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Kansas defeats South Carolina, 75-69

  • 8:30 p.m., March 25, 2013
  • Coors Events Conference Center, Boulder, CO

Originally published March 25, 2013 at 10:41p.m., updated March 25, 2013 at 12:33a.m.

Another shocker! 12th-seeded KU women upset South Carolina, 75-69, to return to Sweet 16

Kansas players celebrate after defeating South Carolina 75-69 in a second-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, March 25, 2013, in Boulder, Colo.

Kansas players celebrate after defeating South Carolina 75-69 in a second-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, March 25, 2013, in Boulder, Colo.

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Kansas University has a knack for hanging around in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. For KU senior Monica Engelman, who scored a career-high 27 points in the Jayhawks’ 75-69 second-round win over No. 17 South Carolina, it just wasn’t time for the Jayhawks to go home.

“The three seniors and the rest of this team — we were hungry, and we wanted to do everything possible, individually and collectively, to advance,” Engelman said.

With the win, Kansas (20-13) will advance to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year. The Jayhawks play again on Sunday in Norfolk, Va., against the winner of No. 2 Notre Dame vs. Iowa.

Engelman’s 27 points trumps her previous career- and season-high 26 points, which she scored against TCU earlier this season.  The senior averaged 9.4 points per game this season.

Her mom, Marlene, who was stranded, snowed in at a gas station during Kansas’ first-round game against Colorado, finally made it to Boulder after I-70 reopened. That might have had something to do with the game of her career, Engelman said.

“We all owe Marlene (Engelman) for that one,” said a jovial Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson.

Kansas joins a 1996 San Francisco team as the only No. 12 seeds to win in the second round. Since the women’s NCAA Tournament field was expanded to 64 teams in 1994, No. 12 seeds are 2-15 in the second round, including the Jayhawks’ win Monday.

In 2012, the Jayhawks made it to the round of 16 as a No. 11 seed, where they lost to Tennessee after defeating Nebraska and Delaware.

“We wanted that feeling again,” Goodrich said.

Both teams were vying for back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances. The Gamecocks (25-8), who finished fifth in the SEC and won a school-record 11 conference games this season, lost to Stanford in the 2012 Round of 16.

The Gamecocks trailed for much of the first half until a steal and layup by Ieasia Walker at 8:50 gave South Carolina a one-point lead, 22-21. That score came in the middle of a 10-0 Gamecocks run, during which South Carolina stifled Kansas for nearly three minutes.

But Kansas charged back with an 8-2 run that gave the Jayhawks a 42-41 lead heading into halftime. Engelman scored 18 of the team’s 42 points in the first half, the most scored by any Jayhawks player this season before halftime.

After the break, KU pulled away 59-52 with less than 13 minutes remaining on a four-point play by Goodrich, who drew a foul on a three-pointer.

With less than seven minutes to play, KU senior forward Carolyn Davis fell to the ground while defending Aleighsa Welch and limped off the court, grimacing and favoring her healthy right leg.

Davis, who dislocated a knee and tore an anterior crucial ligament midway through last season, was examined by KU medical staff and checked back into the game at 3:51. The senior added 12 points and five boards.

“It’s always a scare to see someone go down, and when I looked at her, she kind of just held her knee and I was kind of like ‘Dang,’” Goodrich said. “I didn’t know what to think, really, but for her to get up and stand up it relieved me a little bit.”

With 30 seconds on the clock and the score 72-69, Walker missed a three-point jumper that would’ve tied the game. Kansas’ lead grew to five with a pair of free throws from Goodrich, 74-69.

Goodrich went to the line again after stealing the ball and drawing a foul with 15 seconds remaining, putting away the game for Kansas, 75-69.

The senior said she never worried about losing the game, even when Kansas trailed.

“As a point guard and as a leader, I can’t show my face as worried because my teammates look to me,” Goodrich said. “I feel like we’ve grown in that aspect of being really composed and really just trying not to let anything get to us.”

Junior guard Markisha Hawkins lifted Goodrich off her feet after the buzzer, overjoyed at yet another unlikely run by the Jayhawks to the Round of 16. Goodrich led the team with eight assists and added 20 points.

“She was just yelling ‘Sweet 16’ in my ear and just hugging me,” Goodrich said. “She always does that. I don’t know why she picks me up, maybe it’s because I’m so small.”

Sophomore Chelsea Gardner led the Jayhawks with 12 rebounds, eight on defense and four on offense.

South Carolina grabbed 26 offensive rebounds to Kansas’ 17, and the Gamecocks’ bench added 16 to the Jayhawks’ six. But the Gamecocks couldn’t top the Jayhawks’ 46 percent field-goal shooting and 50 percent three-point shooting. The Gamecocks’ leading scorers were Bruner and Welch, who scored 16 apiece.

The Jayhawks’ win over South Carolina made it four wins in four days for the men’s and women’s basketball programs at KU. A small Kansas contingent sat behind the Jayhawks’ bench holding a banner that read “We believe in you!”

Comments

Tom Shelton 1 year ago

Cairo_Jayhawk, you need to be realistic and see the good points of the program. Look at all the so called big name schools and their bad women's basketball program. Bonnie has made the program better and the tournament runs will get better and longer in the future. So, cool it on the negativity and enjoy the ride !!!!

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big12ku 1 year ago

How frustarated were you with the record setting 25 offensive rebounds that was given up to South Carolina? For a good team like Notre Dame, that will spell disaster and a pure blow out.

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no_fan 1 year ago

Mom of three, look at how many turnovers the others get day in and day out...how frustrating is that to say it was cece Harper as if they had lost that would have been the difference maker. How many times has cece Harper done other things for this team. figure out why Keena mays left and was named conference USA player of the year, which would have never happened for her had she stayed. As for players getting hurt, that happens all the time and the team moved on last year, and this year too. Quit crying about key players because the one that was lost may not have turned the ball over much(because angel did by having to cover her so much) but was no big difference maker but I understand the hometown thing. Cece Harper and markisha Hawkins are filling the role just fine, often getting the hardest defensive assignment each night. Lets see how much frustrated you will be next season when your star returns as i have said in previous posts, do what you do best and take care of your three and leave the coaching and game analysis to someone who knows basketball.

By the way, when any player gets injured it is a major loss for a team, whether morally or not. Get real and watch the losses next year. Not to take anything from the teams success but don't try to blame those minutes on one player smh

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jgkojak 1 year ago

I'm glad they got the win, but here is my observation after watching this game on TV:

We are one of those teams where you watch us play, and you think "how come they have so many losses with all that talent?"

In other words, we're the women's version of the men's Baylor team.

Bonnie seems to recruit decently, and who wouldn't with our facilities, but I'm not sure she's great at either developing her players OR as an in game coach. With 30 seconds left, the lead and the ball, we kept trying to score instead of holding it and making them foul our best FT shooter.

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Sam Constance 1 year ago

I don't watch enough women's basketball to make an informed comment on Bonnie's status as coach, but I will say this: in terms of pure results, I think it's fair to ask why we can't show this kind of resolve/fight during the regular season with enough consistency to earn a higher seed.

It definitely has the air of a good team that underperforms in the regular season and gets a deservedly lower seed, then realizes their talent and potential upon getting to the tournament. That's great, and I'm super excited for the team, but it would be a lot easier to win these games as the better seed than as one of the last few at-large selections.

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GeoHawk15 1 year ago

Great job Lady Jayhawks! Keep playing tough!

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justanotherfan 1 year ago

Awesome job by the Lady Hawks.

I know HCBH has her critics on here, but she seems to have her team ready to go in the postseason, as demonstrated by the NIT run a couple years back, and now back to back Sweet Sixteens.

I don't know if Bonnie is the one to lead KU to the elite level or not, but you have to give credit where credit is due, and she deserves all the credit in the world for leading double digit seeded teams to the Sweet Sixteen in back to back years. Once may be flukey luck, but twice deserves a lot of credit, especially since they lost one of their best players to injury.

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Keith Hummel 1 year ago

Really enjoyed watching this game last night. What a gritty performance! This team is so much fun to watch. Can't wait for the next one. Congrats ladies! Let's keep it going.

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Milton Bland 1 year ago

Great game! I sure am glad that I have Direct TV and the Full Court package. Receiveing the KU women games has been a great bonus to compliment all the men's games. It was a little disappointing to see the empty seats in the Coors Events Center, but I am sure the poor road conditions in Western Kansas was the problem. This year I have become a real Bonnie fan, along with her team. Any KU fan not following the women is missing out on watching some great basketball.

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Ryan Kruse 1 year ago

BH best recruiting class coming in next year, 15th ranked class. She is finally getting the respect of coaches and kids to draw well with upper echelon kids

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Jim Erickson 1 year ago

A tournament run, while nice and exciting, shouldn't mask the reality that the state of the women's program is merely average. This is Kansas and both of our basketball teams should be at the top of the league. That hasn't happened under Bonnie and I fear that she will get another year because of a tournament run. In my opinion, If she doesn't make the Final 4 she should be gone. I know I will catch flack for this but I am tired of seeing a mediocre women's basketball team in the regular season.

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Tony Bandle 1 year ago

My Bonnie lies over the ocean.

My Bonnie lies over the sea.

My Bonnie lies over the ocean.

So bring back a NC to me!!!

Well done, LadyHawks, well done. Rock and fire, girls....rock and fire!!!

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Dirk Andrews 1 year ago

What a great game last night! Efficient and tenacious....Keep it up!

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jaybate 1 year ago

Way to go, Bonnie.

And people wanted her fired, too.

Coaches need time to get a stroke down.

Coaches some times need time to discover you've got to go get some players that can make plays.

Its not all about height, speed, strength and jumping. If it were, every big bouncy guy or girl on the play ground would be in D1.

Bonnie, U R a STUD!

U TOOK THE WORST THAT KU FANS COULD DISH OUT AND KEPT GETTING BETTER.

IT PAID OFF.

ROCK CHALK, BONNIE!

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JHWKDW 1 year ago

Congrats Lady Jayhawks! Rock Chalk! Woo Hoo!Keep on winning ladies!

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nostradavid 1 year ago

“We believe in you!” having more fun !

Dance all night!

Dance all night! by nostradavid

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John Randall 1 year ago

Nice write-up, Sara. Does 'special' stand for 'stringer'? If so, I hope it's temporary.

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actorman 1 year ago

It's a great time to be a Jayhawk! Both basketball teams in the Sweet 16, the ladies track team ranked number 1 in the country, and (dare I wish for it) a bowl game come football season?

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RJ King 1 year ago

Fighting Irish? How bout them Fighting Lady Jays! Congratulations girls.You shine!

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CentaurDreadz 1 year ago

Phog Nation @ its BEST. RCJH

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Steve Zimmerman 1 year ago

You all are wonderful. This is very very beautifully awesome! What's the secret, gals? :D Your new mission now is: beat Grinder & the pooh! Go Lady Jayhawks!

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John Randall 1 year ago

This was definitely the most complete effort we've seen all year from either Sweet Sixteen group of Jayhawks! Can we see it again on Sunday, ladies?

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Cody Stumma 1 year ago

Is it okay to use this? It hasn't been overused yet, has it? If not...

Norfolking way!

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smiley88 1 year ago

SWEET!!! Congrats ladies!!

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stm62 1 year ago

Congrats ladies !!! You showed us all how to come out and play FEARLESS basketball the WHOLE game.

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08Champs 1 year ago

Rock Chalk Lady Jayhawks!

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LeBo 1 year ago

Congrats lady jayhawkers! Can we get some ladies sweet 16 apparel in the kustore? Shame on ESPN for making the women's tourney pay per view!

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wakeupcall 1 year ago

Great game ladies, super game Monica .... Good luck in Norfolk!

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MinnesotaJay 1 year ago

Wow! The ladies seem to perform best under the brightest lights. Congratulations to all involved, and of course to my all-time favorite, Monica! And, most importantly, now is not the time to ease off the gas pedal!

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JD Roth 1 year ago

Great game to watch! Don't be happy with sweet sixteen, knock Notre Dame or Iowa off next Sunday. The whole team was awesome and Monica showed how versatile and big time she could be! Great effort Angel, Carolyn and all the ladies. Keep up the great coaching job Bonnie Henrickson!!

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Lash 1 year ago

OMG Great job selection committee!

Great job Bonnie!

Great game Hawks!

For those of you that didn't see the game, Jayhawks were mugged, shoved, raked and with all the bruises was still the best team on the floor

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lynchburgsbest 1 year ago

Way to go hawks great win. Sad to say though the journal world doesn't put this in a breaking news banner considering this is bigger news then some of the other crap they put in the breaking news banner. RCJH

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Kman_blue 1 year ago

Monica was lights out! She had some impressive rebounds as well. She seems to be moving around really smoothly with great quickness and power right now. Angel was solid as usual and made some key plays down the stretch.

Great game from the entire team overall! Congratulations to them all!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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KJD 1 year ago

Sweet-peat!! Congrats for another successful post-season Lady 'Hawks.

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Cody Stumma 1 year ago

Let's hope the Irish Luck is on OUR side tomorrow night or this weekend.

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Mo Golany 1 year ago

What a combo Engleman and Goodrich were so nasty!

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jayhawkinATL 1 year ago

Another nice win, Lady Jayhawks!!!

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denverhawker 1 year ago

Rock chalk! Keep going-we believe in you

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JayHawkFanToo 1 year ago

Awesome game Lady Jayhawks! The stolen pass at the end was icing on the cake. Best of luck in the Sweet 16.

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KUSHELLY 1 year ago

Super proud of our Lady Jayhawks .. SWEET SIXTEEN BABY! Rock Chalk!

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sevenyearhawk 1 year ago

How freaking SWEET it is ...

Keep on rockin' and chalkin' ladies!!!

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frazzled 1 year ago

Great game and great win! Rock Chalk!

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