Dire shooting dooms KU women’s basketball in 68-56 defeat to Texas Tech

Jayhawks make only 3 of 28 shot attempts in first half

LAWRENCE — Ruh-roh.

 

The Kansas women’s basketball made only 3 of 28 field-goal attempts in the first half of Wednesday night’s game against Texas Tech and shot 30.6 percent overall in an unsightly 68-56 defeat at Allen Fieldhouse. The outcome had third-year coach Brandon Schneider referencing not leading scorer Brianna Osorio (28 points on 10-for-17 shooting) but instead Hanna-Barbera.

“You guys ever watch Scooby-Doo?” Schneider asked. “It felt like I was in a Scooby-Doo episode for about 30 minutes, where at the end they always find somebody in the closet with a bag on their head and it’s the imposter. That was us tonight. That’s not our team.”

An Osorio layup, a Tyler Johnson layup and a Christalah Lyons jumper were the only first-half makes for KU (11-7, 2-5 Big 12), which has lost four straight. The Jayhawks entered the break trailing 26-13 with the Red Raiders (7-11, 1-6) scoring the final 10 points of the second quarter.

“It never felt like we were within three,” Schneider said. “As poorly as we were playing offensively, it felt like we were behind the entire time.”

Texas Tech, playing with an interim coach and no true point guard, out-rebounded KU 52-38 and scored 16 points off 18 turnovers. Shimmy Gray-Miller, who took over for fired coach Candi Walker on Jan. 1, entered her postgame interview drenched from a celebratory Gatorade shower in the visiting locker room.

“Excuse my appearance. Next time I’ll use a straw,” Gray-Miller joked. “Very happy locker room. … These young women have been through a lot in the last couple weeks, so this is great and I’m incredibly proud of them. I’m the proudest interim head coach in history.”

KU will look to bounce back at 2 p.m. Saturday when the Jayhawks travel to Fort Worth to battle TCU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

TEXAS TECH (7-11, 1-6 Big 12)

Blaire 3-14 4-4 10, Degrate 6-8 0-0 12, Whilby 3-8 2-4 11, Bright 1-7 3-6 5, Terry 5-13 6-9 16, Brewer 1-4 0-0 2, Hayden 0-0 4-6 2, Sanders 1-4 0-4 2, Olabode 2-3 0-0 6, McKenzie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-61 19-33 68.

KANSAS (11-7, 2-5 Big 12)

Lyons 4-13 304 13, Lott 0-0 0-2 0, Osorio 10-17 8-9 28, Wilson 0-3 0-0 0, Richardson 0-9 1-2 1, Cheadle 0-2 0-0 0, Watts 1-2 1-2 3, Benoit 1-3 0-2 2, Kopatich 2-10 2-2 7, Helgren 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 19-62 15-23 56.

Texas Tech … 12 … 14 … 16 … 26 … — … 68

Kansas … 5 … 8 … 15 … 28 … — … 56

3-point goals — Texas Tech 5-20 (Whilby 3-8, Olabode 2-2, Sanders 0-1, Bright 0-2, Blaire 0-7), Kansas 3-18 (Lyons 2-4, Kopatich 1-5, Helgren 0-1, Cheadle 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Osorio 0-2, Richardson 0-2, Benoit 0-2). Rebounds — Texas Tech 52 (Terry 8, Sanders 8), Kansas 38 (Helgren 5, Richardson 5). Assists — Texas Tech 10 (Bright 4), Kansas 6 (Osorio 3). Turnovers — Texas Tech 16, Kansas 18. Total fouls — Texas Tech 18, Kansas 26. Fouled out — Kansas: Lyons, Osorio. Technial fouls — none. Officials — Mattingly, Pantoja, Enterline. Attendance — 1,556.

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