Goodrich Turns out 14 Assists in KU's 80-68 Loss to Texas

Feb. 5, 2011

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AUSTIN, Texas – Angel Goodrich’s 14 assists put her in the Kansas record books Saturday afternoon, but the Jayhawks couldn’t push past Texas, falling 80-68 at Austin’s Erwin Center.

Goodrich’s 14 helpers was not only a new career-high, but was the second-highest single-game total in Kansas women’s basketball history and the most by a Jayhawk since Erica Hallman tallied 13 against Dartmouth Dec. 30, 2004. The mark was also the highest of any Big 12 Conference player this season.

Kansas suffered its seventh Big 12 loss this season, moving to 15-8 on the season and 2-7 in conference play. The Longhorns are now 14-7 for the 2010-2011 campaign and 4-4 in the Big 12.

Carolyn Davis turned in a team-high 18 points and six rebounds. Aishah Sutherland also brought in six boards and scored 12 points. Engelman added in 10 points and Marisha Brown scored a career-high nine points on perfect 4-for-4 and 1-for-1 performances from the field and the line. Goodrich finished just one point shy of a double-double and also pulled down four rebounds.

Texas’ Chassidy Fussell led the game with 25 points and seven rebounds. Yvonne Anderson and Kathleen Nash rounded out the Texas offense with 14 and 12 points each.

Davis put KU on the board first with a layup over Kristen Nash, but Nash quickly evened things up and took a lead for the Longhorns with two layups of her own.

Engelman took back a lead for KU a few minutes later with a three that put the Jayhawks up 5-4. Nash tied the game again at 7-7 but KU pulled away to take a 13-7 advantage.

However, the Jayhawks couldn’t capitalize on the early six-point lead, as rebound troubles soon plagued them. Texas crashed the boards to out-rebound KU 27-17 in the first half, and were especially effective on the offense glass scoring 12 second-chance points off 13 offense boards.

As Texas chased KU’s lead, a turnover shifted the momentum to Longhorns. After a pass from Goodrich down the court was intercepted, Gayle took it in for a layup and Fussell hit a three to take back a Texas lead.

Two Texas free throws extended its lead by three points, 19-16. KU came right back to make the score 21-20 at the nine-minute mark, but 11 points over the next five minutes by the Longhorns put Texas back on top, 30-24. KU went into the locker room down 37-28 at the intermission.

Newly invigorated in the second half, KU matched Texas’ aggression on the glass and strong rebounding helped the Jayhawks keep the score close. KU immediately cut the deficit to just five in the opening minutes of the second half with layups from Davis and Goodrich.

Fussell completed a three-point play to push Texas’s lead to 40-32, but KU used a catch-and-shoot play by Engelman and a layup by Sutherland to trim the lead to just four points.

Strong free throw shooting by the Longhorns extended their lead by 10 points, but the Jayhawks bounced back with two strong stops and again, came back to within just a handful of points with just under 12 minutes left to play.

The deficit continued to remain around five points, but the Jayhawks couldn’t hold on after Fussell sparked a rally with a three at 10:45. As three KU starters found themselves in foul trouble, the Longhorns jumped out to a 60-50 lead and continued to build on it.

The Jayhawks return home next week for more Big 12 action against Iowa State. The Cyclones will visit Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday, at 7 p.m.