Jayhawks Comeback Attempt Falls Short at No. 13 Texas, 74-66

Feb. 11, 2009

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AUSTIN, Texas –

Despite a valiant second half comeback attempt, the Kansas women’s basketball team fell to the No. 13 Texas Longhorns, 74-66, in Austin Wednesday night. The Jayhawks, who were down by as many as 18 points in the first half, were able to cut the lead to three points in the second half, but could never get over the hump.

Kansas dropped to 13-9 overall and 2-7 in Big 12 play, while Texas improved to 18-5 on the season and 6-3 in the league.

KU held an early 7-5 lead in the first half, but went through a 7:41 stretch without a field goal. Texas was able to go on a 13-2 run, thanks to five Kansas turnovers, over this span and opened up an 18-9 lead. Texas stretched their lead to 18 points, 31-13, late in the first half and was ahead 39-25 at halftime.

Kansas opened the second half on a 10-2 run to cut the Longhorn lead to six points just after the first media timeout. It was back and forth throughout the rest of the half and the Jayhawks were able to cut the lead to three points with 4:52 remaining in the game on a LaChelda Jacobs jump shot, but could get no closer. Texas’ senior forward Earnesia Williams hit a three point basket to bump the lead back up to six with 4:37 left to play. The Longhorns went 6-of-6 from the foul line in the last minute of the game to put the game away.

Three Jayhawks scored in double-figures led by sophomore forward Nicollette Smith’s season high 18 points. Junior guard Sade Morris and sophomore forward Krysten Boogaard had 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Junior guard Danielle McCray was hampered by foul trouble througout the contest and finished the game with seven points, ending her 20 point game scoring streak at six. McCray fouled out of the game with 7:10 left to play in the second half.

The Longhorns were led by guards Brittainey Ravens and Ashleigh Fontenette, who had 16 and 14 points, respectively.

The Jayhawks will return home to Lawrence to take on No. 2 Oklahoma on Saturday. The game is set to tip-off at 7:00 pm., in Allen Fieldhouse with a live telecast on Metro Sports.