Women’s basketball roughed up by No. 21 Kansas

UH’ got a team-high 22 points from junior guard Brittney Scott, but the Cougars were unable to stop Danielle McCray in’ No. 21 Kansas’ 89-69 win Tuesday’ at Hofheinz Pavilion.

McCray scored a game-high 37 points, the bulk of which came during her 12-of-13 start from the field.’ The senior’ finished 17-of-22 in leading the Jayhawks (9-2) to their sixth consecutive victory.

It was the second’ consecutive game in which’ McCray’ topped 30 points.

For the Cougars (6-5), Tuesday’s loss was their second consecutive, with both defeats coming by double digits.

Despite losing by 20 points, head coach Joe Curl says there is still plenty to be learned from the loss.

‘A game like this exposes a lot of things,’ Curl said in a release. ‘We play a tough schedule for exactly that reason. We hope we don’t get exposed that badly though. It is all about the little things.

‘It’s the team that does the little things that will have success.’

Brittany Mason chipped in’ a career-high’ 11 points and nearly notched her second career double-double with eight rebounds. Courtney Taylor rebounded from an injury sustained in her previous game to score 16 points and grab six rebounds, while Jasmine Johnson added 14 points.

The Jayhawks were in control of the game seemingly from the opening tip and had a 17-8 lead less than five minutes into the contest. Not surprisingly, McCray was at the center of the early action, scoring 13 of Kansas’ first 17 points and ending the half with 25.

The Jayhawks took a 46-31 lead into the locker room, shooting a staggering 66.7 percent for the first half and finishing the game at 63.9. The Cougars shot a respectable 42.6 percent for the game, but were done in by the early Jayhawks run and sloppy first-half play. Kansas capitalized on 11 UH first-half turnovers, including seven steals, while holding UH to 37.9 percent shooting.

The Cougars return to action when they travel to Corpus Christi to take on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at 7 p.m. Monday.

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