Second Half Rally Falls Short as South Dakota State Defeats KU, 53-48

Dec. 6, 2006

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Despite a furious second-half comeback, the University of Kansas women’s basketball team fell to South Dakota State, 52-48, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The loss drops the Jayhawks to 4-3 while the Jackrabbits improve to 6-2.

KU trailed 37-17 at the break after shooting 26.1 percent and committing 14 turnovers. However, the Jayhawks staged a valiant comeback in the second half, opening the frame on a torrid 28-8 run, which culminated on a three-pointer by freshman Kelly Kohn to knot the contest at 45. The 20-point deficit overcome by KU was its biggest comeback of the year.

SDSU’s Megan Vogel answered on the next possession though with a three-pointer of her own, putting the Jackrabbits on top for good.

Kohn and freshman LaChelda Jacobs each set career highs for KU, scoring 16 and 17, respectively. Sophomore Marija Zinic added six points and seven rebounds.

Vogel paced South Dakota State with 13 points and 12 boards, while Andrea Verdegan scored 15.

Kansas recorded a season-high 14 steals and forced a season-high 29 turnovers which led to 28 points. The Jayhawks also tied an all-time low by allowing just 16 second-half points, but shot just 36-percent for the game and were outrebounded 34-23.

Led by Jacobs, the Jayhawks also saw solid contributions from its bench, which outscored SDSU’s by a margin of 21-12.

Kansas will next be in action on December 10 when California visits Allen Fieldhouse. Tip is set for 2 p.m., and the game will be televised on Sunflower Cable.