Jayhawks Lose Hard Fought Battle To No. 13/15 Iowa State 57-54

Feb. 25, 2010

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Despite 17 points from freshman forward Carolyn Davis, the Kansas women’s basketball team’s bid to upset No. 15 Iowa State fell short as the Cyclones edged the Jayhawks 57-54 here Thursday.

In a battle in which no team led by more than five points, KU freshman guard Monica Engelman’s three-point attempt with one second remaining just rimmed off, saving the victory for Iowa State. The contest had 12 lead changes and was tied 12 times, including six lead changes and two ties in the final six minutes of the game.

With the loss Kansas fell to 15-11 on the season and 5-8 in Big 12 play. Iowa State improved to 21-5 overall and 9-4 in league action.

Davis went 7-for-9 for the game dominating the inside on the offensive end. She was joined in double figures with 15 points by Engelman and 14 points from senior guard Sade Morris. KU sophomore forward Aishah Sutherland was a force on the defensive end pulling down 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Iowa State was led by senior Alison Lacey, who led all scorers with 22 points, including 14 in the second half. Lacey was clutch down the stretch scoring seven of ISU’s 11 points, including two free throws with six seconds remaining to make the score 57-54.

Kansas built two five-point leads in the first period that was hard fought on the defensive end by both teams. With the scored tied at 15-15, KU’s Davis scored five unanswered points, including a traditional three-point play, giving the Jayhawks their largest lead of the half at 20-15. The teams then exchanged three-point field goals, including a corner three from KU junior Nicollette Smith to give Kansas a 23-18 lead with 3:33 before intermission. Iowa State clawed back to go on a 5-1 run, giving the home team a 24-23 halftime lead. For the first period there were seven lead changes.

KU’s Sutherland had six rebounds in the first half, while Davis scored seven points to lead the Jayhawks.

Just as Kansas held the lead throughout the first half, Iowa State took control early in the second half and held off any KU runs. Down 41-37, ISU’s largest lead of the game, Kansas went on a 5-0 run to take the lead 42-41 with 7:33 to play.

KU’s Engelman converted a three-point play with 3:13 remaining to give the Jayhawks a 52-48 lead but Iowa State would not fold. The Cyclones rattled off seven-straight points to lead 55-52 with 1:24 to play. Davis then made a layup to get the Jayhawks within one at 55-54 with one minute remaining.

Kansas will next play at Baylor on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.