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California defeats Kansas, 88-79

  • 9 p.m., Dec. 21, 2012
  • Berkeley, Calif.,

Friday, December 21, 2012

KU women fall to Cal, 88-79

Kansas’ Angel Goodrich, center, drives between California’s Afure Jemerigbe, left, and Brittany Boyd in the first half. KU fell to Cal, 88-79, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif.

Kansas’ Angel Goodrich, center, drives between California’s Afure Jemerigbe, left, and Brittany Boyd in the first half. KU fell to Cal, 88-79, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif.

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Kansas’ Angel Goodrich, center, drives between California’s Afure Jemerigbe, left, and Brittany Boyd in the first half. KU fell to Cal, 88-79, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif.

— Layshia Clarendon scored a season-high 28 points, one of five California players in double figures, and the eighth-ranked Golden Bears beat No. 19 Kansas, 88-79, on Friday night.

Gennifer Brandon added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Bears (9-1), who matched the best start in school history. Talia Caldwell made all five of her shots and had 12 points. Reshanda Gray added 13, and Afure Jemerigbe scored 10.

Angel Goodrich had 21 points to lead the Jayhawks (9-2), who were playing their third road game. Carolyn Davis added 16 points, Natalie Knight had 13 and Chelsea Gardner 12.

Brittany Boyd sank a layup in the final seconds of the first half, giving Cal a 42-35 lead at the break. It was the most points allowed by Kansas in a half this season.

“Watching (Cal) on film and seeing them in person, it is who they have been all year,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “Our post defense was poor and our defense keeping the ball from getting inside was just as bad. When you play a team of this caliber on the road you have to survive their runs and answer them with your own.”

The Golden Bears, who have started the same five players in every game, used an 11-0 run to overcome a strong Kansas start and open a seven-point edge.

Both teams shot better than 50 percent in the first half. Cal took advantage of its 12 offensive rebounds for a 16-6 advantage in second-chance points.

Kansas played its 94th game against a Pac-12 opponent, although 88 have been against former Big 12 rival Colorado. The Jayhawks have played Cal more often than any other Pac-12 foe aside from the Buffaloes.

The Jayhawks, who last played the Bears five years ago, fell to 2-19 under coach Bonnie Henrickson against teams ranked in the Top 10.

The Jayhawks will break for the holidays, then host Kansas State at 7 p.m. on Jan. 2 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Comments

Scut Farkus 1 year, 3 months ago

No_fan is clearly unwilling to give credit when clearly due. I think Bonnie's job was in jeopardy last year but she clearly showed she can get the job done. I think that's clear. Tough game, on the road.........the ladies played well enough to win, but couldn't get a run going of their own.

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Waylon Cook 1 year, 3 months ago

Bonnie coached team losing to a quality opponent on the road????????

What a crazy thing.

Deb and KSU up next? We know Deb owns Bonnie.

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texashawk10 1 year, 3 months ago

Tough loss, but the #19 team is expected to lose on the road to the #8 team in the country. The game wasn't too big for KU and both teams were making shots. KU played a team that's better than they are and Cal played a good game as well and their talent led them to victory. KU's still a good team that will challenge for 2nd place in the Big 12 (does anybody think Baylor's not winning it this year with that guy still on their team?) and challenge for a good seed in the NCAA tournament and hopefully end in Iowa City for the first two rounds of the tournament (Iowa City is the closest place to Lawrence hosting games).

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swunruhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

The lady Jayhawks are improving and this loss will prove to be good for them. They will learn from it and take the lesson into the upcoming Big 12 season. RCJH

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Tom Shelton 1 year, 3 months ago

Agree with Minnesota Jay, good game under tuff conditions . Three or four years ago would have lost by 20 or more. Keep improving, ladies !!

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no_fan 1 year, 3 months ago

CLEARLY your opinion, and CLEARLY mine. We are all entitled to it !

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no_fan 1 year, 3 months ago

Is this when we start to shake our head? Watched the game via cal website and how disappointing was it. Questions, questions, questions ?

  1. Why take Knight out of a rhythm after shooting back to back treys?
  2. Why was Cal post players walking in the lane at will?
  3. Why leave a player on the floor that was a turnover machine and cannot guard ?
  4. Why not use some more bench players, after all they were good enough for the Sweet Sixteen run.

It is apparent that the wins will come much harder as we enter Big 12 Play. Good luck on making it to the Big12 tournament (unless all teams automatically advance) nevertheless the NCAA Tournament. Hate to do it, but I am embracing myself for a disappointing end to the season. Clearly the coaches that departed for other jobs were the driving force behind the wins and the toughness last season.

CAN WE GET THEM BACK?????

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