Promise Keeper: On Friday, Angie Halbleib promised to give her all against Tennessee.
She delivered Saturday, scoring a game-high 21 points in a 92-71 loss to the Lady Vols in the NCAA Women's East Regional.
Halbleib, a junior guard, connected on six of 10 field goals in the second half after opening cold with four points in the first. She connected on four three-pointers, the most among all scorers.
"I know we dug ourselves a hole, and it was tough to get out of," she said. "We played them even in the second half, but that wasn't enough."
Stargazing: Chamique Holdsclaw, a freshman who leads Tennessee in scoring and rebounding, got rave reviews from KU coach Marian Washington and senior Charisse Sampson.
"She's a great player," said Sampson, who was assigned to guard the 6-foot-2 center-forward. "I did the best I could. I tried to get a hand up, but she still just happened to make them."
Holdsclaw scored only one point in the second half, but her 15 first-half tallies helped Tennessee to a 19-point lead at the break.
"She'll probably be the fourth four-year Kodak All-American, if she continues at the rate she's going," Washington said.
One of the best: Kansas finished at 22-10, tied for ninth among the program's winningest teams. This was the first team to advance past the first two rounds of the NCAA Women's Tournament.
The 1995-'96 Jayhawks compiled a 6-7 record against 13 ranked opponents.
"It's been a great season for Kansas," Washington said.
Early exit: Tamecka Dixon, KU's leading scorer at 17.3 points per game, admitted that she'd lost track of her fouls on Saturday.
Dixon picked up her fourth foul with 14:01 left, and her fifth came 20 seconds later. She left the game with six points and KU down by 26.
-- Ric Anderson