NORMAN, Okla. - The Kansas women's basketball endured a scoring drought of over seven minutes in length to end the first half and start the second period, as Oklahoma used a 15-0 run during that span and went on to claim an 85-77 Big 12 Conference victory Saturday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Kansas (16-12 and 7-10) looked to be putting itself in position for a potential road victory with a 35-29 lead at the 5:11 mark in the first half, but the Jayhawks went 7:27 on the clock without a point and Oklahoma (20-9 and 10-7) scored 15-straight points for 44-35 advantage.
"We just aren't fundamentally sound or assignment correct right now. We are just breaking down (defensively)," said head coach Bonnie Henrickson. "It's our defense right now and it is just nauseating for me and we also have got to get more out of our bench. We have to have players who are going to come in and make a difference when they are on the floor like Hawk (Markisha Hawkins) did tonight."
OU maintained a nine to four-point lead throughout the second half, until the Sooners' Joanna McFarland drained her first three-pointer of the game at the 5:53 mark for the 70-60 lead. KU's Monica Engelman dropped a runner with 2:40 left to cut the lead to 73-69, but McFarland sank another trey to push the Sooner lead up to seven points, 76-69. Engelman finished with 16 points for KU.
Kansas got a second-half spark from Markisha Hawkins, who finished with a career-best 11 points, all in the second half. Carolyn Davis led Kansas in scoring with 18 points.
Both Kansas and Oklahoma got off to fast starts offensively, as the two teams battled through eight lead changes and five ties. Angel Goodrich gave KU a 35-29 lead with her second three-pointer of the game with 5:11 left in the half. However, Kansas would not score again for the remainder of the first period, as Oklahoma finished on a 10-0 run to take a 39-35 edge at the intermission.
OU's Jasmine Hartman made the most of her obligatory start on the Sooners' "Senior Night," as Hartman entered the game with seven points scored in Big 12 Conference play and registered 11 points in the first half. Hartman finished with a career-high 18 points to lead OU in scoring.
Kansas will conclude the regular-season Tuesday night when the Jayhawks host TCU at Allen Fieldhouse for "Senior Night." Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.