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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Out of time: KU women can’t grab momentum, fall in OT

Kansas guard Angel Goodrich (3) has her shot rejected by Oklahoma forward Jacqueline Jeffcoat during Kansas’ game against Oklahoma Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Angel Goodrich (3) has her shot rejected by Oklahoma forward Jacqueline Jeffcoat during Kansas’ game against Oklahoma Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012, at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The Kansas University women’s basketball team drained clutch three-pointers in the final seconds of each half during Tuesday night’s Big 12 battle with Oklahoma.

Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, the only buckets that truly mattered came in overtime, where the Sooners made more and held off the newly ranked Jayhawks, 74-68 in overtime.

“Both teams had leads and the chance to take control, and they had the last one and held on,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said.

Tuesday’s loss was KU’s third at home in conference play this season, and it dropped the Jayhawks, who were ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, to 16-5 overall and 5-4 in the Big 12.

After the loss, the Jayhawks utilized varying degrees of descriptions to describe their struggles at home.

“Look at all three of them, it’s been gut-wrenching,” said Henrickson of recent home losses to Kansas State, Texas A&M; and Oklahoma. “In this league, you gotta protect your home court.”

Added junior guard Monica Engelman: “I’d just say it sucks.”

Despite both teams playing with incredible energy and defensive intensity, the Jayhawks led for much of the game. Junior point guard Angel Goodrich made sure her team took the lead into halftime, when she buried a buzzer-beating three-pointer from a few steps inside of halfcourt to give Kansas a 27-25 lead and a huge lift.

“It got us some momentum, and I didn’t know what to do,” Engelman said. “I didn’t know if I should run at her or just stand there screaming.”

Midway through the second half, KU used a 7-0 run to turn its two-point lead into a nine-point cushion and led 53-44, with 9:30 to play. First, Engelman hit one of two free throws. Goodrich followed with a bucket in transition and added another highlight to her night by recording one of her six assists while falling out of bounds. Senior forward Aishah Sutherland (nine points, eight rebounds) was the recipient of that Goodrich gem and she calmly laid it in and sent the fieldhouse crowd of 2,872 into a frenzy. OU responded with a timeout and then made its run.

The Sooners’ first lead of the second half came at the 2:12 mark, when Morgan Hook buried a three-pointer from the corner. The Sooners, who lead the Big 12 in three-point shooting, made just 2 of 10 all night. The second one — at the 1:29 mark in OT — also gave them a lead.

“We did a great job defending the three until overtime and then they make some plays and we don’t,” Henrickson said.

The Jayhawks and Sooners reached overtime thanks to a clutch shot by Engelman with five seconds remaining in regulation. After Sharane Campbell hit two free throws to give OU a 64-61 lead with 12.8 seconds to play, Goodrich raced the ball up the floor and feathered a pass to Engelman on the far wing. Despite making just 4-of-15 shots on the night, Engelman stepped into it and buried it.

“It’s a play we have,” said Henrickson, who watched her team run things perfectly without the luxury of being able to call timeout to set the play up. “It’s a great screen by Carolyn, a great pass by Angel and a great, in-rhythm shot by (Engelman).”

With momentum again on its side, KU jumped out to a 66-64 lead in OT on a quick bucket by Davis. As was the case in regulation, however, KU simply could not pull away.

The Jayhawks next will travel to Texas A&M; on Saturday. The Jayhawks and Aggies are slated to tip off at 7 p.m.

Comments

Bion Ostrander 7 years ago

Ugh, Bonnie Ball, KU lost 3 of 4 home games and should have beat KSU and OU at AFH.

Go ahead, give her another $1.3 million retention bonus like she was paid in 2009 - - like everyone was knocking on the door to hire her away from KU! Oh crap, she did get another $300,000 after-tax retention bonus in 2011! Thats good money that could have been used to pay off Turner Gill.

Another great decision by Lew, you are supposed to pay her $1.3 million to go away.

In 7 coaching years, never taken KU to the NCAA tourney, never finished higher than 7th place in Big 12, and never better than 6-10 in conference play.

I love the Lady Hawks, but they deserve better.

KGphoto 7 years ago

Magic number stands at 4.

I'm thinking Bonnie is done because I don't know where they are going to find 4 more out of this remaining schedule. I had OU at home as one. MU at home as another. Maybe they will take care of OSU and Texas, I don't know, but I don't see them getting the benefit of the doubt as a bubble team if they go 3-8 down the stretch.

I would love to be wrong. Prove me wrong ladies. Steal a couple road upsets and get Sutherland in the dance.

Waylon Cook 7 years ago

THE BIG 12 IS NOT AS TOUGH AS IT HAS BEEN AND GUESS WHAT? BONNIE SUCKS. Its so sad to see the talent we have had not get to make noise in the tourney. Does anyone not remember how highly recruited Angel was? What a waste. Get Newmans coach out of Wichita for next season and see just how damn good we can be!

wakeupcall 7 years ago

I agree, the Big 12 is not as tough this season; however, ALL of the girls’ talents are being wasted, not just Angel’s. The majority of these girls were highly recruited by major conferences including the SEC, ACC, Big East, etc. but they chose KU for its great basketball history and atmosphere, only to be mismanaged once the season started. Asia Boyd is the highest recruit HCBH has received in her tenure. We will never know what she can bring to the table until she is given an opportunity. A player will only be as successful as this coach wants them to be, therefore this team can never turn the corner because certain kids have to play with restraints on them. Seems as though this is a system designed for one - two players to excel while the others are made to sit back, watch and waste away. How can you win in any conference, much less the Big 12 like this?

I watched the Kansas State loss, Iowa State overtime win, Texas win, Texas A&M loss, OU loss, and Baylor loss. With the exception of Baylor, the others were our games in regulation. We did not need overtime for Iowa State, nor OU, but when you’re mismanaging players, well………Much as I support the women’s team, it is hard to support the HEAD Coach. The assistants seem to know more about game planning, strategy, and game execution than the one that is being paid the big bucks; however as usual they have no power under HCBH.

Everyone needs to be given an opportunity to see what they can do. CeCe Harper did a great job at Baylor and followed it up during the OU game, only to sit during overtime WHY? Since we’re down to 10 players now, developing and giving everyone an opportunity to contribute shouldn’t be hard to do. So much talent wasted over the years.

Keena Mays and Donielle Breaux were smart and got the heck out of dodge.

no_fan 7 years ago

Win or lose I am sticking to my guns. These girls deserve better! I have said it from the beginning to the end HCBH does not know how to manage the talent she has on the team. You have to look at the overall program not just game by game. Not only does she SOMEHOW recruit highly ranked kids, she does not know what to do with the talent once they are here. She continues to lose players every year. Players are leaving in the middle of the year now. I am sure there will be more to add to the list in March or May. Keena and Donielle did not waste their talent under this program any longer. Look at other good programs, are we hearing about players leaving under Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma or Kim Mulkey? Win or lose a sign of a good program players stay to the end. Make you question what is truly going on? Keena was a player (who should have been in starting lineup from the start of the season). Donielle who we did not have the opportunity to see her talent. Asia, highly recruited player since HCBH been here at KU. We have not seen what she can contribute? A good program develop and work with freshmen to gain experence for this level of play. She can't be worse then the freshmen that is starting. This team is not that good to not have every player contribute something.

CeCe again having a good game but did not touch the floor in OT. What was the problem?

HCBH is not doing anything different from the past years. Pre-season was a weak schedule. The W's from the stronger conference teams are because they played horrible that night and KU came on top. Not because HCBH has turned the corner and has become this GREAT coach all of a sudden.

Chris Condren 7 years ago

Bonnie is the best paid bad women's basketball coach in all of Division I. She is the luckiest person in the world to have the contract given her (certainly not earned) by for Lewcifer Perkins which has made her a millionaire!! Only in Lawrence under the rule of an old fool could this happen.

Tom Shelton 7 years ago

You people are crazy. Watch out for what you wish for, you will get a recycled coach if they replace BH, and the results will not be good. Remember how BAD the program was before BH, do not forget that. The hole was very deep, and now, when you can see the light at the top, you want to start over. Gill was not given any chance to succeed so the new AD may have a quick trigger vs Lou's slow, steady plan, so which plan is better ??

Waylon Cook 7 years ago

I bet you loved Turner Gill too. Am I right?

Tom Shelton 7 years ago

As I said , Gill was not given enough time to establish his program. And, as I said, Kansas now has a recycled coach that had excessive support and money at ND and look at the results. Loss after loss after ........ You tell me what do you think ???

David Robinett 7 years ago

I tuned in when our gals were leading by 10 midway with like 8 minutes to go. The lead was blown by giving up simple layups!! some, completely unguarded. they didn't even make OU take a jump shot. I support the gals, but that was plain ugly and unnecessary.

OU just seemed to know how to finish a game better.

Tony Bandle 7 years ago

I thought i posted this earlier but maybe it got deleted:

16-5 , 5-4 - the rest of the way, I have every confidence that the LadyHawkes can go at least 4-5, end up 20-10 and, having been ranked and having beaten two Top 25 teams, get to the Big Dance.

We've only got one senior on the team, so the future looks bright!!

I sometimes think there is an unconciously motivated expectation put on the women's program because of the unbelievable success of the men's program.

It's only human nature but that still doesn't make it fair.

MinnesotaJay 7 years ago

Tough, tough loss. Not going to conclude anything beyond that simple and obvious fact. And, not sure if it's accurate to say, but had all the players worked as hard as Angel Goodrich and Ce Ce Harper in this one, we'd have had a 15 point plus win.

Waylon Cook 7 years ago

check out Bamas record in the SEC 0-10. They freaking beat us!

Waylon Cook 7 years ago

check out Bamas record in the SEC 0-10. They freaking beat us!

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