Texas Bests KU Women

The Kansas women's basketball team put up quite a fight in Austin on Wednesday night, but ultimately couldn't climb all the way out of the Texas-sized hole they dug in the first half. The Longhorns withstood a great Kansas rally to win 74-66.

Behind 52 percent shooting and with the help of 14 Kansas turnovers, the Longhorns built up a 14 point lead at half-time.  Danielle McCray picked up three first half fouls – a trend that would continue in the second half of a game in which she logged only 19 minutes and fouled out with just seven points.
The Jayhawks, who trailed by as many as 18 in the first half, would come out swinging in the second half though.  By the first media timeout, Kansas had trimmed five points on the half-time margin, showing the burnt-orange-clad crowd at the Frank Erwin Center that they intended to make a game of it.  The comeback would continue despite McCray's foul trouble, as Kansas was able to lean on other players for major contributions.
Sophomore forward Nicollette Smith poured in a season-high 18 points in helping Kansas trim the deficit all the way to three, before Earnesia Williams buried a clutch three pointer with 4:37 to go, to push the lead back out to six.  Kansas would threaten again, but Texas always seemed to have an answer, and went on to pick up it's fourth straight win, improving to 6-3 in conference.  Kansas fell to 2-7.
Bonnie Henrickson was proud of her team's effort in the second half.
"I thought the rest of those kids grew up and fought and I couldn't be more proud of them," said Henrickson.
"We came out (and forced them) to call a timeout," described Henrickson of the start to the second half. "We cut it to single digits and don't turn the ball over in the second half.  We hit some tough shots, we rebounded the ball…I thought those kids battle and competed and played their tails off."
Freshman forward Aishah Sutherland continued her recent run of solid contributions off the bench – providing Kansas 7 points and 7 rebounds, which coincidentally has been her average over the past five games.
"If (Sutherland) just keeps working and makes a commitment every day to get better then she can help us win," said Henrickson.  "She's a Big 12-caliber athlete and basketball player and she now just has to develop that toughness that it takes to be really, really good in this league."
Junior Sade Morris finished with 14 points on 6-12 shooting. Sophomore center Krysten Boogaard added 11 points.  Next up for Kansas is a home date with #2 Oklahoma on Saturday night at 7.

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