Jan. 9, 2010

 

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP)  - This defeat goes into the record book.

Ashley Sweat scored 24 points and Kansas State held No. 24 Kansas without a field goal for more than 13 minutes of the second half Saturday, routing the Jayhawks 59-35.

The 35 points tied for the lowest total in the history of the Kansas women's team. The Jayhawks trailed 24-22 at halftime but missed their first 14 shots of the second half and didn't get a bucket until Monica Engelman connected with 6:30 to go.

By then, the Wildcats (9-6, 1-0 Big 12) held a commanding 52-27 lead.

Danielle McCray, the Big 12's second-leading scorer, had a double-double for the Jayhawks (10-4, 0-1) with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Jayhawks did not have a field goal in the final 1 minute, 10 seconds of the first half, so their drought totaled 14 minutes, 40 seconds. Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson dropped to 1-11 against her archrival.

Working mostly against Kansas State reserves, the Jayhawks avoided going into the record book with their lowest total by scoring eight points in the final minutes. For the game, they shot 26 percent, were 0 for 11 from 3-point range and committed 20 turnovers.

Aishah Sutherland, who led Kansas with 12 points, added a basket with 1:03 left to assure the Jayhawks of no worse than tying their record low.

After Engelman finally made a short shot to end the drought, the Wildcats quickly scored four points to go up 56-27 on Sweat's bucket.

Kansas actually scored first in the second half on a free throw by McCray that pulled them to within one point. But the nightmare began slowly unfolding for the Jayhawks on one missed shot after another, one turnover followed by another. They had shots rim out and they put up air balls.

One by McCray sailed right into the hands of a Kansas State defender and the Wildcats converted on the other end when Jalana Childs leaned in for a bucket and a 38-24 lead.

The Jayhawks opened cold, missing their first 11 shots. But Kansas State wasn't much sharper, hitting only 3 of 11 and taking a 6-0 lead before Angela Goodrich finally broke through with Kansas' first bucket.

Sutherland hit three straight baskets and ignited a 12-3 run that brought the Jayhawks all the way back to tie it 16-all. Sweat's two free throws sent the Wildcats into intermission with a 24-22 lead.

Childs had 15 points and Taelor Karr added 10 points for Kansas State.

Its the second straight year Kansas has been embarrassed in Manhattan. Last year, the Jayhawks lost 72-39.