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Missouri defeats Kansas, 70-65

  • 1 p.m., Feb. 18, 2012
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Originally published February 18, 2012 at 03:12p.m., updated February 18, 2012 at 06:20p.m.

Border War loss ‘dagger’ for KU women

Kansas guard Angel Goodrich goes up for a shot between Missouri defenders Christine Flores, left, and BreAnna Brock. Missouri picked up its first Big 12 victory with a 70-65 win over KU on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Angel Goodrich goes up for a shot between Missouri defenders Christine Flores, left, and BreAnna Brock. Missouri picked up its first Big 12 victory with a 70-65 win over KU on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The reality hit hard in the postgame press conference following the Kansas women’s basketball team’s 70-65 loss to Missouri on Saturday afternoon.

Any aspirations of an NCAA Tournament appearance most likely faded with the Jayhawks’ defensive meltdown against the Big 12’s worst team.

“It’s a dagger, there’s no doubt about that,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said of the loss. “It’s a dagger.”

Missouri made 57 percent of its shots (27 of 47) despite coming into the game as the Big 12’s worst scoring offense, averaging 53.8 points per game in conference play.

With the victory, the Tigers improved to 11-14 overall and 1-13 in the Big 12.

Henrickson became emotional afterwards when asked if the loss of forward Carolyn Davis to an knee injury on Feb. 12 was causing her team to play with fear. She said, if anything, the team was dealing with the loss of KU’s best player better than she was.

“We won’t use that as an excuse,” Henrickson said, her eyes tearing up. “Neither one of those two (forwards Aishah Sutherland and Tania Jackson) would. Bring all of them in here. They wouldn’t.

“They’d tell you, ‘We’ve got to find a way to win, and we needed to guard better today,’” Henrickson added, tapping the table with her finger for emphasis. “They would not make an excuse for you. They wouldn’t. And I’m not either.”

After trailing by 15 at halftime, KU rallied to make it close.

The Jayhawks had possession trailing 68-65 with 1:01 left, but Angel Goodrich’s bounce pass in the lane intended for Jackson was stolen by MU’s BreAnna Brock.

“I regret that,” Goodrich said. “To be honest, I take it a lot to heart when a situation like that is in my hands, and I lose it. I just gave it back to them.”

MU’s Christine Flores hit both ends of a one-and-one with 27.1 seconds left, and KU missed its final three three-pointers to suffer its third straight loss.

The Jayhawks struggled from the start.

Missouri opened the game on an 8-0 run, helped by three-pointers from Flores and Bree Fowler.

It was a sign of things to come. MU was rarely contested on any of its first-half three-point attempts, making six of eight three-pointers before halftime (75 percent).

“They’ve been shooting threes lights out lately,” Goodrich said, “and that’s all we gave them in the first half.”

KU closed to 26-20 on a jumper by Sutherland with 6:10 left in the first half, but the senior picked up her second foul just over a minute later.

Henrickson checked Sutherland out for the rest of the half, and the Jayhawks scored just two points over the final 5:06. During that time, MU used an 11-2 run to pull ahead, 37-22, at the break.

Henrickson said she believed holding Sutherland out for the rest of the half was the correct decision, especially considering the run KU made in the second half.

“On the road I probably would have put her in, quite honestly,” Henrickson said. “At home, with the crowd and the energy, I felt like we could get back in it, and we did.”

Sutherland scored 19 of her 23 points after the break, but the halftime deficit proved to be too much, as KU couldn’t get any closer than three.

Missouri shot better than 55 percent from the floor for the first time since December of 2005.

“Holy buckets, that’s a long time,” MU coach Robin Pingeton said.

Before Saturday, MU’s top shooting effort was a 44-percent performance against Texas Tech on Jan. 7.

“Uncontested threes and layups,” Henrickson said. “If we got the shots they got in the second half, our field-goal percentage would probably be pretty similar. We made some tough twos, and they didn’t even have to take many tough twos.”

Sutherland led KU with 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting, while Goodrich added 13 points on 6-for-16 shooting with nine assists and seven turnovers.

KU lost in front of a season-high home crowd of 6,402 in its “Jayhawks for a Cure” game.

After starting the season 15-2 and 4-1 in conference, KU (17-9, 6-8 Big 12) has now dropped seven of its last nine games to put its NCAA hopes on life support.

“I’m not really focused on that right now. I’m just focused on the next game,” Jackson said, before raising a hand to her eyes to push back tears.

“This loss is going to hurt us. They were 0-12 in the conference. It’s going to hurt us,” Sutherland added. “We need to win some where people think we’re not going to win.”

Comments

kubiggestfan 2 years, 8 months ago

The only thing I liked about this game was the cause they played for and the pink uniforms.

Steve Jacob 2 years, 8 months ago

If that was not the final nail in Bonnie's coffin...

AFAN 2 years, 8 months ago

Again no defense pressure in the guards. Mizzou point guard is a freshman and should have been pressured from one endof the court to the other. Coach H you started your defensive person but then you sat her on the bench most of the game. You can't win without defense and coach you can't tell your starting guards not to foul. They let Mizzou guards hit seven 3 pointers and when the guars drove they let them go by and shoot without contesting. Coach you can't ask certain people to play defense and not the whole team. But you only do enough to make it look like it's the players fault, but it's the coach. Coach H doesn't want to win, but wants the paycheck. Coach H if you truly love KU you will step away after this season and let them get a true head coach that can see the potential in all their players, not just your favorite ones. This team has too much talent to lose like this. Honestly they should be 13-1 in big twelve conference.

texashawk10 2 years, 8 months ago

Anybody in Lawrence looking for part time work, I hear Bonnie is looking to hire a moving crew to pack up her office and house.

kubiggestfan 2 years, 8 months ago

Anyone know how many games lewcifer has attended to support his great hires?

Frankenhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

see ya bon bon. can't say i'll miss you.

JhawkalumJB 2 years, 8 months ago

I attended this game. The Defense was TERRIBLE!! Offensively KU fought back into the game, but Missourah came down and hit layup after layup...uncontested. It wasn't fun to see. Plus a hand in the shooters face on the three ball would've made a difference. Wow!! no D!!!

bluzhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

It was hard to watch. KU would get close and then give up a easy bucket in the paint. Plus MU got open shots on inbound plays under their goal. Fundamental breakdowns that a team with KU's experience should not make. No pass for Bonnie on this one, and especially not against the Tigers.

kubiggestfan 2 years, 8 months ago

I said this would happen......only because bonnie was still on the sidelines. Terrible to let Mizzou get their first conference win on our home court. I am available to help hcbh pack her bags when needed.

greenworld 2 years, 8 months ago

Missouri shot better than 55 percent from the floor for the first time since December of 2005 and Ku didnt play a lick of defense. Bonnie must have been watching the same game as I was as I left at halftime, no my kids were almost asleep by then. I did however on the way out let my kids watch the halftime show which by far was one of the best halftime shows that I have ever seen. Yes Carolyn Davis is a big loss and blow for the team but one player doesnt decide and make up a team. If it does then you are not playing team basketball. Why is Sutherland and Jackson sit the bench more than anybody when they are by far two of the best players out on the court. I know number 5 for us Bunny Willians should have been benched within the first few minutes of the game as I dont know where her head was but her head was not in that game. You might do what Coach Self did with Withey , he wasnt very motivated in alot of games and he made him run stairs in practice and BAM!!! all of a sudden you saw a inspired Withey that started to care about the game of basketball. ALso I have heard rumors of certain girls want to transfer because they dont get along with Coach Bonnie, as far as im concerned , suck it up girls, u are a Div 1 college basketball player that plays for a Big 12 school and that is a terrible attitude to have. Do you know how many girls would die to play for Ku or just get a scholarship to play any sport in college?? Well alot and if u dont want to be apart of a program and dont like it so much then go play for somebody else. Dont act like spoiled little Brats.

kubiggestfan 2 years, 8 months ago

Players wanting to leave is no rumor....let's go down the names since her tenure - rhea codio, annette Davis, Brooke Jelniker, keena mays, diara Moore, and donielle breaux. I am sure there were more.

As for bunny Williams, that is not fair to her. I agree every player should be dialed into the game but it is also the coaches job to motivate her players. Williams can contribute but may just be convinced that she will not play her, even with the short bench . This is nothing new in the bonnie era, look at boogard from last season....could contribute but was not playing. I am sure these girls are all grateful for the scholarship opportunity, but each want to feel a part of something. Basketball is played the same way on all levels div 1, 2,.3, etc...I am sure those that are not happy, you will know real soon. From the outside looking in, I can only speculate that something is going on for so many kids to want to jump ship...can't be all the kids...take a hard look

no_fan 2 years, 8 months ago

Spoiled Brats? Die to play at KU? Are you confused with the men team? Yea, so many girls are dieing to play at KU that Bonnie has NEVER had a full roster or can ever keep the players that come to KU. She could only sign 2 guards in early signing period. Bonnie, has never had to turn players away where they are knocking at KU door to beg for a scholarship or play for her. Spoiled Brats, I am sure these girls had numerous opportunities to go to other D1 schools. Go back and look at their resumes & choices coming out of High School. I am sure that they chose KU under whatever lies (oops, lines) was presented to them. Once they arrived here Bonnie is such a great coach that they see the true program. Maybe the treatment of what is going on behind the scenes. By the names given of who left I am sure these players went to other schools and main thing getting a free education. We had 2 players to leave in the middle of the season I am sure they did not leave without a plan to attend another University. Why should they have to suck it up and waist their talent on the bench when they could easily go play for another D1 University and play for a Coach who possibly appreciate their talent for their program.

Rolland Remmert 2 years, 8 months ago

Wonder if Mizzery printed a T shirt for this victory like they did for the men.......Nothing like classlessness multiplied by 2

KEITHMILES05 2 years, 8 months ago

It was a very dreadful game to watch as KU showed no desire to play defense. I don't think they've been taught how to guard the post or allow guards to drive and shot at will.

When will Dr. Zenger say enough is enough and pull the plug on this bad hire? When?

KEITHMILES05 2 years, 8 months ago

It was a very dreadful game to watch as KU showed no desire to play defense. I don't think they've been taught how to guard the post or allow guards to drive and shot at will.

When will Dr. Zenger say enough is enough and pull the plug on this bad hire? When?

KEITHMILES05 2 years, 8 months ago

It was a very dreadful game to watch as KU showed no desire to play defense. I don't think they've been taught how to guard the post or allow guards to drive and shot at will.

When will Dr. Zenger say enough is enough and pull the plug on this bad hire? When?

MinnesotaJay 2 years, 8 months ago

No comment regarding Bonnie. With Carolyn we blow them out. Without her, well... Whatever. This loss BLOWS!!!

kubiggestfan 2 years, 8 months ago

No offense to carolyn, but she was never the greatest defensive presence either. Her offense would have helped but defensively...I doubt it! Still can't figure out why Asia boyd continues to sit...my guess is that she is as good as gone. Someone needs to step in and save this program from bonnie. She has run it into the ground.

actorman 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm with people that it's time for Bonnie to go, but let's not go overboard by saying she has run the program into the ground. Does anyone remember how bad the program was when she was hired? They were only a couple of years removed from an 0-16 Big XII season. How exactly do you run that into the ground?

Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 8 months ago

that was it for me. the final straw. it doesn't matter how they finish now. She should have been fired last year...they had just been given her extension the year before, and with all the returning players, we should have had a pretty good team.

Yes, Carolyn's injury has hurt this team, but we're off the charts. we fought hard vs. KSU but we didn't score in the last four minutes? and now we lose to our big rival, who was 0-12 in the league coming in? No excuses at all. No defense is what it was. Carolyn Davis does not guard the perimeter.

Nope, Bonnie is done. She gave it a go, but was not the right fit. Couldn't recruit Kansas or KC area kids...and her legacy is she couldn't beat K-State...and no NCAA tourneys. Let's get a coach in here who knows how to recruit this state AND Kansas City...plenty of good basketball players locally and regionally....let's get 'em in to Lawrence!

Mr. Z, i think you did well with the Weis hire. Let's make it 2-2 with the new womens basketball coach.

no_fan 2 years, 8 months ago

HCBH better learn how to recruit from Kansas, Kansas City, Tim Buck Too, etc...because she has no chance of recruiting any ranked or quality players from Texas. The way HCBH has treated the Texas athletes now, in the past & the future players that probably are leaving the program. She will need to replace them with somebody. @ greenworld, guess she will recruit those players who would die to have a scholarship because they would not have any other schools of choice. @ fanfromafar, that would be a turn for the program to go up, up, up having players with no resumes behind their name. Lol

pavlovs_dog 2 years, 8 months ago

Made me wonder if Carolyn was not just our best player but possibly our best coach by providing leadership on the floor. Saw so many fundamental mistakes yesterday that I believe HCBH could be replaced to good advantage by placing a dozen copies of "Basketball for Dummies," in the locker room.

kubiggestfan 2 years, 8 months ago

Fyi...carolyn missed a couple preseason games in which Ku did win. I don't recall carolyn ever being the vocal leader. Scoring points don't make you a leader. Yes her presence is missed, but does not have to be the death of this team. Once again, mismanagement of players and not allowing your players to play solid defense caused this loss. I would recommend a new coach is in order rather than basketball for dummies. The dummies may be the ones that may have extended the contract.

Tom Shelton 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey, mvjayhawk, can't wait to hear your comments about the Weis hire in a couple of years, remember his "success" at ND with all the tradition and money to recruit, I think he is just a retread coach who will not satisfy you. Concerning Bonnie, as someone earlier said, this program was the " pits " before she arrived and look at the wins now and the attendance is up dramatically. Sure the valleys are still there, but other than a very few women's programs in the country, many many other programs are just like this one, working hard to get better and break into the top tier, but the elite players are few, and they all go to those same elite programs again and again.....

greenworld 2 years, 8 months ago

Everybody seems to forget, once you are hired and have a contract that contract is granting to you whether you get fired or not. yes it can be bought out as we saw Turner Gill's get bought out but what a waste of money to have to pay somebody to come here and lose and then have to turn around a pay another coach more money with no guarantee's. They spent so much money on the football coaches that they pretty much have to let Bonnie ride hers out or they will really be in the hole.

no_fan 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey fanfromafar wondering where you been? I am sorry if this your expectation of a turn around program I guess HCBH has met your goals. Wins coming from playing weaker programs in preseason. Attendance consisting of a night out with the family for young kids & all respect for senior citizens who are bored and want to get out the house. People my age coming from a basketball State trying to still enjoy the game. I know students love basketball because they come out to support the men. Thank God for the men! Your coach has recruited elite players and unfortunately do not know how to use their talents to their ability, so they move on to other programs. Sorry, this is not an example of turning a program around to not compete in the BIG 12 where it counts and not get into the NCAA tournament after 8 years.

John Randall 2 years, 8 months ago

You are right, at least part way. There has been overall improvement in the women's team, if only because of the dismal shape it was in the 90s. The real failure recently has been staying at such a mediocre level after raising the bar the first few years with this coach.

I hate to, but have to agree that there is a lot of blame due the coach for trying to appear a victim instead of leading the program to better results. KU has extended more than adequate support, but the results haven't come.

Moving from impressive results where there a low level of competition to a league among the toughest in the nation simply has proved too big a jump, and a martyr complex has taken over where a "deal with it" approach has been needed – not once or twice, but repeatedly.

Yolanda Gay 2 years, 8 months ago

Carolyn's presence could have easily negated the point loss difference. But I would think with the remaining players, they could have beat Missouri!

My guess is Bonnie will stick around. I mean how much will her buy-out cost KU? We're still paying Mangino and Gill.

kubiggestfan 2 years, 8 months ago

Guess 6 wins each year in conference is becoming acceptable?

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