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
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
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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