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Smith’s season-high 18 points not enough for KU

The Kansas women's basketball team lost to the Longhorns 74-66 on Wednesday.

February 12, 2009

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— Brittainey Raven scored 16 points to lead No. 13 Texas to a 74-66 victory over Kansas University’s women’s basketball team on Wednesday night.

Texas carries a four-game win streak in the Big 12 for the first time since 2006.

The Longhorns jumped out to a quick lead against Kansas (13-9, 2-7) and built a solid 33-17 advantage with just over three minutes remaining in the half. Erika Arriaran helped pace Texas (18-5, 6-3) in the first half with key jumpers, and finished with 12 points. Ashleigh Fontenette added 14 points.

Kansas closed the gap in the second half when Nicollette Smith, who finished with 18 points and four rebounds, made a jumper to make it a four-point game at 49-45.

Arriaran was fouled on a three-point attempt on Texas’ next possession and made all three free throws. Kansas’ LaChelda Jacobs converted a three-point play with a layup and a free throw on Kansas’ next trip down the court to make it a four-point game.

After Jacobs closed the gap to 60-57 with a running jumper in the lane, the Jayhawks could get no closer as Earnesia Williams made a wide-open three-pointer to help Texas ice the game for good.

Three Jayhawks scored in double-figures: Smith (her 18 points were a season high), junior guard Sade Morris (14 points) and sophomore forward Krysten Boogaard (11 points).

Kansas junior guard Danielle McCray was hampered by early foul trouble and finished the game with seven points, ending her 20-point scoring streak at six games.

McCray fouled out of the game with 7:10 left in the second half.

Kansas has now lost six of its last seven games.

The Jayhawks will return home to take on No. 2 Oklahoma on Saturday. The game is set to tip off at 7 pm.

The Sooners are atop the Big 12 at 21-2 overall and 9-0 in the conference.

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