The champs. Photo courtesy kuathletics.com
BOCA RATON, Fla. – With three players setting career highs in scoring and two in rebounding, Kansas rolled pass FAU, 90-60, to win 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 76.9 percent (10-13) from the field.
Behind Mitchell were junior forward Tina Stephens, who had her third double-double of the season with a Kansas career-best 19 points and 15 rebounds, and sophomore guard Aniya Thomas, who also 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 sophomore guard Aniya Thomas converting on an and-1 in the first 12 seconds of the game. The Jayhawks kept the lead and went on an 11-2 run in the last 3:12 of the quarter led by sophomore guard Brooklyn Mitchell, who had a career-best 11 points in the opening period. Kansas led 24-10 entering the second quarter.
The Jayhawks carried its momentum into the second quarter opening on a 10-4 run to get its largest lead of the game at 34-14. The Owls came back with a 19-4 run over the span of 3:59, closing Kansas’ lead at 38-33. The Jayhawks took a 42-37 lead into halftime.
Kansas was dominant on both sides of the court coming out of the half. The Jayhawks outscored the Owls 23-10 and shot 55.6 percent (10-18) from the field. Kansas held FAU to 25 percent (4-16) from the field and 22.2 percent (2-9) from beyond the arc.
KU continued to roll through the fourth quarter shooting 50.0 percent (8-16) from the field and defensively held the Owls to 13 points on 27.3 percent (3-11) shooting from the field and 28.6 percent (2-7) from the 3-point line.
The Jayhawks will travel back to Lawrence and get ready to host Florida on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. CT in Allen Fieldhouse.