Jayhawks Rally Against Iowa State Falls Short, 61-50

Jan. 3, 2007

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AMES, Iowa –

The University of Kansas (5-8, 0-1 Big 12) rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit only to drop its Big 12 Conference opening game to Iowa State (13-1, 1-0 Big 12), 61-50, Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

In the first half, both teams traded scoreless droughts of over five minutes. Kansas held the Cyclones without a point for 5:30 to close the score to a 9-8 ISU lead with 11 minutes remaining. The Jayhawks then went cold and didn’t score a bucket until Sharita Smith’s jumper with 5:51 remaining cut the Cyclones lead to 17-10. Iowa State would eventually take a 22-14 advantage into halftime.

The Jayhawks took their first lead of the game on a Kelly Kohn lay-up with 9:08 remaining in the contest. Kohn’s bucket capped a 26-16 Kansas run to start the second half.

Kohn finished with a team-high 12 points while senior Shaquina Mosley tallied 10. Senior Sharita Smith added a season-best seven points and 27 minutes. Junior Taylor McIntosh grabbed 12 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.

Preseason All-Big 12 selection Lyndsey Medders scored 17 points including 13-of-16 from the free throw line. The Jayhawks bench out-scored Iowa State’s 24-18.

Kansas will return to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 6 to face No. 9 Baylor. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. an will air live on Fox Sports Net.

Game Notes: Freshman Porscha Weddington scored a career-high six points in her second start of the season … Six Kansas players played in their first Big 12 game … The loss snaps a two-game winning streak against the Cyclones … Kansas is 1-2 in Big 12 opening games under Bonnie Henrickson and 4-7 all-time … KU’s 14 first half points was its lowest in a half this season … Kansas started four freshmen (Kelly Kohn, LaChelda Jacobs, Sade Morris, Porscha Weddington) and a junior (Taylor McIntosh) for the second consecutive game … Attendance at Hilton Coliseum was announced at 6,390 … The game was broadcast nationally on CSTV.