Kansas Comes Up Short Against No. 14 Oklahoma, 75-57
Jan. 23, 2011
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LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Sophomore Carolyn Davis led the Jayhawks with 16 points and sophomore Angel Goodrich scored a season-high 13, but it wasn’t enough, as Kansas women’s basketball lost to a ranked opponent at home for the second time this week, 75-57 against No. 14 Oklahoma.
Sophomore Monica Engelman and freshman Keena Mays barely missed double-digits with nine points each. Junior Aishah Sutherland, senior Marisha Brown and Davis all tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven apiece. Brown’s seven rebounds tied her career high. Brown also established career bests with 33 minutes played and three steals.
Kansas fell to 14-5 on the season, including 1-4 in the Big 12. Oklahoma remained perfect in conference play, 5-0 thus far against Big 12 opponents and 15-3 overall.
Freshman Aaryn Ellenberg led the Sooners with 28 points, shooting 11-for-21 from the field and 6-for-10 on three-pointers. Sophomore Whitney Hand added 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-6 beyond the arc.
Kansas started the second half strong, using a 7-2 run in the opening 4:30 to cut its deficit to 12 points at 45-33. OU responded, opening its lead back up to 17 at 57-40 with 11:49 remaining in the game. However, KU came back with seven unanswered points, its largest run of the game, to pull within 10 points, 57-47, with 9:27 on the clock. That was as close as the Jayhawks would get, as Oklahoma stretched its lead throughout the final nine minutes before winning by 18, 75-57.
Oklahoma shot 50.8 percent from the field, while Kansas made 36.7 percent of its shots. OU was also hot from long range, making 10 of its 20 three-point attempts.
The game started as a low-scoring contest with Oklahoma leading 14-12 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. However, OU went on an 8-0 run in the next 1:30 to open its lead to double-digits. Later in the half, Oklahoma went on a 15-3 run in a four-minute stretch to take a 37-18 advantage with 4:57 remaining in the opening frame. Kansas used a 5-0 run to close the deficit to 14. A three-point play by Davis in the final minute made the halftime score 43-26 in favor of the Sooners.
Oklahoma shot 54.5 percent from the field in the first half, including 7-for-9 (77.8 percent) from three-point range. KU made 37.5 percent of its shots in the first 20 minutes, including 1-of-4 beyond the arc. Ellenberg and Hand combined for 37 of OU’s 43 points at the intermission with 21 and 16 points, respectively. Ellenberg was 5-for-5 from three-point range in the first half, while Hand shot 2-for-3 from distance and 7-for-10 overall from the field.
Kansas’ next two games will be against rivals on the road. KU will first play at Missouri Wednesday as part of the Border Showdown at 7 p.m. KU will then play Saturday at Kansas State at 2 p.m.