Jayhawks blow 14-point first-half lead in Sunflower Showdown

Wildcats beat KU 58-52

Kansas senior guard Asia Boyd (0) loses the ball under the basket while being double teamed by Kansas State's Shaelyn Martin (50) and Breanna Lewis (22)  during the second half of their game Sunday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. Despite a quick start by the Jayhawks that saw them surge to a 14 point lead, Kansas fell to the Wildcats, 58-52, and dropped to 0-3 in Big 12 play.

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— Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson and her Jayhawks walked off the Bramlage Coliseum court Sunday afternoon disappointed in what transpired in the Sunflower Showdown, and regardless of what happens next, they’ll look back at the rivalry game as a win they gave away.

KU turned the ball over 14 times in the second half, only hit six of 23 field goals in the final 20 minutes and saw a 14-point first-half lead vanish in a 58-52 loss to Kansas State.

“We’re our own worst enemy,” Henrickson said after Kansas failed to earn its first Big 12 win and turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 21 K-State points. “We just let it go and were careless and lackadaisical.”

Sure, K-State (11-3, 1-2) forced some of those miscues, but Henrickson said far too many KU giveaways were self-inflicted.

“We’ve gotta be better, more disciplined,” the coach said, “attack and make the right decisions.”

An issue throughout the loss, turnovers plagued KU (9-7, 0-3) for a span of more than six minutes early in the second half. The Jayhawks lost the ball six times, coinciding with an 0-for-7 scoring drought that stretched from a Chelsea Gardner jumper at the 18:22 mark to a Caelynn Manning-Allen layup with 10:44 remaining.

In the meantime, the Wildcats took advantage with an 11-2 run that gave them their first lead since 2-0, before Manning-Allen’s point-blank bucket put Kansas back ahead, 41-40.

As Henrickson pointed out, KU used eight players and each but sophomore forward Jada Brown (11 minutes) had at least one turnover. Freshman guard Chayla Cheadle, who led the Jayhawks with 15 points, turned it over five times, and senior guard Asia Boyd finished with four.

“It’s by committee right now,” Henrickson lamented.

Manning-Allen (four points and six boards) scored one of KU’s three interior second-half baskets with 7:47 left, giving Kansas a 43-41 lead as Gardner (three second-half points in 10 minutes as she battled foul trouble) sat on the bench. Gardner finished with 13 points and just four rebounds.

K-State’s Kindred Wesemann knocked in two free throws to give the Wildcats the lead for good with 4:49 to play.

“The more they attacked, the more we didn’t counter that by being as aggressive on the offensive end,” Henrickson said.

As if things couldn’t get any worse for Kansas, which had won four of the previous five in the rivalry series, the Wildcats’ Ashia Woods (15 points) lofted an off-the-mark lob pass inside, and it went through the hoop with 2:58 to go, boosting K-State’s lead to 49-44.

Cheadle converted a four-point play with 1:19 remaining to cut the home team’s lead to three, but K-State’s Brianna Craig (13 points) answered with a three-pointer of her own at the other end, pushing the Wildcats out of the Big 12 cellar and leaving the Jayhawks and West Virginia (10-5, 0-3) as the only teams without a league win.

The Jayhawks spent the first eight minutes of the rivalry game wrecking the Wildcats’ defense. KU nailed its first four three-pointers (3-for-14 from that point on), and freshman point guard Lauren Aldridge (five assists) and Boyd (four assists) whipped passes inside that carved K-State’s zone.

Cheadle said KU failed to sustain that style, which put them KU in front, 20-6.

“We just stopped attacking in the paint,” Cheadle, a freshman from Columbia, Missouri, said. “We needed to keep attacking instead of playing outside of the zone.”

Senior guard Natalie Knight (12 points, seven rebounds, five assists) summed up the feeling in the KU locker room: “We know we ended up beating ourselves.”

Kansas, which remained winless away from Allen Fieldhouse (0-5), returns home Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against TCU (10-4, 2-1).

Injured Texada leaves on stretcher

With 16:08 left, K-State senior guard Haley Texada lay on the floor after getting hurt in a scrum for a loose ball. She remained on the court several minutes as trainers examined her and concerned head coach Jeff Mittie looked on. The Jayhawks held hands in a huddle nearby as paramedics placed Texada in a neck brace and moved her onto a stretcher. Fans stood and cheered as she was wheeled off the court.

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Aaron Paisley

Can we just start the search for a new women's coach now?

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Dyrk Dugan

No more excuses and second, third and fourth chances. The head coach has to go.

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Theodore Thadogweadore

Another wonderful part of Lew Perkins legacy.

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Mick Allen

And the beat goes on for Bonnie.

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Waylon Cook

Groundhog day(KUsports will delete this?)

YES it was Zenger- new contract includes $395,000 buyout and her contract was up and we wouldn't have had to pay her a dime.
http://www2.kusports.com/news/2014/ap...

Bonnie was a joke hire when Lew did it(just like Gil) but lets not keep blaming Lew for our current issues. Zenger has fired 2 football coaches(one that he hired) and extended Bonnies contract when we were in the clear!

Btw Mittie had already showed he sucked in the Big 12 when KSU hired him from TCU. So I least figured Bonnie could beat the Kitties like she had when Deb was done. Guess not!

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Aaron Paisley

Bonnie was not a bad hire when Lew hired her. She coached for 7 years at Virginia Tech before being hired at Kansas and she took the Hokies to 5 NCAA Tournaments and made the WNIT the other 2 years.

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Waylon Cook

keep believing that. Some of those were in the A-10

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Dyrk Dugan

56-113 in the league under Bonnie...12-28 vs. ISU/KSU. Angel Goodrich, bless her heart on two bum knees, led us to two straight sweet 16s; she is the only reason why BH has any legacy at all with the Jayhawks.

$400,000 is a pittance compared to the other buyouts we've had to sustain with our footbal program; this better turn around in a big hurry this year, or we should move on. KU can do better...and I would think a lot better.

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Barb Becker

I think all through this it shows that Doctor Zenger doesn't care about Women's Basketball. I was excited to think when he came things would turn around for our team. I love our girls, but they are missing something. I understand passion for the game, but sometimes they just don't have it. I'm a very sad fan!

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Aaron Paisley

Let's think about the timeline of events before saying Zenger doesn't care about women's basketball. Zenger took over in the middle of the 2010-11 season. That season, KU went 21-13 and lost in the second round of the WNIT. That was Bonnie's 7th season and still had not made the NCAA tournament at KU. There was a lot of noise about wanting her gone then because 7 years without making the NCAA tournament is a long time in a major conference. Bonnie was lucky and got a reprieve because the of the change in AD's who basically gave her one more season. KU made the next two NCAA tournaments as one of the last 4 teams in both years despite talent on the roster that should've been a much higher seed. KU reaches the Sweet 16 in each tournament and Bonnie gets herself and extension because of it. I personally wouldn't have given her the extension, but it wasn't unmerited as KU appeared headed in the right direction. Last season, after the extension, KU falls completely flat on their faces and goes 13-19 including a 5-13 and appear headed for a similar record this year and if 2 tournament appearances in 11 seasons after this year including back to back sub .500 seasons isn't enough to convince Zenger that Bonnie needs to go, then I'll agree that Zenger doesn't care about the women's basketball program. Bonnie just got lucky with the timing of Zenger's hire and Angel Goodrich putting the team on her back in the NCAA tournament a couple of times.

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Barb Becker

Please let me clarify that I think Doctor Zenger is the best for KU. I know Doctor Zenger is at every game that the men are home. I’m very frustrated with BBall! I have been a fan before Coach Washington and I need to vent and it shouldn’t be at him. I know it is his decision not ours, but it’s hard. Plus I would like to know if everyone that has posted this time go to the women’s game. I’m new at this and I don’t mean to offend anyone just sad for our team.

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