Archive for Sunday, March 7, 2010

Aggies ruin Senior Night for KU women, 78-54

Kansas senior Danielle McCray hugs teammate Annette Davis during a ceremony recognizing the seniors following the game against Texas A&M on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas senior Danielle McCray hugs teammate Annette Davis during a ceremony recognizing the seniors following the game against Texas A&M on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Allen Fieldhouse.

March 7, 2010


When it rains, it pours on Bonnie Henrickson.

Carolyn Davis joined the list of injured Kansas University women’s basketball players, and the Jayhawks were thumped again.

With Davis shelved due to a concussion suffered during Friday’s practice session, Texas A&M; had little difficulty disposing of the demoralized Jayhawks, 78-54, on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

“What Bonnie has gone through this year,” A&M; coach Gary Blair said of his KU counterpart, “nobody should have to go through.”

Davis, who had picked up the slack following earlier injuries to starters Danielle McCray and Angel Goodrich, took a tumble during practice and hit her head on a teammate’s knee.

“She’s day-to-day,” Henrickson said. “We’re cautiously optimistic she’ll be able to go next week.”

Davis has until Thursday to recover. That’s when the 10th-seeded Jayhawks will play their Big 12 tournament opener at Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.

Even with the 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds the 6-foot-3 Davis had averaged in the 13 games she started, however, the Jayhawks still will have to find a way to stop their ball-handling bleeding.

Texas A&M; leads the Big 12 in turnover margin, but that’s no excuse for giving the ball away a whopping 30 times. Even more staggering, 20 of those KU giveaways came in the first half. That’s right. The Jayhawks committed a turnover a minute.

“It was hard to watch,” said McCray, one of five seniors honored after the game. “I wanted to be out there. It was real tough.”

Times have been really tough for the Jayhawks ever since McCray and her 19 points a game were wiped out nine games ago due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. During that span, KU has dropped seven, including the last five in a row.

Worse, the last three defeats — all to ranked teams — have been by an average of 24 points. In other words, the Jayhawks are in the tank.

“We’ve got to get back. We’ve got to get tougher,” Henrickson said. “We have to play harder. Our effort was bad. We’ve been through a lot, but you have to keep fighting.”

Or as Sade Morris, one of the five seniors at the postgame fete, conceded: “We just didn’t come ready to play.”

Perhaps the Davis injury was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back. Whatever, what began as a promising season has reached the stage where the postseason — even the WNIT — is unlikely.

If the Jayhawks (15-14) lose their league tourney opener, for instance, six straight losses almost certainly would mean packing the uniforms away until next season.

“It’s been tough mentally,” senior LaChelda Jacobs said of the injury situation. “All my four years here we’ve never had this many players hurt, especially star players.”

The other two seniors recognized Saturday were little-used bench players Kelly Kohn and Porscha Weddington.

“For that senior class, it should have been different,” Henrickson said. “They deserve better.”

Soph Aishah Sutherland led KU with 13 points. Morris added 12. So thin were the Jayhawks with Davis out that Henrickson used six players off the bench, and they combined for just three points, all on a three-pointer by Kohn.


Robert Holmes 8 years, 2 months ago

Three things I would have to have loved to have seen from Coach Hendrickson on Senior Night.

  1. All the senior starting! Even if it's only for the first possession. I understand Danielle, but Kelly should have started.

  2. Taking the seniors out of player at a time toward the very end instead of 3 at one single time. No one in attendance knew what was going on. Run one sub to the table and after the horn, send the next sub to the table, etc.

  3. Put Danielle on the court where no one will even come close to touching her then taking her right back out after the requirement of time having run off the clock. We were getting killed and no one from A&M would have come close to her if she just stood near half court right in front of the scorer's table while we had the ball. Let the guard bring the ball up past half court then use a time out to take her out.

Why doesn't Lew allow the same format for the women seniors as they do for the men's? Get their jersey cases before the game and speak to the crowd after the game.

Good luck in the NIT. We did well last year and can do so again though it'll be a struggle. We really did play well without Danielle until the last three games. Should have beat Texas at home and there was one other game we gave away in the last minute after having a lead.

Good luck ladies. We're all Jayhawks, men and women.

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