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Kansas defeats Oklahoma, 81-71

  • 1:30 p.m., Feb. 17, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Originally published February 17, 2013 at 03:46p.m., updated February 17, 2013 at 06:21p.m.

Angel Goodrich sets KU assists record as Jayhawks take down No. 22 Oklahoma, 81-71

Kansas senior guard Angel Goodrich, center, is congratulated by teammate Bunny Williams during Kansas' annual "Jayhawks for a Cure" cancer awareness game against Oklahoma, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. Goodrich became Kansas' all time assist leader, scoring 10 assists against Oklahoma and pushing her career total to 687.

Kansas senior guard Angel Goodrich, center, is congratulated by teammate Bunny Williams during Kansas' annual "Jayhawks for a Cure" cancer awareness game against Oklahoma, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. Goodrich became Kansas' all time assist leader, scoring 10 assists against Oklahoma and pushing her career total to 687.

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When a 19-point lead dwindled to seven with 5:35 left, Kansas University basketball forward Carolyn Davis stuck her backside into Oklahoma’s Nicole Griffin on the right block before raising her right hand.

The message was clear to KU’s Monica Engelman: “Give me the ball.”

It didn’t matter that many teams would have backed it out with 24 seconds still left on the shot clock. Or that Griffin had just performed a two-handed volleyball swat of a shot on KU’s previous possession.

Davis received the pass, took three dribbles, then turned over her left shoulder to put in a short turn-around jumper.

It was the first of six straight points for the Jayhawks, whose poise showed down the stretch in an 81-71 victory over No. 22 Oklahoma on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

“I knew I had to take over as a senior, as a captain,” Davis said. “I just tried to push my teammates to get me the ball.”

Davis’ basket came at a time when KU’s play was starting to waver, as OU used an 18-6 run to close the deficit to 60-53.

Earlier in the week, the Jayhawks had come back from a 23-point deficit to win at TCU, and Davis knew a game’s fortunes could turn quickly when a trailing team gained confidence.

In a previous timeout, KU coach Bonnie Henrickson challenged her players not to lose their aggressiveness — just before Davis followed through on those words.

“She wanted the ball,” Henrickson said, “and she wanted to go make a move.”

On an afternoon Angel Goodrich set the school’s career-assists record with 10 — pushing her total to 687 assists, which broke the previous mark of 686 held by Lisa Braddy — Davis was KU’s best offensive option.

The 6-foot-3 forward led KU with 24 points on 10-for-17 shooting while contributing 18 of the Jayhawks’ 46 points in the paint.

“We need her to do that every single game, to step up and be the big that we need her to be,” Goodrich said. “That’s what she did. I’m proud of her.”

The formula was simple for KU in building a 34-22 halftime lead: get easy shots while limiting them defensively.

KU was especially effective going in the post to Davis, who scored 13 first-half points on 6-for-9 shooting.

Meanwhile, the Sooners started out cold. OU made just three of its first 22 field goals (14 percent) as KU used a 17-2 run to pull ahead, 19-7, with 7:09 left in the first half.

“We shot so poorly today,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. “Just a lousy offensive performance.”

Engelman posted her second straight 20-plus-point effort for KU, contributing 21 points on 6-for-14 shooting.

The senior guard had a career-high 26 points in KU’s 76-75 victory over TCU on Wednesday.

“It’s huge for us,” Henrickson said. “The confidence she played with today ... she got to the rim and hit pull-up twos.”

Goodrich added 17 points, while Chelsea Gardner contributed 10 points and nine rebounds.

The victory was KU’s second against a ranked opponent this year. The Jayhawks also defeated then-No. 22 Iowa State, 78-75 in overtime, on Jan. 30 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The victory also provided KU (16-8 overall, 7-6 Big 12) with a résumé boost in its case to make the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive year.

The Jayhawks will play at Texas at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Comments

MinnesotaJay 6 years, 4 months ago

Yes!!! Great performances by several! Congratulations!

Lash 6 years, 4 months ago

Great job ladies. Starting to peak at the perfect time!

actorman 6 years, 4 months ago

Another huge win. Keep it up, ladies, and we're heading back to the Madness!

texashawk10 6 years, 4 months ago

This was big win for the resume, but there is still work to do. Win 3 of 5 down the stretch and a Big 12 tournament game and get to 20+ wins and KU should be dancing again.

Cody Stumma 6 years, 4 months ago

Looking at the Women's standings... after Baylor... it's nearly anybody's shot to get 2nd. Everybody has 5-6 losses.

I find it hard that the Big 12 would only let 1 team in. However, winning a few more would definitely not hurt! Let's go dancing again Ladies!

Waylon Cook 6 years, 4 months ago

Anytime you beat Sherri Coale is a great day. She is as arrogant as they come!

Yolanda Gay 6 years, 4 months ago

Good job ladies. Hopefully getting hot at the right time - especially Monica. I posted earlier that she shouldn't start due to lack of production. These last 2 games she has proven me wrong. Monica has been shooting lights out. I hope she can keep it up - just like her freshman days.

big12ku 6 years, 4 months ago

Good performance, but not so much lights out, she is just allowed more mistakes and misses than some of the others. Hope for a good end to the season but once again HCBH is wearing out the starters

Dirk Medema 6 years, 4 months ago

30 minutes is a decent amount for the bench, tho 2 mpg rest for the big 3 does seem lite.

Comments in the Voepel article (below) seem to indicate that it is a somewhat common problem in WBB.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 4 months ago

Henrickson said "Now come to practice tomorrow and try to get better. I'm not the fun-hater here, I'm the realist."

Interesting quote (from Mechelle Voepel's article http://espn.go.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8957709/women-college-basketball-seniors-lead-kansas-jayhawks-big-win). It sounds like she is getting those sorts of comments from somewhere - and denying any relevance.

I think that is part of what makes Coach Self and other great leaders great. It's the suttle communication skills that let him hit you upside the head with a comment and somehow feel challenged/encouraged to be better and not negative. Wish I could do more than recognize it in others.

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