Kansas University's women's basketball team dropped its sixth game in seven tries Wednesday night, falling to Colorado, 77-71, at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Jayhawks (13-6, 2-6 Big 12) came within three points of the Buffaloes (7-14, 2-7 Big 12) with under a minute to play but could not get any closer.
"I told the team in the locker room that until we develop a defensive pride, nothing is going to change," KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said.
The Buffaloes shot a scoring 61.9-percent from the field and CU hit 6-of-8 three-pointers.
"Coming off the loss at Baylor and our previous loss against Colorado, we really needed to make a statement early, and we didn't do that," continued Henrickson, whose squad trailed 40-28 at halftime despite 11 points and four rebounds from Kemp. "I don't understand our lack of defensive pride. It is incredibly disappointing to me."
Senior guard Kaylee Brown finished with a game-high and new career-high 24 points, including 19 in the second half.
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But it was KU's lack of defense that made the Arcadia, Okla., native disgusted.
"We did not do well on the defensive end. We gave them a lot of uncontested three's. We just didn't defend," said Brown, who also set new career highs in field goals (eight) and free throws (five). She played all 40 minutes and also finished with four rebounds and two assists.
Senior forward Crystal Kemp added 15 points and eight rebounds for KU while playing all 40 minutes. She continued her ascent up Kansas' career lists, as her eight boards moved her into a tie for 10th place all-time in rebounds. She now has 733 rebounds in her four years with the Jayhawks.
Senior guard Erica Hallman also played the entire 40 minutes and chipped in 14 points, three assists and three rebounds. Sophomore forward Taylor McIntosh rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Jayhawks, finishing with 10 points. Freshman guard Ivana Catic added a game-high nine assists.
Five Buffaloes reached double figures led by Whitney Law's 21 points.
"All the teams in the Big 12 are tough, especially on the road," Law said. "We knew we could play with them. We knew that they were a good team, but we also knew that if we executed our stuff we should be able to walk away with a win."
Kansas takes on Iowa State at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Allen Fieldhouse.