Kansas battled Nebraska to seven ties and 13 lead changes Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. But eventually it was the Jayhawks that fell, losing their sixth game in seven tries in a 65-57 defeat at the hands of Nebraska.
"Everytime we would make a run at them (Nebraska) they seemed to counter with a big shot," KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "Give them credit for showing great poise even when they had some key players in foul trouble.
"We could have won three or four more games if we had done some little things defensively when our offense wasn't there. We just have to keep fighting."
Senior forward Crystal Kemp led all scorers with 19 points and also collected six rebounds. Kemp, who was recently named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District team, continued to climb the Kansas career lists, moving into eighth place all-time in scoring. She now has 1,520 points for her career. She also swatted the 86th block of her career, moving her into eighth place all-time on that list as well.
"I thought we'd be in a little bit better position in the Big 12, but unfortunately we are not," Kemp said. "We are just going to try and put everything behind us and take it one game at a time. We have four games left to try and get it right."
Senior guard Erica Hallman added 15 points and six rebounds for the Jayhawks (14-9, 3-9 Big 12). She was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line and also dished out a team-high five assists. Senior guard Kaylee Brown chipped in 11 points and three 3-pointers, all in the second half. She also tied a season high with her five rebounds.
"It seems kind of frustrating right now because we get a win and three losses, a win and three losses," Brown said. "We just need to get on a winning streak. We need to figure out a way to do that."
The Jayhawks were a perfect 13-of-13 from the charity stripe, the second time this season the Jayhawks did not miss a free throw attempt. KU also outscored Nebraska 13-3 in second chance points.
Kansas trailed 28-25 at halftime. Kemp led the Jayhawks into the break with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Freshman forward Marija Zinic added four points in the first half and finished the game with a career-high three assists.
Kansas hits the road for its next game, traveling to Ames, Iowa, to take on Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m.