Monday, February 6, 2017

TCU tops Kansas, 80-68

Kansas guard Chayla Cheadle (22) drives between defenders in the Jayhawks’ game against TCU, Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Chayla Cheadle (22) drives between defenders in the Jayhawks’ game against TCU, Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.


Junior guard Chayla Cheadle didn’t even try to plead her case. She merely gave the official a puzzled look.

In the third quarter on Sunday, Cheadle was hit with a technical on a dead ball play. The sequence turned into a six-point swing in a matter of seconds for TCU, which proved to be detrimental as the Kansas women’s basketball team fell, 80-68, at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are now 1-11 in Big 12 play, including a series sweep by the Horned Frogs.

“They had the technical, which was strange. I’ll have to look at that, I didn’t really understand it,” Kansas coach Brandon Schneider said. “Not saying we didn’t deserve it but I didn’t see the play. I thought the big difference in the third quarter was they just lived at the free throw line.”

For the afternoon, TCU went 21-of-25 at the free-throw line, including an 11-of-13 clip during the third quarter. But it was the 4-of-4 effort in a single possession that haunts KU the most after its 16th loss of the season.

Following a layup by TCU junior AJ Alix (25 points) at the 6:41 mark in the third period, the visiting team quickly jumped into its full court pressure defense. It was there that Alix sat with her back turned to the baseline, hovering over the ball.

Cheadle, the in-bounder, noticed the ball wasn’t going to roll to her so she proceeded to walk up and grab it. She pushed Alix in attempt to reach down to grab the ball, and the official, Amy Bonner, wasted no time hitting her with the technical. Cheadle was left confused while the Horned Frogs rejoiced.

Though, Schneider didn’t see it from his viewpoint, he had an easy solution to not getting that call again.

“Make the officials go get the ball, that’s all I know,” Schneider said. “If you can’t go get the ball, I guess go make the officials get it.”

Alix knocked down both her technical free throw attempts to give TCU a 45-38 lead. On the impending inbound play, Alix received the pass on the baseline, where she was fouled on a jump shot by sophomore Kylee Kopatich.

The team’s leading scorer netted both the free throws to increase their advantage to nine at the 6:32 mark. It capped an 8-0 run, sparked by six points in nine seconds, to give the Horned Frogs their largest lead at that moment.

“That was big, I didn’t even see what happened,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “The fact that we were able to convert and got to the free throw line off our baseline out of bounds play. So that was a big swing. Those kind of things are out of a coach’s hands completely.”

KU was never able to recapture the lead from that moment on, despite making a late push in the third quarter. Both junior Jessica Washington (27 points) and senior Caelynn Manning-Allen (14 points) fueled their own 8-0 stretch in the closing minutes to pull within two points at the 1:14 mark.

However, Amber Ramirez responded by knocking down a 3-pointer from the left wing. She turned and motioned to the crowd of 3,823 people at Allen Fieldhouse to be quiet. TCU (11-11, 3-8) increased its lead to eight points by the end of the quarter, before maintaining a double-digit advantage for much of the final period.

“We made a lot of mental errors, you can’t do that in a Big 12 game,” Schneider said.

The second-half struggles overshadowed an otherwise solid first-half effort by the Jayhawks. Though no other players joined Washington and Manning-Allen in double figures, Kansas was constantly creating turnovers which led to transition buckets.

Of TCU’s 20 turnovers for the game, 13 came in the first two periods. The Jayhawks scored 18 points off their opposition’s turnovers but were unable to reciprocate that showing after the intermission.

“To start the game off we were a lot more locked in than we were down the stretch,” Manning-Allen said, “which bit us in the butt in the long run, obviously.”

Kansas (7-17, 1-11) will play host to Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Wednesday.


Gavin Fritton 5 years, 6 months ago

1) Sheahon Zenger fired Bonnie Henrickson despite her having at least taken KU to the NCAA tournament and made a reasonably deep run at least once in her time here.

2) After firing Henrickson, Zenger was unable to find a head coach who had successfully led a power five team. That's okay. That's totally understandable. No one is saying he should get Geno Auriemma or Muffet McGraw. However;

3) He was also unable to persuade any assistant coaches from successful power five programs to come to KU.

4) Zenger could not even convince a coach who had successfully led a non-power five team to an NCAA Tournament bid. In other words, never mind getting Geno Auriemma or one of his assistants, he couldn't even persuade someone from a school like Creighton to come to KU.

5) Brandon Schneider has had success at the D-II level, but he has never taken a D-I team to the NCAA tournament.

In light of all the above, I have one question: Is KU a bad job or or Zenger a bad AD for not being able to fill it with someone who can adequately do it or at least do it better than the person he, Zenger, fired? In case that sounds unduly harsh, let me rephrase: Is KU a bad job or is Zenger unable to judge coaching talent and secure the right person for a coaching position?

Chris DeWeese 5 years, 6 months ago

This is still a rebuilding project, but I agree that seeing these scores is a little frustrating.

Joe Joseph 5 years, 6 months ago

Nobody's pleased with the status of the women's program. Schneider is struggling more in year two than I would have anticipated. That said...

1) Henrickson was on her way to getting fired (and probably would have been) before her first NCAA tournament bid @KU in 2012. Kansas was fortunate to make the dance with an 8-10 conference record. Kansas was also fortunate to get hot and win a couple of games in the tournament, bowing out in the round of 16 that year as well as the next (with the same 8-10 conference record). These two seasons essentially - and fairly so - bought Henrickson two more years, in which KU returned to sub-mediocrity, thus leading to Bonnie's firing.

2) It's still too early to stay Schneider was a poor hire. He's had some relative success recruiting and needs time to develop that talent. The last thing the women's program needs is another football situation where the program is replacing coaches every 2 years. I'm withholding judgement until his third season is complete and am more than willing to give him four to prove he can win.

John Brazelton 5 years, 6 months ago

Schneider needs to recruit a decent quality high school class of recruits next season. Transfers won't cut it over the long haul. You've had two seasons in a row of bad losses. Start over and do it the right way.

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