Kansas State defeats Kansas, 59-35

  • 11 a.m., Jan. 9, 2010
  • Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, KS

Originally published January 9, 2010 at 01:08p.m., updated January 10, 2010 at 12:00a.m.

Nowhere to hide: KU women suffer historic loss to Wildcats

Kansas center Krysten Boogaard (14) tries to score behind Kansas State defenders Jalana Childs (33) and Ashley Sweat (4).

Kansas center Krysten Boogaard (14) tries to score behind Kansas State defenders Jalana Childs (33) and Ashley Sweat (4).


KU women suffer lopsided defeat

The KU women's basketball team was routed by Kansas State in Manhattan.

— The words wouldn’t come, so following her team’s abysmal 59-35 loss to rival Kansas State on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson turned her postgame talk over to her players.

“I just said, ‘I’m speechless,’” Henrickson said. “’I’m speechless for the first time in my career.’”

Her reaction was certainly understandable.

KU’s 35 points tied the program record for the fewest points scored in a single game.

The No. 24 Jayhawks weren’t just bad Saturday afternoon. Bad would have been preferable to how they actually performed. This was something else altogether. This was air balls and missed layups, botched assignments and excessive turnovers.

A perfect storm of ineptitude.

Despite heading into halftime trailing by just two, 24-22, the Jayhawks imploded following intermission as KSU opened the second half with a 28-3 run that was somehow more shocking than it sounds.

During that stretch, Kansas (10-4, 0-1 in the Big 12) missed countless shots, managed just three free throws and failed to connect on a field goal until there was 6:29 remaining in the game.

When the run — if it can be considered a run, having stretched approximately three-fourths of the second half — ended, the unranked Wildcats had pushed their lead to 52-25 and thoroughly exposed a Kansas team many figure to be the most talented in Henrickson’s six-year tenure in Lawrence.

“Absolutely shocking,” Henrickson said, “that we could be that bad.”

The team’s players seemed equally baffled.

“We know the plays, we know what plays we have to run,” said senior guard/forward Danielle McCray, who called the team’s second-half performance the worst she’s been a part of during her Kansas tenure. “But they took our first option away. Then they took our second option.

“And then we just missed shots.”

A lot of them, in fact.

Kansas finished the game shooting a season-low 26.4 percent from the field, connecting on just 14 of 53 shot attempts — including an 0-for-11 performance from three-point range — while McCray and senior center Krysten Boogaard combined for just 23 points on 5-of-23 shooting.

“We just couldn’t get it going,” guard Sade Morris said.

Bad as the second half might have been, however, the first half didn’t exactly go pristinely, either.

Although they managed to gain some momentum late in the half, the Jayhawks opened the game 1-of-15 from the field as McCray, an All-American candidate and Kansas’ leading scorer this season, was held scoreless through the game’s first 17 minutes.

Perhaps the most troubling aspect of Saturday’s loss, meanwhile, was the fact that Kansas State appeared to be particularly vulnerable, struggling to rebound from the loss of three of its top players from last year’s team.

But what Henrickson hoped would be an opportunity for her team to prove its tenacity on the road — the Jayhawks dropped to 3-3 away from Allen Fieldhouse this season — instead turned into a laugher, a game coming on the heels of a disappointing upset at the hands of New Mexico State.

And with Oklahoma State and standout Andrea Riley headed to Lawrence on Tuesday, Kansas will have limited time to lick its wounds.

“’Gut-wrenching’ would be one that I would say publicly,” Henrickson said, asked how she would describe her team’s Big 12 season opener. “That’s one that my mother wouldn’t say, ‘Bonnie, watch your mouth.’”


Scott Bonnet 11 years, 4 months ago

Horrible performance. K-State totally dominated. Coaching?

tarhawker 11 years, 4 months ago

I hate to say it, but KU's performance in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half was the WORST basketball I've ever seen. No effort, no defence, no offence, and terrible coaching.

63Jayhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

Playing well in non-conference and falling one their face when conference play starts is beginning to emerge as a patern for Bonnie ball.

Andy Godwin 11 years, 4 months ago

Embarrassing. Shown on national T.V. and one of the worst performances possible against an intrastate rival. No intensity, no sense of urgency. Where was the senior leadership? The started the first half slow and it took nearly 14 minutes to make their first field goal in the second half. It is only one game, but if this is an indication for the rest of the Big 12 games then the Lady Jayhawks’ season will be very disappointing. Use this as a wakeup call. Go Hawks.

FlaHawk 11 years, 4 months ago

I sure hope this is not the traditional repeat of Big XII ball under Coach Bonnie! This has been a pattern over and over!


John Thomas 11 years, 4 months ago

You can lose on an opponents floor but to score only 35 is embarrassing. I think Ku just gave Bonnie a raise. Sorry Bonnie, you should give it back. This is the same thing that has happened with the women's program since Bonnie took over.

Waylon Cook 11 years, 4 months ago

Wheres everyone who thinks I am a terrible human for thinking Bonnie sucks?

OSU is kicking Baylor around at home look for them to do the same in AFH

sparty627 11 years, 4 months ago

KU has better athletes. KU has more experienced players. KU has Bonnie.

K-State has nine players in uniform, only two of whom have any real Big 12 experience. One-third of the team are freshman guards, and one-third are sophomores, of whom only two ever play. We are talking about a three-player bench. This team started out very shaky, as the newbies had to learn to play as a team and at college speed. They are learning. They have now won five in a row, and looked great today. Those freshmen were more than a match for KU's backcourt. K-State isn't going to win the Big 12, and they will probably have some bad losses in the next months, but they are getting better and the future of this team looks bright.

What does K-State have that KU doesn't? Truly great coaching. Coaching that develops players and molds teams into winners, and occasionally champions.

Scott Bonnet 11 years, 4 months ago

I care. KU shouldn't suck at anything. This was an embarrassing loss.

Romans832 11 years, 4 months ago

okjhok says, "Nobody cares." I'm afraid in many cases that is correct. I was at a mall this afternoon after listening to the second half on the radio. I'd comment to people wearing KU clothing, "It didn't go so well for KU today." They'd look at me with a blank stare, and I could almost predict the next comment. "KU didn't play today." Maybe okjhok can tell us what it would take for people to "care." And what can we do so people are at least cognizant that there are two basketball teams?

Waylon Cook 11 years, 4 months ago

Romans your are kinda of correct but the problem is-the coach generates excitement hell when Gary Blair got to A and M he went door to door giving away season tickets. That is how you get fans by knowing the fans. Bonnie didn't take over the MBB program but she gets paid like it!

scholz 11 years, 4 months ago

Being a team manager and practice player for 5 years. I can truely say that we have a curse whenever we play at KSU. We literally could be UConn and end up the same way. It is just something about that place that our girls don't do well. That is the only place where we seem to just fall apart. Believe me when I say, it's not out coached. It's wierd because they just seem to get everything to go their way and some how make a basket or come up with something where they score. I'm completely sure Bonnie wants a W their more than anybody in the world. They even went down the night before and shot around at Bramledge. Got up ass early for shootaround and then the game. Some reason, we always play at noon. Maybe it's because we get up at 4:30 for shootarounds because that's the only time we could have them. Then being up since then starts to wear on you at around that noon time.

Scott Bonnet 11 years, 4 months ago

Nobody said Bonnie doesn't want to win. And no, things don't just "happen." If she were the men's coach, she would be long since gone.

dinney 11 years, 4 months ago

Think Bonnie has had long enough to put this program back on track and AGAIN today was so painful to even watch ..Answers ??? Hope they come soon as this trend is getting old.

Kevin Long 11 years, 4 months ago

What the hell? This was a top 25 team?? Please!

jaydee909 11 years, 4 months ago

Lew, now that you have the football program fixed it is time to evaluate the women's basketball program. Very uninspired effort today and the coaching was worse.

okjhok 11 years, 4 months ago

Romans832, you already know why nobody cares. If there's a better product out there, why would anybody buy the inferior one? Don't get me wrong. I don't mean nobody literally...but almost. The attendence speaks for itself. How many women's basketball teams actually make money? I haven't done the research, but I'm guessing it's not many. I'm not advocating for eliminating women's basketball at KU. I'm just saying that when the women's team loses yet another league game, it's not news.

Panther 11 years, 4 months ago

Once again Bonnie has thrown her players under the bus. Just saw on the Cap Journal where she literally called out McCray and Morris publicly. They played terribly, but every time the hawks lose, Bonnie publicly blames her players. Never once has she accepted any responsibility for a loss. Never.

Let's face it. If it wasn't for McCray, Bonnie would have been run out of Lawrence long ago. And she thanks her by publicly trashing her.

Who in the world would want to play for this coach?

That K-State team will be lucky to win three or four games in conference. To lose by 24 and score only 35 shows you just how overpaid and overhyped Bonnie Hendrickson is.

Dyrk Dugan 11 years, 4 months ago

this is a disaster. this is the put up or shut up year for Bonnie...and getting blown out by your chief rival, who, by most accounts, (early season wins, experience, talent) is inferior to you, is unacceptable.

what will it take this year for her to keep her job? since they were picked 2nd in the league, i would say less than 10-6 would bring the axe. at this point in her tenure, and this is year six, she hasn't even come close to a winning league record. so with a team expecting to compete for the league title, and it can't even win 10 games, i would say it's time.

We had a strong tradition in womens basketball with Marian Washington...and then for whatever reason, she lost it and the program got as bad it can get. and now, we can't even hang with K-State in a league opener with a supposedly much better team. i just don't know...i'm dumbfounded. i can't believe we've hit the skids already this season.

lovecats 11 years, 4 months ago

Loved it...every time KSU puts a big hurt on Beakers makes my day. It was amazing! Holding the Jaybirds to no field goals in the second half until late in the game and 17% shooting. I agree with Scholz....KU is cursed when they come into the Fred. Can you imagine what will happen on Jan. 30, 2009? KU will have a major identity crisis after the game and Billl Self will be pulling out his plugs.

Omegatron 11 years, 4 months ago

okjhok (anonymous) says...

Nobody cares

What is wrong with you people? Seriously? You and that LA person from the last article.

You click on the article, log into your account, and post a comment. That's alot of effort for someone who doesn't care.

Cora Smith 11 years, 4 months ago

Bonnie is a fraud. She has had longer than anyone should to get this program turned. She makes exorbitant money for that position. I predicted to my wife that they would lay down today. That is their M/O. Deb Patterson recruits hard working under rated kids and turns them into players that are tenacious and give all they have. We recruit underachieving entitlists. The slide is just beginning. Fourbagger

Dale Sprague 11 years, 4 months ago

How about podcasting coache's postgames LJW ?? Some of us alums out here have the "Need to Know".

Bill Kackley 11 years, 4 months ago

I have been a supporter of Bonnie's for a long time but yesterdays game ended all that. For the players to go into Manhatten and lie down like that is discraceful. As a coach it is your job to have your players ready to play with intensity. If we can't beat a team with sheer ability it isn't going to happen because we never out work anyone.

lance1jhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

Its time for Bonnie to go... away, far far away. We would not tolerate this in mens basketball, and I will not tolerate this in womens basketball either. Fire her Lew, she has had long enough to try and bring this program back.

Phillbert 11 years, 4 months ago

Well that was horrible. I'm not going to write off a season based on one game, but that was just a terrible, terrible performance. We were out-coached, out-played and, knowing this is a Deb Patterson team we're talking about, certainly out-prayed. (Sorry, but if this isn't a time for gallows humor, I don't know what is.)

This team has demonstrated this season it has the ability to play like a Top 25 team, but it cannot fail to play up to its potential and expect to win games in this league.

Code_2008 11 years, 4 months ago

I was there and just was in shock myself. I couldn't believe how awful they were playing. They were definitely not the same team that they were during Non-conference play.

I also noticed the crowd there was louder than what it was at AFH. I turned to my cousin (who is a KSU fan) and he was also in shock. He expected his team to get blown out.

Look at Baylor, they fell to Okie State. Our home game against Okie State will help us figure out what the hell happened and if it's going to be a long conference season or not.

Maybe if the KSU's women team would of lost... they might of been able to get the Men's Team to win against Mizzou.

Ryan Richey 11 years, 4 months ago

Lew hired Bonnie. Hope made a better decision with Turner.

4jhawks4ku 11 years, 4 months ago

Terrible coaching, jeeez cmon. Embarassing to lose to our instate rival but to be blown out of the stadium. Enough is enough. You play to win the game. You play to win the game.

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