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Jayhawks snap Baylor’s Big 12 streak

  • Kansas City Star
  • Published Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at 8:29 p.m.

— For the past three seasons, Baylor has been virtually unstoppable in Big 12 play.

However, on Sunday it was a .500 team from Kansas which pulled off an improbable upset to take down No. 7 Baylor 76-60 and snap the nation’s longest active conference win streak at 53 games. Baylor’s last Big 12 loss happened on Feb. 19, 2011 against Texas Tech.

Junior forward Chelsea Gardner led the Jayhawks with 28 points and 13 rebounds.

"It is a great win for us in conference play against a team that’s had the history and the success that we’re all working our tails off for every day," Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said.

With the victory, Kansas improved to 9-9 on the season and 2-4 in Big 12 play while Baylor dropped to 14-3 and 4-1. It also ended an eight-game losing streak to the Bears and was the Jayhawks’ first win against Baylor in Allen Fieldhouse since 2009.

Kansas faced an early 13-4 deficit but took a 1-point lead with 32 seconds left in the first half to trail 32-31 at halftime. Kansas was just the second team this season to hold Baylor to 32 points or less joining the University of Connecticut which allowed 27 points in the first half and 28 in the second.

The teams traded leads in the second half before a 7-0 run by the Jayhawks, including five straight points from junior guard Asia Boyd, that gave them a 53-47 lead with 9:47 left in the game. Kansas pushed the lead to double digits with a 9-0 run in the final minutes.

"We haven’t been on the road a whole lot this year by choice, because we’ve got to grow up," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "There are a lot of little things that we will fix, but it will take time."

The Lady Bears lost four starters from last year’s team including Wade Trophy Award winner and three-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year Brittney Griner. Their only returner, senior guard Odyssey Sims, entered the game leading the nation at 31.1 points per game — she scored 31 on Sunday. She also pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds and was the only Baylor player to break double figures.

Baylor shot just 30 percent from the field for the second straight game, both of which were losses. Kansas, on the other hand, shot 42.6 percent.

Junior guard Natalie Knight and senior guard CeCe Harper added 18 and 10 points for the Jayhawks.

BAYLOR (14-3): Sims 13-37 3-5 31, Johnson 4-10 0-1 8, Davis 2-9 1-1 5, Robertson 2-8 2-4 7, Agbuke 1-4 3-4 5, Fuqua’ 0-0 0-0 0, Chandler 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 0-6 0-0 0, Small 2-5 0-0 4, Higgins 0-0 0-2 0, Cave 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-79 9-17 60.

KANSAS (9-9): Brown 0-0 1-2 1, Gardner 12-21 4-6 28, Harper 3-7 4-5 10, Morgan 0-8 3-4 3, Knight 6-11 5-6 18, Boyd 2-6 4-4 9, Cole 1-2 0-0 2, Da. Gonzalez 1-4 1-2 3, Manning-Allen 1-1 0-0 2, Hawkins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 22-29 76.

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