Kansas women can’t pull off upset of No. 1 Baylor
Sunday, January 29, 2012
WACO, Texas (AP) — The last time Kansas was in the Lone Star State, the Jayhawks knocked off Texas.
On this trip, about 90 miles north of Austin, it only took 5 minutes for Kansas to fall behind by double digits to No. 1 Baylor. The Jayhawks ended up losing 74-46 on Saturday night.
Baylor’s Brittney Griner scored 28 points and had five blocks to move into second place on the NCAA career list. She passed Michigan State’s Alyssa DeHaan midway through the first half. The 6-foot-8 phenom has 506 blocks in her career and now only trails Saint Mary’s star Louella Tomlinson, who had 663.
Kimetria Hayden added 10 points and Destiny Williams had 11 rebounds for Baylor (21-0, 8-0 Big 12), which is one of two unbeatens left. Wisconsin-Green Bay improved to 19-0 on Saturday by routing Valparaiso.
Carolyn Davis scored 12 and Angel Goodrich and CeCe Harper had 10 points each for Kansas (16-4, 5-3).
Davis came into the game averaging 20 points in Big 12 play, including a 34-point effort against Texas Tech on Wednesday night.
“Carolyn did a good job until she got in foul trouble,” Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said.
Davis played just eight minutes in the first half after picking up her second foul with 11:56 to play.
“From the beginning, we kind of did it to ourselves,” Davis said. “We turned the ball over and let them get easy layups. That kind of shut us down early. They got a lot of confidence.”
The Jayhawks couldn’t get anything going offensively against Griner and Baylor. They shot just 29 percent from the field.
“I don’t know how many games it is now that we’ve held our opponent field goal percentage pretty darn low,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “I just think right now, we’re playing well. And I think it’s very obvious on the defensive end of the floor what we’re doing.”
Griner got the Lady Bears going early with two two-handed blocks. Those came during a 14-4 run to open the game and led to 3-pointers.
“It was just the first five minutes,” Hayden said. “We just play hard. We just had a lot of energy and were ready to play, because our families were here.”
The Baylor players and their families were introduced at halftime, keeping the team on the court for nearly the entire break. They headed to the locker room as the Kansas team was returning to the court.
Baylor was up 37-17 at the half after holding Kansas scoreless for the final 6:45 of the period. The Lady Bears then opened the second half on a 10-4 run and never let Kansas get closer than 21 the rest of the way.
“You worry about family night and not being focused,” Mulkey said. “But I thought we handled everything great today. It was an atmosphere today where our kids got to see our men play at noon, which is unusual, and it takes you out of your routine. But we handled that.”
Baylor men’s team beat Texas 76-71 earlier in the day.
Midway through the second half, Sutherland had a short jumper in the lane and Harper followed with a 3 for Kansas’ biggest scoring run of the game. Baylor answered with jumpers by Griner and Shanay Washington that put the Bears up 61-36 with 8:44 to play.
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