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Freshmen star in narrow loss to UT

Davis, Engelman combine for 51 points, but Jayhawks fall short against 14th-ranked ’Horns

KU freshman Monica Engelman (13) weaves through the Texas defense in overtime Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU freshman Monica Engelman (13) weaves through the Texas defense in overtime Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

February 13, 2010, 3:48 p.m. Updated February 13, 2010, 4:59 p.m.

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Forget, for a moment, that the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s bid to upset No. 14 Texas fell short in double overtime on Saturday.

Or that the 85-82 loss marked the Jayhawks’ second straight inside Allen Fieldhouse, where the team began the season 11-1.

On Saturday afternoon against the Longhorns — a day in which usually efficient KU senior Sade Morris shot just 5-of-22 from the field — a pair of Kansas freshmen showed why the future of the program has the potential to be mighty fruitful.

Forward Carolyn Davis and guard Monica Engelman, neither of whom had started a collegiate game as recently as three weeks ago, combined to score 51 points and were the primary reason the Jayhawks, playing without arguably their top two players, were able to overcome a five-point halftime deficit and take one of the conference’s top teams to two overtimes.

“They’re playing with a lot of confidence, and they’re playing with a tremendous amount of emotional maturity,” said KU coach Bonnie Henrickson, whose team has carried on surprisingly well in the wake of season-ending injuries to All-American wing Danielle McCray and standout point guard Angel Goodrich. “That’s not to say they don’t make mistakes — they do. But they don’t let one mistake turn into two or three mistakes. They’re able to bounce back, and they’ve showed resiliency, which is difficult for young kids to do, especially in this league.”

Davis was easily the best player on the court against Texas, finishing with game-highs in points (29), rebounds (14) and blocks (five), and Engelman wasn’t far behind. The San Antonio native built on a dominant first half (14 points on 5-of-7 shooting) by hitting a pair of big shots late in the game, including a long three-pointer with 14.6 seconds remaining in the second half to force the first overtime.

“I knew I was going to be a contributor, but I never expected for Danielle to be hurt,” Engelman said of her recent emergence as a top scoring option. “I always knew that I had to come to practice every day and be ready for anything ... and this is just how the situation turned out to be.”

In the end, though, their combined efforts Saturday weren’t quite enough.

Kansas’ other three starters combined to shoot just 8-of-32 from the field, and the Jayhawks failed to protect a four-point lead with 24 seconds remaining in the first overtime, as Texas guard Ashleigh Fontenette hit a game-tying three-pointer with one second left to force a second overtime.

“We have to look at this game and find all the mistakes we made and just correct them,” Davis said. “We didn’t make a lot of big mistakes, but the little mistakes are what’s hurting us right now, and that’s what we’ve got to clean up.”

Still, if the next three years go anything like Saturday’s game did for the Jayhawks’ freshman duo, fans of the program will have plenty to which to look forward.

“I haven’t had that many emotions running through my head in a long, long time,” said Engelman, who finished with a career-high 22 points and added six assists. “It’s almost driving me crazy. You don’t know if you should be excited or what, so you’ve just got to keep playing basketball.”

Comments

Steve Jacob 5 years, 3 months ago

KU has played well in two home losses, against top teams, but still they are home losses, and 4-6 with only two home games left makes 8-8 almost impossible.

Romans832 5 years, 3 months ago

Great game, ladies. Thanks for a most enjoyable afternoon!

Phillbert 5 years, 3 months ago

Morris takes an elbow at the end of OT, yet Texas gets the crucial call. Reminds me of a certain football game in 2004...

I couldn't be prouder of the way this team has played after losing Goodrich and McCray. And the play of the freshmen Davis and Engelman has been unbelievable.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 3 months ago

I know this is lame: I thought this was a men's game headline.

compmd 5 years, 3 months ago

So how much does the parking department make off the people who wanted to stay and watch the game?

Phillbert 5 years, 3 months ago

@compmd - $0, as the game was over well before 4 p.m. You'd have to really be slow getting out of the Fieldhouse to get ticketed.

compmd 5 years, 3 months ago

Phillbert,

Thanks, I didn't realize when the game ended.

greenworld 5 years, 3 months ago

Yeah I sat right behind the Ku bench and was on the edge of my seat for the whole game. Held my breath a couple of times but it looked like from my position we had them where we wanted them and just couldnt put them away. BTW- Next time we are up 3 points and they have the ball last I think it would be okay to foul them to put them at the line to shoot 2 vs let some tx girl shoot a 3 to put it into the 2nd OT. Just an outsider observering the obvious. Outside of that I guess the refs could of sat down the watched the game because they werent blowing there whistles very often towards the end of the game. Also I guess when our girls learn to do like Tx girls and hook or wrap there arms around us posting up I guess we will succeed and cheat to win like the girls from the south were getting away with. Their big girl did it like it was an art and once she knew she could get away with it she owned us on the inside. Our two girls that scored in the 20's , great job and keep up the great work. You both will have huge outstanding careers ahead of you.

shepdog 5 years, 3 months ago

DON'T FOLLOW GIRLS THAT MUCH BUT WAS WATCHING THIS GAME. THAT PLAY IN OT WAS A CARBON COPY OF MEN'S GAME. WHY NO T FOR THE ELBOW THROWN??? WHY DIDN'T THEY REVIEW TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED. UNLESS I'M MISTAKEN IT WAS EXACTLY THE SAME SCENARIO. THE PLAYER WAS KNOCKED DOWN SO SOMETHING CLEARLY HAPPENED! NO PROTEST FROM THE COACH?? RICK BARNES DID AT TEXAS!!

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