Goodrich Shines In Front Of Family and Friends

Jan. 24, 2011

012411aaa_954_4474491.jpegWith a handful of her loved ones on hand, sophomore Angel Goodrich scored a season-high 13points, dished out three assists and grabbed as many rebounds against the Sooners from her home state of Oklahoma.

“It felt really good to just go out there and kind of feel like myself again,” Goodrich said. “I want to build my role up of being more of a penetrator and more aggressive to the rim.”

Goodrich who missed seven games in non-conference play due to an injury posted double digits for only the second time this season. She and teammate Carolyn Davis were the only two Jayhawks who scored ten points or more in the loss.

“Most teams get their energy feeding off one or two players and that’s contagious,” said the 5-foot-4 guard. “So if someone’s heating up than it can just get others on the team riled up.”

Unfortunately the Jayhawks second half surge Sunday wasn’t enough as the Sooners took the conference match-up 75-57, but it was a small comfort for Goodrich to have a number of her family and friends from Oklahoma on hand to watch her net her highest point total of the season.

“My mom and dad were here,” said Goodrich. “My aunt and uncles came and then I had some of my extended family make the trip. Some friends who I had no idea were coming also made it to the game.”

The sophomore’s hometown of Tahlequah is just a three hour drive from Norman, so it was no surprise that Goodrich had arguably her best game of the season against OU and in front of her loved ones.

“It was really, really enjoyable,” she said. “Of course I wish the outcome was different, but I can’t let that stop me from enjoying having my family here. I’m glad they got to see me play and play well.”

While Goodrich knows she won’t have as large of a personal cheering section in games to come, she is looking to build on her 13-point performance in two tough upcoming road games against rivals Missouri and K-State.

“I can’t let this be the only game I see success,” said Goodrich. “Hopefully I can keep this momentum going, elevate my game and bring it in our games to come.”

Wednesday, Goodrich and the Jayhawks will travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers in the first edition of the Border showdown. Goodrich and the rest of her KU teammates will look to add points for Kansas in the rivalry series by picking up their second Big 12 win of the season.