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Baylor defeats Kansas, 82-60

  • 1:30 p.m., Jan. 13, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Originally published January 13, 2013 at 03:26p.m., updated January 13, 2013 at 06:18p.m.

KU women fall to top-ranked Baylor, 82-60

Kansas players Carolyn Davis, left, and Monica Engelman (13) double team Brittney Griner (42) during Kansas' game against Baylor, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas players Carolyn Davis, left, and Monica Engelman (13) double team Brittney Griner (42) during Kansas' game against Baylor, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas University’s women’s basketball team dropped its sixth straight game to Baylor, 82-60, on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, but played better than it had in the five previous meetings.

Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, who dropped their second conference game in a row, better still was not good enough, and the Bears cruised to a rather easy but wildly entertaining victory in front of a mixed-allegiance crowd of 6,923.

“First of all, the attendance was outstanding. Did they give tickets away?” asked Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, who was informed by KU officials that 600 tickets were freebies. “Well, keep giving them away because it helps our conference. When you have 4,500 more in here than you normally do, it’s great for women’s basketball.”

Baylor’s Brittney Griner, of course, was the reason for the big turnout, and she did not disappoint. College basketball’s reigning player of the year scored 33 points on 14-of-24 shooting and played all 40 minutes while scoring 20 in the first half to pace the Bears to a 46-30 halftime lead.

“She’s worked part-time the last couple of times she played here,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “So it was nice to make her put a full day’s work in.”

Mulkey, who said she did not recruit players to watch them sit on the bench, added that she felt no reason to take Griner out because, “She was pretty much dominating the game.”

Although Griner’s presence on both ends of the floor made life tough for KU, the Jayhawks fared much better attacking her than they did guarding her.

CeCe Harper set the tone for KU with a career-high 21 points, and her aggressive play, both shooting the basketball and driving it to the rim, paid off big-time for the Jayhawks.

“I thought she was aggressive,” Henrickson said of Harper, KU’s first player off the bench. “I thought she played confident. And that becomes contagious.”

Of all of Harper’s buckets — the junior guard hit seven of 14 shots, including three of six from three-point range — a second-half drive-and-finish over Griner was the highlight.

“I thought CeCe played awesome,” said senior forward Carolyn Davis, who added 12 points and 10 rebounds. “She’s one of the X-factors. She comes off the bench and does little things. She can score, she can shoot it, she’s a great penetrator, and she’s strong, and she can finish.”

Davis said she had never seen Harper show fear.

“I was just trying to be aggressive because I knew that we needed that to stay in the game,” Harper said. “The mind-set in the second half was to attack Brittney and try to get fouls on her. (On that drive) I knew I had to alter my shot, so I went left-handed. I knew it was gonna go in once I shot it.”

As for KU’s defense, Griner commanded plenty of attention from the Jayhawks, who kept two, sometimes three, players within arm’s length of the All-American on nearly every possession. At times, however, it looked as if KU’s defenders were content just to be in the right spot and forgot to work when Griner got the ball.

“We kept challenging them to be more physical earlier with her,” Henrickson said. “We kind of let her walk to where she wanted to be.”

After falling behind 31-13, the Jayhawks ripped off a 15-7 run capped by a sweet dish from Angel Goodrich (16 points, seven assists) to Harper, whose easy layup cut Baylor’s lead to 10 and forced Mulkey to call a timeout.

The feel-good moment was short-lived, though, as Odyssey Sims responded with back-to-back buckets, and Baylor led by 16 at the break.

The Bears scored the first nine points of the second half — during a four-minute stretch in which Kansas took just two shots — and the lead quickly ballooned to 24.

“We said before we went out, ‘This is where they’re gonna try to punch you in the mouth,’ and they did,” Henrickson said of Baylor’s second-half run.

The Jayhawks kept the deficit in the 17-to-20-point range throughout the second half but never threatened Baylor’s lead.

“Compared to the other match-ups, I thought we did way better,” Davis said. “We talked in the locker room about if we could’ve just cut out a few of the mistakes that were our fault, we were right in the game.”

Added Henrickson: “I’m really proud of our effort. There are days where you might lose the game but gain some things that might help us be successful down the road.”

Sophomore forward Chelsea Gardner (four points, nine rebounds) started her first game of the season, in place of junior Tania Jackson, whom Henrickson said decided to leave the program last Friday.

Comments

MinnesotaJay 1 year, 9 months ago

That's a rough last two game stretch. Time to gather yourselves, ladies, and bounce back stronger. As long as you're continuing to get better, that's all that matters.

Cody Stumma 1 year, 9 months ago

I wish Griner would leave for the WNBA already...

yates33333 1 year, 9 months ago

Me Too! She ruins the game. Now if she played for KU it would be understandable that she stays!!!

Dyrk Dugan 1 year, 9 months ago

we'll lose again at TTech...and then we have to take advantage of three home games in a row, before visiting KSU.

Kansas is again, doing what it has always done under Bonnie....underachieved in the league regular season. we have never had a regular season winning record in the league....and unless we win three or four in a row here soon, this year will be no different.

we give up way too many points in the paint....and go for agonizingly long stretches of no offense. however we did it, we really put it together in the NCAA tourney last year....but it's not carrying over quite yet.

doolindalton 1 year, 9 months ago

The game was on television, unfortunately. KU was awful on both ends of the court but especially on defense.

tyson travis 1 year, 9 months ago

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tyson travis 1 year, 9 months ago

Please tell me exactly what part of the usage agreement I supposedly violated. I wasn't trying to be demeaning of her in any way, just that she could probably step right onto the mens' teams in many schools and not lose a beat. My e-mail address is on file, please reply, this is the first time I've ever had a post pulled, and I'm not happy about it.

Mick Allen 1 year, 9 months ago

Tania Jackson leaving the program? Ce Ce Harper should be starting. "Compared to the other match ups, I thought we did better" That is quite the testimonial for the progress this team has made or not made. This is the most talented squad HCBH has had and yet getting in to the tournament is very much up in the air.Another year of experience and maturity has not led to improvement from last year. Same old, same old.

Cody Stumma 1 year, 9 months ago

I believe the girls team will get into the NCAA Tournament just fine. Once Griner leaves, Baylor will fall from their Elite status. At this point, they just need to keep winning to get a better seed, which I believe they can win their next several games.

Waylon Cook 1 year, 9 months ago

Yes Kim Mulkey and Baylor will just vanish. You realize Kim and Baylor had a title BEFORE Griner?

And ONCE again our NCAA tourney run to Sweet Sixteen was a matter of a GREAT draw. Delware was only Della Donne and we did what we needed to win.

Bonnie is what she always was. OVERPAID AND UNDERACHIEVING.

Deb Engstrom 1 year, 9 months ago

I thought the women played very well before a very large crowd. They lost to Baylor for heaven sake. Baylor's margin of victory is something like 35 points and we only lost by 22. Griner is amazing with a strong supporting cast.

Mick Allen 1 year, 9 months ago

We only lost by 22. Is that our goal? For over $700.000.00 a year should't we have a right to expect more from HCBH? We were never in the game.

Cody Stumma 1 year, 9 months ago

Again, Baylor. They thrashed the #4 Kentucky by more than they did us. They beat Okie State and Iowa State more than us. Hell, they beat Notre Dame by double digits at Notre Dame. In case you forgot, a few years ago when the girls crushed Baylor by 25 points (yes, an unranked team destroying a Top 5 team a few years ago), it was because Griner did not play. Next year, if we are still losing by +20 points against Baylor, then I will have to agree with you, but until that dude off Baylor's team leaves, nobody in the Big 12 is going to come within single digits of Baylor, let alone upset them.

no_fan 1 year, 9 months ago

Tania Jackson quit! What happen? We already know how conference play going to be the same old story each year! Big 12 was down last year and they creeped into the tournament. My concern is what is going on behind the scenes and why are these athletes leaving the program each year! Now, two years in a row girls are leaving in the middle of the season! Last year Keena Mays and Donielle Breaux. Administration has to question HCBH? These athletes are not quiting and walking away from a free education for no good reason. That is my concern what is TRULY going on in this program? Make me wonder about Administration.

Now, about CeCe Harper starting and getting more playing time. I agree nothing against Natalie Knight but I am not impressed with her play to start from the minute she stepped into the program over the talent that is/was on the team. JUCO transfer All American Markisha Hawkins & freshman Lamaria Cole can't contribute to the team? In my opinion HCBH recruit these talented athletes and they are not used to their ability. We will see how this year play out. Pay HCBH out and let us get this program going in the right direction to winning in conference play and not have a winning record playing weak teams in the beginning. It does not take 10 years to turn a program around.

big12ku 1 year, 9 months ago

Glad that the ladies competed against Top Ranked Baylor, in comparison to last/previous years. Was surfing the internet and noticed that Transfer Keena Mays is averaging nearly 24-25 points a game. KU could have used her talents along side of Angel Goodrich. Not quite liking the ball movement of NK and ME (The two of them seem to be going in circles) often causing Angel to hoist up last second shots with the shot clock winding down Mays was always aggressive on the court and getting to the rim. Always wondered what the team could have been had she stayed.

Think she is also up for All American Candidate honors. Would have been nice to have three on this team.

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