Saturday, January 20, 2018

'Ornery' Kansas women hand Baylor another loss

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Coach Bonnie Henrickson heard all week how unfortunate it was that Kansas had to play Baylor after the Bears gave UConn all it could handle in a loss Monday.

Henrickson got tired of her Jayhawks being written off. Kansas had just lost a tough game of its own, this one to Texas.

"We were kind of ornery, too," Henrickson said. "We were pretty salty about that as well."

After a sluggish start, Kansas snapped out of its funk and won its first game of the season against a ranked program, sending No. 7 Baylor to its second straight loss, 76-60 Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Chelsea Gardner scored 28 and Natalie Knight 18 for the Jayhawks, who defeated Baylor for the first time in nine games. Kansas also ended the Bears' 44-game regular-season Big 12 winning streak.

Odyssey Sims scored 31 for the Bears (14-2, 4-1 Big 12), but she, like her teammates, struggled shooting and was held to 10 points in the second half.

"The difference was we worked on denying her the ball and not letting her catch it so she wouldn't have easy touches," said CeCe Harper, who had 10 points for Kansas (9-9, 2-4). "We focused on boxing her out and trying to avoid her getting the passes out on the rebounds."

Niya Johnson added eight points for Baylor, which lost for the first time in 70 games against unranked teams and was held 31 points below its season average.

After scoring 21 in the first half, Sims made only 4 of 19 shots in the second, and without her the Bears couldn't do much offensively.

"When it was out of her hands, people were taking shots that they weren't comfortable taking," Harper said. "She was having to get rid of it a lot more than she's used to. I think the traps worked well because we were catching her off guard a lot."

Kansas took control in the final 10 minutes after trading the lead for the first part of the second half. After Baylor took a 45-44 lead, Kansas went on a 32-15 run the rest of the game, highlighted by a layup and free throw from Harper that put Kansas up by 12 with four minutes left.

VIRGINIA 85, NO. 17 FSU 68: Faith Randolph scored a career-high 26 for the host Cavaliers (9-9, 2-3 ACC), who tied their second-most points this season. The Seminoles (14-4, 2-3) never got closer than 11 in the second half.

GEORGIA 68, UF 62: Merritt Hempe's free throws with 5:34 left put the visiting Bulldogs (14-5, 2-4 SEC) ahead for good after the Gators (13-5, 3-2) had led for most of the game.

Miami 80, NO. 20 N.C. STATE 71: Krystal Saunders sank six 3-pointers and scored 22 for the host Hurricanes (11-7, 3-2 ACC), who beat the Wolfpack (16-3, 3-2) for the seventh straight time.

NO. 1 UCONN 94, NO. 23 RUTGERS 64: Bria Hartley had a career-high 30 points and Breanna Stewart added 23 for the visiting Huskies (19-0, 6-0 AAC), who won their 25th straight game, the sixth-longest streak in school history.

NO. 3 DUKE 74, VA. TECH 70: Tricia Liston scored 22 and Alexis Jones had 19 for the visiting Blue Devils (18-1, 5-0 ACC), who blew nearly all of a 15-point second-half lead before hanging on.

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 81, SMU 66: Antonita Slaughter had two 3-pointers in a go-ahead 11-0 run early in the second half that rallied the visiting Cardinals (18-1, 6-0 AAC) to their 11th straight win.

NO. 6 MARYLAND 92, GA. TECH 81: Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and 14 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 15th double double for the host Terrapins (16-1, 4-0 ACC), who trailed at halftime and led by four with 8:50 left but pulled away for their 14th straight win.

NO. 8 S.C. 77, ALABAMA 51: Elem Ibiam scored 18 for the host Gamecocks (17-2, 5-1 SEC), who bounced back from their first conference loss.

NO. 9 UNC 73, BC 56: Allisha Gray and Xylina McDaniel scored 16 each for the visiting Tar Heels (16-3, 4-1 ACC), who broke it open in the second half.

NO. 10 KENTUCKY 73, AUBURN 71: Jennifer O'Neill had 16 points, Samarie Walker had 13 points and 10 rebounds and the visiting Wildcats (15-3, 3-2 SEC) survived 13-of-29 free-throw shooting and overcame a 13-point first-half deficit.

NO. 24 VANDY 79, NO. 14 LSU 70: Jasmine Lister had 25 points, including three 3-pointers and 10-of-10 free-throw shooting, and the host Commodores (16-3, 5-1 SEC) held off the Tigers (14-4, 3-2) for their second win over a ranked team in two weeks.

NO. 16 PENN ST. 66, MICH. ST. 54: Dara Taylor scored 18, 10 on free throws line, as the visiting Lions (13-4, 4-1 Big Ten) rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit.

NO. 22 PURDUE 77, NO. 18 NEB. 75: Whitney Bays got an offensive rebound then made the winning putback as the visiting Boilermakers (13-5, 3-3 Big Ten) held on after the Cornhuskers (13-4, 3-2) had rallied to tie.

WASH. 81, NO. 21 COLO. 71: Kelsey Plum scored a career-high 35 as the host Huskies handed the Buffaloes (11-6, 1-5 Big 12) their fourth straight loss.

NO. 25 TEXAS A&M 73, MISS. ST. 35: Courtney Walker had 16 points for the host Aggies (15-4, 5-0 SEC), who shot 53 percent, blocked 13 shots and enjoyed a 51-29 rebounding advantage.


NO. 14 IOWA 94, MINNESOTA 73: Aaron White scored all his 18 in the second half and Josh Oglesby added a season-high 17 as the host Hawkeyes (15-3, 4-1) moved into third place in the Big Ten.


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