Kansas 67, No. 19 Colorado 52

The Kansas Jayhawks still have Colorado’s number.

Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis each scored 14 points and the

12th-seeded Jayhawks upset their former conference foe and

fifth-seeded Buffaloes 67-52 Saturday night on Colorado’s home

floor.

The number the Jayhawks swear they aren’t the least bit

concerned with is their seeding.

So, no, they don’t feel slighted that the selection committee

made them a 12.

After all, they lost five of their last seven coming into the

tournament: ”We lost a lot of games down the stretch,” Davis

said.

When she and Goodrich were asked if they felt snubbed, their

coach stepped in and said: ”I’ll be honest, we were just excited

to have the opportunity to play.

”We were sitting on pins and needles and grateful for the

selection committee to give us a chance to play. So, we’re just

thrilled with the opportunity. And we’re not going to get caught up

in that.

”It doesn’t matter who you play, it doesn’t matter where you

play – but it does matter how you play.”

The Jayhawks (19-13) proved that, using a 15-0 spurt spanning

halftime to take control and advance to face fourth-seeded South

Carolina on Monday at the Coors Events Center.

The Buffaloes (25-7) saw their first trip to the NCAA tournament

in nine years come to an unexpected end.

All the more maddening, it came against their former foe from

the Big 12 that always seemed to have their number.

The Buffs, ranked 19th, were favored, but they missed Rachel

Hargis’ presence in the post. The junior center sprained her right

knee in practice a week ago and didn’t play, robbing Colorado of an

inside player to counter Kansas’ size down low.

They also missed plenty of shots – Arielle Roberson and Chucky

Jeffery, their two leading scorers, combined to shoot just 5-for-29

from the floor. Roberson finished with 11 points and Jeffery

eight.

”We knew … if we could take them out, then we had a good

chance to win,” Davis said. ”I think we did a great job executing

that and defending them and keeping them off the board and making

them take tough shots.”

Chelsea Gardner and Charlicia Harper each scored 12 for the

Jayhawks and Monica Engelman added 10 points.

Both teams were coming off a two-week layoff, having last played

on March 9, but the Jayhawks shot 45 percent to the Buffaloes’ 25

percent, and Colorado made just five of 29 shots after

halftime.

”It’s tough to win games when you shoot the ball 25 percent and

then you don’t play defense either,” Buffs coach Linda Lappe

said.

The Buffaloes raced out to a 14-4 lead, and it looked as if they

were going to exact some payback for all those losses to Kansas

back in their days in the Big 12.

Now a member of the Pac-12, the Buffs talked during the week

about how excited they were to host the Jayhawks again even though

Kansas beat them by double figures three times in their last year

together in the same conference two years ago.

That year, they lost to Kansas 68-58 at home, 81-53 in Lawrence

and 71-45 in the conference tournament. They were sure this time

would be different, especially with the big crowd on their

side.

They were wrong. The Buffaloes saw their big lead wither away

quickly as the Jayhawks closed the first half on a 33-13 run to

take a 37-27 halftime lead.

This was just the third time all season the Buffs trailed at the

half at home.

After making six of their first seven shots, the Buffaloes made

just six of their next 35.

Roberson, whose brother, Andre, also lost his first-round NCAA

game when the Buffaloes’ men’s team was bounced by Illinois on

Friday night, said ”we don’t want to hang our heads too low. …

Looking back the journey we had, it was a great run and it’s a lot

to build on.”

Colorado trailed 30-27 with two minutes left in the first half

and by the time the Buffs scored again, the game was out of hand at

43-28.

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