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Kansas defeats Wichita State, 79-58

  • 7 p.m., March 16, 2011
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Originally published March 16, 2011 at 10:41p.m., updated March 17, 2011 at 12:00a.m.

Davis, Kansas women smash Shockers in WNIT

Sophomore forward erupts for 33 points in 79-58 drubbing

Kansas University forward Carolyn Davis rises for two points in the second half against Wichita State in the first round of the WNIT. Davis dominated the post, scoring 33 points in KU’s 79-58 throttling of the Shockers on Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University forward Carolyn Davis rises for two points in the second half against Wichita State in the first round of the WNIT. Davis dominated the post, scoring 33 points in KU’s 79-58 throttling of the Shockers on Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Despite not making the NCAA Tournament, Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson stresses that her team isn’t trying to prove itself in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

“What good’s that gonna do us?” Henrickson said.

Instead, the Jayhawks just want to keep winning games like they did Wednesday night, when they cruised to a 79-58 victory against Wichita State in Allen Fieldhouse.

Sophomore Carolyn Davis led the way with 33 points on 14-of-15 shooting, 7-of-7 in the first half. It was the fourth time Davis has scored 30 or more points in a game this season.

The Jayhawks shot 70.8 percent in the first half, opening a 15-point lead at halftime. The final buzzer was the only thing left from there.

“We shoot 70 percent, but we probably take shots that you might shoot 70 percent on,” Henrickson said.

She wasn’t kidding. Davis and her teammates often found themselves unguarded in the paint in the first half.

Davis wasn’t able to finish a perfect night from the field, but has a true scorer’s mentality: She said she didn’t remember the lone miss.

Henrickson said she thought that Wichita State’s unfamiliarity with Kansas’ offense after just one day of preparation helped. The Jayhawks (21-12) were able to get primary looks that were taken away a lot during Big 12 play.

Henrickson also said her players shouldn’t worry about missing the NCAA Tournament and should focus on winning the next game.

“I don’t care which one you’re playing,” Henrickson said. “If you’re still playing this time of the year, you’re a good basketball team. And I think our kids have embraced that.”

Kansas sophomore Monica Engelman said the team is certainly taking the tournament seriously.

“It’s really important to us,” Engelman said. “Regardless of whatever you’re playing for, it’s a big deal and something special to win a championship.”

Kansas will play next on Saturday at home against the winner of the Duquesne-Kent State game today at Duquesne. The game will take place at 7 p.m. The Jayhawks are into round two of the tournament, but still need to win four more to make it to the championship.

“You can’t get in this thing not wanting to play, because you’ll be out early,” Henrickson said. “There are a lot of teams that are really excited to play in this thing. And there are a lot of talented teams in it.”

Comments

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 7 months ago

It really is a shame. Looking at the womens NCAA bracket and the schools that are in it and we are not. From our facilities to TT's special benefits for being on the team, we should easily have top 20 teams every year.

John Randall 3 years, 7 months ago

We have different ideas of what is "easy".

When you sober up, we'll have to talk about it.

Bill Lee 3 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the story. I looked for one earlier, but it's better late than never.

LeBo 3 years, 7 months ago

That was Kool! I hope that Wichita State is on the schedule more. When we next go to Wichita State have it on a Saturday so that we can follow the Lady Jayhawks!

slowplay 3 years, 7 months ago

Anytime you can extend your season, that's a good thing. Keep it up ladies.

Romans832 3 years, 7 months ago

Agreed, slowplay. I remember the year that Texas Tech was invited to WNIT and didn't accept. I never did understand the thinking (if you can call it that) behind that.

Did you hear about the special deal offered by the athletic department? Buy a ticket for this upcoming WNIT game on Saturday, and receive a free ticket to the Saturday (3/19) or Sunday (3/20) baseball game vs. Oklahoma State.

KGphoto 3 years, 7 months ago

“I don’t care which one you’re playing,” Henrickson said.

And it shows.

big12ku 3 years, 7 months ago

Despite not making the NCAA Tournament, Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson stresses that her team isn’t trying to prove itself in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. “What good’s that gonna do us?” Henrickson said. I like it. Bonnie knows that KU should have made the "other tourney" and there are no bragging rights to be gained from playing in the WNIT or for even winning this game as she also indicated that Wichita State barely put up a fight.

Uggggh, I know this team is so much better than we've seen. If only they had a Geno or Pat who believed in them, with the personality and know-how to lead them, who would demand excellence all the time, who would push them to be the players we know they can be - players who go hard every day in practice, who stay hungry never satisfied, always willing to improve their game, and are willing to leave everything they have in them on the court day in and day out.

Sadly, ole Bonnie is fine with mediocrity and has about as much passion as a box of rocks with assistants who appear to be just taking up space. Those kids are desperate for leadership as evidenced by the look on their faces. Was it just me or did the kid from Colorado who hasn't played much all year look like she was there in body but her spirit had left the building a long time ago.

Oh well, I believe in you ladies, always.

no_fan 3 years, 7 months ago

I knew big12ku would come through as always.

MinnesotaJay 3 years, 7 months ago

Congratulations, ladies. Nice win. I heard the game from the WSU announcers' perspective. They were impressed.

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