Kansas WBB Hits the Road; Travels to New Big 12 Member TCU
Feb. 11, 2013
For the first time in Big 12 Conference history, the Kansas women’s basketball team will meet TCU as league foes Wednesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tip.
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QUICK HITS ABOUT KANSASWBB
- Kansas has dropped two straight games and three out of its last five. TCU enters with an 11-game losing streak, all-Big 12 Conference losses.
- The Jayhawks are 3-5 on the road this season, while the Horned Frogs are 7-7 at home.
- The only previous meeting between the two schools was at a neutral site (Freeport, Bahamas) during the 2009-10 season.
- Kansas seniors Carolyn Davis, Angel Goodrich and Monica Engelmanare each members of the 1,000-point scoring club with Goodrich and Engelman joining this season.
- Goodrich was named to the John R. Wooden Midseason Top-20 List on Jan. 22.
- Davis and Goodrich were both on the watch lists for the Wade Trophy, the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award, as two of the top players in the nation to open the season.
- Kansas has six players on its roster with at least one career 20-point scoring game in Davis, Engelman, Goodrich, Chelsea Gardner, Natalie Knight and CeCe Harper.
- Goodrich leads the Big 12 Conference with 3.0 steals per game.
- Turnovers have been an issue for Kansas as of late. Over the last six games, KU has had more turnovers than assists in five of the six contests.
- Kansas is 11-1 this season when it outrebounds its opponent.
- Over the last three games, KU is shooting 22.2 percent from beyond the arc (12-for-54), while being outrebounded by 8.3 boards per contest.
- Gardner and Davis are No. 2 and No. 3 in the Big 12 Conference rankings for season field goal percentage.
- Goodrich has already cracked the Kansas top-10 for assists in a season. With 141, Goodrich has the ninth-highest single season total in school history and needs two more to take sole possession of the No. 8 spot.
- TCU is located in Fort Worth, Texas, and has an enrollment of 9,518.
- The Horned Frogs return four starters from a team that went 16-14 last season and did not advance to postseason play.
- TCU was tabbed to finish 10th in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
HARPER BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Junior CeCe Harperwill not only be playing TCU in the first ever Big 12 Conference meeting against Kansas, she will also be celebrating her 21st birthday Wednesday.
SENIOR CLASS GOES 3G
With 20 points against Texas on Jan. 23, senior Angel Goodrich became the 26th player in Kansas history to score 1,000 career points. Goodrich joins Carolyn Davis and Monica Engelman, who also became a member of the club this season. The last time KU fielded three 1,000-point scorers in the same season was the 2000-01 campaign with Jaclyn Johnson, Brooke Reyes and Jennifer Jackson. This year’s senior class is now eyeing 4G with a combined 3,786 points scored.
THE THREE’S AREN’T FALLING
Kansas opened up Big 12 Conference play this season with an impressive 6-for-11 (.545) three-point shooting effort against Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse. Since then, the Jayhawks have only had two games where they shot 40 percent or better from beyond the arc. Over the last 10 league games, KU is shooting 27.0 from three (48-for-178).
When Carolyn Davisscores 20 or more points in a game, the Jayhawks usually come out on top. Davis has 32 20-point efforts in her career and KU boasts a 27-5 (.844) record in those contests.
POSTS WITH THE MOST
Senior Carolyn Davis and sophomore Chelsea Gardnermake more shots than they miss and the duo is among the best in the league for field goal accuracy. Gardner ranks second in the conference with a 59.0 field goal percentage, while Davis is third at 55.6 percent. Davis is also No. 12 nationally, while Gardner does not currently average enough made field goals per game to qualify for the national rankings.
FILLING THE BOYD
As of late, Asia Boydis filling it up from three-point range. Boyd only has 11 three-pointers on the season, but seven have come in the last four games and nine have been made in Big 12 Conference play.
HARPER HITS HER MARKS
With the ACL injury to Natalie Knight, CeCe Harperhas started each of the last three games. The KU junior responded with a career-best seven assists over 37 minutes of action in the double-overtime win at Kansas State (Feb. 2). At Baylor (Feb. 6), Harper led the Jayhawks in scoring with 11 points.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
In Big 12 Conference games, senior Angel Goodrichis shooting 32.5 percent from three-point range (13-for-40) at Allen Fieldhouse. But in league road games, the Kansas senior is shooting 13.6 percent (3-for-22) on treys.
THE COMEBACK KIDS
Heading into the 2012-13 season, under head coach Bonnie Henrickson, Kansas was 19-89 (.176) in games where the team trailed at the half. Things are a bit different this season. The Jayhawks have trailed at the half 10 times this campaign and boast a 4-7 (.364) mark.
SIX SCORE AND …
A group of 20 units is known as a score and KU has six different players on its roster who have grouped together 20 points or more in a single game during their respective careers. Natalie Knight is the most recent member with a career-best 21 points against Iowa State on Jan. 30. Joining Knight as 20-point scorers are Carolyn Davis, Monica Engelman, Chelsea Gardner, CeCe Harper and Angel Goodrich.
GARDNER FOR THE BLOCK
Since starting Big 12 Conference play, sophomore Chelsea Gardnerhas been in the center of the lane for the block. Gardner has posted 25 swats in 11 league contests, after posting nine rejections during non-conference action.
Comparing the sophomore numbers of Chelsea Gardnerto her freshman stats, it is obvious that there is no sophomore slump going on here. In fact, Gardner is nearly doubling her production. The KU sophomore forward is averaging 9.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest this season, as opposed to 4.7 points and 3.7 boards last year. In addition, she has also improved her field goal percentage by 39 points and her free throw success rate by 109 percentage points.
MOVING ON UP
With her 14 points against West Virginia, senior Carolyn Davishas scored 1,644 career points and is in sole possession of eighth place on the charts. The KU senior now needs 46 points to surpass Tamecka Dixon (1,689) for the No. 7 position.
OVERTIME IS HER TIME
KU closed January with its first overtime game of the season and then opened February with another. Both were victories and that shouldn’t surprise anyone considering head coach Bonnie Henricksonhas dominated the extra period with the Jayhawks. During her tenure, Henrickson is 13-3 (.813) in OT games.
Senior Angel Goodrichled the Jayhawks with nine assists against in-state rival Kansas State (Jan. 2). With the nine dimes, Goodrich joined Lisa Braddy as the only two players in KU history to post 600 or more assists in a career. Goodrich now has 667 assists in her career, while Braddy dished out 686 assists.
O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
For the third-straight season, seniors Carolyn Davis and Angel Goodrichwill serve as team captains for the Jayhawks during the 2012-13 campaign.
Senior national player of the year candidates Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davishave built a career on complimenting each other. Goodrich, the nation’s assist leader last season, is only 20 assists away from becoming the all-time leader at Kansas, while Davis already is atop the all-time career field goal percentage chart. So the duo is truly the essence of start to finish. To highlight their senior season, a promotional website KUStart2Finish.com has been created to promote these player of the year candidates.
SHE GIVETH and SHE TAKETH AWAY
Angel Goodrich’sability to share the ball is well documented after leading the nation in assists per game last season. Goodrich is also pretty good at taking the ball away. The Kansas senior leads the Big 12 Conference in steals per game and she also ranks No. 27 nationally with 3.0 steals per game.
OFFENSE GOES THROUGH GOODRICH
Point guard Angel Goodrichhas with 291 points this season and 141 assists. By calculating two points for every assist, Goodrich is directly responsible for a total of 573 of Kansas’ 1,498 points, which comes out to 38.3 percent of the Jayhawks’ scoring.
FIRST WADE, THEN WOODEN, NOW NAISMITH
Kansas seniors Carolyn Davis and Angel Goodrichare two of the 25 NCAA Division I women’s basketball student-athletes to be named to the 2012-13 State Farm® Wade Trophy Watch List. The Kansas duo has also been tabbed for John R. Wooden Award Women’s Preseason Top-30 List, and are both on the 50-player list for the 2012-13 Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T early season watch list.
MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFT
The senior writers of espnW collaborated and came up with the top-five players in the nation by position. Once again, Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davisfound themselves among the nation’s elite. Goodrich was classified as one of the country’s top-five point guards, while Davis was tabbed as one of the nation’s best five centers.
A NATIONAL LEADER
Senior Angel Goodrichentered this season as the reigning national champion in assists per game. Goodrich paced the Jayhawks with a school and Big 12 record 250 assists last season, or 7.4 per game. Goodrich currently averages 6.4 assists per game, which ranks third in the Big 12 Conference and No. 14 nationally.
THAT 70’s SHOW
Kansas’ success during the Bonnie Henrickson-era has been pretty much based on 70 points. When the Jayhawks score 70 or more points, Kansas owns a 98-10 record (.907) during her tenure. When KU opponents score less than 70 points, the Jayhawks are 131-69 (.655) during that span.
HOW SWEET IT IS
Kansas returned to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 last season for the first time since 1998. It marked the third time in school history that the Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 and was Kansas’ 12th NCAA Tournament appearance.
PLAN FOR POSTSEASON
Faithful followers of the Kansas women’s basketball program have learned to plan for postseason play. In Bonnie Henrickson’seight previous seasons with the Jayhawks, KU has advanced to postseason play six times, including five straight. In fact, in Henrickson’s head coaching career, she has led her team to postseason play 13 times in 15 seasons.
How does a top-25 program stay in the national polls? Sign a top-25 recruiting class. That’s exactly what head coach Bonnie Henrickson and her staff did during the early signing period, inking the No. 14-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, and the top among Big 12 Conference schools. The class also ranked No. 25 nationally by Blue Star Basketball. The Jayhawks signed Jada Brown (6-0, F, Las Vegas, Nev.), Dakota Gonzalez (6-0, G, Pocatello, Idaho), Dylan Gonzalez (6-0, G, Pocatello, Idaho), Caelynn Manning-Allen (6-4, F, Chicago, Ill.) and Keyla Morgan (5-8, G, Rancho Dominguez, Calif.).