WBB Falls In Overtime At Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Shaquina Mosley sank a running jumper in the lane with five seconds remaining in overtime to lift the University of Kansas to a 70-68 win over the University of Colorado Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Mosley had a team-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists as the Jayhawks (7-16, 1-9) pick up their first Big 12 Conference win. Colorado (10-12, 4-6) falls to 0-8 away from Boulder this season and has dropped 11 straight on the road dating back to a 77-71 win over the Jayhawks on Feb. 1, 2006.
Freshman guard Whitney Houston had a career-high 25 points for the Buffaloes in a back-and-forth game that saw 12 ties, 12 lead changes and neither team hold a lead of more than five points for the final 33:57.
Kansas led 54-49 when the Buffaloes embarked on an 8-2 run to take a one-point lead with 1:38 left in regulation. Houston hit a pair of short jumpers and fellow freshman Candace Rucker hit two free throws to give Colorado the 57-56 advantage.
KU's Taylor McIntosh put the Jayhawks back on top with a baseline jumper, but CU senior Jasmina Ilic immediately answered with two free throws. After a Danielle McCray miss, Houston connected on a jumper to put the Buffaloes up 61-58 with 44 seconds left. A Rucker foul on KU's next possession allowed Sharita Smith to hit two free throws, cutting the CU lead to 61-60 with 36 seconds remaining.
Houston was fouled off the inbounds play and hit 1-of-2 foul shots as the Buffs held on to a 62-60 advantage. As Kansas looked for a shot to tie, McIntosh lost control of the ball just to the right of the lane. Freshman Aija Putnina, whose solid defensive effort off the bench included five rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots, darted towards the ball in an attempt to steal, but was called for a foul with 19 seconds left. McIntosh sank both shots to tie the game and send it to the extra session.
Kansas, shooting just 64 percent from the free-throw line this season, made 17-of-18 attempts including all 14 shots in the second half and overtime. The Jayhawks also scored 18 points off of 21 Colorado turnovers.
In overtime, Colorado took a two point lead on three separate occasions, only to have Kansas answer. A Jackie McFarland layup gave the Buffaloes a 68-66 lead with 2:29 left but CU wouldn't score again missing three shots and committing a turnover in the final minutes.
McCray tied the game at 68-68 on a basket with 1:39 remaining. Kansas missed three straight shots on the other end with the third rebounded by Houston who attempted to drive in for the go-ahead basket only to be blocked by Mosley, who also rebounded the miss to set up the game winner.
McFarland had 22 points and a career-high 18 rebounds registering her 14th double-double of the season and the 33rd of her career. Her 18 rebounds are the most by a CU player since Raegan Scott had 21 against the University of Texas on Feb. 26, 1997.
Ilic had 12 points and four rebounds while Rucker finished with six points and three rebounds.
Colorado returns home to host the University of Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. MST at the Coors Events/Conference Center. The game will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports Net.