Jayhawks Fall in Border Showdown, 66-52

Jan. 26, 2011

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Angel Goodrich made a career-high three treys and Carolyn Davis scored 17 points, but a late Missouri run was too much for the Jayhawks to overcome, as Kansas women’s basketball fell 66-52, Wednesday night, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.

KU fell to 14-6 on the season and 1-5 in Big 12 Conference play, while Border Showdown rival Missouri moved to 10-10 overall and 2-5 in the Big 12.

Goodrich finished with 10 points and four rebounds, going 3-for-8 from the arc to set new career bests in both three-pointers made and attempted. The sophomore point guard also tied her season-high assist mark, dishing out six helpers.

Davis’ 17 points paced Kansas, while Keena Mays chipped in with eight points and five rebounds. Monica Engelman led the Jayhawks on the glass with seven rebounds, and also totaled five assists and two steals to go along with five points.

Missouri’s RaeShara Brown finished with a game-high 22 points, five rebounds and six assists. BreAnna Brock added in 12 and led the Tigers with eight boards.

After being ahead by as much as eight points in the first half, KU fell behind. While they managed to tie the game up with a little over 12 minutes to go in the second half, the Tigers used a 15-0 run to push the game out of reach.

In the first half, KU pulled out to an early 13-7 advantage before the Tigers caught up. Missouri managed to bring the score up to 13-12 before Mays hit a three. Sutherland laid one in to extend the Kansas lead to six points, 18-12 and Davis then sunk a hook shot and a layup to make the score 22-14, with 9:43 left in the period.

After Missouri put up four quick points, a three by Goodrich momentarily kept Missouri at bay. But the Tigers crept back in, scoring two straight to make the score 25-22 with around with 5:44 on the clock.

A minute later, Missouri tied the game up. With just over four minutes of play left, the Tigers took their first lead.

Marisha Brown hit a layup to bring KU back to within just two points but a free throw by the Tigers’ Brown upped their lead to three, and the Jayhawks went into the locker room down 30-27 at the intermission.

The struggles continued for KU in the opening minutes of the second half. Missouri matched the Jayhawks’ first-half lead of eight points, and although Davis made nearly everything from the low post to keep KU close the Tigers’ maintained the advantage throughout the first seven minutes of the period.

The Jayhawks came back to tie with 12:34 when Goodrich followed a Mays three with one of her own – KU’s sixth in the contest – evening the score up at 41-41.

In just two minutes, the Tigers were back on top by five. The two teams traded shots until Kansas was behind by only one after a Davis free throw at 7:33, but Missouri took control with 15 unanswered points, ultimately taking the game.

The rivalry theme will continue for Kansas Saturday, when the Jayhawks are set to square off against in-state foe Kansas State. Kansas will travel to Manhattan for the 2 p.m., contest with the Wildcats.