Jayhawks spoils Gustin’s new career-high in 70-62 win over the Cougars

BYU forward Lauren Gustin makes lay-up over Kansas Jayhawks guard S'Mya Nichols in 70-62 loss at the Marriott Center Saturday afternoon. Photo Courtsey of BYU Women's Basketball / BYU Photo


Kansas swept the season series with BYU women’s basketball and spoiled Lauren Gustin’s new career-high Saturday afternoon at the Marriott 70-62 for their second road win in Big 12 conference play this season.

“Yeah it was personal for me,” Lauren Gustin said earlier in the media availability leading up to the BYU women’s basketball game against Kansas.

Gustin would record a new career-high, 33 points going 13-of-21 from the field while also grabbing 18 rebounds en route to her 81st career double-double and 25th of the 2023-24 season.

“She had a heck of a game, I was super proud of her,” BYU head coach Amber Whiting said regarding Gustin’s career performance. Last game out she was 5-for-22, so tonight she was 13-for-21, she knocked down her free throws and rebounds. She [Gustin] backed up her talk and I was proud of her for that.”

The senior from Salem, Utah finished with ten points and ten rebounds the last time the Cougars faced the Jayhawks, but ultimately fouled out and also had her worst shooting game of the season.

Last time on the court Kansas center Taiyanna Jackson had herself a game scoring 25 points and grabbing 21. The Cougars would key on Jackson finished the game two points, four rebounds, and two assists due to being in foul trouble the whole game, and only playing 20 minutes.

Zakiyah Franklin was the star for Jayhawks as the senior scored a season-high 24 points, only missing two shots all afternoon (9-of-11), and 2-of-2 from 3-point range.

“That’s senior leadership. You sense that a very important part of our team was struggling with foul trouble, so you step up. Kansas head coach Brandon Schneider said. “I thought Zakiyah just willed us.”

Wvette Mayberry also came along for the ride finishing the game with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and snatching four rebounds.

Shooting struggles were an issue for the number one 3-point shooting team in the Big 12 at 37.8% a game. BYU shot 3-of-18 (17%) from 3-point range.

“That was a tough one, you can’t come home and shoot 17% from three. That is hard. Hats off to Kansas, they did a good job, took away our shooters, and did what they needed to do” said BYU head coach Amber Whiting.”

Kailey Woolston had a career-high the last time the Cougars faced Kansas but would be held scoreless in Saturday afternoon matchup. Woolston was 0-of-7 from the field and 0-of-4 from 3-point range.

The true freshman currently leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage and is third nationally at 47%. BYU head coach Amber Whiting has already made comments before that she isn’t worried about Woolston shooting struggles because “shooters are going to shoot.”

The Cougars will return to the Marriott Center on Wednesday, February 21st to host the TCU Horned Frogs. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

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