KU Topped 81-58 by No. 6 Aggies

Feb. 12, 2011

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Carolyn Davis paced the Jayhawks with 16 points against Texas A&M Saturday night as Kansas women’s basketball was downed by the No. 6-ranked Aggies, 58-81 at the Reed Center in College Station, Texas.

Kansas is now 16-9 for the 2010-2011 campaign and 3-8 in Big 12 play. The Aggies moved to 20-2 and 8-1 in the Big 12 Conference.

Davis and Keena Mays, two native Texans paced the Jayhawks in their home state. Davis had a team-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Davis also grabbed four boards and swatted away three shots. Mays led KU on the glass with seven rebounds and scored 11.

Angel Goodrich continued her stellar play, adding eight points and six assists.

Kansas City product Danielle Adams was nearly unstoppable, scoring 40 points en route to breaking Texas A&M’s single-game scoring record. Adams also had six rebounds for the Aggies.

A 50-percent effort from the field in the first half went for naught, as turnovers proved problematic for Kansas from the onset. KU’s 19 first-half turnovers kept the Jayhawks from taking a lead, and helped key two crucial Aggie runs.

However, the Jayhawks still hung close as the defense managed to keep the Aggies at bay, not allowing more than a four-point lead until 12:04, when Texas A&M went up 13-9 with an Adams layup.

Monica Engelman came right back to cut the deficit to just four once again with a jumper in the Jayhawks’ next possession. Krysten Boogaard then added two free throws to bring KU up to 15-13.

But Engelman’s tying attempt banged off the rim and a second-chance layup by Karla Gilbert was converted into a three-point play, and the Aggies went back up 18-13. After Mays trimmed the lead to three with a trey, Colson opened up a seven-point run with two free throws, which left KU 10 points behind, with 8:06 left in the opening frame.

Marisha Brown and Mays attempted to bring KU back but turnovers aided another 7-0 Aggie run. The Jayhawks scored on three straight possessions but it was not enough as Texas A&M continued to pull away to a 48-29 lead at the intermission.

The offensive outburst by Adams in the second half helped leave Kansas with a nearly a 30-point deficit to climb out of with just over 10 minutes left to play. Mays helped spur a strong offense stretch late in the half but it was not enough.

The Jayhawks will return home to host Missouri next weekend. The Tigers will visit Allen Fieldhouse Saturday at 7 p.m.