KU women fall to TCU

Sunday, January 22, 2017

— 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).