LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Kansas University and University of Maine women made basketball history Wednesday night as the Jayhawks scored the most points ever against a Maine women's team while handing the Black Bears their most lopsided defeat with a 126-63 victory at Allen Fieldhouse.
The news wasn't all bad, however, as senior Tanna Ross of Hampden also had a historic night. The 5-foot-11 senior guard from Newburgh led the Bears with a career-high 27 points off the bench. She hit seven 3-pointers and nine field goals overall — both career bests — en route to 9-for-14 shooting overall.
The most lopsided Maine women's loss before Wednesday was a 115-57 defeat against Virginia in the first game of the 1984-85 season. The Bears hadn't allowed 100 points in a game since 1995, coach Cindy Blodgett's freshman season at Maine, during a 105-75 loss to top-ranked Connecticut in the NCAA tournament.
Kansas sprinted out to a 45-6 lead and had scoring runs of 10-0, 15-0, and 20-0 in the first half to build up an insurmountable halftime lead of 69-26. The 7-0 Jayhawks shot a scalding 66.7 percent from the field in the first half, outscored Maine 38-6 in the paint and 12-0 on the fast break while committing just two turnovers to Maine's 15. Kansas turned the Bears' turnovers into a 20-3 scoring edge off them.
Kansas had five players finish with 14 points or more, led by Krysten Boogaard, who scored 33 on 14-for-17 shooting off the bench. She also grabbed eight rebounds.
Starting forward Carolyn Davis finished with 25 points and seven rebounds, while Diara Moore had 14 points and nine boards. Aishah Sutherland scored 17 and Keena Mays added 14 to go along with nine assists and six of KU's 15 steals.
The Jayhawks outrebounded the 1-5 Black Bears 45-25 overall and 15-7 offensively as they outscored Maine 74-24 in the paint.
Sophomore guard Katelyn Vanderhoff aided the Bears with eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block.
Maine was without junior forward Samantha Wheeler (12.8 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game), who did not make the trip because of an injury.
Kansas' bench scored 53 points and Maine's produced 44.
After shooting 29 percent from the field in the first half, the Bears shot 53.3 percent in the second to finish at 41 for the game. Kansas was exactly the same in the second half (66.7 percent) and for the game.
Maine stuck with Kansas early in the second half, scoring eight of the first 17 points, but Kansas scored eight of the next 10 and continued to gradually pad the lead for the rest of the half. The Jayhawks' biggest lead of the game was the final score.
Ross' previous career-high numbers for a game were 22 points, seven field goals, and six 3-pointers.
For the Jayhawks, it was their 700th win in team history and also the most points they have ever scored.