Oklahoma defeats Kansas, 85-77

  • 7 p.m., March 2, 2013
  • Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, OK

Saturday, March 2, 2013

KU women fall at Oklahoma, 85-77


— Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson found the Jayhawks’ latest loss especially tough to stomach.

KU dropped its fourth straight Saturday, 85-77, at Oklahoma and guaranteed it would finish the league race in seventh place with a game still to play.

“We are not fundamentally sound or assignment-correct,” Henrickson said. “We are breaking down. … It’s an effort issue. For us to give up 85 tonight, in our last four games 84 … we scored 77 tonight. It’s not our offense, it’s our defense, our constant breakdowns in positional defense and one-on-one defense.

“It’s just nauseating to me that we’re this bad on that end of the floor.”

KU (16-12 overall, 7-10 Big 12) and OU (20-9, 10-7) battled through eight lead changes and five ties early, and the Jayhawks took a 35-29 lead on Angel Goodrich’s three-pointer with 5:11 left in the first half, but OU finished the half on a 10-0 spurt and never trailed again.

Kansas’ scoreless stretch eventually reached more than seven minutes, and OU made it a 15-point run.

The Jayhawks pulled within three (57-54) early and four (76-72) late in the second half, but the Sooners answered every threat.

Kansas got a second-half spark from Markisha Hawkins, who finished with a career-best 11 points, all in the second half. Carolyn Davis led Kansas with 18 points.

Henrickson lauded Hawkins, but added, “We’ve got to get more out of our bench. We’ve got to get more out of everybody.”

OU’s Jasmine Hartman made the most of her obligatory start on the Sooners’ Senior Night. Hartman entered the game with seven points scored in Big 12 Conference play and registered 11 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 18 points to lead OU.

Kansas will host TCU in the Jayhawks’ Senior Night at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, then meet the Horned Frogs again in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

“It’s huge,” Henrickson said. “It’s a chance to get to 8-10. We’ll have them one again in the conference tournament. But the most important one is Tuesday. I certainly hope people come out and appreciate these three seniors in the fieldhouse and give them some love that I certainly feel they’ve earned.

“And we need some help, because (the Frogs) are coming off a big win over Iowa State.”


Chris Condren 6 years, 1 month ago

Hendrickson just cannot get her players to compete game after game. She has had almost a decade to build her program. It is past time to fairly judge her work and by any measure she must go.

big12ku 6 years, 1 month ago

But the most important one is Tuesday. I certainly hope people come out and appreciate these three seniors in the fieldhouse and give them some love that I certainly feel they’ve earned (Words spoken by Henrickson)

Well, well, well Henrickson finally gets to the Senior Prom. I am happy for the young ladies on their accomplishments, but just as her words are spoken, come out and appreciate the three seniors, how about come out and appreciate the team? Spoken just like a coach that has coached for four years with a team of three players and that is why the team has not been successful. Sad part about it is that when the Sweet Sixteen Run was made, 2 of them were not even involved. I hope after this season is over, Dr Z finnaly gives her a diploma in the form of a pink slip (Honor Grad for blowing the most games and never taking responsibility for it).Is that Uhaul truck still waiting? Good luck ladies on your future endeavors and I am sure the KU faithfuls appreciate your play.

MinnesotaJay 6 years, 1 month ago

Putting up 77, and losing by 8 on the road to a quality team isn't so bad. Unfortunately, the selection committee probably needed to see a little more to make up for the disappointments which preceded this game.

I'd love to be there Tuesday, but I'm 14 time zones removed from Allen Fieldhouse. You ladies are totally awesome, especially the seniors! Absolutely love you! I certainly second the emotions of big12ku above in wishing you the very best going forward!

Chris Condren 6 years, 1 month ago

Usually a team does not lose its way into the Tourney.

wakeupcall 6 years, 1 month ago

Correct, they win their way in, and this team could have done that. Thanks Bonnie

kuilander 6 years, 1 month ago

henrickson has been here how long now?? besides one or two moments, she has proven beyone a doubt that she cannot create a winning program here. this team is going to miss the tourney again, which at Kansas, is unexcusable at the rate she has gotten them there. she needs to be shown the door, enough losing already.

texashawk10 6 years, 1 month ago

How many times has Bonnie blamed a loss on a lack of effort? That's the one thing that should never be an issue. Teams don't always execute to full potential, but there is no legitimate reason lack of effort to ever be an issue on a team. That equals bad coaching and poor effort on on Henrickson's part and a more than justifiable reason to terminate her contract. I don't know enough about women's basketball to know who hot assistant coaches or mid to low major head coaches, but Dr. Zenger has shown the willingness to spend money to create a winner and I'm sure there are coaches with a lot of potential that would love to have KU's resources to sell to recruits. When there is a big game at AFH, people will come to the games. I was at the WNIT title game in 2009 when KU was in it and it was close to a sell out so I know people will show up if there is a good product on the floor.

Pitthawk34 6 years, 1 month ago

How many years does she have left on her contract?

gchawk 6 years, 1 month ago

".........not fundamentally sound". Believe that includes coaching. I still contend that her pay should be commensurate to her winning percentage.

wakeupcall 6 years, 1 month ago

Gchawk, if that were the case she would be unemployed or making minimum wage.

Pitthawk34 6 years, 1 month ago

She would be able to teach our ladies to score in every position.

KGphoto 6 years, 1 month ago

Broken record, dude. You sound like a stalker. I know you are a fellow Jayhawk, and I appreciate that, but your infatuation with this porn star is beyond creepy. Every comment you make is about her or some other half naked girl. It's classless. What are you 15? Let it go.

kuilander 6 years, 1 month ago

a good AD should always have a list of of coaches to go after

no_fan 6 years, 1 month ago

At least this young lady will probably be dancing in the NCAA's. Keena Mays was a big part of SMU turning around their team and winning a Conference Championship. Had she stayed under the worst coach in the Big 12 (guess who that is), she probably would not have been able to feel the emotions of what a Conference Title feels like.

wakeupcall 6 years, 1 month ago

I remember seeing that young lady play her freshmen year when Angel was out. I was impressed on how she stepped right in and carried the pg position as a freshmen. I thought at that time her and Angel would compliment each other upon Angel's return. This program has/had so much talent and Bonnie can't coach to advance forward.

Ring Ring

KU athletics how may I help you?

May I speak to the worse coach in the Big 12 (Men & Women)

Hold on please.

Coach Bonnie Henrickson speaking!


big12ku 6 years, 1 month ago

Guess HCBH had better start dancing Tuesday night at her Senior Prom (Wobble Baby, Wobble Baby), cause thanks to her coaching she and these unfortunate young ladies won't be dancing in March.

Taken from Charlie Creme's Bracketlology Breakdown of Bubble teams: Kansas: This is the perfect example of a blown opportunity. The Jayhawks were in. Two weeks ago they had four top-50 wins, which was more than anyone else in the bubble cluster, with the opportunity for more. Angel Goodrich had emerged as one of the nation's best point guards. The good memories of last season's improbable Sweet 16 run were still there from which to draw. THEN KANSAS STOPPED PLAYING DEFENSE AND WINNING. Giving up 93 points to Texas was not just a bad night, it was the start of a four-game losing streak that took the Jayhawks out of the field. With only a résumé-worthless game with TCU remaining in the regular season, Kansas will need a good, long run in the Big 12 tournament to leapfrog itself back into the field.

Hope she has her next GIG lined up.....The Lawrence YMCA is looking for volunteer coaches.

no_fan 6 years, 1 month ago

I would not put that much faith in her to win a championship on the YMCA level. That would be the little dribblers division. Lmbo!

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