Big 12 Basketball

Kansas Beats Washington, 61-36, in WNIT Fab Four Contest

Kansas guard Wyvette Mayberry.

Kansas advanced to the championship game of the Women’s NIT Tournament with a 61-36 Fab Four victory over Washington at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday.

Kansas (24-12) will seek its first WNIT title when it faces Columbia later this week. The Lions defeated Bowling Green, 77-70, on Tuesday. Kansas is also seeking to be the first Big 12 women’s team to win the WNIT title since Oklahoma State in 2012. The furthest the Jayhawks have ever been in the WNIT is the third round.


Kansas will host Columbia at 4:30 p.m. CT on Saturday in the title game.

The Jayhawks previously defeated Western Kentucky (86-72), Missouri (75-47), Nebraska (64-55) and Arkansas (78-64) in the tournament.

Kansas led from the jump, as the Jayhawks led the Huskies (19-15), 15-10, after the first quarter. The Kansas defense held the Huskies to just six points in the second quarter as the Jayhawks led 30-16 at halftime.

The lead only grew in the third quarter, as Kansas outscored Washington, 18-12, in the third quarter to take a 48-28 lead into the final 10 minutes.

Four of Kansas’ five starters finished in double figures in scoring, with center Taiyanna Jackson finishing with a double-double — 12 points and 11 rebounds. She also had three blocked shots.

Guard Holly Kersgieter had nine early points and finished with 11 points, along with five rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Guard Zakiyah Franklin led Kansas with 14 points. Guard Wyvette Mayberry added 11 points, three rebounds and four steals.

Forward Dalayah Daniels led the Huskies with 10 points. She was the only Washington player in double figures.

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