'Hawks Fall in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb - For the eleventh time in its last twelve trips to the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb, the Kansas women's basketball team left with a loss on Wednesday night. Nebraska won its first conference game in four tries, topping Kansas 67-58.

While Bonnie Henrickson wasn't about to make excuses or play the injury card, the loss did leave many Kansas fans wondering what might have been, had junior Sade Morris been able to play.
KU's second-leading scorer at 12.3 points per game sat out the contest following a concussion she suffered in Saturday's home loss to Texas Tech.  Junior Danielle McCray did all she could to pick up the scoring slack, posting a career high 30 points on 12-18 shooting, but it was not enough as Kansas fell to 1-3 in conference play and 12-5 overall.
After shooting nearly 61 percent, KU lead 33-32 at the half.  The Cornhuskers would heat up in the second half, however, opening that stanza on a 15-3 run.  Much of that stretch featured Danielle McCray on the bench after picking up her third foul in the opening moments of the second half.  McCray eventually returned to the game and Kansas returned to the scoring column, but the Huskers would hold off Kansas the rest of the way.
Sophomore Krysten Boogaard posted her first double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds, but KU's two-headed offensive attack was not enough to overcome the 22 turnovers KU committed and the 15 points off turnovers that Nebraska scored in the second half alone.  Only two other Jayhawks scored and Kansas received zero points from its bench.
"We imploded," Henrickson said of her team's play early in the second half.  "When we didn't turn the ball over we got great looks and scored, but we got sloppy.  Just to come out and be that bad right out of the gate was disappointing."
The Jayhawks hope to get Morris back for Saturday's Sunflower Showdown – a rematch of a game two weeks ago that Kansas State won 72-39 – but there are no guarantees she'll be ready to play.
"We're cautiously optimistic, but it's day to day," said Henrickson.  "I'm not going to try to speculate.  I don't have any idea. It will be about her symptoms and how she feels and hopefully she's ready, but if she's not, she's not."
Nebraska was led in scoring by Junior Cory Montgomery's 18 points.  Junior Yvonne Turner added 17.  With the win, the Huskers improved to 10-7 overall and 1-3 in Big 12 play.  The two teams meet again on February, 28th in Lawrence.

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