Kailey Woolston’s career-high not enough as BYU falls to Kansas

Wednesday night featured an exciting matchup between the Cougars and Jayhawks that contained two career-highs and a delay due to a bat flying around the arena. Ultimately, Kansas was able to come out on top 67-53.

BYU entered the fourth quarter down by 11, but was able to start a strong comeback thanks to some electric shooting from Kailey Woolston. With 6:45 left in the game, Lauren Davenport hit a step-back jump shot followed by back-to-back triples from Woolston to cut the lead to just five.

The Jayhawks called a quick timeout before being able to pull away and finish the game on a strong defensive note. Kansas allowed just seven points over the last five-and-a-half minutes.

Halfway through the second quarter, Rose Bubakar tossed the ball down to Lauren Gustin, who turned around and hit a tough layup. The referees then blew their whistles and told the two teams to head toward their respective benches. The teams would soon realize that a bat had been flying around the arena, causing the disruption. After a quick delay, the bat was taken care of, and play resumed.

Although the bat delay didn’t do much to help the Cougars, they showed some promise for the future. Freshman guards, Kailey Woolston and Amari Whiting led the way in scoring. Woolston poured in 26 points, surpassing her previous career-high of 19 points, which she has recorded twice this season. Amari Whiting put up 10 points on 4/6 shooting.

Woolston recorded a team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter and did her best in orchestrating an impressive comeback that ultimately fell short as BYU falls to 2-7 in Big 12 play.

Kansas was led by senior center, Taiyanna Jackson, who recorded a career-high 22 rebounds to go along with 25 points.

The Cougars will look to bounce back on Saturday night when they take on the 23rd-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers at the Marriott Center.

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