Kansas State defeats Kansas, 47-43

  • noon, Feb. 12, 2012
  • Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, KS

Originally published February 12, 2012 at 02:08p.m., updated February 13, 2012 at 12:00a.m.

KU women lose Davis to injury, fall to K-State, 47-43

Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson holds the hand of forward Carolyn Davis after Davis injured her knee just minutes into the first half on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Manhattan.

Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson holds the hand of forward Carolyn Davis after Davis injured her knee just minutes into the first half on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Manhattan.


— For the fourth consecutive meeting, the Kansas University women’s basketball team fell to Kansas State in a game that went down to the wire.

Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, who lost, 47-43, on Sunday in Bramlage Coliseum, the loss on the scoreboard merely was their second-worst setback of the day.

Three minutes and 34 seconds into Sunday’s Sunflower Showdown, KU junior Carolyn Davis went down because of a serious leg injury that sucked the life out of the crowd of 4,893 and reduced several of her teammates to tears.

After crashing to the floor following a collision in transition, Davis could be heard screaming in pain. She immediately grabbed her left knee and remained in that position for nearly 10 minutes as trainers and team doctors looked after her. Her leg quickly was placed into an inflatable cast, and moments later a sobbing Davis was taken off the floor on a stretcher.

As of Sunday night, there was no official word on the injury to Davis, who was taken to a Manhattan hospital and later returned to Lawrence. Team officials said the Houston forward, who leads the Jayhawks in scoring, would see a doctor Sunday night and run through a few tests to determine the severity of the injury.

“There was a dislocation,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said after the game, tears welling in her eyes. “That much we could tell.”

Henrickson hardly was the only Jayhawk emotionally drained after Sunday’s loss. Senior Aishah Sutherland, who finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds, and junior Angel Goodrich (13 points, three assists) appeared lifeless while answering questions from the media following the game.

“It’s very tough,” said Goodrich, who twice in the past had season-ending knee injuries. “I know the pain, and just hearing her holler, it just hurts, and it is hard, but we stuck together.”

Considering how torn up they were after the game, the fact that the Jayhawks were able to shake off the early injury to their top offensive threat bordered on remarkable. Kansas trailed 21-17 at halftime and took a 30-28 lead midway through the second half. The teams battled back and forth the rest of the way, with the Wildcats (16-8 overall, 7-5 Big 12) coming up with a couple of big buckets and several clutch free throws late to pull away.

“I think the first thought is that we made one more mistake than they did,” Henrickson said. “But you can probably twist it and say they made one more play than we did.”

Trailing 45-43 with 3:05 to play, KU had several chances to tie or take the lead in the final minutes. Each time, however, a turnover or a missed opportunity cost it. The Jayhawks went the final 3:35 without scoring, and neither team scored a point in that stretch until K-State junior Brittany Chambers hit two free throws with 6.9 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

“We had some turnovers, then we don’t get a shot up, obviously, in the last four minutes,” Henrickson said. “At the end of the day, did we battle and compete, and I am proud? Yeah. Did we win? No.”

Despite the loss, which dropped KU to 17-7 overall and 6-6 in Big 12 play, Henrickson was not in the mood to discuss how things might have been different had Davis not gone down.

“You can say that,” she said. “But we have other guys on the floor that were in uniform that can step up and make some plays, too. ... We’re not about making excuses.”

Added Sutherland: “As a player, I felt like I had to step up. ... When something like that happens, you just have to react.”

While the entire team picked up the slack for their fallen leader, freshman forward Chelsea Gardner (seven points in 23 minutes) slid into Davis’ spot most often, even getting an attempt to tie the game in the final seconds off of a pick-and-roll with Goodrich.

Those were the elements of Sunday’s loss that helped Henrickson and her team look at the day as anything other than a tragedy.

“Obviously, you go back, and they’re all crying, and everybody’s upset, but how tough are they?” Henrickson said. “We weathered the storm.It was ugly, and we kept it ugly, and we talked about how we had to control our emotions.”

That was during the game. Afterward, both sides poured their hearts out for Davis.

“When you see that happen on your floor and in your game, it has a very strong emotional impact,” KSU coach Deb Patterson said of Davis’ injury. “We wish her the very best. She is one of the premier players in our league and probably in the history of Big 12 basketball.”

Added Henrickson of watching one of her women get hurt, something that’s been all-too-common for the eighth-year KU coach: “It’s the worst part of the job, the absolute worst part of the job.”


like_n_Lawrence 10 years, 10 months ago

Good fought game ladies. Our thoughts are with you Carolyn. The superior play of you and your teammates helped put KU on the map this year. We are all so proud of the whole team. Keep rockin' !!

John Fryback 10 years, 10 months ago

Score doesn't tell the story......good game Girls!

kubiggestfan 10 years, 10 months ago

Hate what happened to Carolyn and it is very sad for her and the team, but I still feel as if this game was winnable for KU. When Carolyn went out, I felt as if it should have become a guard game from that point. Our guards should have been allowed to go to work on KSU guards. We have got to let loose the otehr guards, not just Angel. Angel is good, but how much better can our other guards become if they were aloowed the same amount of mistakes and freedom to just play. Also, with the bench being so short Carolyn out and CeCe still recovering from concussion, why did Asia Boyd not play????? Looks like we will ahve a hard time getting to 20 wins. Wish the other girls would have gotten more experience in the Non-Conference so that they are comfortable enough to play when we need them most; THAT TIME IS NOW....Just hope it is not too late. Good Luck Ladies, wish you much success and a speedy recovery for Carolyn.

kubiggestfan 10 years, 10 months ago

Sorry for the typos, but you get my point.

John Fryback 10 years, 10 months ago

4 of 6 freethrows for the game for KU.......?

phogthedog 10 years, 10 months ago

Foul calls all went KSU's way. So proud of the Jayhawks for showing their grit and determination in the light of Carolyn's devastating injury. The demeanor of the Wildcats was less than stellar; laughing out loud in their huddle while Carolyn was less than 10 ft away being loaded on to a stretcher (I guess they take their behavioral cues from their classy coach). At least the KSU fans showed some class. Come on girls. Stay together. This season isn't finished yet.

Jayhawk1958 10 years, 10 months ago

"Foul calls all went KSU's way"

Now here's an example of a KU fan that as a KU fan myself, I don't want to associate with.

xfitter 10 years, 10 months ago

Seriously? Stfu and keep the snobbery to yourself

Jayhawk1958 10 years, 10 months ago

Do you even know how stupid you sound? So crying about the refs somehow makes you a good KU fan? Give me a break.l

Jeffery Barrett 10 years, 10 months ago

Wow......I guess you aren't going to want to "associate" yourself with most everyone on here.

Jayhawk1958 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm not here to make you like me. I'm here to express my opinions, whether you agree with them or not.

Jeffery Barrett 10 years, 10 months ago

My above remark had nothing to do with the fouls remark. It has to with the "snobbery" mentioned by xfitter. Actually, snobbery is a very light term for what I would call it.

John Randall 10 years, 10 months ago

You should be pleased to know, '58, there won't be many invites for you to refuse.

With so many minutes being played by less experienced front line players, and without our leading scorer, keeping the score down was the only chance KU had, so there were bound to be a multitude of fouls. Once that pattern sets in, even the best of officials are hard pressed to make each call on its own merits.

It is not only the whiners who believe the discrepancy in foul shots was excessive.

kubiggestfan 10 years, 10 months ago

Get well soon carolyn....I will be praying for you and your team.

greenworld 10 years, 10 months ago

The coach came on the radio later and said she had a dislocated kneecap. never heard of this kind of injury but if its like a finger or shoulder she should be okay in about 7-10 days I hope. dont know the seriousness of the injury or if she pulled ligaments when her knee went out or not. Guess we will wait for mondays paper to confirm the actual details of it.

Phillbert 10 years, 10 months ago

I hadn't heard of it either, but a Google search shows it apparently isn't that uncommon, though it takes weeks or months to recover from.

The season isn't over, but it is going to take the entire rest of the team to make up for the gap.

David Reed 10 years, 10 months ago

Did'nt that happen to Rod Stewart in San Antonio at the FF?

kupride4u 10 years, 10 months ago

I was thinking the same, but I think he might have actually broke his kneecap, not just dislocated it.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 10 months ago

I believe Rod did break his.

If it were like a dislocated finger, it would have been taped up and she'd have been back in the game at the next dead ball.

If it's like a dislocated shoulder, it will be a couple months of rehab to let the ligaments heal and strengthen the surrounding muscles.

Unfortunately, plenty of personal experience on both. A knee sounds worse, especially for a BB player.

veej 10 years, 10 months ago

Hey, KU fans, I bleed purple, and just wanted to tell you how sorry I am that Carolyn suffered such a bad injury. While I really enjoy beating the Jayhawks, I would have preferred that we did it without the injury. We both have quality women's programs, and I enjoy the competition. Best of luck to Carolyn on a speedy recovery!

Dan Harris 10 years, 10 months ago

nice post , thanks for keeping it classy

big12ku 10 years, 10 months ago

God bless Carolyn and her family. Hang in there Lady Hawks.

08Champs 10 years, 10 months ago

Astonishingly callous, ignorant, and true to form.

08Champs 10 years, 10 months ago

Oh yeah - and it's WOMEN'S basketball, but I'm sensing you aren't very accomplished in that area either...much less "coaching."

John Randall 10 years, 10 months ago

Here is an opportunity you shouldn't pass up.

Look me up, and I'll be glad to help you demonstrate how tough and manly you'd be in response to a dislocated kneecap, per se.

08Champs 10 years, 10 months ago

I was wondering the same thing - why are you even speaking of that which you do not know. Repeatedly. Endlessly. Mindlessly.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 10 months ago

Uhhhhhh, you didn't get the joke. YouTube it young pup.

Jayhawk1958 10 years, 10 months ago

I feel for the young woman and the way they fought to the end. However, if Hendrickson doesn't make the NCAA tournament, then she needs to be shown the door.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 10 months ago

The ladies are headed in the right direction. This is at least 3 of the last 4 years that we've had a serious (season ending?) injury to a top player. Fortunately, Dr Z knows what a quality program looks like/how it is run, without fan-sical standards.

John Randall 10 years, 10 months ago

You may have a point – KU has given BH and her teams this kind (or worse) of a setback year in and year out. Throwing away her experience wouldn't help KU, but it might improve her (and our) prospects of avoiding snakebites.

Leo Linaweaver 10 years, 10 months ago

Ladies you played great. Carolyn get better soon, best of luck.

Beth Ennis 10 years, 10 months ago

Carolyn I hope you are back soon. Keep up the good work ladies. All of Jayhawk nation is proud of you and the way you are playing!

Hammertoe 10 years, 10 months ago

After going 13-1 versus KU last year in head to head competitions, K-State is off to a 5 -1 start this year. (2 VB, 2 BB, 1 FB). Those stats are hard to believe.....

kureignman 10 years, 10 months ago

182-91 is hard to believe. That's KU's all-time record against KSU in men's basketball. And in case you were wondering, KU leads little brother in football all-time 65-39-5. Oh and the combined all sports record is 546-441-7, of course Hawks over the other school in Kansas. Game, set, match as they would say in tennis (which KU leads 39-11). Rock Chalk!

John Randall 10 years, 10 months ago

I, too, am old enough to remember when the 'little brother' snobbery had some basis.

I'm not so senile as to believe it is a legitimate excuse for the state of affairs during the Big12 era.

MorganR 10 years, 10 months ago

Ms Davis, I wish you a very quick recovery. Lady Jayhawks you played so well. It was an exciting game.

MinnesotaJay 10 years, 10 months ago

Best of luck to you, Carolyn. And, thanks for the great effort in a tough game, ladies.

jayhawker_97 10 years, 10 months ago

boy.. my heart stops beating when i saw that picture. that's gotta hurt like hell.. i really hope Carolyn is gonna be ok. would someone please post any updates on her?

Phillbert 10 years, 10 months ago

A rivalry game on the road where the home team benefits from an imbalance in fouls (KU 18, KSU 8) and the Jayhawks don't score in the last 3 minutes? That sounds familiar. Though at least the men didn't lose a player when the same thing happened at Missouri.

Davis is one of KU's greats and I hope we see her back on the court soon.

phogthedog 10 years, 10 months ago

So KSU coach is quoted in the KC Star this morning as saying that this was a classic KU-KSU battle. Really, winning by 4 points after Carolyn is injured in the first 5 minutes of the game? That's not a classic battle in my books. But it is a typically classless comment made by Deb Patterson. Thanks to the Jayhawks who pulled together under devastating circumstances and almost pulled out a win. So proud of them.

kustretch 10 years, 10 months ago

Thinking GOOD thoughts about Carolyn, although that looked like a troublesome landing on that leg. Thanks for the hustle and effort girls! Played hard and came close to beating KSU with out the services of a dominant player in the nation! Stay together and play tough!!! DON'T listen to the idiots who want to make the usual idiotic comments about your coach and the balance of the season. Stay together!

Tony Bandle 10 years, 10 months ago

Reality Check:

1] Carolyn, I have suffered that injury and most of the posters can't begin to imagine the excruciating pain it causes. Please get better, listen to the doctors and trainers and don't come back too soon and do more damage.

2] Another damn bad break for the LadyHawks...

3] At 17-7 and 6-6 in league, Kansas will pretty much need to go 3-3 down the stretch to be in good shape for the Big Dance. [A couple of Big 12 Tourney wins wouldn't hurt either]

4] KU @Iowa State - Maybe, MIssouri vs Kansas - Win, Kansas vs TT - Not Likely, Baylor vs Kansas - No Way, Oklahoma State vs Kansas - Maybe, Kansas vs Oklahoma - Maybe [If Carolyn is back]

blessingx7 10 years, 10 months ago

We were lucky enough to be able to go to this game, because our daughters performed at halftime. We are a house divided, where some of us love our purple KSU and the other two love their red & blue KU; so we really didn't care who won yesterday at all! From the very beginning of the game, we thought KSU was going down because the way that KU was playing. Then we saw Davis go down and it was horrible, there was complete silence, and our hearts just broke watching it all. KU's coach was absolutely amazing, to watch her run over to Davis and bend down and grab her hand and hold it through the whole process, shows the kindness, love, and class of this coach! She truly cares about her players and it was evident through it all yesterday! I think the worst thing about the whole game was during this time, we were sitting on one side, and on the other side a fight started to break out between KU and KSU fans, and these people were in their 60s, and it was unbelievable and not appropriate at all from any of them! I'm happy that we are a house divided and that we have two wonderful colleges in this state!:) I think people need to understand a game is just that, a game, and in the wins and losses there is always room for improvement or many learning opportunities for the teams and for the fans! We sure hope that Davis gets back on that court soon, many prayers are going up for her!

no_fan 10 years, 9 months ago

HCBH is saved again another year! With Carolyn being out just another excuse she will use for the future games for the season.

Elizabeth Stevens 10 years, 9 months ago

From Manhattan: We were all holding our breath when Carolyn went down. It was obvious that she had injured her knee and that it was very painful. We pray for her full recovery before next season. She is so talented and competitive.
--from a K-State fan.

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