Top-Seeded Baylor Downs Jayhawks in Big 12 Quarterfinals
March 9, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. –
Sophomore guard Monica Engelman collected her 22nd game with double-digit points going 4-for-7 from the three-point arc but the inside game of top-seeded Baylor was too much to overcome as the Kansas women’s basketball team fell 86-51 Wednesday afternoon during the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
Kansas, which defeated Colorado 71-45 a day earlier in the first round of the tournament, dropped to 20-12 overall, while No. 3/3 Baylor improved to 29-2 on the season.
Engelman’s four treys matched a career high, while simultaneously catapulting her into Kansas’ top 10 career chart. The 5-foot-11 guard owns the No. 10 spot with 73 career three-pointers as she finished the contest with a team-high 16 points.
KU freshman Tania Jackson added 12 points, all in the second half, while sophomore Angel Goodrich chipped in with seven points and dished a team-best seven assists. Jackson led Kansas on the boards pulling down five rebounds as Goodrich followed with four.
The Bears’ front court out-rebounded KU 43-24. BU scored 52 of its points in the paint to help the Bears to a scorching 56.3 percent from the field during the game, the best shooting percentage by a KU opponent this season. Kansas made just 36.2 percent of its shots despite being ranked sixth nationally in field goal percentage prior to the game. KU made 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) attempts from the beyond the arc.
The Jayhawks matched Baylor’s first two shots to knot the score at 5-5 two minutes into the contest. Angel Goodrich then made a steal which she converted into a layup at the other end as Kansas took its only lead of the game, 7-5, at the 17:31 mark.
Baylor responded with four-straight baskets and a 12-0 run while KU failed to hit a shot for four and a half minutes. The duo of Goodrich and senior Krysten Boogaard hit back-to-back baskets following a media timeout with just over seven minutes to play in the half but the Bears continued to pull away shooting 47.4 percent from the field and limiting KU’s offense with seven blocked shotss. For the game, Baylor collected eight blocks.
Engleman ended first half sinking her third three of the game at the buzzer to crack the KU career three-point list.
Jackson sparked the Kansas offense after the break scoring all 12 of her points in the last 20 minutes but Baylor continued its accuracy from the floor shooting 69.2 percent from the floor in the second half.
Kansas will learn its postseason fate Monday, March 14, when it NCAA Tournament fields have been announced.