KU women’s basketball wins big to go to 3-0; former coach Marian Washington honored

A pair of double-double performances were more than enough for the Kansas Jayhawks to best the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in women’s basketball on Sunday.

Guards Holly Kersgieter and Chandler Prater both posted double figures in points and rebounds as KU rolled to a 73-43 victory in Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon to move to 3-0 on the year.

Kersgieter finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Prater tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds in a game where KU led throughout. The Jayhawks shot only 39% for the game, including just 25% from three-point territory, but it mattered little. UTRGV shot only 22% for the game, and the Jayhawks dominated on the glass, winning the rebounding battled 61-30.

KU was up by nine at the end of the first period and by 21 at halftime.

The game also was the culminating event in the Marian Washington Legacy Reunion Weekend, honoring the former KU women’s basketball coach who finished with a 560-363 record in 31 years with the Jayhawks.

Washington is the winningest coach in Kansas women’s basketball history. She led the Jayhawks to the NCAA tournament 11 times and her teams won 20 or more games 17 times while winning seven conference championships and six conference tournaments.

Washington, who coached from 1973 to 2004 at KU, also was served as the head coach of the women’s track and field program in its first year, and served as KU’s first athletics director for women’s athletics from 1974 to 1979.


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