Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Juggernaut BU awaits: KU women to face top-seeded Bears today

Kansas forward Carolyn Davis (21) and Baylor center Brittney Griner (42) wait for an in-bounds play Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Carolyn Davis (21) and Baylor center Brittney Griner (42) wait for an in-bounds play Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 in Allen Fieldhouse.


— The last time the Kansas University women’s basketball team faced Baylor, the Bears were the No. 1-ranked team in the nation and a winter storm had just unloaded on Lawrence.

But the swirling snow and ice outside was nothing compared with the 76-37, cold-hearted beating the Bears gave the Jayhawks inside Allen Fieldhouse in mid-January.

“We’re shocked that we just didn’t have a pulse,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “Just shocked and embarrassed, quite honestly.”

Henrickson and her crew will get their chance to atone today, when the Jayhawks (20-11) and Bears (28-2) battle at 11 a.m. in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

“First game was tough,” KU sophomore Carolyn Davis said. “We don’t think we went out and competed our best. We didn’t go out and execute or do any of the things that we planned to do. And I don’t think that we’ll do that this time. We’re ready for this game.”

Baylor, the tournament’s top seed, advanced to the quarterfinals via first-round bye. The Bears are led by national-player-of-the-year candidate Brittney Griner (22 points, eight rebounds per game), a pesky defense and a host of sharp-shooters on the perimeter.

In January, the Bears were merely average against the Jayhawks in most statistical categories, despite the final score. They shot 48 percent from the floor, hit just three of 13 three-pointers and forced 16 turnovers. The Bears were dominant in the rebounding department, though. Led by Griner’s 15 boards, Baylor outrebounded Kansas, 55-25, a frightening thought for a KU squad that was overpowered on the boards by Colorado, 38-37, on Tuesday, including 23-11 on the offensive glass.

Although their only meeting with the Big 12’s regular season champion left the Jayhawks hurting, the players seemed truly energized by the opportunity for another shot. More than fine-tuning the X’s and O’s, Henrickson is counting on pride to carry her team in today’s rematch.

“We talked a little bit in the locker room (Tuesday) about remembering what (it) felt like emotionally after that (first meeting),” Henrickson said. “I don’t think any of us have forgotten that, and that’s important. But it’s a new day. It’s a new game. A different game.”


phogthedog 8 years, 9 months ago

It was embarrassing. It was as if we decided we couldn't win before the game even started. Fans came despite the incredible snowstorm and we were rewarded with a dismal performance. I beleive that we have the talent to play well against Baylor, even if we don't win. But we have to believe in ourselves.I'll be listening this morning. Cmon girls, play hard!

Cody Stumma 8 years, 9 months ago

Agreed. If nothing else, scare Baylor by pushing it to be a close game (or hell, an OT or two).

KGphoto 8 years, 9 months ago

I'm just certain we're all gonna laugh about this one day.

"Remember when we couldn't beat Baylor? Aaah, those were crazy days."

"Remember when we thought Griner was a woman, and then the coach... what was her name? Bennie? Bonnie? Yeah Bonnie! She went crazy and pantsed the giant, and Brittney turned out to be a Tyrone Biggums? Good times."

KGphoto 8 years, 9 months ago

Okay so since LJW won't do it, I will.

KU being out-rebounded by Baylor 14-5 in the first 10 minutes.

Tyrone Biggums has 4 blocks.

27 to 12 Baylor with 8:35 to go. KU simply cannot hang.

jayhawker_97 8 years, 9 months ago

why singled out only BU? cyclone beat the crap out of us, too - by large margin. how about giving some amps for the KU players?

to KU women's team: - BU are just a bunch of human beings - nothing to be scared of - Britney is not a super/wonder woman - she aint' no perfect - find her weaknesses, if you can't find them, find ways to foul her out of the game!! - believe in yourselves - this is tournament, anything can happen - etc, etc. etc..

go fight, go Jayhawks!!!

no_fan 8 years, 9 months ago

Get ready for post interview! Bonnie going to blame the girls! She never plays a part in it! NEVER!

big12ku 8 years, 9 months ago

Yoo hoo, Good Grief. Well what can I say much better effort this time by KU - only lost by 35 instead of 39 the first time. Classic example of Bonnie being out of her league is the fact that she was down to one timeout (for the entire game) before the first half was over with. And to add insult to injury KU got killed by Baylor's Melissa Jones who was playing with one eye. Way to prepare your team for battle, Coach.

On a brighter note, I don't want you to leave the tourney empty handed Good Grief. I have attached an online spelling test to this blog to keep you busy while you wait on the WNIT "Consolation" tourney. RCJH Go KU!

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