Goodrich Breaks Assist Record as Jayhawks Pick Up 69-64 Road Win at Texas Tech
Feb. 21, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas – Kansas junior Angel Goodrich recorded eight assists to break the school’s 24-year-old single-season assist record while also scoring a team-high 20 points to help lead the Jayhawks to a 69-64 victory at Texas Tech Tuesday evening. Goodrich’s 208 career dimes pass Lisa Braddy’s 207 assists in 1987-88.
The win, which halted a three-game skid and marked KU’s first victory in Lubbock since 1978, improved Kansas to 18-9 overall, including 7-8 in Big 12 play. TTU dropped to 17-10 on the year and 5-10 in the conference.
Senior Aishah Sutherland and freshman Natalie Knight contributed 15 and 12 points, respectively, in the contest. On the boards, Goodrich again paced the Jayhawks pulling down six rebounds. Sophomore CeCe Harper also tallied six rebounds to go along with nine points.
Down with just over 12 minutes to play in the game, Kansas went 4-for-5 from beyond the three-point arc to take back the lead. For the game, the Jayhawks hit a season-high seven treys and finished shooting 50.0 percent from long range.
The lead changed hands six times in the first half before a Sutherland jumper from the free throw line at 8:55 put the Jayhawks ahead 16-15. Sutherland scored six points during an 8-0 run as KU extended its advantage to 20-15 with just under seven to play in the opening period. The Jayhawk defense also managed to keep Texas Tech without a field goal for seven and a half minutes while the Crimson and Blue continued to lead by as much as eight points.
With just over four minutes to go in the first half, Goodrich drove to the lane and scored a layup. The 5-foot-4 point guard then proceeded to hit three-straight three-pointers to record the last 11 points for KU, the last one coming at the 1:22 mark as Kansas led 31-22. Goodrich finished the opening frame with 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting as Kansas shot 50.0 percent from the floor as a team. Texas Tech was close behind, shooting 44.0 percent.
Unfortunately KU sent the Red Raiders to the foul line twice in the last minute where TTU sank all four attempts to cut into the Kansas lead. Monique Smalls added two final points for Texas Tech on a layup as time expired to make Kansas’ advantage 31-28 heading into the break.
As the second half got under way, Kansas got four different Jayhawks involved as they opened the frame out-scoring TTU 10-5 in the first three minutes. At 16:56, TTU’s Kierra Mallard knocked down a pair of free throws and Jordan Barncastle followed with a jumper just outside the lane to cut KU’s advantage to 41-38 as the crowd started to come to life. Texas Tech would go on to notch 10 unanswered points to overtake the lead, 43-41, with 12:31 to play.
Less than a minute later, Sutherland hit a jumper and got fouled on the shot to complete a traditional three-point play and give the Jayhawks a brief 44-43 advantage before the Red Raiders took over again.
Refusing to give up, Kansas stayed within four points. With 6:50 remaining in the game, Knight hit a key three-pointer to knot the score 56-56. After a Texas Tech turnover in its next possession, Knight repeated with another trey. The teams traded baskets before Tania Jackson hit a trey of her own, her first points of the half, as Kansas went up 64-58 with only 2:46 left in the game. Goodrich dished the pass to record her eighth assist of the game and 208th of her career to break Kansas’ 24-year-old single-season assist record.
In the final 38 seconds, Knight and Goodrich combined for 3-for-4 from the foul line to help seal the victory.
Kansas returns home to Allen Fieldhouse to host top-ranked Baylor on Friday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised on FSN.