Kansas Falls Short Against Kansas State on Senior Night, 56-51

March 5, 2011

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Sophomore Carolyn Davis posted her sixth double-double of the season and the 12th of her career with 15 points and 14 rebounds, but it was not enough, as Kansas fell to Kansas State, 56-51, on Senior Night in Allen Fieldhouse Saturday.

Junior Aishah Sutherland fell just shy of her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Angel Goodrich had a team-high six assists, which moved her into a tie with Lisa Braddy for seventh on KU’s all-time single-season list with 138 helpers for the year.

Kansas fell to 19-11 on the season, including 6-10 in Big 12 play. KansasState improved to 20-9 overall and 10-6 against conference opponents.

Junior Jalana Childs led the Wildcats with 16 points, while sophomores Mariah White and Taelor Karr added 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Kansas trailed 54-46 with 1:55 remaining in the game. A three-pointer by sophomore Monica Engelman and a layup by Sutherland brought the Jayhawks within three points entering the final minute, but Kansas State held on to win, 56-51.

Kansas trailed by six, 43-37, at the 10-minute mark. KU then scored seven unanswered points to gain a 44-43 advantage with 6:45 remaining. Senior Marisha Brown started the run with a layup along the baseline, and freshman Diara Moore continued the run with back-to-back layups. A free throw by Sutherland gave the Jayhawks the lead, but Karr converted a three-point play for the Wildcats on the next possession for the fifth and final lead change of the game.

Trailing 30-28 with 17:48 left in the game, Kansas used a 6-0 run over the next two minutes to grab its first lead of the second half. KU stretched its lead to four, but KansasState responded with an 11-1 run to regain the lead, 43-37.

The first half was a low-scoring affair and remained close throughout, featuring five ties and one lead change. Neither team led by more than six points for the first 20 minutes with KansasState eventually taking a 26-24 lead into halftime. Both teams shot below 40 percent in the first half, as Kansas shot 32.1 percent from the field while the Wildcats posted a 36.7 percentage.

Davis led the charge for the Jayhawks with eight points and eight rebounds at the break.

Kansas will begin its postseason next Tuesday when it plays Colorado in the first round of the Big 12 Championship at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., at 11 a.m. Kansas will be the No. 8 seed in the tournament, while Colorado will be the No. 9 seed. The game will be televised live on Metro Sports.