Jayhawk Women Fall at Mizzou

Columbia, MO - The Kansas women's basketball team fell at Missouri on Saturday 74-60, despite twenty points from Danielle McCray.

It was the sixth straight contest with at least twenty points for the junior from Olathe East.  McCray is the first Jayhawk to accomplish that feat since Angela Aycock.
 
Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson would have preferred a win for the team to highlight the afternoon, rather than any individual accomplishment.
 
"I'd rather have her go scoreless and us win tonight," Henrickson explained. "If she plays better, we've got a chance and she knows that."
 
Henrickson was disappointed with her team's defense as the Jayhawks allowed the Tigers to shoot 53 percent on the day.  KU also got worked over in the paint, where Missouri outscored Kansas 30-16.
 
"It's a battle of the posts. They go in all night, score, get a foul or get an offensive rebound and we have absolutely no low post presence," said Henrickson.
 
"And on a night when your jumpers aren't falling and you've got some pretty good kids who aren't very productive offensively, you've got to dig down and go get some high percentage shots in the post…and we just didn't do it. Post versus post we get absolutely hammered."
 
KU's starting center Krysten Boogaard was in foul trouble for most of the game and was held to six points in just 17 minutes after nearly posting a double-double in the first meeting – a Kansas win 75-58 – on January, 14th.
 
Meanwhile, Missouri's front-court combo of Jessra Johnson and Shakara Jones combined for 35 points.
 
Another disappointing day offensively came from junior Sade Morris.  After leading Kansas with 20 points in the first meeting, Morris was held to just three points – all from the free throw line – on Saturday.
 
The loss dropped KU's conference record to 2-6 and 13-8 overall.  The Tigers improved to 2-7 in the league and 11-11 overall on the season.
 
Next up is a road trip to Austin, TX for Wednesday's matchup with the 18th-ranked Longhorns.  Texas is 17-5 overall and 5-3 in conference play.  Henrickson hopes Kansas can bounce back is several phases of the game.
 
"We've got to regroup and find a way to battle and compete on both ends of the floor," said Henrickson.  "On a night where we're not in a very good rhythm offensively we need to be able to go get it back on the defensive end and certainly go to the offensive glass."

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