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KU women advance to Sweet 16 with upset over third-seeded Delaware

Kansas University’s Tania Jackson (33), Natalie Knight (42), and other team members celebrate their 70-64 victory over Delaware in a second-round NCAA Tournament game on Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark. The Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998.

Kansas University’s Tania Jackson (33), Natalie Knight (42), and other team members celebrate their 70-64 victory over Delaware in a second-round NCAA Tournament game on Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark. The Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998.

March 20, 2012, 10:32 p.m. Updated March 21, 2012, 12:54 a.m.

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Kansas’ Angel Goodrich (3) passes over Delaware’s Lauren Carra (22) during the second half on Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark.

Kansas’ Angel Goodrich (3) passes over Delaware’s Lauren Carra (22) during the second half on Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark.

— Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne came in with all the hype, but Kansas University junior point guard Angel Goodrich stole the show and sent an All-American home Tuesday night at Jack Stephens Center.

Too compact and explosive off the dribble to be slowed down by the Blue Hens’ defense, the Jayhawks’ 5-foot-4 captain from Tahlequah, Okla., engineered her team’s second straight NCAA Tournament upset, leading the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 70-64 victory and a spot in the Sweet 16.

Cool and calm throughout the second-round victory, Goodrich saw the offensive end with absolute clarity, reading the defense and punishing the Blue Hens for whatever openings they allowed her, whether that be a driving lane, a passing angle or an open three-pointer.

Goodrich went 12-for-21 from the field with 27 points, three three-pointers and six assists. That was clear to everyone, including the Twitter-verse, where “Angel” was a trending topic. Not that the instant fame impressed Goodrich.

“I didn’t know what trending meant,” she said with a huge smile.

The No. 11 seed Jayhawks (21-12) trailed 37-31 at halftime, but their point guard helped them turn things around abruptly. Goodrich scored a layup just 10 seconds into the second half, which was a mere flash of what was to come.

In the following six-plus minutes, Goodrich set up senior forward Aishah Sutherland inside for a bucket and Natalie Knight outside for a pair of three-pointers. Plus, Goodrich scored five points of her own, and KU built a 53-43 lead.

Said Delaware coach Tina Martin: “We really struggled to keep her contained tonight.”

Sutherland and the rest of the Jayhawks knew how important Goodrich would be if KU wanted to keep its season alive.

“That’s a dominant point guard sitting next to me right now,” Sutherland said after the team’s latest tournament victory. “I’m happy to play with her. She’s a great player.”

Henrickson has watched Goodrich since she was an eighth-grader, and she joked “Angel” has been a trending topic with her for years.

“When she’s aggressive and plays confidently, she has an unbelievable impact on everybody else,” Henrickson said, adding Goodrich’s teammates think they should knock down shots because the point guard works so hard to set them up.

It appeared for a few minutes that Delle Donne would will her Blue Hens (31-2) back to a victory. The 6-foot-5 do-it-all player was snatching rebounds, drawing fouls in the paint and behind the three-point line, and the Jayhawks’ lead shrank to 59-57 with 7:25 to play.

But Goodrich took over once again. CeCe Harper found the KU junior captain for a three with 6:46 left. About a minute and a half later, Goodrich used a Sutherland screen at the top of the key, went left and put a jumper off the glass to improve the Kansas lead to seven.

The Jayhawks’ run continued when Chelsea Gardner found herself wide open inside, thanks to a Goodrich dish. The next trip down the floor, Goodrich swiped a steal, scored a layup and KU was back in control, 68-57.

Goodrich said the Jayhawks have been rolling because they’re unselfish and like playing together.

“I try to be aggressive and attack the rim and just look for my teammates,” Goodrich said. “I wouldn’t be able to do anything without my teammates. I give them all the credit.”

Delle Donne led all scorers with 34 points and was one of three Blue Hens to finish with 10 rebounds, as Delaware held a 40-34 rebounding edge in the loss.

The Jayhawks, however, did a much better job on the glass in the second half, when Sutherland grabbed seven of her game-high 11 boards.

KU’s lone senior, Sutherland scored 12 points in 24 minutes after getting into foul trouble.

Freshman forward Chelsea Gardner scored 10 points and gathered seven rebounds for Kansas.

KU held Delaware to 21-for-56 shooting and Delle Donne went 9-for-18, doing most of her damage at the foul line, where she went 15-for-18.

Once the final buzzer sounded, Gardner threw the ball up in the air and she and her teammates went wild — hugging, jumping and screaming in front of the KU bench.

The Jayhawks shot 50 percent (30-for-60) to improve the program’s record in NCAA Tournament second-round games to 3-5 and advance KU to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998.

Next up for Kansas is an 11 a.m. match-up on Saturday with Tennessee in Des Moines, Iowa. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Comments

rocketbabe 3 years, 1 month ago

Great effort and focus by the players and great game plan by the coaches. RCJH!

Alittlefairness 3 years, 1 month ago

Would be nice to see this accomplishment on the front page as we did with the men.

grammaddy 3 years, 1 month ago

Amen! Maybe they would get more support.

Romans832 3 years, 1 month ago

Yes! What is the criterion for getting the "sports" section on the outside of the paper, with big, bold headlines? Thank you, LJW, for the headline on the front page of the "news" section about the women's game, but EJ got big bold headlines on the sports page, then that "sports" section was put on the outside of the newspaper, and they hadn't even played a game the night before!

punchee 3 years, 1 month ago

I'll bet it's still "What will make people buy our paper?" Though I would guess that in 2012, single paper sales are a very small part of overall revenue, old habits die hard.

Ken Ratzlaff 3 years, 1 month ago

Tom Keegan told me that they judge interest in newspaper stories by these online responses. Furthermore he denied that the LJW had any role in shaping interest. Hence, minor coverage for women's sports. No women sportswriters, and their high-school sports reporter was the only person sent to Arkansas. Last week, the announcement that Diamond Dixon was Athlete of the Year in track got mentioned only in "Briefly."

Andrew Boyd 3 years, 1 month ago

would be interesting to know the last time that ku ladys and men both were in the sweet 16 together

Brandy Harris 3 years, 1 month ago

the last time was in 1996, the women lost to Tennessee and the men defeated Arizona before losing to Syracuse in the Elite 8

DeckDoctors 3 years, 1 month ago

It does not carry the same weight because far fewer people follow the slower more plodding game of women's basketball.

dragonwagon2 3 years, 1 month ago

Guess you didn't really WATCH that game last night. I would never describe that as slow as plodding.

Armen Kurdian 3 years, 1 month ago

It's true that more of us follow the men. Takes nothing away from their effort. If you watched the game like I did, I don't think 'plodding' would be the first word that comes to mind.

08Champs 3 years, 1 month ago

Who peed in your Cheerios this morning?

DeckDoctors 3 years, 1 month ago

To all those concerned in this thread, yes I do like women! Congrats Lady Jayhawks! I know we have superb women athletes, I thought I was giving an opinion to someones question about why the story was not on the front page news and boom we have a full fledged hot war! Sorry to have stepped on those dainty painted toenails...

workinghard 3 years, 1 month ago

You were doing good till that last sentence.

08Champs 3 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, probably barefoot & pregnant...be careful you don't get a foot full of painted toenails where the sun don't shine.

jaywalker 3 years, 1 month ago

Way to go Ladies! Got to watch most of 2nd half and Angel was a little lightning bug out there! Go get the Vols!

LadyJ 3 years, 1 month ago

DD just doesn't like women, read his comments. I especially like this one "Congratulations Governor Elect Brownback!! Now some sanity can be restored to Topeka and Kansas! Now that Kathleen 'the Hammer' Sebelius is off beating down Free Market Insurance companies so she and Obama can continue their attempt to socialize the US healthcare system, we have some common sense restored to Kansas. "

DeckDoctors 3 years, 1 month ago

Thank you LadyJ for recalling this comment. I should make one correction, her title will be better known as the new 'Czar of Death Panel' Kathleen Sebelius. She has found a way around her Catholic religion and agrees with this President that it's okay to kill babies post birth.

workinghard 3 years, 1 month ago

Think you guys missed the point. DD's comments tend to be anti-female, or you're just ignoring that part. Also that Brownback would return sanity to Kansas which has proven to be anything but sanity.

MarcoPogo 3 years, 1 month ago

Just looked back through DD's past posts. Not enough there for a "Greatest Hits" compilation but it could certainly happen in the future.

KUMFL 3 years, 1 month ago

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Terry Jacobsen 3 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic win for this great team! Congratulations to players and coaches. I love watching you ladies play!!!

Rick Aldrich 3 years, 1 month ago

Rock Chalk Jayhawks!!!!!!!!!!! the wife and i watched the 2nd half of last-nights game and O.M.G. they were awesome. keep it up Ladies and good luck.

dragonwagon2 3 years, 1 month ago

Awesome !!!!! fits :) Rock Chalk !!!!!!!!

newmedia 3 years, 1 month ago

Great job girls. Best of luck going forward.

Armen Kurdian 3 years, 1 month ago

Stayed up late to watch it. Paying for it now, but wow, they looked really solid. Need to get those front ends of the 1+1 though. Didn't hurt us last night, but it was closer than it should have been. Was great to see the ladies on TV beating a great team.

50YearResident 3 years, 1 month ago

Well, 2 National Basketball Chmpionships by KU in the same year would certainly go into the record books, wouldn't it?

alor 3 years, 1 month ago

Only three schools have both women's and men's teams in the Sweet 16 - Kansas, Baylor and Kentucky. I'd say that's a pretty nice accomplishment, especially for the Big 12 and KU.

woodscolt 3 years, 1 month ago

Great Effort!!! Elena Delle Donne has to be from another planet!!! One of the most amazing basketball talents by any measure. She lived up to her hype and then some. Thankfully, Goodrich certainly created plenty of hype for herself and the Lady J's. Every time Delaware made a run Goodrich and KU was able to overcome it. KU had a very young team on the floor for most of the night but still showed incredible composure. Hope the run can continue!!!! Good Luck. Give Bonnie credit for patching together a very tough young team.

hesshawk 3 years, 1 month ago

Great game Lady Jayhawks !! 2nd half was fun to watch; Angel has a whole 'nother speed when she's on the move with the ball. A number of freshmen played some big minutes last night when they were needed. Future looks bright !!

Rock Chalk

tomatogrower 3 years, 1 month ago

Agreed. It was a great game. i'll bet those "speedy" men's basketball players were watching the game. Athletes are usually supportive of each other; dd should try being supportive sometime.

hammerhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

GREAT JOB GIRLS!!!!!! The Mighty Lady Jayhawks are in the Sweet 16. And sweet it is. The team did a great job of truly playing Kansas basketball - moving the feet, passing accurately, looking for the open player and shooting it in!

As has been noted, Kansas is only one of three schools with BOTH women and men's programs in the Sweet 16 of the biggest event in college sports!!

JayhawkFan1985 3 years, 1 month ago

Rock chalk jayhawk two teams in the sweet 16!

Sylvie Rueff 3 years, 1 month ago

What an amazing game! The women's games are faster and often show-off better basic skills and less ridiculous commercial flash than the men's. Our Jayhawk women can get wherever they want, working as a team. As for Angel, watching her tread air, going up and over Brittney Griner's guarding her to make the shot, was one of the most super-heroic feats I've ever seen. I'm loving being a Lady Jayhawk fan.

CHEEZIT 3 years, 1 month ago

Griner dunked for the first time this year yesterday! Weak but a dunk none the less! My son is barely six foot and can dunk better! Their team is good but not as dominating as some Connecticut teams. Don't know how they are undefeated!

Deb Engstrom 3 years, 1 month ago

It's not only Griner. Odessey Sims is incredible, too. The Baylor and UConn match-up will be awesome. Did you see the UConn -KSU score? I think it was 72-22.

Jim Johnson 3 years, 1 month ago

Great game, sorry I fell asleep and was surprised when I woke up and saw they had won. Good job ladies. Oh and thanks to the men for making it possible for you to play. Rock Chalk.

Jim Johnson 3 years, 1 month ago

Great game, sorry I fell asleep and was surprised when I woke up and saw they had won. Good job ladies. Oh and thanks to the men for making it possible for you to play. Rock Chalk.

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