Winston-Salem N.C. A layup from sophomore Keena Mays with five seconds left gave the Kansas University women’s basketball team a 74-73 victory over Wake Forest on Sunday.
KU junior forward Carolyn Davis led all scorers, finishing with 21 points off of 8-of-10 shooting in 26 minutes. She scored 19 in the second half.
Three other Jayhawks scored in double figures. Senior forward Aishah Sutherland scored 11 points in 35 minutes, and sophomore forward Tania Jackson ended with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Kansas improved to 3-0. Wake Forest fell to 2-1.
Junior guard Angel Goodrich had 10 points and broke her career record with seven steals.
KU utilized its post players early in the first half, relying on Sutherland and Davis for the team’s first six points. The Jayhawks then went on a 9-2 run, capped by a steal and fast-break layup by Goodrich with 12:09 left in the first period.
After a 10-3 run by the Jayhawks, the Demon Deacons whittled KU’s lead to two before Kansas responded. Kansas went on an 8-2 run, kicked off by a layup from Jackson to make the score 33-25 with 1:51 remaining in the first period, marking the Jayhawks’ largest lead of the half.
But Wake cut the margin to 33-32 at halftime.
The Jayhawks, who hit all 13 of their free-throw tries in the first half, jumped to an eight-point lead to start the second half, scoring seven unanswered points — all by Davis — in less than one minute.
KU scored another 10 unanswered points, capped by a three-pointer by Jackson to put the Jayhawks ahead by 16, 56-40, with 12:58 left.
But again the Demon Deacons rallied and led with 25 seconds left before Mays won it for KU.
The Jayhawks won despite 28 turnover that led to 37 points.
Kansas will host its BTI Tip-Off Classic this weekend. KU will host Lamar at 7 p.m. Friday, IUPUI at 4 p.m. Saturday and FAU at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.