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,"
"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
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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