Tennessee's Second Half Surge Downs Kansas, 84-73, to End KU's NCAA Tournament Run

March 24, 2012

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No. 7/9 Tennessee 84, Kansas 73
Wells Fargo Arena//Des Moines, Iowa

Chelsea Gardner had a double-double with 10 rebounds and 14 points in the Jayhawks’ Sweet 16 loss.

1st 2nd Final
No. 7/9 Tennessee 30 54 84
Kansas 35 38 73
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Statistical Leaders
Tennessee Kansas
Points Simmons (22) Goodrich (23)
Rebounds Baugh (11) Gardner (10)
Assists Massengale (5) Goodrich (6)
Steals Two tied (2) Four tied (1)
Blocks Stricklen (1) Gardner (2)
Stats at a Glance
FG Percentage 43.9 47.0
3-Point FG Percentage 27.8 28.6
FT Percentage 87.5 63.6
Offensive Rebounds 16 11
Defensive Rebounds 25 21
Total Rebounds 41 32
Turnovers 8 9
Points in the Paint 45 46
Points off Turnovers 13 7
Second Chance Points 23 12
Fast Break Points 13 4
Bench Points 41 11

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DES MOINES, Iowa–A 23-point performance from junior Angel Goodrich could not stop a second half surge from the No. 7/9 Tennesse Lady Vols as they defeated KU, 84-73, in the NCAA Sweet 16 Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. The loss knocked the Jayhawks out of the NCAA Tournament after their best run since 1998.

Kansas finished the season 21-13 overall while the Lady Vols improved to 27-8.

Along with Goodrich’s stellar performance, senior Aishah Sutherland knocked in 19 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Chelsea Gardner nabbed her second double-double of the season, contributing 14 points and grabbing 10 boards.

Tennessee, who out-scored KU 54-38 in the second half, was led by sophomore Meighan Simmons’ 22 points.

Following an opening basket from Tennessee, the Jayhawks scored six-straight points to put KU up four early in the first half. By the first media timeout, Gardner had already amassed eight of her 14 points as Kansas held a 10-8 advantage with 15:18 left in the first period.

Out of the timeout, a fast-break layup from freshman Natalie Knight sparked an 8-2 run by the Jayhawks, sending them into the next media break at 11:28 with an 18-10 lead over the Lady Vols. With a three-pointer each for Goodrich and sophomore Tania Jackson and a layup by Sutherland, KU extended its lead with another 8-2 run, making the score 26-12, Kansas, with 8:59 remaining in the opening half.

The Lady Vols responded with a quick 10-2 run of their own, forcing Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to call timeout and cutting KU’s lead to six with 6:27 to go in the first. Goodrich retaliated with her second three of the contest, but UT came right back with seven-straight points to make it a two-point game, 31-29, KU.

KU headed into the lockeroom holding a five-point advantage, 35-30, over UT after Sutherland scored the team’s final four points of the half. Goodrich led all scorers with 12 points off of 5-of-8 shooting in the first 20 minutes. Sutherland was also already in double digits, contributing 10 of her 19 points before halftime. As a team, the Jayhawks shot 50 percent from the field, including 42.9 percent from behind the arc.

Sutherland got the second half started right for KU, scoring on a jumper just nine seconds in. The Lady Vols took over from there, going on a fast 9-2 run and tying the score at 42-42 with 15:44 to play. After the media timeout, UT scored on jumper to take its first lead since the game’s opening bucket. The basket sparked an 11-4 run from Tennessee, making it 53-46, UT, with 11:07 remaining.

Kansas cut the deficit to three with back-to-back baskets from Gardner and Sutherland before the Lady Vols went on another 10-3 run to extend their lead to 10, 63-53, with 7:08 left in the contest.

Out of the under eight-minute timeout, Sutherland scored on a couple of layups before Tennessee amassed a 9-3 swing, giving UT a 78-62 advantage over the Jayhawks. KU responded with back-to-back buckets from Sutherland and junior Monica Engelman but the Crimson and Blue could not overcome the deficit, ultimately falling 84-73.