Iowa State Upends Kansas, 53-42, in Big 12 Women's Basketball
Jan. 20, 2010
AMES, Iowa –
Kansas suffered its third conference loss of the season, as the Cyclones of Iowa State defeated the Jayhawks, 53-42, Wednesday evening in Hilton Coliseum.
The Jayhawks drop to 11-6 on the season and 1-3 in the Big 12 Conference, while Iowa State improved its overall record to 14-3 and 2-2 in league play.
Although the Cyclones seemed to control the momentum in the second half, it looked as though the Crimson and Blue would make a run at the win when freshman Monica Engelman scored 10 points in a four-minute span, bringing KU to within three with 7:07 remaining on the game clock.
However, Engelman’s brief spark proved to be the only real offense the Jayhawks could generate for the remainder of the half, as Iowa State extended its lead to nine (49-40) before the final media timeout. Coming out of the break, ISU senior guard Alison Lacey scored four consecutive points, to definitively hand the Jayhawks their third loss in the last four games.
Senior Sade Morris led all scorers with 16, followed by Engelman who tallied a career-high 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Freshman Carolyn Davis added four points, while also hauling in a career-high nine rebounds, seven of which came in the first half.
Lacey finished with 13 points to lead Iowa State, while Denae Stuckey, sister of former KU football player Darrell Stuckey, chipped in 10.
The Jayhawks struggled offensively to start the game, shooting just 34 percent from the field in the first nine minutes. Conversely, the Cyclones took advantage of their hot shooting, especially from three-point range, opening its largest lead of the half at 21-12 with 5:48 remaining.
Kansas quickly responded, as it went on an 8-1 run over the next two minutes, led by Morris and Davis, who scored four points apiece to bring the Jayhawks within two (20-22). The defensive effort was strong on both ends to close out the half, as Kansas was 0-for-7 and Iowa State made only 1-of-8 field goal attempts before the first-half buzzer. The Cyclones held a 25-20 advantage heading into the locker room.
Kansas will stay on the road for its next contest, as it travels to Oklahoma on Saturday, Jan. 23 to take on the Sooners at 2 p.m.