No. 1 Baylor's Hot Shooting Proves Too Much as Jayhawks Fall 76-45
Feb. 24, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Angel Goodrich led Kansas with 14 points and four assists, but player of the year candidate Brittney Griner poured in 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and four blocks to lift No. 1 Baylor to a 76-45 victory on Friday night inside Allen Fieldhouse. Goodrich’s 14 points marked the ninth-consecutive game in which the point guard from Tahlequah, Okla., scored in double figures this season.
The loss dropped Kansas’ record to 18-10 overall and 7-9 in the Big 12 Conference, while top-ranked Baylor remained undefeated on the season, improving its record to 29-0 overall and 16-0 in conference games.
Jayhawk freshman forward Chelsea Gardner helped the Kansas effort, chipping in eight points and pulling down a career-high, team-leading eight rebounds. Along with Gardner’s eight rebounds, senior forward Aishah Sutherland brought down seven rebounds, moving her to third place on the Jayhawks’ all-time rebounds list. Sutherland, a Perris, Calif. native, appeared in her 124th game in the Crimson and Blue, which moved her into eighth place for career games played.
To open the game, Baylor held Kansas to one-of-18 shooting from the field, while going on a 23-2 run in the first 11 minutes, and never looked back from there. The Bears took a 33-16 lead into the locker room at halftime, holding the Jayhawks to 20.7 percent overall shooting in the first half. KU’s 16 first-half points were the fewest scored by the team in a single half during the 2011-12 season thus far.
Baylor came out of the locker room hot, starting on an 8-0 run to begin the second 20 minutes of action before an Angel Goodrich layup gave the Jayhawks their first points of the half. Goodrich’s fast break helped Kansas cut the deficit to 44-26 with 15:45 remaining in regulation.
The Jayhawks will look to bounce back when playing their second-straight home game on Wednesday, Feb. 29 when they host Big 12 Conference foe Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on Metro Sports. Kansas will honor its lone senior, forward Aishah Sutherland, following the contest.