A Comeback To Remember

The Lady Jayhawks beat Iowa State in the final moments of the game

By Brennan Keller

Photo by: John Young

Photo by: John Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going into last night’s game against 23rd ranked Iowa State, Kansas knew that they could not expect to come away with an upset win by playing the way they did against Oklahoma State just a few days ago.  For Kansas to have any shot of earning a crucial conference win against a defensive minded Iowa State basketball team, the lady Jayhawks needed to be more aggressive crashing the boards and also do a better job of limiting careless turnovers.

For Iowa State, this game was just as important.  With a win in Lawrence the lady Cyclones could continue their climb up the conference standings, build upon an already impressive season resume, and have the chance to avenge last season’s double overtime loss to KU.  Right away, both teams made it clear to the 1,987 fans in attendance that this was going to be a game of momentum swings.  At the half, Iowa State was shooting 52.4 percent from the floor and held onto a comfortable 34-25 lead.  In other words, the lady Cyclones appeared well on their way to a key conference road win.  Coming out of the half and freshly energized from a halftime speech from head coach Bonnie Henrickson, the lady Jayhawks knew that if they could put together one of the best second half performances of the season, then and only then would they would have a fighting chance to pull off the upset–and that’s exactly what the Jayhawks managed to do.

Trailing 78-75 with a few ticks left on the game clock, senior sensation Angel Goodrich did what has come to be expected from the preseason All-American candidate.  Goodrich put the team on her shoulders in the final seconds and swished a clutch three-pointer at the top of the key to send the game into overtime.  That shot was part of a 27-10 Kansas run in the game’s final minutes.  In overtime, Kansas was able to hold off the lady Cyclones for a stunning 78-75 victory to improve their season record to 13-6 and 4-4 in Big 12 play.  Assuming that the lady Jayhawks can use this game as a way to gain more confidence and momentum in conference play, an NCAA Tournament invite for the second straight season is becoming more and more realistic.  The Jayhawks will have a couple days off to prepare for another crucial conference road game before heading west to take on rival Kansas State this Saturday (tip-off is set for 2 P.M., February 2nd , 2013 at Bramlage Coliseum).

Other Game Notes:

  • Six different Jayhawks scored in the final minutes of regulation, highlighted by key buckets by sophomore Natalie Knight–who finished the game with a season-high 21 points.  Unfortunately for Knight, she would eventually leave the game due to a knee injury.  The severity of Knight’s knee injury has yet to be determined.
  • Senior guard Angel Goodrich was credited with a double-double by scoring a game-high 24 points and dishing out 10 assists.

 

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