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Kansas women beat South Carolina, return to Sweet 16

  • Special to the Eagle
  • Published Monday, March 25, 2013, at 11:36 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 11:42 p.m.

— The Kansas women are back in the Sweet 16.

The Jayhawks beat No. 4 seed South Carolina 75-69 on Monday night behind a 27-point performance from Monica Engelman and 20 from All-Big 12 point guard Angel Goodrich. KU (20-13) did it as a No. 12 seed, a year after making it as a No. 11 seed.

The Jayhawks didn’t trail after going ahead with 16:13 left, but had to fight out of six ties. Carolyn Davis shook off yet another knee injury to score the go-ahead points with 2:30 left.

Engelman’s 18 first-half points led Kansas to a 42-41 lead at intermission. The torrid pace created seven lead changes in the first 20 minutes.

Engelman wasted little time getting over the 20-point mark, but it was Goodrich who delivered the biggest basket of the second half on a four-point play. Knocked down by an elbow after putting up a trey from the left corner, KU’s stellar senior dropped in the foul shot for a 59-52 advantage with 12:30 left.

Elem Ibiam gave South Carolina its third tie of the second half before Engelman answered. KU suffered a setback on the next tie when Davis drew her fourth foul, sending Aleighsa Welch to the line. Davis, who played all season on a surgically repaired knee, limped to the bench and a trainer worked on her knee. She came back for the game’s last few minutes.

South Carolina’s two tallest starters, forwards Ashley Bruner and Welch, are listed at 6 feet. The Gamecocks brought the 6-3 Ibiam off the bench early in the game to counter KU’s 6-3 Davis and Chelsea Gardner.

Ibiam made an immediate difference. She scored three straight baskets from close range, keeping the Jayhawks in South Carolina’s sights.

A steal and race the other way by Ieasia Walker with 8:48 left in the opening half lifted South Carolina to its first lead, 22-21, since the opening basket.

Forced outside by a South Carolina zone, Markisha Hawkins and Engelman combined as KU knocked down three straight treys to prevent a Gamecocks runaway. South Carolina abandoned the zone and Davis forced a shot inside to regain the lead 40-39 with 1:48 left in the half.

KU (20-13) will play the winner of Tuesday’s game between top seed Notre Dame and Iowa. The regional continues Sunday in Norfolk, Va.

FGFTReb
MinM-AM-AO-TAPFPT
Gardner251-63-64-12045
Davis296-110-12-51412
Goodrich407-154-50-38320
Engelman4010-185-63-53127
Hawkins222-40-00-2115
Boyd50-10-00-0010
Williams211-40-02-6122
Harper182-40-01-3014
Totals20029-6312-1817-43141775

Percentages: FG .460, FT .667.

3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Goodrich 2-4, Engelman 2-4, Hawkins 1-1, Boyd 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 7.

Blocked Shots: 6 (Williams 3, Davis 2, Hawkins).

Turnovers: 15 (Davis 5, Engelman 4, Harper 4, Williams, Goodrich).

Steals: 7 (Engelman 2, Hawkins 2, Harper 2, Goodrich).

Technical Fouls: Williams.

FGFTReb
MinM-AM-AO-TAPFPT
Bruner388-210-35-122116
Welch346-144-88-111316
Walker394-142-20-14211
White191-41-23-4043
Mitchell322-82-23-6037
Sessions141-32-20-0104
Montout00-00-00-0000
Dozier00-00-00-0000
Ibiam245-82-34-101212
Totals20027-7213-2226-4791569

Percentages: FG .375, FT .591.

3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Mitchell 1-2, Walker 1-5, Sessions 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Welch 3, Ibiam).

Turnovers: 13 (Walker 4, Welch 3, Mitchell 3, Bruner 2, Ibiam).

Steals: 9 (Walker 4, Mitchell 3, Welch, White).

Technical Fouls: None.

Kansas4233_75
South Carolina4128_69

A2,171. OfficialsClark Stevens, Laura Morris, Kyle Bacon.

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