Setting Records, Goodrich In Full Control As Kansas Defeats Texas
Feb. 9, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior guard Angel Goodrich gave the fans something to remember in her performance against Texas; an Allen Fieldhouse record 16 assists. Goodrich’s 16 assists are the most witnessed by a Jayhawk crowd at home and ranks second all-time in a single game behind Lisa Braddy who recorded 18 at Creighton on Dec. 22, 1989. Goodrich was humbly surprised to discover that she had made history.
“I’m not much of a numbers person, but having 16 assists means that my teammates were ready to shoot,” said Goodrich. “I wouldn’t have 16 if they weren’t able to knock down the shots.”
With her 16 assists Goodrich surpassed her previous career high of 15; recorded nearly a year ago to the day, Feb. 9, 2011. This marks the fifth game this season that Goodrich has recorded double digit dimes. The Jayhawk point guard now has the most assists tallied in a single game by any Big 12 player this season.
Goodrich came into the game leading the Big 12 and ranked third in the nation with 7.6 assists per game. The up-tempo Kansas offense helped the Jayhawks set the tone early with 10 of Goodrich’s 16 distributions coming in the first half. Kansas led 40-33 over Texas at the break.
The Longhorns made their greatest charge in the opening minutes of the second half, cutting the lead to only three pointes. With Kansas leading 42-39 with 18:20 left in regulation, Goodrich nailed a pair of three-pointers within a 40-second time frame to stifle the momentum of Texas.
“(Goodrich) controlled the game from the tip,” said Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors. “Once we made our comeback she just said, ‘no more’ and took things into her own hands, literally, and put the game back out of reach.”
The Jayhawks would not look back as KU would again build a double-digit lead from the energy provided by Goodrich. Kansas would go on to maintain a comfortable advantage until the final buzzer, winning 85-61.
Goodrich closed the game scoring 10 of her 16 points in the second half, en route to her fourth career double-double and third of the season. Her 16 points and 16 assists were complimented by three steals and just one turnover in Goodrich’s 37 minutes of play. Goodrich helped feed a Kansas offense that scored 48 points in the paint.
“She has a good eye for the ball,” said senior forward Aisha Sutherland. “She sees us when we are about to cut, and she gets the ball to us. She was great tonight.”
With her performance against the Longhorns, Goodrich moved into third place on the Kansas career assists rankings with 460 total dimes. Her 16 assists vaulted Goodrich from fifth to second place on the single season record list for assists with 184; surpassing her total of 170 from last season.