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Kansas Defeats Huskers In First Round
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (kuathletics.com) - Oklahoma native Sade Morris pumped in 24 points and Danielle McCray added 22 as the eighth-seeded University of Kansas women's basketball team topped ninth-seeded Nebraska, 61-56, in first round action at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament, Thursday.

Kansas' win over the Huskers in the Cox Convention Center improved KU to 18-12 overall and dropped Nebraska to 15-15. It marked the third-straight year Kansas won its opening game of the tournament.

In addition to her 24 points on 12-of-19 shooting, Morris added seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block to her impressive stat line. McCray was equally strong with seven boards, three assists, two steals and a block. Kansas also got scoring from Aishah Sutherland (8 points), Krysten Boogaard (4 points) and Nicollette Smith (3 points).

Nebraska was paced by Cory Montgomery with 20 points and nine rebounds. Yvonne Turner added 13 points.

Kansas shot 52 percent (26-of-50) from the field compared to just 37.5 percent (21-of-56) for Nebraska. The Huskers outrebounded the Jayhawks 37-26.

The win advanced Kansas to Friday's quarterfinal round where it will face No. 1 seed Oklahoma at 11 a.m.

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