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
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
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
”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
”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
”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
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
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
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