Jayhawks Upset Bid of No. 3/4 Nebraska Falls Short
Feb. 10, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas’ gallant second half comeback and bid to upset No. 3/4 Nebraska fell just short as the Jayhawks fell 67-60 Wednesday evening at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Huskers stayed perfect on their season at 22-0, including 8-0 in conference play, while the Jayhawks dropped to 14-8 on the season and 4-5 in the Big 12.
The emerging play of freshmen Monica Engelman and Carolyn Davis helped the Jayhawks claw back into the game and even lead for much of the second half. Engelman scored 13 points, while Davis recorded her third double-double in four games with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Jayhawks trailed 30-20 at halftime, but came out of the locker room aggressive, as they connected on their first 11 field goal attempts to build a four-point lead with 12:40 remaining in the contest. KU shot 49 percent from the field and 78 percent from the foul line in the game.
The game was a back and forth battle, before the Huskers were finally able to take control with a timely 11-2 run to give them a 60-55 advantage with 5:03 remaining on the clock.
Both teams came out of the gate sluggish offensively and the Jayhawks were able to grab an early 13-12 lead with 11:40 remaining. KU held Nebraska to just 3-for-11 shooting in the opening minutes of the game.
Nebraska was then able to enforce their will on the Jayhawks in the paint in the latter stages on the first half to grab a 10-point advantage entering halftime.
The Huskers were able to dominate the offensive boards with 20 offensive rebounds led by senior standout Kelsey Griffin. Griffin ripped down nine offensive rebounds and 13 total in all to go along with her 17 points.
The Jayhawks played sound perimeter defense for the duration of the game and held Nebraska to just 33 percent shooting from the field.
Sophomore Aishah Sutherland was a perfect six of six from the field for 12 points, but was limited by foul trouble and was only able to log 24 minutes of playing time.
Senior LaChelda Jacobs played a well rounded game with five points, six assists, and seven rebounds. Fellow senior Sade Morris chipped in 10 points.
The Jayhawks will next be in action on Saturday, Feb. 13 when they host No. 14 Texas. The game will begin at 1 p.m. and can be seen locally on Metrosports.