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Missouri women's basketball falls to Kansas in WNIT

by News Tribune | March 21, 2023 at 12:26 a.m.
Missouri’s Haley Troup dribbles the ball alongside Zakiyah Franklin of Kansas during the first half of Monday night’s WNIT second-round game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. (Photo courtesy of Mizzou Athletics)

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The Kansas Jayhawks led wire-to-wire Monday night, ending the Missouri Tigers’ season with a 75-47 rout in the second round of the WNIT at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas (21-11) advances to host Nebraska (18-14) in the third round of a matchup between former Big 12 Conference foes. In their regular-season meeting, the Cornhuskers defeated the Jayhawks 85-79 in triple-overtime in Lincoln, Neb.

Missouri ends its season with an 18-14 record, losing 12 of its final 16 games.

The Jayhawks started the game on a 9-0 run, holding the Tigers scoreless for the first 6:30. Missouri answered with a 7-0 run, but couldn’t get any closer, as Kansas led 18-13 at the end of the first quarter.

Kansas’ Holly Kersgieter made a 3-pointer with 4:21 left in the second quarter, making the score 35-23. The Jayhawks led by double digits the rest of the game.

Kansas was ahead 42-26 at halftime and 58-32 through three quarters, holding Missouri to just six third-quarter points on 2-of-13 shooting.

The Jayhawks, who shot 51 percent from the floor, were led by Zakiyah Franklin with a game-high 21 points.

Kansas had five players score in double figures. Wyvette Mayberry tallied 16 points, Taiyanna Jackson added 14 points and Kersgieter and Chandler Prater each had 12 points. The Jayhawks’ five starters scored every point for the team.

Hayley Frank led Missouri with 17 points and eight rebounds. Lauren Hansen and Ashton Judd each added nine points.

Frank finishes the season with a team-high 492 points, giving her 1,575 points for her career. The senior forward from Strafford has already announced she’ll return next year for a fifth season, taking advantage of her COVID year.


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