When Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson looks at the 64-team WNIT bracket, she realizes that the better teams upset in the first round probably weren’t focused.
In all likelihood, disappointment about not making the bigger tournament lingered.
“Emotionally, it can be tricky,” Henrickson said.
Henrickson said her team has moved past the disappointment and has embraced the opportunity to keep playing in March. The Jayhawks’ season continues at 7 tonight against Duquesne (23-8) in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas (21-12) has played better at home, going 15-4 in Lawrence this season.
But Duquesne is one of the top road teams in the country. The Dukes won 12 straight on the road and are 13-3 away from home on the season. The 13 road victories are tied for the most in Div. I.
The Dukes, who rely on three-point shooting, also beat NCAA Tournament teams Dayton and Ohio State on the road.
Henrickson said her players will look to get the ball inside to sophomore Carolyn Davis like they have all season. Davis scored 33 points in Wednesday’s victory against Wichita State.
Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio, a former WNBA coach of the year, leads the Dukes. In 2007, Sports Illustrated named McConnell-Serio the best 5-foot-4 basketball player, male or female, of all-time.
“The good thing is that her and I aren’t playing each other,” Henrickson said. “I’m probably lucky. She’s not going to play, and neither am I.”