Second-Half Rally Not Enough as Women's Basketball Falls, 69-62, at Colorado

Feb. 18, 2009

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BOULDER, Colo. –

Kansas overcame a 12-point deficit and four Jayhawks scored in double figures, but it was not enough as the women’s basketball fell to Colorado, 69-62, at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo. Wednesday night.

Kansas dropped to 13-11 overall and 2-9 in Big 12 play. Colorado improved to 11-12 on the season and 3-8 in the league.

The Jayhawks trailed for much of the game before briefly tying the score at 42 nine minutes in to the second half. Kansas then took its first lead of the contest, 50-48, on a three-pointer by Nicollette Smith at the 8:53 mark. The Jayhawks built a four-point lead several times before Colorado took back the lead for good, 62-60, on a pair of free throws by Kara Richards with 1:33 left in the contest. CU was 7-of-9 from the charity stripe after that and Kansas could never catch up.

Nicollette Smith led the Jayhawks with 15 points, Krysten Boogaard chipped in 13 points, Danielle McCray tallied 11 and Sade Morris had 10 points to round out the scoring for KU.

Kansas got off to a slow start, scoring just two points in the first five minutes of the game. McCray pitched in the next seven points for the Jayhawks as Colorado took a 16-9 lead at the 11:41 mark of the first half. The Buffs led by as many as 12 points, but KU cut the lead to one on the strength of an 11-3 run to make the score 23-22 with four minutes remaining in the half. Kansas couldn’t quite regain the lead, however, and went to the locker room down, 31-28.

LaChelda Jacobs led the Jayhawks in the rebounding category, grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds, while also recording three assists and two steals. Ivana Catic led Kansas with four assists and McCray dished out three assists.

Kansas hosts the annual Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) “Pink Zone” game Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks will take on the Iowa State Cyclones at noon.

Kansas Athletics will donate $1 for every fan in attendance with the money being divided between Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the University of Kansas Cancer Center. The donations will go towards supporting breast cancer treatment and research. In addition, the first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a free pink t-shirt courtesy of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Head coach Bonnie Henrickson will donate an additional $1 out of her own pocket for every KU student in attendance.