Late Rally Not Enough To Steal A Jayhawk Win; Falls 72-70

By: KU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: KU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

LAWRENCE, Kan. – With senior Angel Goodrich leading the way, Kansas overcame a 16-point first-half deficit, but Texas Tech’s Christine Hyde drove the lane in the final four seconds to fend off the Jayhawk comeback and claim a 72-70 win at Allen Fieldhouse, Sunday.

With the loss, Kansas falls to 16-10 overall and 7-8 in the Big 12 Conference, while Texas Tech improved to 20-7 and 10-7, respectively.

Goodrich chalked up her sixth 20-plus point effort of the season as she finished with 23 points, 12 of which were behind the arc. Senior Monica Engelman tossed in 15 points. Senior forward Carolyn Davis chipped in 10 points and tied the team lead in rebounds with nine. Sophomore forward Chelsea Gardner also assisted the Jayhawks with nine rebounds, tallying eight in the second half.

To open the game, the Jayhawks held the Lady Raiders from scoring until the 16:41 mark, but KU would not hold back the Texas Tech offense for long as the Lady Raiders built a 39-23 halftime lead.
With 5:32 left to play in the first half, Kelsi Baker hit a layup that sparked a Lady Raider 19-4 run for the 16-point halftime margin.

During the Texas Tech run, Kansas got a rebound and finish by Engelman at the two-minute mark, but the Jayhawks couldn’t stop Texas Tech’s Chynna Brown from hitting a three at the other end. The Lady Raiders continued their run with another three by Monique Smalls. Brown finished the game with 20 points to lead Texas Tech.
The shaky first-half was quickly forgotten when the Jayhawks came back strong to start the second half. A Kansas’ 12-4 run was quickly started by a layup made by Engelman at 17:08. CeCe Harper contributed to that run by hitting a layup with 11:59 left in the game that brought the Lady Raider lead down to eight, 49-41, forcing Texas Tech to call a timeout.

The Jayhawks’ efforts continued to grow as the end of the game neared. Goodrich was fouled with 5:15 left in the game and hit both free throws to bring the Jayhawks within five, 58-53. Smalls answered at the other end with a two-point basket. Goodrich was not fazed as she came back and knocked down a three to continue chipping away at the Texas Tech lead. Her basket brought the score to 59-56 with 4:49 left to play.

After the final media timeout, Engelman grabbed a steal and passed it to Gardner who knocked down a two-point bucket, bringing the Jayhawks to within one, 59-58. Back-and-forth shots by both teams kept the score close, but the Jayhawks wouldn’t be able to seal the win.

A late three by Markisha Hawkins brought it back to a one-point game, 68-67, with 36 seconds left to play. Goodrich tied the game with a traditional three-point play, 70-70, setting up the late-game heroics for Hyde and Lady Raiders.

The Jayhawks will travel to Ames, Iowa, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 for their second meeting of the season with the Cyclones. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., at the Hilton Coliseum.

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