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Iowa State defeats Kansas, 77-62

  • 6 p.m., March 9, 2013
  • Dallas, Texas,

Originally published March 9, 2013 at 09:36p.m., updated March 10, 2013 at 12:15a.m.

KU women fall out of Big 12 tournament

Iowa State’ Anna Prins looks for a shot against Kansas’ Carolyn Davis (21) in the first half on Saturday in the Big 12 women’s tournament in Dallas. ISU won, 77-62.

Iowa State’ Anna Prins looks for a shot against Kansas’ Carolyn Davis (21) in the first half on Saturday in the Big 12 women’s tournament in Dallas. ISU won, 77-62.

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Iowa State’ Anna Prins looks for a shot against Kansas’ Carolyn Davis (21) in the first half on Saturday in the Big 12 women’s tournament in Dallas. ISU won, 77-62.

— Bounced out of the Big 12 tournament after just one victory, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team again has to sweat out another Selection Monday.

Senior forward Chelsea Poppens led Iowa State with 24 points, and junior forward Hallie Christofferson added 23 points to lead the Cyclones to a 77-62 women’s basketball victory over KU on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

And now the Jayhawks, a Sweet 16 team a year ago but just 18-13 and on the NCAA Tournament bubble now, must wait until May 18 to learn their NCAA fate.

“Of course I think we should be in,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “I thought the committee made a great decision last year, and I thought we made them look real smart. I think we should be. We play the best teams in the best league in America.

“I said going in, I think what’s hard is people think because we all beat each other up — we are a great league, and we have one team ranked, maybe two, and we deserve better than that as a league. Outside, a lot of people don’t understand how good the league is and how competitive it is.”

Carolyn Davis, one of four returning starters from last year’s surprising Sweet 16 team, led KU with 17 points Saturday.

“We don’t know (what the future holds),” she said. “We think we’ve had some great wins, and we are kind of in the same position we were last year. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Angel Goodrich contributed 15 points for KU, and Chelsea Gardner added 12.

“Well, just like coach said, we are not so sure what’s going to happen, but we have got to stay positive, look forward, keep practicing and get better,” Goodrich said, “because more than likely we want to still play.”

Saturday the Jayhawks (18-13) jumped to an 8-2 start, but Iowa State quickly tied it at 8, then gradually pulled away to a 34-26 halftime edge.

ISU (22-7) led by as many as 22 in the second half.

The Jayhawks were outrebounded 40-29 and outscored by 13 from the free-throw line.

“I thought in the second half, our two all‑conference players played like it,” ISU coach Bill Fennelly said, referring to Poppens and Christofferson. “Our senior, Anna Prins, played like it. When you only turn the ball over two times in the second half and defend like we defended, you’re going to beat some people.

“So it’s exciting for us to be in the semifinals, and we are honored that Iowa State go to move to the right in the bracket.”

Comments

Pitthawk34 1 year, 9 months ago

Fire Bonnie....enough...she has made millions and the product she has put out has been horrible. Time to part ways.

Jim Erickson 1 year, 9 months ago

Agree... Great person, but it is time to go.

squawkhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

Yes, time for a change. This should have been the break out year for the ladies but turned into another disappointing season. KU fared only slightly better than KSU who only had 7 players most of the year due to injuries.

milehighhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

This was supposed to be the year. Again.

Brennan Keller 1 year, 9 months ago

Iowa State is a really tough team this year. Blaming Bonnie after every single loss gets really old. The Big 12 was very tough this year an I believe that playing in the best women's bball conference in the nation will be enough to get Kansas in the NCAA tourney. I will admit that in order to be more competitive in the future our mental toughness and defense has to dramatically improve. Bonnie will be back next year and it will be interesting to see what she does with a great recruiting class coming in! Rock Chalk!

Mick Allen 1 year, 9 months ago

Get real. KU won't get in the tournament, nor do we deserve to. Bonnie is WNIT bound. What an honor.

texashawk10 1 year, 9 months ago

The Big 12 was tough like it is every season, but KU was also expected to challenge for a second place finish along with ISU, OU, and Tech and instead KU finished in 7th at the bottom of the third tier of teams in the Big 12.

And yes, KU does have a nice class coming in, but I'll tell you how next season goes right now if Bonnie isn't fired. KU stocks up non-con. wins and possibly cracks the top 25, then Christmas break happens and Bonnie runs someone off the team and KU plods along to another bottom half of the conference finish and ends up on the wrong side of the bubble yet again.

jgkojak 1 year, 9 months ago

We had a genuine star player this year and senior leadership and we ended up mediocre at best.

This should do it for Bonnie - no way they get an NCAA bid.

texashawk10 1 year, 9 months ago

Mirror image of Danielle McCray's senior season.

ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 9 months ago

Say it out loud "Iowa State has a better women's program than we do"

Pitthawk34 1 year, 9 months ago

Give Bonnie $250,000 and ask her to please get out or a lame duck next year.

no_fan 1 year, 9 months ago

Liljayhawker15, so what/who is the excuse year after year of losing? That is what is really getting old! Guess it is the girls? That is what HCBH say in interviews after each lost. In your comment that is what you are saying also. A winning program begins at the top. Without a good leader you don't have good followers. Come on KU do the right thing. Pay her and send her on her way.

wakeupcall 1 year, 9 months ago

The big 12 was down this year. Bonnie should be thanking A&M and Colorado for leaving as she would have really been a sitting duck. Yes blame lots of the losses on the coach. Isn't a coach responsible for getting their players to perform? Well her pay check says she is. I say the same, time for her to move on. No adjustments when needed, and the game plan sucked. Iowa state post players were shooting 3s on us, consistently! Defense, defense, defense-guess the year initial focus went out the door just like the NCAA chances. Ku deserves much better and after 9 or however many years, it is time to fire Henrickson. As for the incoming recruiting class, if she does not know how to employ or get the most out of them, it won't make a difference. Set your hopes high, cause I won't again until she is gone.

Pbbut 1 year, 9 months ago

The Big 12 is tough every year, and there is no reason why KU shouldn't be one of the tough ones. Instead, we regularly underacheive and Bonnie has had ample time to move the program up to one that is the kind of program we expect. Time for KU and Bonnie to both move on................

Brennan Keller 1 year, 9 months ago

Like the rest of you, I will not be the least bit disappointed or surprised if KU decides to get a new leader (coach) of the bball program.

Chris Condren 1 year, 9 months ago

My opinion is that Hendrickson gets to Coach next year because she has a year left on her contract and has a god bunch of recruits coming in next year. I just do not think the AD will want to eat $500K if he fires Hendrickson. Just my thought on the issue. Hendrickson should have been fired long ago. She is worthless as a coach. The women's team will always be mediocre with her as the coach. She is one of the last obvious pieces of the Lew Perkins legacy.

Mark Newton 1 year, 9 months ago

May 18th?? I think March 18th would be better.

Pitthawk34 1 year, 9 months ago

I think it is a given that Bonnie is gone...there is no way, they would not given her an extension by now. The question is who to hire. for what KU pays they should be able to make a steal.

wakeupcall 1 year, 9 months ago

Can't be soon enough!!! Give her a buyout for the one year. why not as they have already overpaid her for every year she has been there

Jack Jones 1 year, 9 months ago

Opinions! Opinions! Opinions! > Everybody's got one. I wonder if AD Zenger will count 'em on this Opinion Page? Naahh > probably not.

wakeupcall 1 year, 9 months ago

Even you jackdavid, but I would be safe in assuming that Dr Z is educated enough to know who must go if ku is to build a winning program.

Lash 1 year, 9 months ago

Oh come on now, let's drag this out like we did with the last women's coach...

Tom Shelton 1 year, 9 months ago

You people do not realize that 80 to 90 % of the women's programs are much worse than the Kansas program. Lots of programs are lucky to get 500 people to the games. Plus, these programs can only wish they were considered for a post season tournament. And finally, many of the coaches are a liability to the University. Kansas is lucky to have a quality coach like Bonnie.

texashawk10 1 year, 9 months ago

That's a good troll, you almost have me believing you're a KU fan who's just not smart enough to realize that a basketball team in a power 6 conference should not accept the coaching job of a coach who makes the NCAA tournament just once in 9 years instead of 2/3 of the time at least.

no_fan 1 year, 9 months ago

Fanfromafar, please stop smoking that CRACK!!!!! Haven't you heard that saying "A mind is a terrible thing to waist" or better yet the commercial this is a frying pan, this is a egg..... (crack the egg into the hot skillet) szzzz this what drugs would do to you! Lol

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