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Down and out: Cold-shooting KU women eliminated by ISU in WNIT

Jayhawks finish with 17-16 record

Kansas' Carolyn Davis turns away as Illinois State's Katie Broadway reaches for the ball Thursday, March 25, 2010, during the second half of a Women's NIT game at Redbird Arena in Normal.

Kansas' Carolyn Davis turns away as Illinois State's Katie Broadway reaches for the ball Thursday, March 25, 2010, during the second half of a Women's NIT game at Redbird Arena in Normal.

March 25, 2010, 7:13 p.m. Updated March 26, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

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— Bonnie Henrickson spelled out Job One during the offseason.

“We’ve got to work on shooting better,” Kansas University’s women’s basketball coach said after Thursday night’s season-ending 71-51 loss to Illinois State.

And how.

Dreadful first-half accuracy dug an inextricable 33-18 hole, and the Redbirds cruised to an easy WNIT Sweet 16 victory. KU made six of 30 shots, a frigid 20 percent, in the first 20 minutes.

Illinois State concentrated on stopping KU post standout Carolyn Davis by double- and triple-teaming her, essentially daring the Jayhawks to hit outside shots. They couldn’t do it.

“We needed to hit a couple of shots to bring them out,” Henrickson said, “but we couldn’t get anything to fall.”

Davis attempted only three shots. She missed one and was fouled on the other two, converting 2-of-4 free throws to finish with two points. Henrickson sat her most of the second half.

Curiously, as bad as the Jayhawks shot in the first half, they made 12 of 23 attempts in the second half, but all that did was prevent a complete blowout.

Senior Sade Morris logged 38 minutes, was 0-for-9 from the field and was held scoreless for only the second time all season.

“She wasn’t aggressive,” Henrickson said of the 5-11 wing. “I told her, ‘Aren’t you insulted they aren’t guarding you?’”

Morris finished with the second-most games played in school history (131) and wound up with 1,276 career points.

As bad as KU’s offense was, the defense wasn’t much, either. While the Jayhawks were filling Redbird Arena with bricks, Illinois State shot 53.7 percent and nailed an eye-opening 10-of-12 three-point attempts.

“How many of those were uncontested?” Henrickson said of ISU’s three-point shots. “We had poor focus and poor concentration on defense.”

Freshman Monica Engelman led KU with 14 points, but missed 11 of 16 shots, including 10-of-12 in the first half. Junior Nicollette Smith contributed a season-high 10 points and Krysten Boogaard added 10 more, all in the second half.

The Redbirds (27-7) gained a measure of revenge after falling to Kansas, 75-72, in the WNIT last season in Lawrence. The Missouri Valley Conference regular season champs also snapped a 12-game losing streak to Big 12 Conference teams.

After advancing to the WNIT championship game last season, the Jayhawks finished with a 17-16 record. KU won only four of its last 13 games after losing preseason Big 12 player of the year Danielle McCray to a knee injury in early February.

Illinois State will play host to Illinois in the WNIT quarterfinals.

Comments

Belinda Rehmer 5 years, 3 months ago

There are no losers still playing! Go girls go!

WBBLover2010 5 years, 3 months ago

Hey, they may have lost tonight but at least they went to the Sweet 16 in their tournament, the men didn't even make it that far!!!! Great season ladies, three straight years of winning seasons tars just awesome....and before anyone makes any comments I would like for you to ponder this question, how far would the mens team have gone if they had lost their top two players Cole and Sherron half way through the season?? That's what happened to the women so let's stay healthy next year and go even farther !!!!!! It's just to bad we couldn't get the fan support to keep these games at home :( if u call yourself a jayhawk fan you had better start supporting everyone!!!!!

Sharon Roullins 5 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the positive comments berehmer and WBB. The women fought hard all season and lost two great players to injuries. Congrats on making it to the Sweet 16. Looking forward to next season. Hopefully, you will have more support from the fans. I know I will be there.

amesn 5 years, 3 months ago

yankeevet=loser I was looking forward to going to their next game this weekend...darn the luck! Can't wait for next year!

Phillbert 5 years, 3 months ago

A Missouri Valley team hits a ton of threes in a tournament to eliminate a cold-shooting KU team. Where have we heard this story before?

Confrontation 5 years, 3 months ago

Is WBB really trying to compare the WNIT's sweet 16 to the real tournament's sweet 16?! That's hilarious! The lady hawks had a tough enough year without ignorant fans posting stupid comments. Here's to hoping they get rid of Bonnie and find someone better qualified.

classclown 5 years, 3 months ago

They made it further than the guys. Obviously that makes them a better team.

Armen Kurdian 5 years, 3 months ago

All, Yankeevet is an @$$H0. It's not the first time he/she/it has posted a comment like this. This person is not a KU fan as you could tell from previous posts, just someone who likes to throw grenades and get reactions. Like the child who breaks something for attention.

Anyway, injuries really hurt the ladies this year...don't know if we'll ever win a national championship w/her, but I think she's earned another couple of years. She does need to improve in the recruiting department, though. No offense to the players she's got now.

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 3 months ago

aw! well, glad they got as far as they did. i would love to see the lady jayhawks get to the NCAA tourney next year!!

Bruce Bertsch 5 years, 3 months ago

Lets face the facts...these are Bonnie's recruits. With only a couple of exceptions, they have not improved as players from year to year. That is on the coaching staff. Injuries or no this year's team did not show improvement. Time for a better direction.

Deb Engstrom 5 years, 3 months ago

Did not show improvement??? I don't get it. I watched every home game and with one exception, all players that played significant minutes improved.

Danimal 5 years, 3 months ago

At least they finished above .500 this year.

Lisa Rasor 5 years, 3 months ago

I hope Bonnie won't pay attention to the negative "back-seat coaches." She's doing a great job, and I'm looking forward to next season. As a fan, it was devastating to see Angel and Danielle go out. I can't even imagine what it was like for her as a coach to lose her two best players within weeks of each other. She's done amazing things with the young ones; next year should be a lot of fun to watch. Rock Chalk!

Big12WomensHoopsFan 5 years, 3 months ago

anyone who thinks players don't improve under bonnie doesn't know much about the team or women's college hoops. two words: danielle mccrae. big 12 pre-season player of the year. mccrae went from good to great at ku, and it wasn't because of osmosis. two more words: caroline davis. non-presence at the beginning of her freshman year. the go-to player by the end.

does she need better outside shooters? yes, no question about that. but don't discount what could happen with a healthy angel goodrich.

if you think most (like 99%) coaches can turn a team from being dead last in the big 12 to being a national championship contender in a few years, you are wrong. And that's especially true in Lawrence. KU hoops fans do a crappy job of supporting it's women's team. this paper barely covers them. How many KU fans were at the big 12 tournament, besides those who are related to the players? Maybe 200-300? And the tournament was in KC.

sks6cf 5 years, 3 months ago

I wish I could enjoy women's basketball.

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