Kansas Jayhawks Blaze in Season Opener: The atmosphere at Allen Fieldhouse set the stage for a remarkable performance by the Kansas Jayhawks women’s basketball team, following in the footsteps of their male counterparts. The women’s squad showcased a scorching start, particularly from beyond the arc, establishing a substantial lead that only expanded as the game unfolded.
Super-senior Holly Kersgieter and senior Wyvette Mayberry emerged as leaders, contributing 17 points each, with an impressive 9-14 combined accuracy from beyond the three-point line. Center Taiyanna Jackson marked the season opener with another double-double, amassing 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks, making a significant impact from the start, including 22 points in the first quarter.
The game wasn’t solely dominated by returning players; newcomers made notable contributions. Freshman S’mya Nichols overcame early jitters, finishing with a well-rounded performance of 7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. Senior transfer Ryan Cobbins, with experience from North Dakota State and Alabama, secured 10 points and 9 rebounds. Skyler Gill, a transfer from North Alabama, showcased versatility with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
However, the evening was marred by an ankle injury to sophomore Zsofia Telegdy, whose status for upcoming games remains uncertain. Despite this setback, the Jayhawks are optimistic about the season, aiming to surpass last year’s achievements. In the previous season, they started 10-0 in the nonconference schedule but faced a triple-overtime loss in their non-conference finale.
Looking ahead, the Jayhawks are set to hit the road on Monday, November 13th, against Penn State, with tipoff scheduled for 5 pm Central. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, providing fans with the next chapter of the Jayhawks’ pursuit of success in the new season.