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Kansas State defeats Kansas, 63-57

  • 7 p.m., Jan. 7, 2012
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Saturday, January 7, 2012

KU women drop home game to Kansas State, 63-57

Kansas guard Angel Goodrich reacts following a turnover during KU’s game against Kansas State on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks fell to the Wildcats, 63-57.

Kansas guard Angel Goodrich reacts following a turnover during KU’s game against Kansas State on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks fell to the Wildcats, 63-57.

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If you’ve followed the rivalry between the Kansas University women’s basketball team and in-state foe Kansas State, you probably figured that K-State guard Brittany Chambers would play a huge role in Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown at Allen Fieldhouse.

Bingo.

Chambers pretty much was the difference in K-State’s 63-57 victory against KU in front of a split crowd of 5,657 fans. But it wasn’t just her final line that made Chambers stand out. It was the way with which she competed and the timing of some of her biggest shots.

None was bigger than an off-balance three-pointer from two feet beyond the line that put K-State up 50-47 with 3:59 to play and ended a 6-0 run by the Jayhawks.

“She’s very bouncy when she comes off screens,” said KU junior Angel Goodrich, one of three Jayhawks who took a turn at guarding Chambers. “That’s what’s tough, because she’s got screens coming from left and right.”

Or, as KU coach Bonnie Henrickson put it: “In football, she’s one of those players that runs 30 yards for a three-yard gain.”

In many ways, Chambers was due. In two games against the Jayhawks last season — both K-State victories — she combined for 7-of-23 shooting and 18 points. Saturday, the junior from Jordan, Minn., finished with 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including 5-of-7 three-point shooting), eight rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes.

“That’s Brittany Chambers,” K-State coach Deb Patterson said of her star floor general. “She makes circus plays, circus shots, and I mean that with respect — impossible shots in critical situations.”

Chambers’ big three-pointer sparked a 13-6 KSU run that put the Jayhawks away. Of course, KU had something to do with that, as well. The Jayhawks (12-2 overall, 1-1 in Big 12 play) shot just 8-of-26 from the field in the second half (20-of-54 for the game) and were outscored 35-25 in the final 20 minutes.

Misses happen. And the players acknowledged that. But one miss hurt more than any of the others. Just seconds before Chambers hit her game-changing three-pointer, KU senior Aishah Sutherland watched as her driving lay-up rolled around and down the rim three times before popping out. Sutherland had scored two straight buckets to tie the game, and a third would’ve given KU the lead.

“It was a bad miss because everyone expected it to go in,” said junior forward Carolyn Davis, who led KU with 19 points. “It was a little bit of a blow because it tipped the weight in their favor.”

Saturday’s loss hit the Jayhawks hard. Partly because it came against Kansas State (11-3, 2-0) and partly because it followed one of the program’s biggest victories in years, a 72-67 victory at Texas on Wednesday. Asked if Saturday’s disappointment surpassed Wednesday’s excitement, Henrickson was frank.

“I think so,” she said. “And you kick yourself because there’s some things you can control.”

Happy homecoming

K-State sophomore and Free State High graduate Chantay Caron played just her second game as a visitor in her hometown. In 12 minutes, she hit one of two shots and finished with three points and one rebound.

Caron talked about her second trip to Allen Fieldhouse as an outsider.

“I am still always nervous when I come back to Lawrence,” she said. “When I come, I expect a lot of emotion. All of my family is here, and I know I have to put that aside and come in and play my game.”

Caron is averaging 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest.

Postgame turnover

The bigger-than-normal crowd that packed the fieldhouse Saturday caused a traffic jam in the parking garage following the game. A line of cars that spanned three levels of the garage lingered for 30 minutes until KU officials alleviated the problem by lifting the gates.

Associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said KU was disappointed by the delays and would make sure such a logjam did not happen again at future games.

Comments

gorilla10 6 years, 9 months ago

What I thought was one of the best wins for the girls in recent years at Texas was just followed up by one of the worst. Can't lose home conference games if you want to be in it at the end. Sorry, but if Bonnie can't find a way into the tournament this year after another great start, KU is going to have to make a change....This one is tough because I thought we were clearly the better team this year. TIRED of losing to Kstate in everything besides mens basketball.............................

ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 9 months ago

Big 12 Bonnie! Where have I seen this before, great non conference record only to get our arses handed to us in big 12 play?

Saguaro_Jayhawk 6 years, 9 months ago

Just last week the team did manage a nice road win over Texas which was ranked # 23.

sparty627 6 years, 9 months ago

G10, Not quite sure why this was such a surprise, and I'm not just referring to the recent history in the series. K-State's RPI was 15 before this game, and they just beat the #5 team on Wednesday. KU clearly the better team? You can certainly argue that KU's players might have had higher ratings by recruiting services, but recruiting stars and $1.00 will buy you any sized coffee at McDonald's. To me, it's about getting kids to play their best. In other words, coaching. Not that Bonnie is or isn't a good coach, but year-in, year-out, the K-State staff consistently gets all there is to get from its players.

As far as beating Texas, you have to discount any ranking for that team until they play a few conference games. The Horns are one of those teams that gets the benefit of the doubt before every season. Like Notre Dame in football. Not that it wasn't a great win for KU, but we won't know what it really means for another few weeks.

MinnesotaJay 6 years, 9 months ago

Some of these comments seem like awfully gross overreactions. Unlike the past several games against K-State, this one was competitive. Am I doing cartwheels? No. But, after the road win against Texas, and this somewhat disappointing, but respectably competitive follow-up performance, the jury is still out on the season.

I may join the 'downward-spiral defeatists' fairly soon, but not today. It's going to take a few more games to show where we're headed.

Tough loss. Suck it up, ladies, and move on.

gorilla10 6 years, 9 months ago

Definitely not joining the "downward-spiral team" just yet! Womens sports at KU just haven't been able to compete with Kstate the last couple of years. We usually have better recruiting classes which can bring us to one speculation....coaching!

MinnesotaJay 6 years, 9 months ago

Your 'reality' assumes future negative outcomes which haven't yet occurred. That's defeatist. Reality is the team is 1-1 in conference, with an impressive road win and a disappointing home loss already recorded.

Not saying your future won't play out. Just not willing to assume it.

MinnesotaJay 6 years, 9 months ago

Can't say I have much evidence to dispute that. Let's hope 'this time it's different.' RCJHKU!

Cody Stumma 6 years, 9 months ago

Maybe now they'll stop trying to ticket the people who attend the women's games for parking.

big12ku 6 years, 9 months ago

Yes they lost but the defensive effort was better this game so keep going ladyhawks.

no_fan 6 years, 9 months ago

Buckle up for the roller coaster ride. Bonnie backers you should be tired of crashing into that wall every year. I know wbball is a non-revenue program at KU and is probably financially supported by the men program. Where are the boosters to put pressure on Zenger like I am sure they did with TG for football?

Dyrk Dugan 6 years, 9 months ago

it's a bad loss....no other way to say it. this was the year we should have been able to have a chance to sweep these guys...and we can't even protect a lead at home.

Bonnie CANNOT go 6-10 in the league again....simply can't. it's a must win vs. ISU on Wednesday....let's get it done ladies.

Highexpectations 6 years, 9 months ago

Definitely a bad loss...This is the same KSU team that beat Washburn (DII team) by 2 on a last second shot in an exhibition game earlier this year in Manhattan....and that Washburn team has far less talent overall. It's called coaching. Keep an eye on the success of that Washburn team and that coach.

hailtoku 6 years, 9 months ago

Here we go again.

I've seen this story before.

Tony Bandle 6 years, 9 months ago

If this had been the men's team, the police would have to clear all the sidewalks for fear of all the people jumping out of top story windows.

The fact that posters are upset indicates a degree of higher expectations...I still think the Ladies can get it done.

Frankly, reading between the lines, it appears some of the negative posters want Kansas to lose in order to oust Bonnie.

Gee, what a great way to show support!! At least it appears Charlie had a good time.

squawkhawk 6 years, 9 months ago

Like some other sports, KU has superior athletes against KSU but can't get it done on the field/court. You can recruit the best players year-in and year-out but unless they perform on the field the recruiting ratings mean absolutely nothing. It comes down to coaching. Bonnie has proven she can take great talent and marginalize them in no time. Her teams don't seem to have the cohesiveness and spirit I've seen with KSU and other teams. She needs to start earning her keep and quit being a door mat for the rest of the Big 12 conference or Zenger needs to show her the door. It is simply unacceptable for her to be 2-22 against KSU. If I performed like this in my job I wouldn't have a job.

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