Originally published January 14, 2009 at 06:39p.m., updated January 14, 2009 at 10:19p.m.

FINAL: Sade Morris scores 20 points as KU women take down Mizzou, 75-58

KU's Sade Morris drives the lane in the first half against Missouri on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Morris tied a career-high with 20 points, and KU came away with a 75-58 victory.

KU's Sade Morris drives the lane in the first half against Missouri on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Morris tied a career-high with 20 points, and KU came away with a 75-58 victory.


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2009 KU-MU women Jan. 14

Kansas scoring

Sade Morris 20 (6-for-9 shooting), Nicollette Smith 16 (6-for-7 shooting, 4-for-5 threes), Danielle McCray 12, Krysten Boogaard 9, LaChelda Jacobs 7, Kelly Kohn 7, Porscha Weddington 4.

KU was 22-for-38 from the floor (54.5 percent), 7-for-11 from three (63.6 percent) and 24-for-29 from the free-throw line (82.8 percent).

MU made 18 of 61 shots (29.5 percent), 4 of 15 from three-point range (26.7 percent) and 18 of 25 from the free-throw line (72 percent).

KU out-rebounded MU, 38-28. The Jayhawks had 20 turnovers to the Tigers' 11.

FINAL: KU defeats MU, 75-58

Though she came in as MU’s leading scorer, Jessra Johnson hasn’t played like a bigwig tonight. The forward has just six points on 2-for-16 shooting.

KU has done a good job of keeping its focus in the second half. The Jayhawks built their lead and never let the Tigers get back into the game.

Jacobs puts in two free throws. That gives her seven points (with 2-for-2 shooting from the floor) in the second half.

A minute later, the Jayhawks come away with their first Big 12 victory, winning by 17.

KU women 64/MU 51 — 3:39 left in game

I might have spoke too soon about the Tigers. After a free throw, steal and three-pointer, KU’s lead is down to 13.

KU women 64/MU 47 — 3:58 left in game

Smith is KU’s MVP tonight. With the shot clock running down, she hoisted up a fallaway second just before the buzzer, swishing her fourth trey in five tries.

McCray gets an easy two after making a cut to the basket. Nice look inside by Boogaard.

A wishing well and 1,000 pennies might not be enough for MU to overcome a 17-point deficit this late.

KU women 59/MU 45 — 6:32 left in game

Kohn shows some nice anticipation, sticking an arm out to deflect a pass before getting fouled on the other end. She makes both free throws. The junior has given KU some solid minutes tonight.

Jacobs uses a nasty crossover to get past Hollins. The defender slips as if she’s just stepped on a banana peel, and Jacobs finishes with an easy layup.

There are three good numbers for KU juxtaposed on the stat monitor next to me: 57 (KU’s field-goal percentage), 60 (KU’s three-point percentage) and 76 (KU’s free-throw percentage).

KU women 52/MU 38 — 11:56 left in game

Jacobs finally gets her first points, making a quick move to the baseline before putting in a layup. KU is 5-for-5 this half and 17-for-27 (63 percent) overall.

McCray is left open, and she drains a three. That makes 6-for-6. MU needs to get up closer to McCray on the defensive end.

Following a dribble drive from Jacobs, Smith gets a wide-open look at a three. She misses it, ending her perfect shooting night.

KU women 43/MU 34 — 15:51 left in game

Ask and you shall receive. Smith shoots her fourth field goal just 47 seconds into the second half, making a layup. She’s now 4-for-4 from the floor.

Kelly Kohn gives KU some instant offense off the bench, putting in a three from the side before pumping her fist in the air.

Smith puts in a runner off the glass. Five-for-five.

Kansas scoring

Sade Morris 12 (6-for-8 shooting), Nicollette Smith 9 (3-for-3 three-pointers), Krysten Boogaard 7, Danielle McCray 4, Porscha Weddington 4.

KU made 12 of its 22 shots (55 percent) from the field, 3 of 4 three-pointers (75 percent) and 9 of 12 free throws (75 percent).

MU was 11-for-27 from the floor (41 percent), 2-for-5 from three (40 percent) and 5-for-8 from the free-throw line (63 percent).

KU is out-rebounding MU, 19-10. The Jayhawks have 10 turnovers to the Tigers' five.

Some thoughts:

KU started to play some pretty good half-court defense midway through the first half. The Tigers had just three field goals in the final 10 1/2 minutes, and that's a credit to the Jayhawks defense.

If I were Henrickson, I would be frustrated that Smith only shot three times in the first half. After making her first three three-pointers, Smith did not even get a shot up in the final 15:53. When a shooter is hot, you've got a find a way to get her the basketball.

KU needs better production from LaChelda Jacobs in the second half. The junior point guard scored no points with an assist and turnover in five minutes. KU needs her quickness on both ends of the floor, both today and also for the rest of the season.

KU women 36/MU 29 — Halftime

Morris gives KU a boost going into halftime, as in 6 seconds, she goes from baseline to baseline before banking in a tough shot over two defenders. KU takes a seven-point lead into the break.

KU women 30/MU 23 — 3:34 left in 1st half

KU fails to get the ball into Boogaard, who had a much smaller player on her in the post. KU coach Bonnie Henrickson yells out her frustration.

“That’s a mismatch,” she says. She’s right, too.

Sade Morris drives to the lane before stopping on a dime and putting in a short jumper. She and LaChelda Jacobs are the two Jayhawks that are best at creating offense for themselves.

Boogaard has to get tougher. She’s getting pushed around inside and she’s losing rebounds because of it. Even the KU fans behind me are taking notice, urging her to play stronger.

Morris again drives baseline, coming to a jump-stop before rolling in a layup. That’s a 9-0 run for KU.

Hollins gets a short jumper to stop MU’s drought, but KU has opened up a seven-point lead.

KU women 21/MU 18 — 7:42 left in 1st half

Danielle McCray hits a 14-footer from the side. She doesn’t miss many open mid-range jumpers.

KU’s half-court offense has been stale so far. Boogaard has looked a step slow against ShaKara Jones and some of the other quicker MU forwards.

Another shot from the elbow by McCray. KU’s lead is up to three.

KU women 15/MU 14 — 11:55 left in 1st half

Krysten Boogaard puts in a nice left-handed shot in the lane, but she looks winded. Porscha Weddington checks in for her at the dead ball.

KU has five turnovers already. Not a good sign early for the Jayhawks, as turnovers have been a problem for them all year.

KU women 11/MU 9 — 14:54 left in 1st half

Missouri has pressed the Jayhawks from the outset. Ivana Catic has struggled some with the pressure, as she’s getting double-teamed just as she crosses midcourt.

Nicolette Smith has carried KU’s offense so far. The sophomore has hit three treys — all from the same spot on the floor — to score nine of the Jayhawks’ first 11 points.

6:40 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Allen Fieldhouse where the Kansas women's basketball team is getting set to take on Missouri.

Here are a few notes before tipoff:

• KU has made 40.8 percent of its three-pointers this year. That ranks first in the Big 12 and second in the NCAA. The Jayhawks have 82 threes this season, which is almost twice the number of their opponents (42).

• The Jayhawks' 46.6-percent field-goal percentage ranks eighth in the nation.

• KU junior Danielle McCray has scored in double figures in 12 of her last 14 games. McCray is averaging 18.1 points per game.

• MU started the season 2-4 before rattling off eight straight victories. The Tigers lost their last game, a 62-56 setback against Texas A&M.;

• MU coach Cindy Stein is in her 11th season at MU. She came to the Tigers after coaching at Emporia State.

• Six-foot-one forward Jessra Johnson leads MU in scoring with 13.9 points per game. Five-foot-11 guard Alyssa Hollins is right behind Johnson, averaging 13.6 points per game.

• KU is 18-12 all-time against MU in games played in Lawrence.


5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Rock Chalk Ladies!!!Trounce the Tiggers! Let's get a win tonight.Stream Live Radio coverage for tonight's game on Click "Listen Live"You can also past the following link directly into a browser to get directly to the radio stream:mms://'t put http:// in front of the above link.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Nicolette Smith starting out hot. 9 early points.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

KU 15MU 1411:?? 1HWe're letting this Mizery team hang around far too long.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

McCray starting to heat up.KU 21MU 187:42 1H

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Starting to get a little gap and pull away. Go JayhawksKU 27MU 215:38 1HVery low foul totals for this game. KU 3 foulsMU 7 foulsFouls have also been a problem area for KU. This is a good sign. Our key players should be able to play a lot of minutes tonight.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

KU 36MU 28HalftimeSade with a coast to coast buzzer beater at the half.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

My observations of Boogaard:Boogaard could get stronger, but her biggest problems come from poor footwork. She gets off balance far too often. Instead of using a good shuffle side step to get into position, she tends to want to reach and lean to get to the ball. This can appear to be a lack of strength when it's often a lack of leverage. She simply cannot use all of the strength she has to attack the ball, and/or power up through hacking defenders to get a shot off and get fouled.The key to rebounding is blocking out... the key to blocking out is using your feet to use your BUTT as a weapon to pin an opposing player away from the basket. Boogaard still can improve in this area.Her footwork is improved from last year, but she still has a lot to learn. These are techniques that she needs to use repeatedly in practice so that she will do them without thinking about them in games... then all she will need to think about is getting the ball and attacking the bucket.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Halftime ScoringSade Morris 10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 turnoversNicollette Smith 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 turnoverKrysten Boogard 7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 turnover (awesome rebounding numbers)Danielle McCray 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 turnoverPorsha Weddington 4 points, 2 reboundsIvana Catic 16 minutes, 5 assists, 3 turnovers, 1 steal, zero pointsLaChelda Jacobs 5 minutes, 2 fouls, 1 assist, 1 turnover

Jesse Newell 11 years, 1 month ago

Boogaard's improved this year, for sure, but she's about to get a baptism by fire in the Big 12.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

MU's Shakira Jones goes to the bench with he 3rd foul early in the 2nd half.She led MU in scoring in the 1st half with 9Mills, Brown, and Hollins each currently have 7 (may be some 2nd half points included.)

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Boogard got baptised last year.This year she needs to battle her way through and stay healthy.7 rebounds in a half is excellent work. That's what she can give this team if she can stay out of foul trouble.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Nicollette Smith must be listening to JesseShe's shooting more. :)KU 43MU 34Under 16 timeout 2H

Jesse Newell 11 years, 1 month ago

5Decade — Aishah Sutherland's development is probably just as important. She can bring some things athletically that Boogaard can't. Haven't seen her yet tonight.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

KU 49MU 3614:20 2HPulling away. Love that!Keep it up. Knock them out.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

I've heard a lot about Sutherland, but I haven't seen enough of her to get a feel for her abilities.I do like what I've heard, though.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

This just in...Nicollette Smith missed a shot.She's human tonight after all.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

This isn't a game where bench players are getting many minutes.KU's starters all have over 20 minutes right now. Sade Morris and Nicollette Smith haven't come out of the game at all.The most minutes of any KU sub is Jacobs with 10min. MU's starters all have 20 minutes already too.Their top sub has 12 minutes

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

KU 59MU 457:05 2H Media timeout pending next dead ball.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

The interesting part of the shooting percentage numbers is that they indicate KU is shooting better from 3 than they are from 2.The rest of the stats between KU and MU are very similar except for shooting. MU is shooting poorly and KU is shooting well. That's the difference in the game.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Was that last rainbow by Nicollette Smith the big dagger to put Mizery away? Mizery must be thinking KU can do no wrong after that.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Wishing Well and 1000 pennies? LOLHave you seen enough evidence that MU could shoot the pennies and get them to fall into the well so that they could actually ask for their wish?32% overall and 31% 3pt shooting for Mizery.I seriously question whether or not they'd get any pennies in the well. :))

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Mizery's Hack a Hawk defense is going to create some serious carnage.Will they have any players left?

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Rock Chalk Chant echos through the Fieldhouse.I never get tired of hearing it at the end of a game.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

The stat to watch for the entire season.TurnoversSade Morris 4Ivana Catic 4Danielle McCray 3Krysten Boogaard 4LaChelda Jacobs 2Nicollette Smith 1Kelly Kohn 1We need to cut those numbers about in half if this team is going to make the NCAA Tournament.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

KU 75MU 58FinalGood win for the Jayhawks. This was a game that would have been inexcusable to lose. It's nice to see a good bounceback game after a poor performance last time out.

osagefire209 11 years, 1 month ago

Congrats on the big win Jayhawks Rock Chalk Ku

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Where you been all game Osage?You should have joined in the fun.Thanks for the updates, Jesse!

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Bonnie's postgame comments over the radio (paraphrased) as best I could keep up typing them.======================================Good rythem early offensively.We missed Krysten a lot in the first half. She was open and we didn't get it to her enough.We need to shoot more and get the ball on the rim before we get the chance to turn it over. Just get the ball up on the rim and go rebound it if we miss.We played passing lanes pretty well. Played more active defensively. They have a lot of players that can score in their program. I'm proud of our defensive effort. Morris and Smith really stepped up to shut down scorers. We made a couple mistakes and fouled, but overall a nice job.We were good going into the game in Manhatten. I can't explain what happened. We needed to bounce back. We can't allow one game to put us in a funk like the OSU game did last year. It's good to have a performance like this tonight. We had a lot of leftover offense in our bag from that trip!Texas Tech has played well and beat Texas. Great crowd tonight, but we need more help. We need people to come in here and give us energy. I'm glad we had the people we have, but we need everyone to bring 5 friends with them next time out.

sevenyearhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

WOO-HOO ... ladies win!I like that they pulled away, too often last year they wouldn't step on an opponent's throat.I'm a little disappointed with some players lack of development, maybe I'll get more into that back on the women's Board.Overall as a team, they're better!Nicollete Smith was just unconscious early ...I know it's early, but I hope they ladies do some serious damage in Conference, a deep NCAA run wouldn't hurt, either!

Don Everett 11 years, 1 month ago

Nicely done Lady Jayhawks. Any and all wins over moosouri are greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Gotta go take a tiger and wipe my wildcat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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