Kemp Leads Kansas With 26 Points

The women's basketball team fell 53-49 to Texas-Arlington in the home opener on Sunday

The women's basketball team fell 53-49 to Texas-Arlington in the home opener on Sunday.

Junior forward Crystal Kemp shone for the Jayhawks. Kemp led all scorers with 26 points and added eight rebounds.

"We are a small team and we depend on our speed and quickness. We just could not outsize her in the paint," said Texas-Arlington coach Donna Capps.

"When we missed backside help and could not take her off the glass - she dominated us. They (Kansas) have quite a few good three-point shooters, so we did not feel like we could just double her."

"The offensive weapons we have are able to get open shots, it is just a matter of the shots going down. I think my shots went down a little better than others today," said Kemp.

Coach Bonnie Henrickson expects even more from Kemp.

"Crystal was in foul trouble, so Alicia Rhymes got the best post player on the floor," explained Henrickson.

"Crystal needs to stay out of foul trouble, so she can guard their best post player. Right now she is giving nothing defensively, because she is not getting the best matchup. We need more offense and better defense from her," said Henrickson.

Kansas held a six-point lead at the break, but was outscored by UTA 32-22 in the second half.

"Right now we don't have the discipline to take care of each possession. We let them run to the rim and get offensive rebounds. This team needs to understand that when we get a ten-point lead, we need to keep going and not just forget how we got the lead," asserted Henrickson.

Texas-Arlington got a double-double effort from Rola Ogunoye. Ogunoye had a team high 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds.

The Jayhawks shot 34 percent from the and committed 22 turnovers in the loss. Junior Erica Hallman was also in double figures with 11 points. In the final minute, Hallman hit a three to cut the UTA lead to 50-49. Texas-Arlington's Krystal Buchanan hit a free throw to give the Lady Mavs a two-point lead with 23 seconds remaining.

The Jayhawks had a chance to tie it in the waning seconds, but Hallman's drive and basket was wiped away by an offensive foul. UTA's Buchanan hit two free throws to ice the game.

"A lot of people will talk about the call at the end of the game, but it never should have come down to a one-possession game. That's not the reason we lost the game, it was all the other things we did, the 39 minutes before it," said Henrickson.

Hallman echoed her coaches assessment.

"It is not what cost us the game," agreed Hallman.

"The play called for me to either go off the screen and hit somebody in the corner or take it to the basket. The lane opened up and I took it to the basket. The referee did what he had to do," said Hallman.

Next up, the Jayhawks (0-1) will return home Wednesday, Nov. 24 as they host Sacred Heart. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Top Stories