Jayhawks Fall to No. 16/18 Texas A&M, 62-51
Feb. 4, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas–Senior forward Aishah Sutherland and junior point guard Angel Goodrich both scored 11 points, but the Kansas women’s basketball team dropped a 62-51 decision to No. 16/18 Texas A&M Aggies Saturday in the Reed Center.
The Jayhawks fall to 16-6 overall, including a 5-5 record in the Big 12 Conference while the Aggies go to 16-5 overall and 7-3 in Big 12 play.
With 9:16 left to play, Goodrich sunk a three from the top of the key as the shot clock buzzer sounded to bring the Jayhawks within 10 for the first time since the second half began. Sutherland followed the next possession with a long jumper and sophomore guard CeCe Harper hit a quick three-pointer to cut it to a five-point game, 50-45 in favor of the Aggies.
Kansas again cut it to four with less than two minutes to go, but a traditional three-point play by A&M junior Kelsey Bone put a stop to the Jayhawks’ momentum.
Junior forward Carolyn Davis grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and knocked in six points while junior Monica Engelman also had a double-digit outing, scoring 10 during the contest.
The Aggies jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the first half before Sutherland and Engelman scored back-to-back buckets to make it 8-4 in favor of Texas A&M at the first media timeout. Scoring for the Jayhawks stayed pretty even during the first 10 minutes with all five of KU’s starters contributing points.
With 6:48 remaining in the first period, a long jumper from Sutherland snapped a 7-0 run by the Aggies and cut A&M’s lead to eight points, 25-17. That started a 6-0 run for the Jayhawks, bringing them within four with 4:13 remaining in the opening half.
Sophomore Tania Jackson hit a jumper from the top of the paint to send Kansas into the lockerroom trailing Texas A&M 32-23. Goodrich led the Jayhawks at the break with six points and two rebounds, while A&M’s Bone led all scorers with 11 points. Kansas shot 40 percent from the field during the first 20 minutes.
Davis put a stop to an 8-0 run by the Aggies to start the second half by knocking in back-to-back layups and bringing the score to 40-27 in A&M’s favor. The inside-out duo of Bone and senior guard Sydney Carter proved too much, though, as the Jayhawks could not quite ensnare the victory.
KU will look to bounce back at home when the Jayhawks take on the Texas Longhorns Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on Metro Sports.