Columbia, Mo. A 15-0 Missouri run in the second half doomed Kansas University’s women’s basketball team in a 66-52 setback to the Tigers on Wednesday in Mizzou Arena.
Kansas was ahead by as many as eight points in the first half, but fell behind in the second 20 minutes.
The Jayhawks committed 21 turnovers.
“You have to take care of the ball and value possessions, whether you’re on the road or at home,” Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said after the game on the Jayhawk Radio Network’s postgame show. “You can’t turn it over in this league like that.”
Angel Goodrich made a career-high three three-pointers, and Carolyn Davis scored 17 points to lead Kansas, which fell to 14-6 and 1-5 in the Big 12. Missouri improved to 10-10 and 2-5.
“It was downhill and it was sad to see us go down like that,” Davis said. “We fought so hard. We just need to get our team chemistry back together.”
Goodrich, a sophomore point guard, finished with 10 points and four rebounds, going 3-for-8 from the arc to set new career bests in both three-pointers made and attempted. She also dished out a season-high six assists.
Keena Mays chipped in with eight points and five rebounds for KU. Monica Engelman led the Jayhawks on the glass with seven rebounds and also totaled five assists and two steals to go along with five points.
Missouri’s RaeShara Brown finished with a game-high 22 points, to go along with five rebounds and six assists. BreAnna Brock added in 12 and led the Tigers with eight boards.
The Jayhawks led by a point with 7:33 remaining, but Missouri took control with 15 unanswered points, ultimately taking the game.
“Everyone needs to re-focus,” Davis said. “We can’t get down. We can still make the (NCAA) Tournament. We can still get a lot more wins.”
Kansas shot only 7-for-16 from the foul line.
“To me, it’s about focus and concentration,” Henrickson said of free throws. “It’s about reminding yourself how to shoot it to make it. Free throws are mental and mechanical, but they’re more mental than anything ... You have to find some offense when you get to the line.”
Kansas will travel to Kansas State for a 2 p.m. game Saturday.
“We gotta get that one,” Davis said. “We lost this rivalry game, but we’re going to get the next one.”