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Oklahoma State defeats Kansas, 66-63

  • 7 p.m., Feb. 29, 2012
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Originally published February 29, 2012 at 08:58p.m., updated March 1, 2012 at 12:00a.m.

KU women fall to Oklahoma State, 66-63

Kansas forward Aishah Sutherland holds a frame of memories after being honored on Senior Night on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Aishah Sutherland holds a frame of memories after being honored on Senior Night on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Judging by tone alone, it was obvious Kansas University’s women’s basketball players realized the damage they did to their postseason hopes by dropping Wednesday’s game to Oklahoma State, 66-63, in Allen Fieldhouse.

“This is a game we’re not gonna forget about,” said forward Aishah Sutherland, who had the unfortunate challenge of attempting to celebrate her Senior Night after one of the toughest losses of her career. “It’s a game we should’ve won, and now we have to win a game that people don’t think we should win.”

Kansas (18-11 overall, 7-10 Big 12) and Oklahoma State (15-11, 7-10) entered Wednesday’s game desperate teams searching for that one victory that could spark a late surge into the NCAA Tournament. Both played like it.

“It’s very desperate,” KU junior point guard Angel Goodrich said. “Now we put ourselves in a little hole.”

Leading up to Wednesday’s colossal disappointment, the Jayhawks were still feeling confidence from a big road victory at Texas Tech last week that put them in a good position in terms of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. One recent projection of the tournament field had the Jayhawks in as an at-large team. The loss to OSU might have changed that, and that was just one of the things that made the loss to the Cowboys so difficult to swallow.

“It hurts a lot because everyone’s fighting to get into that middle part (of the league standings),” said Goodrich, who finished with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. “Right now, if you lose, you might not get knocked down one, you might get knocked down a couple of spots.”

Another aspect that left the Jayhawks scratching their heads was that it was another in a long list of home losses. After cruising through nonconference play with a 10-0 mark in Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks have won just three Big 12 games in nine tries at home.

“It’s been really rough,” Goodrich said. “Our record at home has been very disappointing. This is where we’re supposed to feel comfortable. This is where we’re supposed to do business.”

Perhaps the biggest bomb was that it rarely felt as if the Jayhawks were headed to frown town. Kansas led for most of the first half and trailed by just three points at halftime. In the second half, a 10-0 KU run turned a 41-40 deficit into a 50-41 lead with 13:42 to play. Instead of adding to it and riding out a huge victory, the Jayhawks let Oklahoma State back into it, and the Cowboys answered KU’s run with a 12-0 spurt of their own to reclaim the lead.

From that point on, the teams traded leads and took the game to the final seconds. Kansas actually had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final 40 seconds, but one possession ended with a turnover and the other with an off-balance heave at the buzzer.

After the game, Sutherland (23 points, 10 rebounds) and her parents made the walk to midcourt to soak in the Senior Night experience. It was tough.

“I was just thinking about the game and the loss and what we need to do for the rest of the season, and I wasn’t really focused on my Senior Night, so no tears,” Sutherland said.

Added Henrickson: “We wanted to have tears of joys and celebration, and we didn’t get it.”

Kansas will close the regular season Sunday at Oklahoma.

Comments

johnsont1 5 years, 8 months ago

Despite everyone's differences in opinion about the coach, let's not be fair-weather fans. KU is not the place for that. Here's to the KU women making a splash in the Big XII tournament and surprising some people!

actorman 5 years, 8 months ago

Johnson, you are completely misunderstanding the term "fair-weather fan." A fair-weather fan is one who only cares and pays attention when a team is doing well.

If fans care enough to be intensely interested in a program having not made the playoffs in a decade and feel that this coach has had more than enough chances to turn things around and hasn't shown that she's capable of doing it, that's not being fair-weather fans; in fact it's the exact opposite.

There's no two ways about it. Unless this team makes the tournament, it is time for Bonnie to go. And if they don't do anything in the tournament, that might still not be enough at this point.

Bangkok_Jayhawk 5 years, 8 months ago

Agreed with actorman... I am a fan of Kansas Womens Basketball which is why I want Bonnie to go. Like I said in another post, this is Kansas basketball. The roots of basketball are here as well as Allen Field House. No excuse to be irrelevant.

Bonnie must go.

johnsont1 5 years, 8 months ago

If our star player didn't injure herself, we wouldn't be losing and you wouldn't be saying 'fire Bonnie.' It's that simple

texashawk10 5 years, 8 months ago

People have wanted Bonnie gone for multiple years now, all making the tournament this season would do is give her a one season stay of execution on losing her job.

texashawk10 5 years, 8 months ago

I will not be sad when Bonnie gets her pink slip after another WNIT appearance.

Cody Stumma 5 years, 8 months ago

I was holding out hope, but I too have joined in.

Fire Bonnie.

sevenyearhawk 5 years, 8 months ago

Afraid I'm finally in agreement as well ...

KU79 5 years, 8 months ago

From buy buy Bonnie under Perkins, to bye bye Bonnie under Zenger.

KU79 5 years, 8 months ago

From buy buy Bonnie under Perkins, to bye bye Bonnie under Zenger.

MinnesotaJay 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm not going to jump on the 'Fire Bonnie' bandwagon. Maybe it's the right thing to do. Maybe it isn't. I don't know, and it's not my call. But, I will say that the team would very likely be 10-7 in conference instead of 7-10 if Carolyn Davis hadn't been lost for the season. As a fan, I'm going to support whatever decision the AD makes with regard to Bonnie.

KGphoto 5 years, 8 months ago

If a frog had wings, he wouldn't bump his ass when he hops.

Fact is she can't get it done. If it means she's terminally jinxed then that's too bad. I don't want a terminally jinxed coach. But I don't think that's it. I think it's a blend of things. Perhaps her style of coaching is leading to these injuries (Davis and Goodrich twice). Maybe not but she's had time enough.

I too will support Zenger's decision, as long as he fires Bonnie.

Dyrk Dugan 5 years, 8 months ago

She has to go. We couldn't beat KSU with Carolyn or without her (BTW, ISU bombed the kitties by 24 last night)....and now it looks like, we can't beat ANYBODY at home. Two teams have come to AFH, after we beat them at their place...and they beat us here.

It's obvious now, i mean it's been obvious for some time but now we are standing five feet from the headlights' high beams.....she can't develop players. They have to be extremely talented to begin with.....or our team has no chance.

It will be fast. the day after our team has played its last basketball game, SZ will make the announcement. and then maybe we'll get a coach, who will recruit AND develop KC area and Kansas klds....and we'll get a real womens program going again.

Go Jayhawks!

KGphoto 5 years, 8 months ago

If Zenger can get Weis here, surely he can get Phil Jackson.

Tony Bandle 5 years, 8 months ago

I have shown patience, been objective, taken into account extenuating circumstances but enough is enough.

Even if the Ladyhawks pull off the miracle of the century and sweep the Tourney and get to the NCAA...Bonnie must go!!

Not unlike football, we need a fresh start from the "Lew Era".

Big "Z", you must make this move as you did with Turner, and continue to put your stamp on the future of the University of Kansas athletic program

PS Get rid of the track at Memorial Stadium while you're at it!!

5 years, 8 months ago

"PS Get rid of the track at Memorial Stadium while you're at it!!"

Love it! :^)

Waylon Cook 5 years, 8 months ago

Nail in coffin Bonnie! (Still can't believe they beat Tech at Tech).

KU can have a hell of a program we just need a coach.

Look I found one.

http://newmanjets.com/coaches.aspx?rc=77&path=wbball

She did stuff at Labette CC with NO budget. And in her 2nd year at Newman is already winning. Trust me not alot of people can step up the ladder but there are some and here is one!

ShockNAwe 5 years, 8 months ago

I was at the game. Terrible execution down the stretch. Lost their last time out when they couldn't get the ball in bounds. Wrong player handling the ball in the most important possession of the game led to an egregious turnover. Only question is whether we can afford to fire Bonnie. How many ex-coaches can we support?.

texashawk10 5 years, 8 months ago

She only has one year left on her contract after this season, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be a big blow to the budget to fire her after she's knocked out of the WNIT again.

KGphoto 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm just posting this all around. Hopefully it doesn't miss anyone. Great, great read.

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7630034/kansas-mizzou-end-border-war

Romans832 5 years, 8 months ago

I understand that Centennial Jayhawk's appearances will be a rare thing, but I'd think Senior Night would have been a good time to bring him out. I'd think Aishah would enjoy that as part of the memories from her final game in Allen Fieldhouse.

Maybe it was past C Jay's bedtime--after all, 100-year-olds can't stay up past 8:00.

Mo Mosallaei 5 years, 8 months ago

Unfortunately it looks like Aishah hasn't played her last game at AFH. Chances are they won't be making the NCAA, but will get at least one home game in the WNIT.

kubiggestfan 5 years, 8 months ago

Does anyone know why games are not being played back on Jayhawk All Access? I have missed a couple of games, and would at least like to watch them in Video, rather than having to listen to the Audio.

Is this going to be the norm for All Access if you happen to miss a game?

KUsky 5 years, 8 months ago

".she can't develop players. They have to be extremely talented to begin with... Excellent comment, mvhawk. Henrickson has a lot of technical understanding of the game, but cannot develop or lead. Two former coaches (not KU) have commented to me that she would be a great assistant but does not have the skills needed to be a head coach.

I was slow coming to this, but it is now painfully clear. Feel bad for the players who deserved more.

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