Last year the Kansas women's team made a run in the NCAA tournament that caught the attention of one of the most devoted basketball fanbases in the country. While the men's team tends to get year round attention, Kansas fans love their basketball and success on the court, whether it come from the men or the women, is appreciated. Last night the women made it two in a row.
Behind a 27 point night from senior Monica Engleman, the Kansas Jayhawks notched their second consecutive upset with a win over fourth seeded South Carolina. Once again Angel Goodrich has been a game changer for Kansas in the postseason using her speed and quickness to create for Kansas and surprise opponents through the opening weekend of the tournament.
Coming off of a Sweet Sixteen appearance a year ago hopes were high in Lawrence and the women's team started out strong before stumbling to a disappointing 8-10 Big 12 finish. Fortunately that was enough to get Kansas an at large bid as the Big 12 is very respected in women's basketball and Kansas had a chance to make amends a bit.
Monday night they did just that. Proving that the Big 12 is one of the premier conferences in women's basketball, Kansas upheld their end of the bargain moving on to their second straight Sweet Sixteen and doing it for the second year as a bit of a Cinderella. Obviously the goal is to move the program in a direction where Cinderella isn't the term we're using to describe this groups success, but once again they look like a very good team in March.
Kansas will take on the winner between top seeded Notre Dame and Iowa next weekend in Norfolk. Great win for the Jayhawks, great game for Monica Engleman and Angel Goodrich continues to be the best point guard that Kansas has to offer this season. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!