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Kansas senior forward Chelsea Gardner (15) scores two of her game high 30 points over Alabama junior forward Nikki Hegstetter during the first game of the 2014 Naismith Hall of Fame Women's Challenge Friday evening at Allen Fieldhouse. Despite Gardner's 30 points, the Jayhawks were unable to hold off the Crimson Tide, falling 85-80. The Jayhawks will take the court again tomorrow for game two of the challenge against Temple. Tip off is set for 4 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

Gardner scores 30, but Jayhawks fall to Alabama

On a night star senior forward Chelsea Gardner delivered 30 points and Kansas University’s women’s basketball team made 51 percent of its field goals, coach Bonnie Henrickson would like to think her team had done enough to leave Allen Fieldhouse with a victory.

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“Being named the starter definitely helps you prepare mentally. I’m just gonna prepare like I know how, take the coaching from the coaches and go into (the game) confident and ready.”

— Then-Kansas University red-shirt freshman Michael Cummings after being named KU's starting quarterback for the Texas game in 2012. It marked the second week in a row that Cummings started in place of Dayne Crist.

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