Kansas State defeats Kansas, 56-51

  • 6:30 p.m., March 5, 2011
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Originally published March 5, 2011 at 08:33p.m., updated March 6, 2011 at 12:47a.m.

KU women fall to K-State, 56-51, in regular season finale


In many ways, it was the perfect ending to the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s regular season. Good, but not good enough.

Saturday night, in front of a loud and proud crowd of 5,751, Bonnie Henrickson’s club dropped a heartbreaker to in-state rival Kansas State, 56-51, the second time this season that the Wildcats topped the Jayhawks by five.

Losing, and falling to 19-11 overall and 6-10 in Big 12 play, was bad enough. That the latest loss came in the final home game for two KU seniors was the really hard part.

“This is a tough one to swallow,” senior Marisha Brown said. “It’s definitely a tough loss. I wouldn’t want to go out losing on my senior night, but I also have to remember that we have games after this so I have to focus on that and just have to move past it.”

Brown, a starter who finished with four points and four rebounds in 29 minutes, was joined by reserve post player Krysten Boogaard (zero points and one rebound in three minutes) in playing their final games at Allen Fieldhouse. After the game, both were honored by the home crowd with a jersey presentation on the floor, but ceremony did little to erase the disappointment of Saturday’s loss.

“There were some mistakes that we made throughout the game,” said sophomore forward Carolyn Davis, who led the Jayhawks with 15 points and 14 rebounds. “We should not have turned the ball over as much and should have gotten our hands on more 50/50 balls. I think that we did not execute very well.”

Kansas came out on fire and jumped to early leads of 4-0 and 15-11 before falling behind by two, 26-24, at halftime.

The Jayhawks were impressive to start the second half, ripping off a 10-4 run to take a 34-30 lead at the 15:08 mark.

From there, Kansas State (20-9, 10-6) responded with a run of its own that put the Jayhawks in position to play from behind the rest of the way.

Despite trailing by as many as eight points with less than two minutes to play, the Jayhawks willed their way into having a shot to tie the game with 39.7 seconds remaining.

After a bucket by Aishah Sutherland at the 1:08 mark made it 54-51, K-State, the Jayhawks’ defense stepped up and forced the Wildcats into a shot-clock violation. With time winding down on the shot clock and the game clock creeping down toward 1:00, K-State sophomore Mariah White drove to the basket and pulled up in the lane for a shot. The ball rolled around the rim and eventually fell, but officials waved it off, claiming that the shot came a fraction of a second too late.

The defensive stand gave Kansas a chance. But just a few seconds into its next possession, a pass from point guard Angel Goodrich caromed off of Brown’s hands and landed on the Kansas bench. Turnover No. 13 for the Jayhawks. Possession to the Wildcats. Game over.

“I really don’t remember what happened,” Brown said of the crucial play. “I guess they may have tipped it, and it kind of slipped out of my hands as well. I wasn’t expecting it because that’s not where the ball was supposed to come anyway. It was just one of those things.”

Instead of looking for a game-tying three-pointer at that point — Kansas was just 2-of-9 from three-point range for the game — Henrickson said the plan was to get the quick two-pointer and extend the game.

“We didn’t want to eat a lot of clock doing that because you need possessions, and you need some time,” Henrickson said. “But we just were not aggressive. We got real soft, and we got real hesitant.”

Added freshman Diara Moore: “I think it was a focus thing. We weren’t really dialed in as much as we need to be.”

The loss did nothing to change KU’s seeding in next week’s Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo. The Jayhawks will be the No. 8 seed and will play No. 9 Colorado at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Saturday’s result did reinforce one thing for the Jayhawks, should they have any hopes of earning a spot in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

“Well, we gotta win it,” said Henrickson of qualifying for the NCAAs via the automatic bid given to conference tournament champions. “Obviously, we’re NIT-eligible, and that speaks for itself, but we gotta win it to go to the NCAA Tournament.”


Jack Brooks 7 years, 11 months ago

Sigh... I think that it's time to move on from the Bonnie era. It's been, what, 7 years, and she still can't do anything in conference.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 11 months ago

time to show us you stuff sheaon. i mean sheeon. i mean shayon. i mean, you know what i mean.

no_fan 7 years, 11 months ago

As much as we post "Fire Bonnie" I am afraid that the A.D. will give her one more year to try and prove herself to him! I doubt that any one with power read these message boards. We can go on and on posting the same thing over and over but reality is we have no power.

Cody Stumma 7 years, 11 months ago



There's his e-mail address, feel free to send your thoughts then.

no_fan 7 years, 11 months ago

Thanks but no thanks. I do not need or want his e-mail, phone number, address, or any other means to contact him. Again, the bottom line my opinion is my opinion and it does not matter to anyone in authority. All I was saying was majority of people who post is saying the same thing and pretty much in agreement that Bonnie need to go. Who are we?

kupride4u 7 years, 11 months ago

Agreed, it's his decision to make. That's why he was hired. There's always going to be unhappy people, but it's his decision and his alone.

kupride4u 7 years, 11 months ago

Agreed, it's his decision to make. That's why he was hired. There's always going to be unhappy people, but it's his decision and his alone.

KEITHMILES05 7 years, 11 months ago

Actually the players are at fault tonight. They missed too many close shots and FT shooting was horrendous. Bonnie had them adjust after half time driving to the bucket and they took a 6 point lead I believe it was. Then, they stalled, played horrible defense ( and I mean HORRIBLE!) and KSU started making shots. This one is on the players and not the coach.

go4ku 7 years, 11 months ago

I agree Keith, i thought there were some points during the game where the ladies looked like the team I think we all know they can be...and then there were times when they looked like the young and inexperienced team we've seen this year. I thought they played better "team" ball than in many games and once again, it was a one possession game...and the lack of focus showed in that last minute. Bonnie managed the tempo of the game, adjusted when needed, used time outs very wisely and gave those players EVERY chance to win. They showed their inexperience late..... Time for a tournament roll!

Waylon Cook 7 years, 11 months ago

players are truly never at fault unless they just stop iistening to the coach. its truly bonnies job to get the ladies ready and empower tham to be able to do anything that they can to win. bonnie seems to want to keep the players on a leash of sorts. deb is an average coach at best yet walks bonnies dog everytime we play.

we have 6 wins in the Big 12 and thats bonnies best mark since being here and she still has a job after 7 years? what is she union or something? at some point dont u think u should produce before gettng a paycheck? and to the people who were excited about the 6 wins remember. cu is terrible(we swept them) however lappe showed shes going to be a better coach than bonnie in the end. nu and mu are below .500 last time i looked on the season yet we lost to each! osu is bad but we did win on their court(at the time the only north team to win on a south floor showing we have players they just need a leader!!!) isu was ranked when we beat them but like i said before bonnie actually plays bill pretty good each time, problem is bill makes tourney and gets to the elite 8 once in a while.......(isu lost to misery yesterday so dont think that was a signature win).

time to go bonnie and you won't be missed!

sparty627 7 years, 11 months ago

onlyoneU, Deb is an average coach? She has been a head coach for 15 seasons. With her next win she will have 300 victories. That will be an average of 20 per season. That is far above average. I have no arguement with the criticism of Bonnie, as KU probably has better talent than K-State this season, but there is a lot more going on here than Bonnie's shortcomings. There is also Deb's coaching.

kupride4u 7 years, 11 months ago

I wouldn't go that far. I've never heard many great things about Deb's coaching out of Manhattan. She had some of the best teams in the country in the early 2000's with girls like Wecker, Koehn, Ohlde, Mahoney, Lehning, etc....and she never got them past the 2nd round

squawkhawk 7 years, 11 months ago

If that is your measurement then what would you say about many of the KU men's teams that never got past the first or second round of the NCAA tourney? Does that make Self and other coaches just so-so?

sparty627 7 years, 11 months ago

Things happen in the tournament (Bradley Braves, anyone?). But 20 wins per season over 15 seasons doesn't just happen because you have one three-year stretch with mulitple (2) All-Americans (Lehning was in junior high when Ohlde and company were playing at K-State, and only she, Ohlde and Wecker were heads and shoulders above the typical talent level at KSU.) To do that with the talent she typically has says it all about her coaching. Two Big-12 regular-season titles, and a WNIT title during one of the down years. When Bonnie catches up, we can compare coaching skill.

Dyrk Dugan 7 years, 11 months ago

0-2 this week....just needed to split to post her best record ever in the league....and keep her job....and she couldn't do it.

Bonnie Henrickson should no longer be the coach of womens basketball at KU. Period. they might beat CU, and then they'll get destroyed by Baylor.....same 'ol, same 'ol. No development here...she couldn't even get to .500 in the league once. She should be gone.

Deb Engstrom 7 years, 11 months ago

Bonnie knows x's and o's very well. You could tell by watching the game last night that she had done her homework and the players were following the plan. Unfortunately, we missed layups and free throws and turned the ball over at crucial times. I attend every women's game at home and I appreciate the improvement. Maybe the record doesn't show it because this is a tough league, but the level of basketball is much better and the games are almost always competitive. We may not beat Baylor, but it shouldn't take much to get to the top half of the league standings -- maybe one more year of maturity for the freshmen and sophomores.

go4ku 7 years, 11 months ago

Finally...someone who not only knows women's basketball, but supports it! Thank you deb!

slowplay 7 years, 11 months ago

I agree that she knows her X's & O's. Coaches do not make it to this level without a comprehensive knowledge of the game. The problem is and has been her inability to teach these young women how to win. This may have been the most talented team she's had, and again, they underachieved. If this was her 1st or second year, I would say, "OK, she deserves another shot", but the pattern is the same, year in and year out and after seven years abject failure it's time for a change.

Bob Strawn 7 years, 11 months ago

k-state has one of the traditional power programs in wbb. it's a high standard, not unlike chasing roys boys. emaw.

priceiswright 7 years, 11 months ago

k-state a traditional power in wbb? They have never even been to a final four idiot. Thanks for coming around so we can all laugh at what a pathetic loser you are tmcats. What a joke you and ksu are.

squawkhawk 7 years, 11 months ago

Yeah that was probably a little over the top, but, KSU does own KU in WBB. They have won 19 of the past 21 games against KU WBB. So what does that make kU?

LeBo 7 years, 11 months ago

KUAC is too cheap to fire Bonnie. The W BB team is not a bell cow, therefore, Zenger will not pay Bonnie to go away. You Jayhawkers complained about Coach Washington, but she looks like a HOF now. Maybe we can go to Canada and find the next great white women's baller. NOT!

WNIT, can't wait!

big12ku 7 years, 11 months ago

Classic end to the season. No surprise KU lost. I agree with the bloggers in that the missed freethrows hurt the team and that the girls made bad decisions down the stretch. Problem is though the decisions that were made have been made all year. I guess ole Bonnieball thought they were okay as she did nothing to correct them in 29 games.

And let's not even talk about the defense. It it quite obvious that Bonnie and her staff don't know much about and do not put high priority on playing defense. As usual when the guards got beat on the perimiter nobody stepped over to stop the penetration in the paint and that has been the story all year. Does anyone know what the team works on in practice besides getting the ball to the post and running a gazillion screens for the 2 guard?

And Bonnie needs to step away from this notion that the older kids are more experienced and should play over the younger ones. It really should boil down to whose effective on the court. Last night Bonnie had the freshman guards on the court in the second half who went on a run and just when they were making strides she subbed them out and put upperclassman in who had not been a factor in the game all night and they laid an egg for her. It is no secret though Bonnie's in game decision making leaves something to be desired and she appears to be a motivation and confidence kill joy as well.

The girls made mistakes that they have to own; however, this team is a reflection of the coaching they have been subjected to this season and for the last 7 seasons. Bonnie's coaching or lack thereof may be up to standards somewhere else but it is unacceptable in D-1 basketball and the Big 12.

And Deb Patterson may not be a Pat Summitt but she is a better coach than Henrickson. KState swept KU this year with lesser talent on the court and that in itself is impressive. Oh well one maybe two more games and then it will all be over until next season that is. RCJH Go KU!

no_fan 7 years, 11 months ago

big12ku you are my favorite post person. You speak the truth everytime you write. Again, it is sad when someone with only family (lil kids) experience is so knowledgeable of what is exactly going on with this team.

Lash 7 years, 11 months ago

No desire, didn't look like they wanted to win for themselves, KU or coach. SAD. It doesn't matter whether she can coach or not, RESULTS.

big12ku 7 years, 11 months ago

Question. Can someone explain to me the decision by Bonnie to start one player coming off a two game suspension in the Kstate game and play her 29 minutes while another player, 4 year veteran, 1,000 point club inductee doesn't start, only played 3 minutes sitting out the remainder of the game on the bench in front of family coming all the way from Canada on her senior night? I'm clueless.

kchawk18 7 years, 11 months ago

Great question. I couldn't wrap my head around the fact she didn't start Boogie. I didnt expect her to get many minutes as Davis seems to play better at home Talk about a slap in the face. She needs to take a a page from Bill's class act book, he starts his walk-ons that are seniors.

Whatever, it's all just painful to watch.

no_fan 7 years, 11 months ago

Come on big12ku don't disappoint me. lol Go back and read your post in your own words!

"Everything that is wrong with this team can be attributed to the coaching leadership. Mentoring, Motivation, Preparation, Player Development, Game Time Management, Fundamentals, Toughness, Passion, Aggressiveness, Trust, Confidence."

big12ku 7 years, 11 months ago

lol I know. I was trying to be objective; thought maybe I missed something.

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