LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Crystal Kemp scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Kansas to a 70-61 victory over Texas (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) on Tuesday night in the Big 12 Conference opener for both schools.
The Jayhawks (12-0, 1-0) snapped a 36-game losing streak against
ranked opponents. Their last victory over a Top 25 team was a 69-61
win over then-No. 6 Iowa State on Feb. 17, 2001.
Kemp, a 6-2 senior from Topeka, Kan., has four double-doubles
this season and has scored in double figures in every game.
The Longhorns (6-5, 0-1) trailed 31-29 with 3:01 left in the
first half but Kaylee Brown and Erica Hallman hit 3-pointers to
help the Jayhawks grab a 39-31 lead at halftime.
Brown finished with 15 points and Hallman added 14 points and
Kemp and Hallman opened the second half with baskets as the
Jayhawks upped their lead to 43-31 and forced Texas to call a
timeout with 18:48 left. Kansas led by as many as 14 points with
9:03 to go and the Longhorns never got closer than seven in the
Tiffany Jackson scored 18 points and Aubry Cook and Nini Norman
had 10 apiece for the Longhorns, who finished 1-for-8 from 3-point
Brown and Hallman made three 3s for Kansas, which went 8-for-20
from behind the arc.
Brown scored five straight points early in the first half to
help the Jayhawks take a 13-8 lead. Kemp scored 11 of the Jayhawks'
first 20 points and had 15 points by halftime.
Kansas, which is one of six remaining undefeated teams in the
country, is 12-0 for the first time in school history and has
already equaled its win total from last season, when they went
12-16. The 12-game winning streak is the longest in school history.