KU women fall short against Sooners, 80-74

photo by: Damon Young/Kansas Athletics

KU guard Zakiyah Franklin fires up a shot from long range during the Jayhawks game at Texas on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.

Senior guard Wyvette Mayberry tied her season-high scoring mark with 20 points, but the No. 23 Kansas Jayhawks couldn’t take home the win at No. 19 Oklahoma on Saturday, falling 80-74 in a tight match against the Sooners.

Mayberry found her rhythm from the floor early, scoring seven points in her first seven minutes on a 60% conversion clip, adding two rebounds before picking up her second personal foul with just over a minute remaining.

Her hot shooting helped the Jayhawks to an early 24-15 lead with senior guard Zakiyah Franklin leading the team with eight points on 66% shooting. KU scored on 11 of 22 field goal attempts in the quarter.

The second quarter was a slugfest from both teams with points being hard to come by. The Jayhawks shot a mere 18% from the floor and scored just three baskets in 10 minutes, while the Sooners made just five baskets in that span. With just 24 points landing between them, Oklahoma edged out a 13-11 quarter to cut its deficit to seven points, 35-28, headed into halftime.

Senior center Taiyanna Jackson had a phenomenal first half of play, affecting the game in just about every area. Tallying six points, nine rebounds, three blocks and a steal while playing 17 minutes, Jackson was all over the floor to help KU secure the first-half lead.

Junior guard Nevaeh Tot led the way for the Sooners in the third quarter, scoring six points, snagging four rebounds and nailing two 3-pointers. OU converted 50% of its 3-point attempts, outscoring Kansas by seven points and tying the game, 53-53.

Redshirt-senior forward Madi Williams had a massive fourth quarter for the Sooners, ultimately lifting OU over the Jayhawks and putting the game away with a whopping 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, accounting for almost half of OU’s 27 fourth-quarter points in the 80-74 comeback victory.

Mayberry and Franklin had 16 combined points in the final quarter, but the Jayhawks couldn’t match Oklahoma’s 56% shooting.

Mayberry led Kansas with 20 points, with both Franklin and junior forward Ioanna Chatzileonti scoring double-digit points. The Sooners saw four players score 10 or more points, with Williams tying Mayberry’s 20 points in a near double-double effort.

The Jayhawks (12-4) dropped their third consecutive Big 12 Conference with the loss to Oklahoma. Kansas will host the West Virginia Mountaineers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

photo by: Damon Young/Kansas Athletics

KU guard Holly Kersgieter gathers to shoot during the Jayhawks game at Texas on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.


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