KU women’s basketball defeats FAU to win FAU Thanksgiving Tournament
With three players setting career-highs in scoring and two in rebounding, Kansas rolled past FAU for a 90-60 win to clinch first place in the FAU Thanksgiving Tournament in FAU Arena on Saturday.
Sophomore guard Brooklyn Mitchell led the team in scoring with a career-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field. Junior forward Tina Stephens registered her third double-double of the season with a career-best 19 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore guard Aniya Thomas finished with a career-best 19 points and seven rebounds.
This marks back-to-back tournament victories and the second tournament championship for Kansas under head coach Brandon Schneider. Two Jayhawks received tournament awards as Mitchell won MVP and Stephens earned All-Tournament team honors.
Kansas jumped out to a 9-2 lead, starting with Thomas converting on a 1-and-1 in the first 12 seconds of the game. The Jayhawks increased their lead to 24-10 by the end of the first quarter.
The Jayhawks carried their momentum into the second quarter opening on a 10-4 run to net their largest lead of the half at 34-14. The Owls came back with a 19-4 run over the span of 3:59, though the Jayhawks eventually took a 42-37 lead into halftime.
Kansas continued to roll after that, playing well on both ends of the court in the second half to pull away.
KU (7-0) will host Florida at 2 p.m. Dec. 8.