Kansas defeats Delaware, 70-64

  • 8:40 p.m., March 20, 2012
  • Little Rock, Ark.,

Originally published March 20, 2012 at 10:32p.m., updated March 21, 2012 at 12:54a.m.

KU women advance to Sweet 16 with upset over third-seeded Delaware

Kansas University’s Tania Jackson (33), Natalie Knight (42), and other team members celebrate their 70-64 victory over Delaware in a second-round NCAA Tournament game on Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark. The Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998.

Kansas University’s Tania Jackson (33), Natalie Knight (42), and other team members celebrate their 70-64 victory over Delaware in a second-round NCAA Tournament game on Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark. The Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998.



Kansas’ Angel Goodrich (3) passes over Delaware’s Lauren Carra (22) during the second half on Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark.

— Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne came in with all the hype, but Kansas University junior point guard Angel Goodrich stole the show and sent an All-American home Tuesday night at Jack Stephens Center.

Too compact and explosive off the dribble to be slowed down by the Blue Hens’ defense, the Jayhawks’ 5-foot-4 captain from Tahlequah, Okla., engineered her team’s second straight NCAA Tournament upset, leading the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 70-64 victory and a spot in the Sweet 16.

Cool and calm throughout the second-round victory, Goodrich saw the offensive end with absolute clarity, reading the defense and punishing the Blue Hens for whatever openings they allowed her, whether that be a driving lane, a passing angle or an open three-pointer.

Goodrich went 12-for-21 from the field with 27 points, three three-pointers and six assists. That was clear to everyone, including the Twitter-verse, where “Angel” was a trending topic. Not that the instant fame impressed Goodrich.

“I didn’t know what trending meant,” she said with a huge smile.

The No. 11 seed Jayhawks (21-12) trailed 37-31 at halftime, but their point guard helped them turn things around abruptly. Goodrich scored a layup just 10 seconds into the second half, which was a mere flash of what was to come.

In the following six-plus minutes, Goodrich set up senior forward Aishah Sutherland inside for a bucket and Natalie Knight outside for a pair of three-pointers. Plus, Goodrich scored five points of her own, and KU built a 53-43 lead.

Said Delaware coach Tina Martin: “We really struggled to keep her contained tonight.”

Sutherland and the rest of the Jayhawks knew how important Goodrich would be if KU wanted to keep its season alive.

“That’s a dominant point guard sitting next to me right now,” Sutherland said after the team’s latest tournament victory. “I’m happy to play with her. She’s a great player.”

Henrickson has watched Goodrich since she was an eighth-grader, and she joked “Angel” has been a trending topic with her for years.

“When she’s aggressive and plays confidently, she has an unbelievable impact on everybody else,” Henrickson said, adding Goodrich’s teammates think they should knock down shots because the point guard works so hard to set them up.

It appeared for a few minutes that Delle Donne would will her Blue Hens (31-2) back to a victory. The 6-foot-5 do-it-all player was snatching rebounds, drawing fouls in the paint and behind the three-point line, and the Jayhawks’ lead shrank to 59-57 with 7:25 to play.

But Goodrich took over once again. CeCe Harper found the KU junior captain for a three with 6:46 left. About a minute and a half later, Goodrich used a Sutherland screen at the top of the key, went left and put a jumper off the glass to improve the Kansas lead to seven.

The Jayhawks’ run continued when Chelsea Gardner found herself wide open inside, thanks to a Goodrich dish. The next trip down the floor, Goodrich swiped a steal, scored a layup and KU was back in control, 68-57.

Goodrich said the Jayhawks have been rolling because they’re unselfish and like playing together.

“I try to be aggressive and attack the rim and just look for my teammates,” Goodrich said. “I wouldn’t be able to do anything without my teammates. I give them all the credit.”

Delle Donne led all scorers with 34 points and was one of three Blue Hens to finish with 10 rebounds, as Delaware held a 40-34 rebounding edge in the loss.

The Jayhawks, however, did a much better job on the glass in the second half, when Sutherland grabbed seven of her game-high 11 boards.

KU’s lone senior, Sutherland scored 12 points in 24 minutes after getting into foul trouble.

Freshman forward Chelsea Gardner scored 10 points and gathered seven rebounds for Kansas.

KU held Delaware to 21-for-56 shooting and Delle Donne went 9-for-18, doing most of her damage at the foul line, where she went 15-for-18.

Once the final buzzer sounded, Gardner threw the ball up in the air and she and her teammates went wild — hugging, jumping and screaming in front of the KU bench.

The Jayhawks shot 50 percent (30-for-60) to improve the program’s record in NCAA Tournament second-round games to 3-5 and advance KU to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998.

Next up for Kansas is an 11 a.m. match-up on Saturday with Tennessee in Des Moines, Iowa. The game will be televised on ESPN.


Code_2008 9 years, 10 months ago

Holy Crap, that was a fast.

Let's go beat Tennessee!

Scott Alden 9 years, 10 months ago

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Mark Modrcin 9 years, 10 months ago

This team is so young, only brings promise to the future. Way to go, ladies!

Let's support our Lady Hawks in Des Moines, Saturday!

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 10 months ago

You have Missouri going further than the Jayhawks?

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Missouri still in the Tournament? NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 10 months ago

Guard play, hard style to play against, big 12 tourney winners, seniors, even though they gave it all up they were a head of KU by 19 at Allen, and the 1 seed in their bracket wasn't even a 1 seed until selection Sunday.

Which is why it's an epic fail.

I don't think we match up well with UNC. They're like a more talented and better coached Baylor. But now with Marshalls wrist, who knows.

And I was affraid after the big 12 tourney that we may be a little tired and have so injuries that aren't being let known.

Jeffery Barrett 9 years, 10 months ago

You are one of the worst Jayhawk fans on this board. Nothing but negativity.

grrttweaver 9 years, 10 months ago

I don't think it's negativity, its just being real. Do you want all Jayhawk fans to be like: "Kansas all they way, baby!!!! UNC? We'll beat 'em by 20!"

C'mon that sounds like a Mizzou fan.

I tend to agree with apherse, we really don''t match up good with UNC. It's not out of reach(With Marshall's wrist even better) for us to beat them. There are a few things that concern me with UNC, that is we HAVE to make our shots. Our FG% is down, granted it ain't to shabby, but as of late, its been down. We also need to be careful in keeping our bigs out of foul trouble.

mandomax 9 years, 10 months ago

weaver, not sure how much time you spend on these boards, but ahperse is constantly negative, and was especially brutal to Turner Gill when he was football coach. I don't think sgtjb123 is referring to this one comment, but to years of negative comments

JD Roth 9 years, 10 months ago

We are praising the KU Women here, take your crap to the dump.

phogthedog 9 years, 10 months ago

We dominated in the second half. Well done Jayhawks!

Kevin Randell 9 years, 10 months ago

Sorry but when you get a team to the sweet 16 that pretty much guarantee's another year. How about we just be happy for these young women for experiencing something KU women's basketball hasn't experienced in a LONG time. Way to go girls, you have made this Jayhawk Alumni very proud! Have a safe trip home!

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 10 months ago

Learned this just the other day. Alumna is singular...Alumni is Plural...can't tell you how long I've done that wrong. Just a heads up.

JayHawkFanToo 9 years, 10 months ago

Actually: Alumna (sing.) - Alumnae (pl.): for female former students. Alumnus (sing.) - Alumni (pl.): for male former students.. Alumni (pl) when referring to male and female former students.

MinnesotaJay 9 years, 10 months ago

How do you know you're addressing a female? Maybe OklahomaJayhawk is an alumnus.

Seth Nesmith 9 years, 10 months ago

Isn't that the stuff that glows in the dark in the ocean?

Janet Olin 9 years, 10 months ago

Tania was a student of mine 'back in the day', and she's so great. Congrats to the Lady Jays for a fabulous win. Rock Chalk!

zipplus10 9 years, 10 months ago

Only three teams with men AND women in the sweet 16--Kansas, Baylor and that other team. Rock Chalk!

79ictjhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Holly Rowe: "Angel Goodrich played heavenly". Way to go Hawks!

Jo Ann Ortgies Stork 9 years, 10 months ago

Great job! Wonderful to watch the girls upset Delaware.

LittleRockJayhawker 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm ashamed I didn't go to this game. It was less than 15 minutes away. ESPN2 was cheaper. Sweet 16, again!

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 10 months ago

Awesome win... Baylor and KU are representing the Big XII in basketball very well in Men's and Women's.

I'm telling you that Spirit Squad has given us some good Karma.

Kit Duncan 9 years, 10 months ago

It was three Spirit Squad members +++ SIX BAND members! Please remember it was a team effort by all to lift the car. Three spirit squad members couldn't lift a caddy by themselves!

Rant over.

John Boyle 9 years, 10 months ago

"Cheer squad members Chase Ryan, Gavin Runkle, Garrett Greaves and Alex O’Neilio, as well as band members Alex Sizemore, Kyle Stringer, Lucas Wallace, Spencer Merryfield and James Austin" from the article a couple days ago. I count 4 cheer squad and 5 band members not 3 and 6. Just saying....

Brent Fry 9 years, 10 months ago

Well, only 3 cheer members did the lifting. The 4th one stood there and aggressively clapped his hands together, jaw squared, and chanted L-I-F-T into a cone while the others did the lifting

John Boyle 9 years, 10 months ago

Now that is funny. Thanks for the laugh.

flyingfinn 9 years, 10 months ago

Watched this on ESPN2 and after a sluggish first half, they played very well in the second to win. I will be the first to admit I thought this team was one and done so well done Lady Hawks!!!!!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

That is awesome! Watched the last 5 minutes of the game. Sweet 16 times two!

Fran Franschilla had the graphic on the screen that showed the three teams in the Sweet 16 for both the ladies and the men---KU, Baylor and Kentucky. Fran said he thought Baylor had the best chance of the three to win both the men & women championships.

But still, it has been a great year for the ladies! Congrats and Rock Chalk!

Don Everett 9 years, 10 months ago

Awesome job ladies, keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kansas, Baylor and kentucky are the only schools with both mens and womens teams in the Sweet 16!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Suck on that moosouri!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cconner79 9 years, 10 months ago

Way to go Lady Hawks Coach Bonnie had a great game plan against Della Donne and Angel Goodrich played one hell of a game the ladies played well and deserved the win and good luck in the Sweet 16

Janet Olin 9 years, 10 months ago

Wow. Awesome win. All Jayhawks all the time. Rock Chalk.

Kylee Manahan 9 years, 10 months ago

We are so proud of the Lady Jays, what a win!

Nathan Scholl 9 years, 10 months ago

Way to go ladies! I must admit, I'm surprised! Huge defense on Delle Donne! Men and Women Jayhawks in the Sweet 16! Lovin it! Rock Chalk!

MinnesotaJay 9 years, 10 months ago

The players who are buying into Bonnie's system are the ones who are getting the minutes. Bonnie started two freshmen, one sophomore and one junior tonight. And, Carolyn Davis will be back next year. Maybe it's time to embrace Bonnie Ball.

Brian Dick 9 years, 10 months ago

Alright ladies, time to reach for the summit!! Wait a minute...

Jaminrawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Amazing. Hardly looks like the same team that got stomped by Baylor at home.

Carl O'Hair 9 years, 10 months ago

Goodrich looked so much like either of the men's guards on that steal and run out with a little over 3 mins to play. Well she had to take a few more steps but she went at it like she meant to score. I saw so many really good shots by her when she went to the lane. I started that one when the score was 17 to 16 and just couldn't get away from it from that point.

I didn't know I was there to see Goodrich and friends but had to see Delle Donne the way ESPN talked about her. She was worth it but the Kansas team played such good defense that I had to blame Bonnie for that. Her team did a great job of playing against that girl.

greenworld 9 years, 10 months ago

Some of the Red and Blue fans may want to get out another credit card to book your hotel and room for a extended stay in Des Moines Iowa.

greenworld 9 years, 10 months ago

Where is all the Bonnie haters now??? Talk to me, no thats right you only come out talking trash when the hawks are losing. Some of you need to learn to hang with this team when there down and up not just when they win.

like_n_Lawrence 9 years, 10 months ago

Blah, blah, blah. How about a little positivity? We are in the sweet sixteen, let's enjoy the moment!

no_fan 9 years, 10 months ago

I am right here. I am very happy for the ladies! Now, this is the game I have been waiting for. If they beat Tennessee I would be the first to say Bonnie might be changing things around. Until then, I am not changing my mind about Bonnie. I am not impressed with her coaching, style of play, nor personality. The sad part is they are playing as a team and it took injuries and the few remaining players left for Bonnie to realize she could use her bench and these girls do have talent and can contribute to the games. Again, Congratulations ladies!

Tom Shelton 9 years, 10 months ago

Do you realize that KU women have only been to sweet 16 twice before in their history ( and no further ) ? You can critisize Bonnie, but look at the facts, she has taken them to a place they rarely get, and in the future, Bonnie will get them their many times.

BallHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Rock chalk lady Jayhawks! I hope the ljworld now gives you the credit and front page coverage that you deserve! The good thing about people jumping on the bandwagon now is it has the potential to turn in to true fan support next season!!! GO HAWKS beat Tennesse!!!!

jayhawker_97 9 years, 10 months ago

WOW!!! HUGE WOW!!! there's no words can describe this winning. KU women team rocks the world!! Coach Bonnie finally gets it! congratulations, Lady Hawks!!!! don't stop here, keep soaring high!!!!!!! sleeping beauty has just awaken from her loooong sleep!!!

rock chalk Lady Hawks!!!

ku4bob 9 years, 10 months ago

Tremendous win! Proud to be a Jayhawk.

Mandie Eutsler 9 years, 10 months ago

Yay! Rock Chalk! Way to go girls, that was a fun game to watch. Keep up the hard work!

Stan Crown 9 years, 10 months ago

Sorry, everyone, I can't resist, so here goes:

Delle Donne, what's that flower you have on, could it be a faded rose from days gone by?

Congrats Lady Jayhawks!

kureader 9 years, 10 months ago

AtlJaybird is exactly right ... the tune won't leave my head either. Funny, though, wpjayhawk ... but, you probably have to be a child of the 60's to get it.

Gary Wirsig 9 years, 10 months ago

I suggested removal and flagged it, but I guess the LJW must be OK with it.

sourpuss 9 years, 10 months ago

Congrats to the women! A proud day for KU basketball.

nwhawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

Wow! KU men on Friday night, KU women Saturday morning.

Hope I survive the weekend.

Code_2008 9 years, 10 months ago

I know it's semi-redundant, but at least put up the station that they'll be playing on (ESPN2).

Code_2008 9 years, 10 months ago

Never mind, I feel dumb now. Didn't realize they'll be playing on ESPN instead of ESPN2.

courtsider 9 years, 10 months ago

Great job, ladies. I am especially happy for Aisha. She deserves the payoff for her hard work the previous three years. She and her teammates are winners, no matter what happens next. Good luck in Des Moines.

Michael Thorp 9 years, 10 months ago

Congrats on advancing to the sweet 16! Good luck against Tennessee on Saturday. RCLJHKS

Freedman Moor 9 years, 10 months ago

The ladies were down by 8 one minute. I went upstairs for a second, and when I came back they were up by 9! I thought it was a typo until I realized the announces couldn't stop talking about Goodrich. This was a hell of a performance.

s6u6r6f 9 years, 10 months ago

Well done, Lady Jayhawks. Well done. Rock chalk.

DDDHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Great job, Jawhawks! Good luck in Des Moines!

actorman 9 years, 10 months ago

What a tremendous game! I couldn't believe how quick Angel was and how much she controlled the game. And what a great job the 'Hawks did on defense. And a lot of credit has to go to the coaching staff for the multiple defenses thrown at Delle Donne and the Blue Hens. I've been a critic of Bonnie, but she certainly deserves credit for her strategy in this game.

BTW, on a side note, I'm so glad that they don't use the idiotic "Lady Jayhawks" any more. I think it's such an insult to women when they're called different names than the men's teams. I suppose with something like Cowgirls it's unavoidable, but Lady this and Lady that just seems really stupid. They're the Jayhawks, just like the men's teams. Okay, rant over.

I was at the Sweet 16 the last time they made it, in '98 in Oakland. Wish I could be in Des Moines, but I'm going to St. Louis to see that other Jayhawk team. I believe that's called an embarrassment of riches.

What a tremendous weekend we have to look forward to!

Marcia Parsons 9 years, 10 months ago

I don't think the use of "Lady" is meant to be an insult. It's just a way of making it clear which team you are talking about. I guess they could do it the other way, and refer to the guys as "Gentlemen Jayhawks" or something if that would make it easier for you to accept.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 10 months ago


What more can I say!! :) :) :) :) :)

GO LadyHawks GO!!

Merrill Reese 9 years, 10 months ago

I have to admit, I turned the game on thinking I'd be changing to something else realatively quick. But, I watched the game start to finish. Angel was amazing!! Great game by the whole team. And, have to admit, damn good coaching job by Bonnie. One question, what is wrong with Monica Engelman? I know about Carolyn Davis, but hadn't heard anything about Engelman. RCJH!!!!

Oklahoma_Hawk 9 years, 10 months ago

They showed the OU - St. Johns game on ESPN2 in OK (Of course) .......Glad it was on ESPN3!

MorganR 9 years, 10 months ago

A WONDERFUL WIN LADIES!!!! Congratulations on a superb team effort. The announcers commented repeatedly on the quality of the coaches’ game plan and the execution by the team. With this win, combined with the Nebraska win, I am confident you can win it all.

Oklahoma_Hawk 9 years, 10 months ago

What if they win it all?? I will not know what to say .....

Dyrk Dugan 9 years, 10 months ago

it's a great statement win, that maybe KU womens bball is back. i'll admit, i called for Bonnie's firing after the home loss to MU....but we beat OU on the road, sneaked into the big dance, and now we're doing great damage.

Great job by Angel and all her've stuck with it, and the credit has to go to Bonnie and her staff as well. You're now playing with house money....and taking on the mighty Volunteers and Pat Summit.

Go Jayhawks!

Displayhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

I must admit that I haven't watched womens basketball games much because they always seemed slower and not as exciting as men's games, but after seeing the Hawks outplay Delaware last night, I stand corrected! These Jayhawks can ball! Great game plan by the coaching staff on Delle Donne, and great execution by Angel getting her team open looks. Most of the time, it was the younger players out there, so the future looks bright. Best of luck in Des Moines ladies!

AsadZ 9 years, 10 months ago

This is AWESOME. Both MEN & WOMEN in Sweet 16.

Great Job Ladies.

Rock Chalk

KGphoto 9 years, 10 months ago

I don't even know how to feel about this! The ladies are playing like Danny and the Miracles! Could this be that same magic coursing through Angel?

Angel and the Miracles?

Phog? Are you there?

jakejayhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Losing Davis in February was as great a blow as if the men's team had lost Robinson. Imagine finishing out the season without the player who is the focus of the offense as well as the toughest interior defender. Our ladies have demonstrated so much by succeeding without Davis and through the shock of her injury.

I have to admit that I did not expect us to recover from the loss of such an important piece of the puzzle. These ladies have been amazing in the way they have responded. It is a testament to their toughness, determination, and team play that they have achieved so much.

RCJH! Go ladies! You make the Jayhawk Nation proud.

NJHAWK 9 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations to the Lady Hawks. I like the fact that HCBH applied trapping defense early and often. It was a fun game to watch.

justanotherfan 9 years, 10 months ago

Huge win. I thought after the Davis injury that the season was lost, but the way the team has rallied is a credit to the players and the coaching staff for staying the course.


Tony Bandle 9 years, 10 months ago

My Bonnie coached them to a victory My Bonnie helped them to a win My Bonnie is saving her position It looks like we'll see her again!!

[Sung to the tune of "My Bonnie lies over the Ocean."]

Displayhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Your true identity has to be either Tom Keegan or Tim McCarver! Who else would come up with cr@p like that???

Tony Bandle 9 years, 10 months ago

I am Chris Berman!!!!!! Bonnie will Back,Back,Back,Back,Back!!!

AFAN 9 years, 10 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS Coaching Staff and players!!!!! Now let's beat Tennessee. Remember play together as a team, hard team defense, and push the ball. Run them down and make them tired like you did Delaware.

wildjayhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Bonnie will be back for one more year and then we will see.

Ethan Berger 9 years, 10 months ago

Bonnie took a page out of Shaqs playbook and played the "rah" defense.

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