Jayhawks fall to #18 Kansas State in Sunflower Showdown
Feb. 9, 2008
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Freshman Krysten Boogaard grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with 20 points for her second straight double-double, but the Jayhawks fell, 64-58, to the 18th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas drops to 13-9 on the season and 2-7 in the Big 12, while the Wildcats move to 16-6 overall and 10-1 in the conference.
Kansas was within two with three minutes remaining and after a defensive stop, they had a chance to tie or take the lead. The Jayhawks turned it over on the next two possessions and did not have another similar opportunity for the remainder of the contest.
Boogaard and sophomore Danielle McCray combined to score the first 16 points for the Jayhawks before LaChelda Jacobs added a layup with just over five minutes remaining in the first half. The duo was then held scoreless until McCray hit a free throw with 11:29 left in the game, closing the gap to 40-34.
McCray finished with 11 points and six rebounds while Jacobs scored 12 and added four boards for the Jayhawks.
Each team struggled to get on the board early. Kansas was held scoreless before Boogaard’s layup nearly five minutes into the first half to tie the game at 2-2.
Though the Jayhawks never led in the first half, they kept their intrastate rivals within striking distance. Their biggest deficit of the opening frame was the six point halftime margin of 30-24.
The teams continually shared baskets for much of the second half. The Wildcats led by double-digits just once at 34-24. However, the Jayhawks were never able to push their deficit lower than two.
The Jayhawks return home to Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday when they play host to Colorado. Tip off is at 7 p.m.