Sunday, January 22, 2017

KU women fall to TCU


— TCU dominated the boards and had no trouble getting the ball inside in an 83-68 victory Sunday night in Schollmaier Arena to keep the Kansas women’s basketball team winless in Big 12 play.

The Horned Frogs (10-9 overall, 2-6 in the Big 12) held a 52-35 rebounding advantage over Kansas (6-13, 0-8) and scored 38 points in the paint, compared to 24 for the Jayhawks.

TCU’s AJ Alix, scoring on drives to the hoop and 3-pointers, led all scorers with 22 points.

As is usually the case, most of KU’s shots were launched by Jessica Washington and McKenzie Calvert, a pair of highly touted transfers.

Washington led the Jayhawks in scoring for the fourth consecutive game, tallying 19 points, and added six rebounds and five assists. She made 5 of 17 shots and 2 of 6 3-pointers.

Coming off the bench, Calvert made 4 of 16 field goals and 2 of 7 3-pointers for 10 points to go with four rebounds and three assists.

Sophomore Kylee Kopatich joined them in double figures with 10 points and contributed eight rebounds, three assists and four steals without committing a turnover.

Hot long-distance shooting (7 of 15) kept Kansas close in a first half that included nine lead changes. TCU led, 37-34, at intermission, but the Jayhawks went cold and the Horned Frogs took a 62-49 lead into the fourth quarter.

Despite making just 2 of 10 3-pointers in the second half, Kansas shot 3-pointers with more accuracy (36 percent) for the game than 2-pointers (34.4 percent).

Kansas offered so little defensive resistance near the basket that the Horned Frogs kept attacking the rim and attempted just 13 3-pointers, making four.

KU, which has lost by an average of 25.75 points per Big 12 contest, resumes its schedule Wednesday in Stillwater, Okla., against Oklahoma State (12-6, 2-5).


Andy Godwin 5 years, 6 months ago

Had higher hopes for this year's women's team, but they are really struggling with their shooting. Watch much of the game, but they have long stretches were they just don't score. Keep fighting.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 6 months ago

ya, I to thought we might actually do better this season, our ladies are really struggling. Hope we can get something going, just keep plugging along

Gavin Fritton 5 years, 6 months ago

Years later and I still can't believe that we were unable to persuade a D-1 coach who had taken a team to the NCAA Tournament or an assistant from a successful Power Five program to come to KU. I'm not talking about getting Geno Auriemma or Muffet McGraw, I'm talking about getting one of their assistants. I'm talking about getting the head coach from a program like, I don't know, Creighton, Chattanooga, someplace like that? Those schools have been to the tournament more recently than has KU and one would THINK that KU would be an upgrade in terms of facilities, money and conference affiliation. I know that Stephen F. Austin is a D-1 program, but Brandon Schneider never once got them to the NCAA Tournament. Is the KU job that bad? Is Sheahon Zenger that bad to work for? Is the KU job toxic for some reason?

I understand that he's only been here for two years and I am far (I mean really, REALLY far) from an expert on women's basketball, but it sure doesn't look like Schneider is working out and there's no reason to think that firing him is going to lead to any improvement. If no one took the job before him, why on earth would anyone take the job NOW?

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