After a hot start, the Kansas women's basketball team was overwhelmed in the second half, falling 84-73 to second-seeded Tennessee in the Sweet 16 on Saturday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa.
KU opened a 26-12 lead in the first half and 35-30 at halftime before cooling off.
Tennessee outscored KU, 54-38, in the final 20 minutes.
Angel Goodrich led KU with 23 points on 9-for-20 shooting with six assists, five rebounds and five turnover. Aishah Sutherland added 19 points on 8-for-21 shooting, while Chelsea Gardner contributed a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Tennessee's comeback was helped by its bench, which scored 41 of the Volunteers' 84 points.
The Jayhawks finished their season with a 21-13 record.
No quit in these Jayhawks. Had lunch yesterday on The Hill in St. Louis. That's where grew up and perhaps first said, "It ain't over til it's over." It ain't over.
Vols outscoring Jayhawks, 39-20, in the second half.
Tennessee dominating the boards and getting out in transition.
Tennessee playing with more confidence and energy, Kansas with less composure than in first half.
Kansas putting up bad shots on offense and not as attentive as in first half defensively. Ariel Massengale has eight points and five assists off the bench for Vols, a much deeper team than Kansas.
Tenneessee on 11-3 run during which Angel has two turnovers. Time for Asia Boyd?
Angel Goodrich's remarkable NCAA Tournament run continues. She's showing an ESPN audience her great passing radar, her relentless driving ability, her long-range shooting and even her ability to rebound in traffic.
KU scoring: Goodrich 12, Aishah Sutherland and Chelsea Gardner 8, Tania Jackson 3, Monica Engelman and Natalie Knight 2.
Tennessee scoring: Shekinna Stricklen 9, Glory Johnson 8, Meighan Simmons 6, Taber Spani 3, Vicki Baugh 2, Alicia Manning 2.
KU's biggest lead was 26-12. Turnovers: Tennessee 6, Kansas 2. Rebounds: Tennessee 19, Kansas 16.
Angel Goodrich 12 points, 5-6 shooting, three assists, no turnovers. Tennessee leading battle of the boards, 15-10. KU shooting 56 percent and has just one turnover. Aishah Sutherland, not hitting from the outside, needs to get closer to the hoop and focus on rebounding at both ends and that will get her going. Kansas not playing with the least bit of fear.
Tennessee cuts into lead by hitting from long range and hitting the boards. Kansas has to do a better job of recovering onto Meighan Simmons, the Vols' shooter off the bench.
Kansas pumped its lead to 26-12. Angel Goodrich can't do anything wrong. She's too quick for Tennessee. The Vols have four turnovers, Kansas none.
Angel Goodrich has the Vols on their heels, penetrating and passing. KU is 9 for 15 from the field. Chelsea Gardner is 4 for 4 and has eight points. Angel is 3 for 4 with six points, two assists, one steal. Aishah Sutherland has two points, Natalie Knight two points.
Angel having no trouble getting to the lane. She has six points, two assists and a steal.