Kansas Wins Border Showdown Thriller, 70-66
March 1, 2007
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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Senior Shaquina Mosley and junior Taylor McIntosh both set career-highs on clutch baskets with under a minute remaining to lead the University of Kansas to a 70-66 victory over Missouri on Thursday night.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
With one minute remaining, freshman Kelly Kohn drove to the basket and found McIntosh for an uncontested lay-up with 54.3 remaining to give Kansas a 66-64 lead.
On Missouri’s next possession, Alyssa Hollins knocked down an 18-foot jump shot from the top of the key with the shot clock winding down to tie the game.
Kansas called a timeout with 20.3 seconds remaining. Kohn in bounded the ball to Mosley in the backcourt. The guard wasted no time in getting into the lane to hoist an off balanced lay-up to put KU back up by two.
After Missouri called a timeout with 9.9 seconds remaining, MU lost the ball on the inbound play resulting in a jump ball with the possession arrow favoring the Jayhawks.
Mosley was fouled on the next possession, sending the Lancaster, Calif. native to the free throw line. Mosley calmly knocked down both ends of the 1-and-1 to ice the game.
Mosley finished with a game and career-best 26 points while McIntosh recorded 17 a career-high 17 points. Freshman Danielle McCray scored 11 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Kansas burst out to a 13-point lead with 6:52 remaining in the first half behind 12 points from Mosley. Missouri closed out the stanza on a 16-9 run to cut KU’s lead to 35-29 at the half.
McCray was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field with seven points before she was forced to the bench after picking up her second foul with 10:30 remaining. Kohn was also forced the sidelines after picking up two fouls in the games first 2:17.
The Jayhawks were 15-for-29 (52-percent) in the half while holding Missouri to 35-percent from the floor. Missouri went 8-for-11 from the charity stripe in the half.
Missouri took its first lead on a 3-pointer by Missouri’s Marchele Campbell with 14:30 remaining in the game. After a Kansas timeout, Mosley hit a running jumper then stole the ball for a fast break lay-in to put the Jayhawks back ahead, 46-43.
Kansas would continue to hold the lead until MU senior Carlynn Savant knocked down a 3-pointer at the top of the arc with 2:00 remaining.
Kansas concludes its’ regular season 10-19 overall and 4-12 in the Big 12. Kansas will face Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 Championship Tuesday in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Jayhawks and Cowgirls will tip-off at 8:30 p.m.
Kansas and Kansas State tied for the 11th-seed in the conference, however KU’s record against Big 12 North opponents was superior to the Wildcats, giving Kansas the 11th-seed and KSU the 12th-seed.