Monday, March 12, 2012

Kansas women will learn fate tonight

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson addresses her players against Sam Houston State on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson addresses her players against Sam Houston State on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Allen Fieldhouse.


It seems clear that the cases for and against Kansas University’s women’s basketball team being included in the NCAA Tournament field are pretty equal.

“I think we’ve shown that if you look at the talent and depth of this league, get us all out of here and put us in the tournament and we’ll all win,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “If you put us in the NCAA Tournament, we’ll all win games. There’s no doubt about that.”

The Jayhawks, who lost to No. 3 seed Texas A&M; in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo., finished the regular season in sixth place in the 10-team Big 12. KU, Texas and Oklahoma State each piled up 8-10 league records, but the Jayhawks won the tiebreaker because they beat UT and OSU three of the four times they played them.

“We earned a sixth seed,” she said. “It wasn’t a coin flip. In the tiebreaker, we won the pool.”

The principle strengths of KU’s argument go like this: five league road wins, a quality victory at Oklahoma on the final day of the regular season and a sixth-place finish in the conference.

The argument against Kansas is made up of: a 4-10 record to close the season, late home losses to Missouri and Oklahoma State and no Carolyn Davis, who was injured in mid-February and watched her team go 2-6 without her.

All of the debate and waiting will come to a close tonight, when the women’s bracket is revealed at 6 p.m. The Jayhawks, who are seeking their first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 2000, will watch the announcement together in private and have no plans to talk to the media.

“I’m not sure what it will be like, but I feel like we deserve to go to the tournament,” junior point guard Angel Goodrich said. “We’re in one of the toughest leagues in the country. We went 8-10. I feel like we built our resume pretty strong.”

If the Jayhawks are left out, they likely will compete in the WNIT for the fifth straight season.


texashawk10 8 years, 2 months ago

Movers are waiting outside Bonnie's office to pack her stuff up the day after season is over right?

Tom Shelton 8 years, 2 months ago

The movers will first be at your house to remove the Kansas stuff and bring in the new stuff from your bandwagon team !!

texashawk10 8 years, 2 months ago

Your expectations for this program are way too low if you're actually satisfied with the job Bonnie has done in her career at KU. Why would anyone be satisfied with a coach who takes 8 years to make an NCAA tournament at a power conference school? There is no reason why KU shouldn't be in the NCAA tournament at least 80% of the time instead of once in 12 years.

Tom Shelton 8 years, 2 months ago

You need to look at other programs in power conferences and realize it takes time for a new coach to establish the program after it has hit rock bottom as Kansas was. Look at Texas and all the history in women's basketball, yet in 5 years, Gail Goestenkors' ( who came from a successful Duke program ) has only had one winning conference record and KU beat them twice this year. The Big 12 is tuff, so let the KU program keep moving up as they are now.

tkc1971 8 years, 2 months ago

They are in! KU vs.Nebraska in Little Rock, AR on Sunday night. Congrats ladies. Rock Chalk!

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