AUSTIN, TEXAS AUSTIN, TEXAS - Freshmen Jada Brown and Caelynn Manning-Allen had career-high performances on the road against Texas as the Jayhawks fell to the Longhorns, 70-58, Wednesday evening, inside the Frank Erwin Center.
Brown, a Las Vegas, Nev. native, recorded her first double-digit scoring effort behind 10 points. She also added a team-best five rebounds, a block and a steal for the Jayhawks, while Manning-Allen knocked in six points tying her career-best as Kansas (8-9, 1-4 Big 12) was defeated by Texas (11-5, 3-2 Big 12).
Junior forward Chelsea Gardner led KU with 11 points and was the only other Jayhawk to score in double-figures. On the defensive side, Gardner snagged two steals on the night. Freshman guard Dakota Gonzalez and junior guard Asia Boyd added eight points apiece to round out the Kansas attack.
Texas was led by sophomore center Imani McGee-Stafford who recorded a career-high 24 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for her third double-double of the 2013-14 season and 16th of her career. The Longhorns also got a strong performance on the boards from junior forward Nneka Enemkpali, who finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Both teams traded buckets in the early part of the game, until a 7-1 Texas run gave the Longhorns a, 19-13, lead with 11:40 left in the first half. The Texas defense tightened up, and allowed just two field goals over the next eight minutes.
With the Jayhawks facing a nine-point deficit, Brown knocked in back-to-back buckets for Kansas to cut the UT lead to five and force a Longhorn timeout with 3:25 left in the first half. Texas responded out of the timeout scoring eight of the next nine points to extend its lead to 39-27 heading into the halftime break. Gardner led the Jayhawks with seven points in the first half.
The Longhorns stayed hot in the second half with the help of freshman forward Nekia Jones, who knocked in seven of UT's first nine points in the to extend the Longhorn lead to 48-34 with 16 minutes remaining. With the Jayhawks facing their largest deficit of the game at 17, Da. Gonzalez delivered back-to-back three-point shots and sparked Kansas to 14 of the next 18 points to bring KU within seven, 52-45, with 11:33 remaining.
Texas answered the Jayhawk run with six-straight points to get its lead back to double digits, 58-45, with just over 10 minutes remaining. After a Brown put back to get Kansas within 12, 67-55, Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson called timeout to scheme for one last push at erasing the deficit, but the Texas defense proved to be too much, allowing just three points for the remainder of the game to win, 70-58.
The Jayhawks will return home on Sunday, Jan. 19, to take on Baylor at 2 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse.
KANSAS STARTERS (SEASON/CAREER): Fr. Jada Brown (3/3), Sr. CeCe Harper (12/33), Fr. Keyla Morgan (7/7), Jr. Chelsea Gardner (16/45) and Jr. Natalie Knight (17/70)
Makes Kansas' all-time record to 765-542.
Makes the Jayhawks' all-time conference record to 232-240.
Makes KU's all-time Big 12 record to 109-172 and 52-101 in conference play under head coach Bonnie Henrickson.
Gives the Longhorns a 16-10 advantage in the all-time series with Kansas.
Makes the Jayhawks all-time road record 368-389 and 45-92 on the road all-time under Henrickson.
Makes Henrickson's record to 166-144 at KU and 324-206 overall.
Makes KU to 24-52 under Henrickson during the month of January.
Makes the Jayhawks 1-4 during the 2013-14 season when playing on Wednesday and 44-44 on Wednesday under Henrickson
Trailing 48-31 with 16:37 remaining in the game, the Jayhawks got back-to-back three-point baskets from freshman Dakota Gonzalez and took 14 of the next 18 points to cut the Texas lead to seven with 11:33 remaining.
The Kansas defense forced the Longhorns into a shot clock violation with 5:30 remaining in the game.
The Jayhawks 26 rebounds are a season low. Their previous low of 28 game happened twice this season, most recently against West Virginia (1/2/14).
With the Jayhawks facing their largest deficit of the game (17) in the second half, freshman Dakota Gonazalez delivered eight-straight points for the Jayhawks to help cut the Longhorn lead to seven. The Pocatello, Idaho, native also added two rebounds and a steal to round out her performance.
Freshman Jada Brown recorded a career-best 10 points to top her previous high of five against Baylor (1/5/14) in a season-high 31 minutes.
Junior forward Chelsea Gardner recorded a career-high two assists, eclipsing her previous high of one, which she recorded 14 times.
Freshman Caelynn Manning-Allen knocked in six points to tie her career-high, which she set against Texas Tech (1/11/14).