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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.

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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.

Comments

Ethan Berger 2 years ago

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

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wildjayhawk 2 years ago

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

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AFAN 2 years 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.

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Tony Bandle 2 years 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."]

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Keith Hummel 2 years ago

Really hoping this tournament run is the start of a new era with the women's basketball team. I was at KU when Lynette Woodard played, and I remember the excitement that was generated. There is no reason our women's program can't become one of the perennial winners and receive big support. We have wonderful facilities, tremendous young talent, and the greatest basketball fans in the world. And if we beat the Vols we might all have to agree that we also have a pretty darn good coach. Regardless of what happens in Des Moines, I'm very proud of how this team has battled adversity and just found a way to win.

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justanotherfan 2 years 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.

Congrats!

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NJHAWK 2 years 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.

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jakejayhawk 2 years 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.

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KGphoto 2 years 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?

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kubiggestfan 2 years ago

Great Job Ladies, So Proud of you ALL !

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AsadZ 2 years ago

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

Great Job Ladies.

Rock Chalk

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jayhawkinATL 2 years ago

Well done, Lady Jayhawks!!!!!!

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Displayhawk 2 years 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!

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Dyrk Dugan 2 years 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 teammates...you'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!

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MorganR 2 years 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.

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bullpuphawk 2 years 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!!!!

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Tony Bandle 2 years ago

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

GO LadyHawks GO!!

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actorman 2 years 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!

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DDDHawk 2 years ago

Great job, Jawhawks! Good luck in Des Moines!

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s6u6r6f 2 years ago

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

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1stnamemistermiddlenameperiod 2 years 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.

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ksbball1 2 years ago

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

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courtsider 2 years 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.

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Cody Stumma 2 years ago

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

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nwhawkfan 2 years ago

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

Hope I survive the weekend.

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sourpuss 2 years ago

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

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Ferd Magellan 2 years ago

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wpjayhawk 2 years 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!

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sundancewierdo 2 years ago

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

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ku4bob 2 years ago

Tremendous win! Proud to be a Jayhawk.

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jayhawker_97 2 years 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!!!

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BallHawk 2 years 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!!!!

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greenworld 2 years 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.

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greenworld 2 years 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.

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oldnongrad 2 years 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.

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Jaminrawk 2 years ago

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

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brian33 2 years ago

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

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MinnesotaJay 2 years 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.

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Nathan Scholl 2 years 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!

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Kylee Manahan 2 years ago

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

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Janet Olin 2 years ago

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

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cconner79 2 years 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

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Keith Hummel 2 years ago

Seems crazy to say it, because she ended up with 34 points, but I think the Jayhawks played great defense against Elena Delle Donne. I also thought Delaware in general, and Delle Donne in particular, were getting gassed in the second half. The Jayhawks' up-tempo offense and trapping defense wore them down.

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jayhawkdon 2 years 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mike Kendall 2 years 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!

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flyingfinn 2 years 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!!!!!

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Lori Tilson 2 years ago

So proud-Congratulations!

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jhawkrulz 2 years 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.

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LittleRockJayhawker 2 years ago

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

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Jo Ann Ortgies Stork 2 years ago

Great job! Wonderful to watch the girls upset Delaware.

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79ictjhawk 2 years ago

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

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Keith Hummel 2 years ago

Wow! What an awesome game by the Lady Jayhawks! Angel Goodrich was phenomenal. Sweet 16 - can you believe it? Just so proud of that win. Can't wait for the next game now.

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zipplus10 2 years ago

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

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Janet Olin 2 years 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!

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Kevin Randell 2 years 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!

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phogthedog 2 years ago

We dominated in the second half. Well done Jayhawks!

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manginorh00lz 2 years ago

My world is turned upside down.

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sawman3333 2 years ago

Headline from ESPN.com: Delaware All Della Donne!

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Mark Modrcin 2 years 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!

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Cody Stumma 2 years ago

Holy Crap, that was a fast.

Let's go beat Tennessee!

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