Second-Half Rally Falls Short as Iowa Defeats Kansas, 63-49, In WBCA Final

Nov. 12, 2006

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Despite a second-half rally that cut Iowa’s (2-0) lead to as little as four points, the University of Kansas women’s basketball (1-1) team lost to the Hawkeyes, 63-49, in the championship game of the WBCA Classic Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Marija Zinic led the Jayhawks with 16 points and junior Taylor McIntosh added 10 rebounds, six offensive, and three steals. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Trailing at the half, 34-20, <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas mounted a furious rally at the start of the second-half. Zinic scored early and often in the stanza, scoring 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Freshman forward Sade Morris added six points in the half and McIntosh grabbed eight of her game-high 10 rebounds in the half.

For her efforts, Zinic was named to the WBCA Classic All-Tournament Team. In the two games of the Classic, she finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds.

Nine different KU players scored during the game. Freshman Danielle McCray added seven points and three rebounds in the second collegiate game of her career.

The Jayhawks outscored the Hawkeyes, 32-20, in the paint and converted 14 second-chance points. Kansas forced 19 Iowa turnovers which it converted into 20 points.

Kansas will host UMKC in its home opener on Thursday, Nov. 16. Tip-off at Allen Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m.