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KU women improve to 3-0 with runaway victory; game honors former coach Marian Washington

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 battle 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 that 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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David Kelley-Wood

Thanks to legendary Coach Washington. Pride in her being a Jayhawk doesn't really do the trick - more like in awe. And, congrats to the women's team (although this one was a mismatch). Nice to see the rim come off for Holly, too! Still playing without Ioanna, and making sloppy mistakes, but with way too much firepower for it to matter...yet.

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Dirk Medema

Coach Washington was truly a trailblazer. So long ago most people don’t even realize her significance way way beyond any W/L or championships.

David - I think the phrase you’re thinking of is lid come off the basket. Rim come off is what Shaq and Moses Malone did 😉

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David Kelley-Wood

Can't thank you enough, Dirk. You'll probably never realize how much it means to me that you would take the time to bring this to my attention. You're truly a saint.

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David Robinett

I remember hearing once the Charlie Spoonhour the coach at southwest Missouri state literally put a lid on the basket, in order for the team to focus on rebounding.

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Blake Brown

My Junior high school coach put a round piece of plywood over the rims in order to improve rebounding. We had to keep jumping shot after shot until we could not go anymore. This was in the 1950s. We got pretty good at tipping the ball with either hand.

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Blake Brown

BTW, Kersgieter was 3-6 from 3, but 1-7 from inside the 3 and had 3 TOs. but 15 boards and 3 assists to make up for it.

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