Women's Basketball Falls At Nebraska, 67-58
Jan. 21, 2009
LINCOLN, Neb. – Despite a career-high 30 points from junior Danielle McCray and a double-double from Krysten Boogaard, the Kansas women’s basketball team fell 67-58 in the Bob Devaney Sports Center at Nebraska Wednesday evening.
KU dropped to 12-5 on the season and 1-3 in Big 12 Conference play, as Nebraska picked up its first conference win to improve to 1-3 in the league and 10-7 overall.
McCray and Boogaard combined for 48 of the team’s 58 points in the contest as Boogaard notched her first double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds. McCray pulled down eight boards, while Nicollette Smith added six points and four rebounds in the effort.
Despite KU’s late run at the end of the first half to take a 33-32 lead at the break, Nebraska came out with all the momentum in the second half scoring 15 of the first 18 points as it led 47-36 eight minutes in. McCray scored 17 of her 30 points in the second half but the Jayhawks couldn’t stop NU’s offense as the Cornhuskers outscored KU 35-25 in the last 20 minutes.
For the fifth time this season, the Jayhawks shot over 50 percent from the field hitting 24-of-47 for 51.1 percent during the contest, while NU shot 42.6 percent from the field.
Kansas also outrebounded the Cornhuskers 35-27 but was hurt by turnovers as NU converted 22 Jayhawk miscues into 20 points, eight of which came off fastbreaks.
In the first half, Nebraska took away an early KU lead at the 14:43 mark. KU stayed within five points of the Cornhuskers until a Boogard layup through traffic underneath the basket put KU back up 29-27 with just 3:44 left in the half. McCray proceeded to hit a shot from beyond the three-point arc just 30 seconds later and Smith added a free throw before the half was over. NU then missed a layup under the basket with less than a minute left allowing the Jayhawks to keep a 33-32 advantage.
McCray and Boogaard were already in double digits after 20 minutes having scored 13 and 12 points, respectively.
The Jayhawks will return home to host Kansas State Saturday, Jan. 24. KU-KSU will be played in Allen Fieldhouse with an 11 a.m. tip-off and live coverage on FSN.