Kansas falls to Kansas State, 62-44, on Senior Night
March 2, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Kansas women's basketball team (16-11, 5-11 Big 12) fell to Sunflower State rival Kansas State (18-9, 8-8 Big 12), 62-44, Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks closed to within 10 points late in the second half but were unable to complete the comeback.
The contest marked the final regular season game for KU's highly decorated senior class. Senior forward Crystal Kemp led the all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, her 28th consecutive game in double figures. The Topeka, Kan., native is one of only seven players in Kansas history to record 1,500 points and 700 rebounds.
Senior guard Erica Hallman added eight points and four rebounds in the contest. Hallman currently ranks second in 3-point field goals and third in assists in Kansas history. Senior guard Kaylee Brown has become one of KU's most accomplished sharpshooters, draining 105 3-pointer in her three seasons at Kansas. Most of the 5,271 in attendance stuck around to honor the seniors after the game, their final regular season appearance at Allen Fieldhouse.
Sophomore forward Taylor McIntosh crashed the boards for the Jayhawks, finishing with a game-high nine rebounds to go with her nine points. Freshman forward Marija Zinic provided a spark off the bench for KU, netting four points and snaring three rebounds.
The Jayhawks trailed 34-19 at halftime. Kemp had nine points and five rebounds at the break while McIntosh added a lay-up at the buzzer to go along with her four first-half rebounds. For the game, KU won the battle on the boards, 34-25.
Kansas heads to Dallas, Texas, to compete in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament as the No. 10 seed where the team will have a rematch with K-State on Tuesday, March 7. The tournament is scheduled to run March 7 through March 11 at Reunion Arena.