Kansas defeats TCU, 76-75

  • 7 p.m., Feb. 13, 2013
  • Fort Worth, Texas,

Originally published February 13, 2013 at 09:48p.m., updated February 14, 2013 at 12:06a.m.

KU women rally from huge deficit, upend TCU

Kansas' Monica Engelman

Kansas' Monica Engelman


— Talk about mixed emotions.

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson was beaming after the Jayhawks’ wild, come-from-behind — historic, even — 76-75 victory over Texas Christian on Wednesday, but the feel-good vibe couldn’t completely overcome the dismay she felt at halftime.

Behind a career-best 26 points from senior Monica Engelman, including 18 in the second half, KU rallied from 22-point deficit at the half and a 23-point hole early in the second half at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

“We were just terrible,” Henrickson said of the Jayhawks’ first half. “I don’t know I’ve seen us that bad in a long, long time. But like I told them in the locker room, I’ve never been so darn mad and so darn happy in an hour-and-45-minute swing. I couldn’t be more proud just to hang in and hang in.”

The 22-point halftime deficit overcome was the largest in school history. The previous high was 16 against Iowa State in 1988.


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Kansas' Monica Engelman

“We were incredibly proud of ourselves,” said Engelman, who hit nine of 16 field goals, two of six threes and six of eight free throws. “We realize we shouldn’t have put ourselves in that position, but when we got out of it, it was such a sense of relief, (that) we can do this. It was kind of a lesson learned.”

Kansas trailed, 49-27, at the half and by a game-high 23 at 52-29 just after intermission.

The Jayhawks improved to 15-8 overall, 6-6 in the Big 12, while TCU fell to 7-16 and winless at 0-12 in the league.

Zahna Medley led TCU with 35 points.

KU opened the second half with an 11-3 run, behind four points by Angel Goodrich, to close the deficit to 52-38 with 16:07 left. The Jayhawks cut the lead to 60-53 with 7:50 remaining, thanks to a 9-2 run. Medley scored five-straight points for TCU, and the Horned Frogs pushed the lead back to 65-53.

Engelman’s jumper off the left wing with 3:28 left capped a 15-2 run and gave the Jayhawks their first lead, 68-67.

In the final three minutes, the lead changed five times, and twice in the final minute KU’s Carolyn Davis gave the Jayhawks a one-point lead on layup baskets. The final Davis bucket gave KU its 76-75 lead with 12.5 seconds on the clock.

TCU’s Kamy Cole missed the potential game-winner with three seconds left.

Sophomore Chelsea Gardner grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and added a career-high six blocked shots for the Jayhawks, while Davis posted her second-straight double-double and the 21st of her career with 19 points and 13 boards.

Asia Boyd also added 14 points for KU, including three critical second-half three-pointers.

KU will host Oklahoma on Sunday for the annual “Jayhawks for a Cure” game. Tipoff is 1:30 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 2 months ago

With the remaining schedule, two with Oklahoma, @ Iowa State totaling 3 losses and @Texas and home against TCU and TT[hopefully], 3 wins, the Ladyhawkes finish 9-9 in conference and 18-11 overall.

That probably sets us up for a first round tourney loss to Oklahaoma State who has beaten us twice already thus an 18-12 season. Unless our NCAA performance from last year carrries over to this year' season cache, it appears we will earn another trip to the WNIT.

Maybe we win a couple of games and end up 20-13. My question to all of you...IS THIS GOOD ENOUGH!!!???


Thomas Michaud 1 year, 2 months ago

Was there some curse that was left over from the men's game that wore off during the second half of the women's game? Thought that stuff only happened in Louisiana.


no_fan 1 year, 2 months ago

FIRE HCBH! I am sorry people NOT impressed with a "W" by 1 point against the winless conference team! A team of 3 freshmen & 1 Sophomore as key players for the TCU team. True, the girls came back for the "W" but is this really a acceptable WIN besides going down in the Win colomn? This should never have been a contest between the two teams.


Jack Jones 1 year, 2 months ago

What an absolutely amazing comeback > Great effort Jayhawk women. It demonstrates just how much talent and will to win you all are capable of accomplishing, WELL DONE!!!!


Raydude 1 year, 2 months ago

Great read. Staff Reports....good job. Would like to see more of the (non B&F Sports) coverage. Good job Lady Jayhawks.


MinnesotaJay 1 year, 2 months ago

By the way, besides Monica's point production, others contributed mightily as well. Chelsea Gardner had 18 rebounds and 6 blocks!!! Carolyn Davis chipped in with another double-double, and Angel Goodrich had 10 assists, only one point shy of a double-double herself. Nice!


big12ku 1 year, 2 months ago

Great game by Monica, second half was incredible as i nearly lost hope. Knew this team could play better if and only if they are allowed to run in transition. Can't keep playing from behind, especially to an 0-12 team. This creates a log jam in the big 12 now. Gotta give them props for sticking with it and pulling out the win


gchawk 1 year, 2 months ago

Great comeback, showed a lot of heart.


MinnesotaJay 1 year, 2 months ago

I had just about written this one off. Wow, what a comeback! Monica (18 in the second half), love you! I guess it would be bad form to question how we got down by 23 to a team which was winless in conference play. Nah, no sense in going there.


johnnyphoton 1 year, 2 months ago

Really, this is the first Post comment? Well anyway, congratulations Jayhawks. One could argue, in this case, that it took a woman to do a man's job. Very well done taking care of TCU.


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