Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Women Fall Short in Upset Bid of No. 3 Baylor, 71-63

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Women Fall Short in Upset Bid of No. 3 Baylor, 71-63

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LAWRENCE -- This Kansas women's basketball team is growing. It's hard to miss that much.

Freshman point guard Lauren Aldridge is taking better care of the ball, sophomore forward Caelynn Manning-Allen has developed chemistry in the frontcourt with senior forward Chelsea Gardner and the Jayhawks have started playing through pressure with confidence.

Yet with another loss on Saturday afternoon -- this time falling 71-63 to No. 3 Baylor -- Kansas' maturation might be too slow to save this season.

"I told the kids it felt like we got better today," Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "At times we played pretty well, but there are some things we've got to get better at, obviously."

In one of their better performances all year, the Jayhawks (9-9, 0-5 Big 12) trailed Baylor (16-1, 5-0) by just two before missing 8 of their final 10 field goal attempts down the stretch. It didn't help that Gardner (17 points, two rebounds) fouled out with less than three minutes to play and Manning-Allen (six points, eight rebounds) did the same a minute later.

It wasn't any of the usual problems that plagued the Jayhawks, either. Kansas turned the ball over 12 times -- it'd been averaging more than 20 per game in conference play -- and had three players score in double-digits (Gardner 17, Aldridge 14, Natalie Knight 11).

Both teams managed only nine field goals in the second half, but it was Baylor's ability to rebound and get to the line that made the biggest difference. The Bears turned 15 offensive rebounds into 15 second-chance points, 11 of which came in the second half.

"Our first shot defense has been pretty good," Henrickson said. "And it was today. But you can't let it get to the second shot."

Despite their rebounding, and falling behind by 12 points to one of the best teams in the country, the Jayhawks kept finding timely shots. …

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