Kansas falls at West Virginia, 71-50
MORGANTOWN, W.V. – Kansas women’s basketball couldn’t keep pace with West Virginia’s offense, as the Jayhawks fell, 71-50, to the Mountaineers on Sunday afternoon inside WVU Coliseum.
Coming off of their highest scoring game of the season against Oklahoma, the Jayhawks’ shots weren’t falling at West Virginia as KU (12-8, 2-7) connected on just 32 percent of its shots on the day.
Senior Austin Richardson was the lone Jayhawk to reach double digits with 10 points, all in the first half.
Three Mountaineers notched a double-figure scoring performance in the victory, led by junior Tynice Martain’s 22 points and five rebounds. Senior Naomi Davenport and junior Lucky Rudd added 16 points and 13 points, respectively.
It appeared as if West Virginia was going to pull away early on in the game, but Kansas began the second quarter on a 10-2 run to pull within four after being down by as many as 14 in the first quarter.
After shooting just 25 percent in the first period, the Jayhawks doubled their shooting percentage in the second quarter, connecting on 50 percent of their attempts from the field to keep the Mountaineers’ advantage in single digits heading into the halftime break.
Richardson along with seniors Christalah Lyons and Brianna Osorio helped Kansas outscore the Mountaineers, 16-11, in the second period. The senior trio combined for 22 of the Jayhawks’ 29 first-half points.
Despite a solid second quarter, Kansas couldn’t keep pace with West Virginia’s offense and was outscored, 35-21, in the second half.
The Mountaineers maintained a double-digit lead for the final 10 minutes of the game with Kansas unable to diminish the lead to less than 11 during the fourth quarter as the Jayhawks fell, 71-50.
- For just the first time this season, only one Jayhawk notched a double-digit scoring performance after senior Austin Richardson netted 10 points.
- Coming off of their highest scoring night of the season, the Jayhawks put up the second-fewest points of the season, recording just 50 points against the Mountaineers.
- KU’s 32 percent field goal percentage is the third-lowest shooting percentage of the season.
- For just the sixth time this season, the Jayhawks did not have fewer turnovers than their opponent. Kansas and West Virginia each had 16 turnovers, which marks the first time this season that KU and its opponent have ended the game with the same amount of turnovers.
- With three steals on the day, senior Kylee Kopatich is now just 15 steals away from becoming 10th on the all-time career record for steals. Kopatich now has 186 total steals in her career.
- Nearly half of KU’s points came from the bench with 24 of the 50 coming from the Kansas bench.
- After dishing out two assists against the Mountaineers, Christalah Lyons is 10 dimes away from reaching 175 career assists.
Kansas returns home to play Kansas State in the second edition of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN+ and the Jayhawk Radio Network.
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