On Jan. 12 in Lincoln, the Kansas University women's basketball team was pushed aside largely because of Nebraska's 30-of-32 showing from the free throw stripe. With :1.4 seconds left on the clock in Saturday's rematch, Danielle McCray evened the score for the Jayhawks.
The KU sophomore drew a blocking foul against Nebraska with the game clock dwindling and the score tied 61-61. With a smile on her face, she cashed the front end of the trip, then missed the second to leave Nebraska without a shot at a legitimate game-winning attempt. The win gave KU two straight conference wins for the first time this season, raising the Jayhawks' record to 15-9 overall and 4-7 in league play.
The tie score in the waning moments was a result of Nebraska's Tay Hester missing the back end of a free throw trip, making the Huskers just 17-of-34 from the line on the afternoon.
Things got congested late in the game after KU let a 52-43 lead slip away midway through the second stanza. McCray and Co. helped the Jayhawks charge back, as the Olathe native finished with a team-high 13 points to go with 10 rebounds. McCray has registered double-doubles in each of KU's last two games. She also hit a late three from straight away to help KU snap out of the aforementioned scoring funk.
The game was played in a pink atmosphere, with both teams donning pink-dominated uniforms in front of 6,122 fans - also wearing pink shirts which were handed out at the door. It was all in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. A dollar from each ticket purchase was donated to the Breast Cancer Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Senior Taylor McIntosh snapped out of a recent funk with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Sophomore LaChelda Jacobs scored 10 points and registered six assists and four rebounds for KU in 29 minutes of run, including a couple of late buckets off of drives to the rack. Freshman Nicollette Smith also scored 10, including a pair of three-pointers.
The Jayhawks overcame 22 turnovers on the afternoon in the end, and also outrebounded the Huskers 33-32.
KU will try to make it three in a row Wednesday night, when the squad travels to Texas Tech for a 7 p.m. tip. Tech entered Sunday's action at 2-8 in Big 12 play.