Sunday, October 27, 2019

KU women’s basketball falls to Pitt State in exhibition opener


The Kansas women’s basketball team fell to Pittsburg State 90-82 in its first exhibition game of the 2019-20 season in Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday.

The Jayhawks had six players score in double-figures in the loss. Sophomore Brooklyn Mitchell led the team, scoring 19 points on 52.9% shooting from the field and contributed three rebounds and three assists.

In her first collegiate game, freshman Zakiyah Franklin finished with 15 points and contributed three rebounds and two assists. Junior Tina Stephens scored all 12 of her points in the first half and tallied six boards in the game.

Down in the paint, junior Bailey Helgren notched a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 boards. Senior Mariane De Carvalho finished with 11 points in the game, and sophomore Aniya Thomas scored 10 points.

Pitt State knocked down 13 3-pointers and shot 52.2% from the field. The Gorillas had five players finish in double figures.

Kansas will play its final exhibition game against Emporia State at 2 p.m. Sunday.


Steven Haag 2 years, 11 months ago

With 7 freshman and losing 70% of your scoring from last years team, I knew it was going to be rough.....but I didn’t think it was going to be this rough. They will get better, but they need to get better quickly. Should start working overtime on some defense

Brett McCabe 2 years, 11 months ago

KU should drop both men’s and women’s basketball. Incompetent at one, corrupt in the other.

Let’s focus on football, our 300lb women’s crew coach, our average volleyball team and our Russian tennis program.

Is it possible to explain how bad you are as a coach when you lose to a D2 program at home? Zenger hire? Yep.

Fred Lucky 2 years, 11 months ago

Is there any intelligent reason on earth why this site lets Brett McCabe post anything?

Gerry Butler 2 years, 11 months ago

Has got to be because Staff and this moron are related lmao

Dirk Medema 2 years, 11 months ago

Fred - No.

The really comical part is that he also posted “Never give up”. I don’t think he was posting from Iowa City, but history says he could quit and flee town at anytime.

Just not soon enough.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 11 months ago

After the ladies lost their first exhibition game last year some were predicting we wouldn’t any. While there was still room for improvement, the world didn’t end and the sky remained above our heads.

Steven Haag 2 years, 11 months ago

Agreed Dirk. Let’s see here, Brandon won a National Championship at ESU. There is a certain footfall coach that won a National Championship at North Dakota and is doing pretty well at KSU. So I understand the logic that a coach can win at the next level. That being said, Brandon has been at the helm long enough, that results should be seen.....and they aren’t. I will also point out that too to bottom, the Big XII is by far the toughest conference. Tough to really turn around a program with 18 tough games guaranteed. I think he is on a very short leash.

Gerry Butler 2 years, 11 months ago

I'm with you. - - Coach just doesn't seem to be getting the program any better. - -I didn't realize we took such a big hit to the roster BUT still losing your exhibition doesn't spell good things for the season - - as has been said - -a roster such as this against Big 12 teams is not a good look. - -He has been here for some time now - -what has been his best Big 12 record? - -not non con - -but Big 12? - -Don't think we have even been 500 have we? - -that can not be accepted after this length of time.

Layne Pierce 2 years, 11 months ago

Hey Let's just all see it for what it is. It is a very tough job, but so are a lot of others. We are now at the point where there must be some visible results. Yes, there is a culture problem, but at some point the question becomes are you the right person to change that culture. Many a good coach has simply been in the wrong environment and for a number of reasons simply not been successful.

I really like Coach Brandon, but this may just be one of those cases. This one loss, however, does not determine that, it is the season that provides that judgement.


Joseph Bullock 2 years, 10 months ago

I believe Coach Brandon now has only players he Recruited to the program. Now let’s see if Long will give him this season (or possibly) next season, if this season is bad, to turn things around! But losing to Pitt State is definitely a bad look. Dang, I really like Coach Brandon, and wish him and the team, nothing but the best!

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