Kansas Falls in Opening Game

Nov. 21, 2004

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas women’s basketball team fell 53-49 to Texas-Arlington in the opening game of the 2004-05 season, Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks shot just 34 percent from the floor and committed 22 turnovers in the loss.

KU got a big effort from junior forward Crystal Kemp. Kemp led all scorers with 26 points and added eight rebounds. Junior Erica Hallman was the only other Jayhawk in double figures with 11.

“We had too many possessions where we didn’t run the offense correctly,” Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “That led to too many turnovers, which cost us the game. We gave up too many offensive rebounds, which is something we will have to work on.”

Texas-Arlington got a double-double effort from Rola Ogunoye. Ogunoye had a team high 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Terra Wallace chipped in with 12 points for the Lady Mavs.

Kansas held a six-point lead at the break, but was outscored by UTA 32-22 in the second half. In the final minute, Hallman hit a three to cut the UTA lead to 50-49. Texas-Arlington’s Krystal Buchanan hit a free throw to give the Lady Mavs a two-point lead with 23 seconds remaining.

The Jayhawks had a chance to tie it in the waning seconds, but Hallman’s drive and basket was wiped away by an offensive foul. UTA’s Buchanan hit two free throws to ice the game.

Next up, the Jayhawks (0-1) will return home Wednesday, Nov. 24 as they host Sacred Heart. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.