figures, scoring 12 points. She also had four points and three assists.
- Junior Morgan Johnson matched her career high with five rebounds and added one block.
- The six points for Kansas in the first quarter was the fewest by any opponent in a quarter this season.
- The 30 points for Kansas in the second quarter was the second most by an opponent this season, behind only the 39-point fourth quarter by Syracuse in the season opener.
- Of the 52 total rebounds for Kansas, 23 were on the offensive end of the floor.
- Kansas had a 19-0 edge in fast break point, a 26-4 advantage in second chance points and a 24-10 advantage in points off turnovers.
Stat of the Game
27.5 – Rhode Island turned the ball over on 27.5 percent of its 69 possessions.
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host Dartmouth Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. in its final non-conference game of the regular season. The game is part of a doubleheader with the men's team, which hosts Holy Cross at 12:30 p.m.