Tigers women’s basketball team can’t catch Kansas

Sunday, January 20, 2008 | 12:42 a.m. CST; updated 12:41 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Missouri women’s basketball team tried valiantly to finish off a second-half comeback, but fell 66-60 to rival Kansas on Saturday afternoon in Lawrence.

With 6:08 left in the game, Missouri (8-9, 1-3 Big 12) faced a 62-49 deficit before mounting a late charge. Junior guard Alyssa Hollins, who had been averaging 17 points per game, shook off a slow start to hit two jumpers and a 3-pointer to lead the comeback. She finished with 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting.

Sophomore forward Jessra Johnson followed a miss with an offensive rebound and scored while being fouled with 38 seconds left to pull the Tigers within 64-60, but she missed the free throw that would have made it a one possession game.

After Kansas’ Danielle McCray hit two free throws, the Tigers missed three consecutive shots, including 3-point attempts by Johnson and Hollins, in the final 20 seconds before Kansas finally grabbed a rebound and ran out the clock.

Freshman Shakara Jones led Missouri with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and nabbed eight rebounds, while sophomore forward Amanda Hanneman added 14 points.

Krysten Boogaard’s 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting led Kansas (12-5, 1-3). McCray chipped in 15 points, 12 rebounds and five steals, while Sade Morris had 10 points and seven assists.

The Tigers, whose only lead was a 3-2 advantage just 28 seconds into the game, began the comeback when they started to take care of the ball. Missouri committed 13 turnovers in the first half and allowed the Jayhawks to shoot 52 percent from the field. In the second half, Missouri only gave it away five times and stiffened its defense, holding Kansas to 44 percent shooting.

But the Jayhawks held on and earned their second straight win over Missouri in the Border Showdown. The Tigers return home on Wednesday to take on No. 6 Baylor at Mizzou Arena.

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