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Kansas defeats Iowa State, 78-75

  • 7 p.m., Jan. 30, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Originally published January 30, 2013 at 09:17p.m., updated January 30, 2013 at 10:51p.m.

Jayhawks storm back to top Cyclones, 78-75, in overtime

Kansas forward Bunny Williams picks up teammate Angel Goodrich while Lamaria Cole lets out a scream as Kansas players celebrate their overtime victory against Iowa State Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. Goodrich hit a three-pointer to send the game into overtime.

Kansas forward Bunny Williams picks up teammate Angel Goodrich while Lamaria Cole lets out a scream as Kansas players celebrate their overtime victory against Iowa State Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. Goodrich hit a three-pointer to send the game into overtime.

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Every bit as quick with the basketball and just as electric, it might have been easy to confuse Kansas University point guard Angel Goodrich for a bolt of lightning during Wednesday’s 78-75 overtime victory against Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse.

One problem: Lightning is not supposed to strike twice.

With her team riding a wave of momentum but still trailing by three points with less than a minute remaining, Goodrich buried a top-of-the-key three-pointer with 13.5 seconds to play to force overtime.

It marked the second year in a row that a Goodrich three-pointer forced extra time against the Cyclones and also the second year in a row that the Jayhawks (13-6 overall, 4-4 Big 12) topped ISU when things looked hopeless.

So what is it about the Cyclones (14-5, 5-4) that tends to produce overtime thrillers against the Jayahwks?

“I guess we just love playing them so much that we want an extra five minutes,” said senior forward Carolyn Davis, who scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half and overtime.

Last season, the Jayhawks needed two overtimes before winning, and Wednesday’s victory had a very similar feel to that one.

The Cyclones raced to a nine-point halftime lead and bumped their advantage to 18 points before Kansas mounted its comeback. For the first 31 minutes, Iowa State was far and away the tougher, more aggressive, more free-flowing team. But in the final nine minutes — and, really, the final five — it was the Jayhawks who played loose and operated with a let-it-all-hang-out attitude.

“Similar to last year, we turned them over to get back into the game,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “When you’re down that much, it’s not about answering, it’s about getting multiple stops and stringing buckets together.”

Kansas did that, turning a 55-37 deficit at the 8:56 mark into a more manageable 60-53 disadvantage five minutes later. KU ripped off a 19-5 run over the final 4:54 to force overtime and perhaps salvage its season.

Plenty of players were instrumental in the run. Sophomore guard Natalie Knight (21 points on 8-of-13 shooting) scored inside and out and helped the Jayhawks get out in transition. Davis, who was nearly non-existent in the post in the first half, worked early and seemed more determined to score during the critical run. And reserves Asia Boyd (nine points) and CeCe Harper (seven) came up with some key buckets and defensive stops when the Jayhawks needed them most.

While every player on the roster did what she could to help bring the Jayhawks back, one player stood out. That was Goodrich, who finished with 24 points, 10 assists, five steals and five rebounds. Despite the fact that everyone the gym knew she would be the one to take the potential game-tying shot, she still drilled it.

“It felt like the other shots that were bricks,” Goodrich said of her five three-point misses before the game-tying gem. “So when it went in, I was just relieved.”

Of the play that tied it, Henrickson said: “We (were) absolutely a train wreck. We’re trying to run something without our timeouts, and then CeCe’s on the wrong side, so I’m just trying to yell, and we’re all looking at each other because it got busted. But often times it’s not about the play you run, it’s about making a play, and (Goodrich) made a play.”

Nobody on either side was surprised.

“We told (Chelsea Poppens) to jump out there on the screen, and if you run into her, you run into her,” ISU coach Bill Fennelly said. “But she laid back. In the heat of the moment, good players make plays, and she hit a big shot”

Added ISU guard Brynn Williamson: “She’s a great player, and not just because she scores but because she gets so many others involved. You know she’s gonna be the one to take those shots at the end of the game. She’s not afraid to.”

With road games at Kansas State (Saturday) and Baylor (Wednesday) next on the schedule, the Jayhawks were well aware of how important Wednesday’s come-from-behind win was for their season.

“I think it was big-big,” Davis said. “It was a ranked team, it’s a game that can get us on the roll, and it’s a game that was not supposed to be our game. When you lose games you’re not supposed to, you have to win games you’re not supposed to.”

The Jayhawks and Wildcats will square off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Manhattan.

It remains to be seen whether Knight, who injured her right knee late in regulation, will be available for the game. The sophomore from Olathe was being examined by doctors after Wednesday's victory, and Henrickson did not have an update on the injury that forced Knight to be carried off the floor.

Comments

Brennan Keller 6 years, 2 months ago

Season saving win lady Jayhawks, season saving win! Time to put all the focus on getting a win at ksu and completing a season sweep!

Bobby Burch 6 years, 2 months ago

Rock chalk!! Was listening to the game on the radio — what a thriller!

frazzled 6 years, 2 months ago

Great, great comeback win. Keep us posted on Natalie Knight's injury - I hope it's not as bad as it looked.

Jack Jones 6 years, 2 months ago

What a tough, gritty game you all played tonight > 18 down, second half > against #24. Shows just how much talent and will to win your team is capable of > against anyone, at any time. WELL DONE, JAYHAWK WOMEN!!!

MinnesotaJay 6 years, 2 months ago

The team that played the first 31 minutes is a mediocre also-ran. The inspired team that finished out the game is another Sweet Sixteen challenger that would scare almost anybody they face.

Hopefully, the ladies will not permit that first group to come back into the gym.

Cody Stumma 6 years, 2 months ago

I got word that it's a torn ACL for Natalie...

Dirk Medema 6 years, 2 months ago

That would be bad, especially for Natalie, but we did survive losing Carolyn last year and still finished well.

Waylon Cook 6 years, 2 months ago

From the person who says we beat Baylor when Griner got hurt. BTW Griner wasnt on that squad she was still in high school....

Cody Stumma 6 years, 2 months ago

Danielle Wilson. Fine, I made a mistake. Does it really matter 4 years later?

Waylon Cook 6 years, 2 months ago

Actually yes it does. Facts tend to help. You brought it up talking about Bonnies performance a couple weeks ago. She is stealing money from the University, its time to go.

no_fan 6 years, 2 months ago

I hate to see any athlete injured. Hope it is not too serious. It is also the history of HCBH that a injury is what it takes to force her to make some changes (usually ends up for the better). Now, maybe CeCe Harper can get the opportunity to move into the starting lineup ( great defense last night by her) as should be. MAYBE just MAYBE give the others also an opportunity to contribute as last year to make a run in the NCAA tournament.

big12ku 6 years, 2 months ago

Hate to see any kid go down, hope Natalie is ok and wishing her a speedy recovery, she was having a career day with 21 points. On the other hand this game was horrible for the jayhawks nearly 3/4 of the game. It was not until they were allowed to push the ball in transition for easy buckets that they began to come back. HCBH needs to stop orchestrating every single play, let the ladies push the ball and run, run, run. KU is at their best when they run and Angel seems to be comfortable in that setting. Walking the ball up the court every possession and letting the defense set will not work for this team. With Natalie possibly out, Angel, Asia, Cece, Chelsea, and Carolyn would be our best bet at a run. When that group was on the floor the defense and overall intensity picked up. Come on HCBH make some changes and also get the other ladies some experience as they will be needed too (Lamaria and Markisha).

Jonathan Allison 6 years, 2 months ago

Way to go! Wish there were more fans in attendance, though. I don't know why the students don't show up to those games. I really enjoyed the ladies games and the baseball games too when I was a student.

Dyrk Dugan 6 years, 2 months ago

simply stunning. watching this game on the internet, and looking at the stats, we were completely outmatched for most of the game.

i wish we would play better in the bulk of the game...but you take what you can get.

let's not have all of this effort wasted now, and go lay an egg at KSU on Saturday....we're a better basketball team than them....let's show it to 'em again.

Go Jayhawks!

Tony Bandle 6 years, 2 months ago

NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!

Excellent effort, LadyHawkes. HEY, LJW....where is the friggin 2012-13 schedule for the Ladyhawkes on their page?? The 2011-2012 schedule was nice but WHO CARES!!!

Come on..our ladies deserve much more respect than that. Oh, and while you're at it, can you make the box score type size any smaller???

Matt Tait 6 years, 2 months ago

There's a link at the top of the page in gray on the far right that says, "Schedule" Check it out. Oh, and if you actually click on the box score it gets much bigger and you can even zoom in on any part you like. Check it out.

Tony Bandle 6 years, 2 months ago

Matt. thanks.....I'm a dope. Thanks for giving the ladies their due..I just wish we could get more people to watch them. If I could, I sure would. PS forvie me tagging on but what is your gut feeling regarding our chances for Julius Randle? Thanks.

Waylon Cook 6 years, 2 months ago

Sadly Bonnie still needs a Uhaul even when coming back from a huge deficit!

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