Kansas 67, No. 19 Colorado 52
The Colorado Buffaloes missed center Rachel Hargis – along with
plenty of shots.
The fifth-seeded Buffaloes were trounced by No. 12 seed Kansas
67-52 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night on
their home floor.
Colorado (25-7) came into the game riding high, ranked 19th and
eagerly awaiting their former foe from the Big 12.
But they lost Hargis to a sprained right MCL last week in
practice and couldn’t stop the Jayhawks, who had five players in
double figures led by Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis with 14
”I think we missed her a lot,” Arielle Roberson said. ”…
She’s definitely a great defender and whether it’s her presence or
her communication and intensity that she brings, that’s what we
missed. She’s also good at helping, directing people on defense and
I don’t think we had that tonight.”
Chucky Jeffery said Hargis ”was definitely our best defender on
the floor. Rachel is steady. She’s a big girl. She can defend the
paint. I think she would have been a great matchup for Carolyn
Davis, so we really missed that a lot.”
The Buffaloes also missed plenty of shots – Roberson and
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.
The Jayhawks (19-13) lost five of seven coming into the NCAA
tournament, so, although they’re out to prove they’re much better
than that, they’re not about to harp on the no-respect thing.
So, no, they don’t feel slighted that the selection committee
made them a 12.
”We lost a lot of games down the stretch,” Davis said.
When she and Goodrich were asked if they felt snubbed, their
coach, Bonnie Henrickson, 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Roberson, whose brother, Andre, also lost his first-round NCAA
game when the Buffaloes’ men’s team were 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.”
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