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So close again: KU women lose another heartbreaker to ranked team

KU guard Monica Engelman (13) drives against Iowa State's Denae Stuckey (10) in the Jayhawks' 57-54 home loss.

KU guard Monica Engelman (13) drives against Iowa State's Denae Stuckey (10) in the Jayhawks' 57-54 home loss.

February 25, 2010, 8:08 p.m. Updated February 26, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

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KU women fall short of Iowa State

The Kansas University women's basketball team failed to capitalize on a chance to improve its NCAA Tournament resume, losing Thursday night to Iowa State at home. Enlarge video

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Carolyn Davis summed it up in 14 words.

“They played like a ranked team that didn’t want to lose,” Davis said, “and we didn’t.”

No. 15-ranked Iowa State overcame a four-point lead late and pinned Kansas, 57-54, in Big 12 women’s basketball Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

For the Jayhawks, it was their third loss to a ranked team by three points or less at home.

Davis, a freshman forward who led the Jayhawks with 17 points, was involved in the critical play.

Kansas lagged 55-54, but had the ball with the potential for a winning basket with less than 30 seconds remaining. Then, with under 10 seconds to go, Davis posted up, but Nicolette Smith didn’t get her the ball in time, and ISU’s Chelsea Poppens stole it.

“That was a great play by Poppens,” ISU senior point guard Alison Lacey said, “maybe the play of the game.”

Poppens quickly flipped the stolen ball to Lacey who was fouled with :06.5 on the clock. Lacey nailed both charities, her 21st and 22nd points, for a 57-54 lead.

“We didn’t get good spacing,” a somber KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said afterward, “and then we threw a really bad ball inside.”

Kansas seemed in control with 3:16 remaining after Monica Engelman’s conventional three-point play resulted in a 52-48 lead.

But Iowa State, helped by two KU turnovers and an Engelman miss, went on a 7-0 run before Davis snapped the drought with an inside basket at 1:01.

A Lacey miss underneath at :26 kept KU’s hopes alive, but Smith’s errant pass popped the balloon.

“When I flashed over,” Davis recalled about that fateful play, “I thought I’d be open.”

She was momentarily, but the pass was too late.

Kansas did have one last chance to forge a tie. Engelman raced downcourt and launched a jumper from just beyond the men’s three-point line that bounced away just before the buzzer.

“I was a little anxious,” said Engelman, a freshman guard who finished with 15 points, “and I tilted to the left a little to get away from the defender.”

On a positive note, Thursday’s defeat was not a bad loss in NCAA Tournament selection terms. In fact, the Jayhawks don’t have any really bad losses … just a bunch of close defeats to good teams.

“We’re so close,” Henrickson said, “but it seems like we’re not so close.”

With three more ranked teams on the schedule before the start of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., the Jayhawks can’t afford many more losses, good or bad. They need at least one win, and probably two, in order to secure an NCAA tourney ticket.

“It’s getting real old,” senior Sade Morris said of the Jayhawks’ squeaker defeats at home. “We’ve got to find ways to finish.”

And they need more punch.

Davis (17), Engelman (15) and Morris (14) combined for 46 of the Jayhawks’ 54 points.

KU’s other narrow losses to ranked teams in Allen Fieldhouse have been to Oklahoma State (70-68) and to Texas (85-82 in 2 OTs).

Next for the Jayhawks is a Sunday trip to No. 17 Baylor, followed by a visit to No. 3 Nebraska on Wednesday before the home finale on March 6 against No. 12 Texas A&M.

Comments

Steve Jacob 4 years, 9 months ago

Isn't that like the third close home loss to a ranked team in a row?

jaywalker 4 years, 9 months ago

I think you're right srj. It's a crying shame. This season had so much promise, but losing Goodrich and McCray was devastating. Some of the players will be better off next year w/ the extra playing time, at least that's the silver lining. I really feel bad for the ladies, they're fighting their tails off, no give-up in 'em.

jayhawklawrence 4 years, 9 months ago

This team has the talent to beat anyone.

Someone has to lead the way.

It is a big challenge, but I think we have the girls to get the job done. It just depends on what they decide is important in their life.

Please learn how to pass the damn ball. That is my only request.

Bill Lee 4 years, 9 months ago

Win or lose, I'll keep cheering, but I like it better when they win.

bkreed1960 4 years, 9 months ago

I agree with Jaywalker's comment, but jayhawklawrence were just a little too harsh. I applaud this team for their fighting spirit where they could have given up for the year after losing Goodrich and McCray. Hang tough, ladies

KEITHMILES05 4 years, 9 months ago

Brings into question the coaching. Year after year excuses are made and received. When will it end?

KEITHMILES05 4 years, 9 months ago

Brings into question the coaching. Year after year excuses are made and received. When will it end?

KEITHMILES05 4 years, 9 months ago

Brings into question the coaching. Year after year excuses are made and received. When will it end?

dinglesmith 4 years, 9 months ago

The team lost the preseason Big 12 player-of-the-year and their starting point guard. Yet they play toe-to-toe with top 20 teams week after week. Defense is dramatically improved and the top scorers are now two freshmen and one sophomore. Sounds like pretty good coaching to me. Do you not go to the games or what?

greenworld 4 years, 9 months ago

I didnt see this game but looks like another hard faught game that once again got a L. Keep fighting and listen to your coach, she knows how to get you to where you need to be. Looks like you had balanced scoring which is good. Keep in mind you guys are keeping up with ranked teams and you guys are still very young and raw. I cant wait to see you guys in the next one to three years cuz I think you will be something to wreckon with. I can already tell with Engelman and Davis that there is the fight of a lion inside of them. The other girls need to watch how they play and step up and do the same. These two girls are both freshman and playing against other teams seniors making them look bad. Just remember its not the size of the dog in the fight but rather the fight in the dog.

like_n_Lawrence 4 years, 9 months ago

greenworld says..."I can already tell with Engelman and Davis that there is the fight of a lion inside of them. The other girls need to watch how they play and step up and do the same. These two girls are both freshman and playing against other teams seniors making them look bad. Just remember its not the size of the dog in the fight but rather the fight in the dog."

Excellent point!! i.e. Aisha Sutherland....this girl has more athleticism than anyone I have ever seen before. I think they should show her tapes of Diana T., or some older Tenn players. She has the ability to be someone GREAT!...but where is the drive? Where is the determination in her eyes? Where is the knowledge that she is probably one of the better players in the nation, if she just put her mind and heart into it? It's sad, really. Aisha...c'mon.......Fight!!!!!!

I also wish that the team would look at the score as even, when we are 10 ahead. If it is 25-25, we should be at 35. Always look at the score as being 10 points less than it is on the scoreboard. You would fight like hell then, wouldn't you? Set it in your minds that you are not just going to play WITH these ranked teams, but you are going to annihilate them.

Last thought...USE CAROLYN MORE!!!!!!!!!! Seriously. Run the same thing. If the other team catches on, good for them. By that time you will be 10-15 ahead (or in your minds.."even") You gals are really good. No one can say it was a fluke you played with Nebraska after the word came back on Danielle. You have consistently played with these teams. Now annihilate them!

Lastly...keep the coach. She is a class act and an unbelievable talent in coaching and game knowledge. Watch the crowd grow. Look what she is getting out of this team. I know, an "L" is an "L", but by next year you "coach downers" will be eating your words. The games are fun and very exciting. Yes, they are frustrating and yes, sometimes sad, but they are always an exercise for the heart!! Rock Chalk Jayhawk, GO KU !!!!!!!

greenworld 4 years, 9 months ago

I like what Bonnie is doing and hope they definately keep her around for along time. Bonnie ball works for me. I went to the Texas game and have to say that despite the outcome that it was just as much or better on excitement of a game to watch than the mens game. One small thing ...no crowd there to make alot of noise and support this team. Come on people get behind these girls and fill up the fieldhouse. The atmosphere and environment can sometimes make a difference on alot of games and especially "DA PHOG".....One more comment just as a spectator watching. Bonnie get out and recruit 1-2 more big girls and I think the piece of the puzzle will be filled. You will have one hell of a team if you grab a couple girls in the 6'2"-6'4"...6'5" range. There out there just go get them. Baylor has one right now that can stand and jump up and dunk without even trying. Not that dunking is everything in sports but I bet 2000-4000 more people would show up just to see a girl slam it.

AIRONA10 4 years, 9 months ago

Great point Dinglesmith. People need to back off Bonnie a little bit. Even though we lost our two best players, Bonnie hasn't let the team fold. For all the people that don't go to the games and just read the score, try going to a game. You will see that this team never stops fighting and we have some very promising players. Yet those promising players weren't even playing a month ago, and now they are carrying the team. I doubt a bad coach could accomplish that. And stop acting like you know every thing Bonnie says and does and you know she's a bad coach. Rmember where the team was a couple years ago and look where they are now. Don't tell me this team isn't on the rise. Think how promising next year looks. Monica, Carolyn, and Angel. But we still have some very important games left this season, so lets stop complaining about our coach and support our team.

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