Kansas stuns Women's Basketball on last second layup to win, 50-49
AUSTIN, Texas -- Senior guard Shaquina Mosley banked in a 10-foot floater with just 0.2 seconds on the clock as she streaked down the lane to lead Kansas to a dramatic 50-49 victory over The University of Texas in Big 12 women's basketball action Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center.
There was only one score in the final 1:06 by either team -- that being the Mosley dramatic bank as the shot clock expired.
The loss drops Texas to 16-9 overall and to 5-6 in the Big 12. The Longhorns are 12-4 at home this year. In the last seven games, Texas is 3-4, with two of those wins coming against ranked opponents (Big 12 leader Texas A&M and second-place Oklahoma). Kansas goes to 8-16 overall and is 2-9 in the league, winning its second Big 12 game in a row.
It appeared as if Texas would prevail by a 49-48 score after sophomore Ashley Lindsey blocked a short mid-range 12-foot jumper by Mosley from behind with one second left and UT ahead by one. Yet, the ball went out of bounds on the block, and the game officials conferred for approximately five minutes, looking at the TV monitor before deciding to put 0.4 seconds back on the game clock.
After a Texas timeout, Kansas' Ivana Catic inbounded the ball from the left baseline area, and with time running out, found a streaking Mosley down the middle of the key who grabbed the pass and banked the ball in.
The game officials met again, looking at the monitor, before determining that the ball left Mosley's hand before time expired which gave Kansas the one-point win.
In the last 1:06, Texas took just one shot -- a missed jumper by Carla Cortijo with 15 seconds to go -- while KU was one-for-three from the field.
There were 11 lead changes and four ties in the game.
The Longhorns were led by 14 points and nine rebounds from senior forward Tiffany Jackson. Joining Jackson (Dallas, Texas) in double-figure scoring were freshman guard Brittainey Raven (Fort Worth, Texas) and junior guard Erneisha Bailey (Kansas City, Mo.), who had 11 points apiece. Lindsey finished with four points and a game-high six blocks, which also tied her career high for rejections.
Mosley finished with a game-high 17 points and added three steals, while freshman forward Danielle McCray had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks.
Texas was hurt by a 27.3% shooting effort in the second half. The Longhorns hit just nine of 33 field goals attempted in the final 20 minutes.
After leading by seven at intermission (29-22), the Longhorns gave up the lead midway through the second half. With Texas up 31-29 with 17:27 to go, KU went on a 9-0 run and led by six (37-31) with 11:48 to go.
The Jayhawks kept the lead until the final 3:44 of the game. Kansas led by six, 45-39, with 5:36 remaining following a Danielle McCray jumper. The Longhorns countered with an 8-0 run of their own, as Raven hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead in half, 45-42, with 4:31 left. Raven then followed with a baseline jumper and after a KU missed shot, Cortijo converted a three-point play on a layup and free throw to give Texas the lead, 47-45 with 3:44 to play.
Neither team scored again until KU's Kelly Kohn buried a three-pointer from the wing to give Kansas a 48-47 advantage with 2:03 to go. Texas missed a jumper on its next possession and Cortijo stole the ball from KU and found Lindsey for a fastbreak layup as UT regained the lead, 49-48, with 1:06 to go.
Bailey (11 points) and Jackson (10 points) combined for 21 of UT's 29 first-half points as the Longhorns led 29-22 at intermission. Jackson also had six rebounds in the first half, playing all 20 minutes.
Texas made 43 percent of its first-half shots (12 of 28), while KU was limited to 29 percent shooting accuracy. The Jayhawks, nine-for-31, were three-for-nine from 3-point range to keep the first half close.
Texas held a 20-8 edge in points in the paint in the first 20 minutes. After KU jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the first four and one-half minutes, Texas went on an 11-4 run, capped by a Niqky Hughes jumper, to take the lead 17-15 with 8:47 to go. Kansas came back to regain the lead for the final time in the period, 20-10, following a three-pointer from Kohn before the Longhorns compiled a 10-2 run to close out the half. In that run, Jackson had six points and two rebounds.
Texas finished the game shooting 34.4 percent, while KU shot 35.6 percent from the floor. Texas out-rebounded the Jayhawks, 43-37. Kansas finished the game shooting six-for-14 from 3-point range, while UT went one-for-eight from 3-point territory.
Texas returns to action on Monday, Feb. 12, facing No. 12/9 Oklahoma in a "Big Monday" televised contest on ESPN2. It is "Pack the Place Pink" Night, where fans (and the coaching staff) are asked to wear pink to demonstrate awareness for breast cancer research and funding.
Oklahoma is 18-4 overall and 8-3 in the league, having dropped three of its last four Big 12 contests including a 67-62 decision to Texas on Jan. 31 in Austin. OU lost at No. 16/19 Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon (78-68).
The Texas-OU game also will be broadcast live on KVET Radio 1300 AM in Central Texas and on Internet audio at subscription-based Yahoo! Sports College Broadcast.
· This marked the 10th time that Texas has had a game decided by five or less points this year. Texas stands 5-5 in those games overall and 2-4 in Big 12 games decided by five points or less
· The six blocks by UT sophomore Ashley Lindsey tied her career high
· This was the 17th meeting in the Texas-Kansas series, which is led by UT, 10-7, although Kansas has won the last two games in the series
· Tonight's game was the only home game for the Longhorns in a five-game stretch ... UT just came off a two-game road trip, defeating Kansas State (61-34) and losing at Oklahoma State (77-58) ... The Longhorns now prepare to face two Top 25 opponents on the road in No. 13/9 Oklahoma on Monday (Feb. 12) in Norman, and No. 15/15 Baylor on Sunday, Feb. 18 in Waco
· Texas head coach Jody Conradt sits two victories away from her 900th career win (898) where she will become just the second collegiate basketball coach in men's or women's history to reach the 900-victory milestone
KANSAS POSTGAME QUOTES
After the first half, we knew we had to control the ball in the paint. They came away with a share of their points inside and we came away with a share of ours. I like the way we adjusted and came out in the second half.
On the final play of the game with 0.4 seconds left and KU inbounding the ball: The first option was to get it to Danielle McCray. She's big enough and strong enough to shoot it. Ivana (Catic) made a great inbounds pass. I said to Shaq (Shaquina Mosley) that I wanted her to screen and find the ball, and she happened to be right there in the paint when Ivana got it to her.
TEXAS POSTGAME QUOTES
I don't want anyone to look at that last second play and decide that that is why we lost. We didn't play with the kind of energy we needed from beginning to end. Kansas had a spring in their step the whole way and we did not, until it got crucial.
Ashley Lindsey gave us a spark, particularly in the final minutes. They are fast, and we needed speed out there, and that's why I went with Ashley. Kansas played with a lot of energy and made good plays on both ends of the floor tonight. To counter that, we needed Ashley to play with more focus and more urgency, and she did that better today then she has in some time. I take that as a positive from this game.
On turning around and facing Oklahoma on Monday and Baylor on Sunday, both on the road: This has been a hard stretch for us, and will continue to be so. You don't have much recovery time and we've been out of familiar surroundings lately. That is how the schedule is. We don't' have time to sit around and worry. Our schedule does not get any easier and I think it's the toughest schedule of anyone to finish out conference play. We have to play all the people ahead of us in the standings, and play three of them [Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas A&M] on their courts.
Junior guard Erneisha Bailey