Despite strong start, KU women drop 75-71 decision to Texas Tech

Texas Tech's Erin DeGrate (1) drives past KU senior Chelsea Lott (1) in a game at Allen Fieldhouse, February 17, 2019.

With less than 10 seconds remaining, Kansas thought it would have one last chance to tie the game. Texas Tech's Sydney Goodson had other ideas as she snatched the ball from Chelsea Lott and had the fans heading for the exits.

The Kansas women’s basketball team fell, 75-71, to Texas Tech at home on Sunday afternoon. The Red Raiders (12-13, 3-11 Big 12) earned their third win in the conference with their second victory over the Jayhawks (12-12, 2-11) this season.

Freshman Aniyah Thomas and Lott would earn starts for the second game in a row and quickly provide a spark to both sides of the floor as the Jayhawks jumped out to a 14-4 lead on a 10-0 run just five minutes into the game. Kansas entered the second quarter with an 8-point lead.

Texas Tech’s Brittany Brewer hit a pair of 3-pointers to end the second quarter and put the Red Raiders within a point to start the third.

With the first shot of the second half, the Red Raiders took the lead and continued to dominate the offensive glass to pull away and take a second-half advantage.

“Two flurries were really the difference in the game,” KU coach Brandon Schneider said. “When you have two moments or flurries in a game when you make compound mistakes, that’s going to get you beat in most situations.”

Though they would go down by as much as 9, Kansas didn’t give up the game.

With under eight minutes to go in the game, senior Kylee Kopatich netted a triple to put Kansas back within a basket, and the Jayhawks ultimately took the lead with another 3-pointer six minutes later by Kopatich — her 11th point of the fourth quarter — to give her team a 1-point lead.

Austin Richardson tied the game with 46 seconds to go, but Kansas couldn’t score on its next two possessions. The Jayhawks would give up 4 points to the Red Raiders off of free throws.

Late in the game, Brooklyn Mitchell fumbled the ball in the far corner, which led to a Red Raiders jump ball call to give them back possession. Schneider said after the game that he was trying to call timeout, but hoped Mitchell would herself, as well.

Kansas got the ball back down just 3, but gave up a steal to Goodson on a play where Schneider said his team “just couldn’t read the defense.”

Each of the 11 players that saw the floor for Kansas scored. Lott finished with a career high in rebounds with 10.

Kansas will travel to face No. 1 Baylor at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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Another loss to a sub .500 team. Pathetic Fire him now. Get a jump on the coach search.

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Layne Pierce

Really don't understand, this team cannot beat bad teams. We should have won 5 or 6 conference games this year. Question is, is their any progress, I was really expecting team to
be a game or so over 500 this year, and it looks like they are not gonna make it. Worst of all
we can't win even at home.

Firing the coach seems meaningless, unless we get someone with a real plan. Schneider does not seem to be much of an x and o kind of guy, so that means its all about recruiting, and we have good recruits coming in next year. I think he gets another year.

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"Firing the coach seems meaningless, unless we get someone with a real plan." ????? Isn't that WHY you fire an incompetent coach? To get a competent coach in place? Giving him another year would signal that KU doesn't care about KUWBB. There are great coaches out there that would KILL to have this job.

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Andy Godwin

First game in person and what stood out was KU’s really poor execution at crunch time. They had so many chances to win, but struggled to make plays when it counted, especially when inbounded from under their basket. KU lost a 13 point lead early (lead by only 1 at half and then trailed for most of the second half until late), much in part to Schneider getting out coached. When Texas Tech went big and dominated KU on the boards and in the paint in the second half, Schneider and his assistants made few adjustments to counter. When KU finally regained the lead by 1 late by hitting some timely 3’s, mistake after mistake doomed them. Enthusiastic crowd, but many regulars around me said this performance and result was unfortunately the norm. Good effort by the lady Jayhawks to regain the lead, but simply too many mistakes when it mattered.

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Len Shaffer

I used to be a huge fan of the KU women's team, back in the days of Lynette Woodard. And I went to the Sweet 16 when they had their mini-resurgence and were playing out here in Oakland (I think it was about 10 years ago). And now I hardly ever even look past the headlines. It's really sad what has become of what was once a pretty good program.

You would think that at some point, we could get a coach who could at least get us to .500 in the conference. As sad as it is to say, KU women's basketball is basically on a par with KU football right now, and there's at least a reason for optimism with football.

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Chris Condren

Maybe the team will lose out. Worst team in the Big 12. The team has been consisted bad for years.

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Chris Condren

Consisted = consistently.

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Dyrk Dugan

3-15 last year in the league; and with everyone back, it’s 2-12. This week, we lost to two teams; one of which has won 6 games TOTAL this year; and one which has 3 league wins; 2 vs Kansas. There is no improvement; no building of something, no momentum. It’s time for a change.

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Screwed again by Zengy.

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Carolyn Hunzicker

WHEN IS OUR NEW ATHELIC DIRECTOR GOING TO DO HIS JOB HERE! We once had coach Washington and recruited very well and was once respected as a solid group.
There are many Mens Top 20 teams with their womens program in the top 20 !!!!!!
And we got the guy from Emporia....

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Carolyn Hunzicker

Marquette a much smaller school......Womens team ranked 15 Mens 13 ??

Kansas Womens un ranked for years and last in Big 12
Men #15 ???????????????

Is our AD needing help

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