Kansas WBB Hosts TCU on Senior Night
March 4, 2013
Seniors Carolyn Davis, Monica Engelman and Angel Goodrich will play their final regular-season home game Tuesday night for Kansas, as the Jayhawks close out the Big 12 regular-season with a 7:05 p.m. game against TCU at Allen Fieldhouse.
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QUICK HITS ABOUT KANSASWBB
- This game is a preview of the second first-round game for the 2013 Big 12 Championship at the America Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Friday night at 8:30 p.m, as the two teams are scheduled to meet again with Kansas being the No. 7 seed and TCU as the No. 10 seed.
- The Jayhawks enter the game on their longest losing streak of the season, dropping four straight games. TCU has won two of its last four games, after losing 13-straight contests to open Big 12 play.
- This will be TCU’s first trip to Allen Fieldhouse, as the previous two meetings took place in the Bahamas and in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Following the game, Kansas will honor its senior class of Carolyn Davis, Monica Engelman and Angel Goodrich.
- Kansas has six players on its roster (Davis, Engelman, Goodrich, Chelsea Gardner, Natalie Knight and CeCe Harper) with at least one 20-point scoring game this season.
- Goodrich is the all-time career assists leader in Kansas history and enters the game with 715 assists. She is one of eight players in Big 12 Conference history to post 700 or more assists.
- Kansas seniors Davis, Goodrich and Engelman are each members of the 1,000-point scoring club with Goodrich and Engelman joining this season.
- Goodrich is one of seven finalists for the 14th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented to the nation’s top-collegiate point guard in women’s NCAA Division I basketball. She is also a candidate for the USBWA’s 2013 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, presented to the top player in the nation.
- Goodrich was named to the John R. Wooden Midseason Top-20 List on Jan. 22 and the Naismith Women’s Basketball Player of the Year Award Top-30 on Feb. 27.
- Gardner needs just two more blocked shots to crack the top-10 for blocks in a season in KU history.
- 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.
WE WILL MEET AGAIN … AND THEN AGAIN
Kansas and TCU just met for the first time as Big 12 Conference foes in Fort Worth 20 days ago. The next time the two teams meet won’t be as long – try three days. Kansas and TCU will face each other in the second first-round game of the 2013 Big 12 Championship in Dallas Friday night.
As the regular season winds down, Kansas is getting great offensive play from its senior class – Carolyn Davis, Monica Engelman and Angel Goodrich. Over the last six games, the Jayhawk seniors have combined to score 318 points. During that stretch, KU as a team has scored 455 points with the seniors contributing 69.9 percent of the scoring.
SENIOR CLASS IS NOW 4G
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 also went 4G with a combined 4,104 points scored.
FIRST WADE, WOODEN, LIEBERMAN, MEYERS DRYSDALE AND NOW NAISMITH
Kansas senior Angel Goodrich is being watched by everyone. The 5-foot-4 point guard is on the watch and finalist lists for the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award, Lieberman Award, Meyers Drysdale Award and the Naismith Award.
HOME SWEET HOME
Kansas is now in its 45th season playing at Allen Fieldhouse and head coach Bonnie Henrickson has built the venue into a home-court advantage for the Jayhawks. Since 2004-05, KU has posted a 110-48 record (.696) at home. Kansas owns a 398-213 (.651) all-time record on James Naismith Court at Allen Fieldhouse.
THE BEST OF ALL DIMES AND ONE OF THE BEST IN BIG 12 HISTORY
Senior Angel Goodrich dished out 10 assists on Feb. 17 against Oklahoma and became Kansas’ all-time career assist leader in the process. Goodrich surpassed Lisa Braddy, whose 686 assists owned the school mark since 1990. Goodrich now has 715 career assists and became the eighth player in Big 12 Conference history to post 700 or more career assists. Goodrich ranks seventh in Big 12 history behind Erin Grant (844 – Texas Tech), Shalee Lehning (800 – K-State), Stacey Dales (764 – Oklahoma), Danielle Robinson (726 – Oklahoma), Toccara Williams (724 – Texas A&M) and Lyndsey Medders (719 – Iowa State).
HERE DEFENSE, DEFENSE
Over the last four games, all KU losses, the Kansas defense has been missing. During the stretch, KU’s opponents are shooting a combined 49.8 percent from the field, while averaging 83.2 points per game. The trend has been building, as Kansas is averaging 79.2 points allowed per game over its last 10 games played. The Jayhawks are 1-6 (.143) this season when allowing 80 or more points and 5-17 (.227) all-time in head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s tenure when their foe scores 80-plus.
HAWK SWOOPS IN
Junior Markisha Hawkins entered the Oklahoma (March 2) game with 10 points scored in Big 12 play. After being put into the game during the second half, her ninth game played all season, Hawkins fired in a career-best 11 points and doubled her league offensive output.
Over the last three games, Kansas has been scorching hot from three-point range. KU is shooting a combined 24-for-55 (.436) from beyond the arc. Junior CeCe Harper is leading the way with a 5-for-6 (.833) effort over the three games. Senior Monica Engelman is also hot from trey, sinking 6-of-10 (.600) during the three games.
GOING FOR 30
Senior Angel Goodrich sank a career-best 31 points at Texas (Feb. 21), which was the first 30-point effort by a Jayhawk in over a year. The last 30-point scoring game for KU was Carolyn Davis’ 34-point effort against Texas Tech last season at Allen Fieldhouse (Jan. 25, 2012). Goodrich’s 31 points were the highest individual scoring effort by any of the Jayhawks this season.
Senior Monica Engelman poured in a career-high 26 points at TCU, including 18 in the second half, and followed that performance with a 21-point game against Oklahoma in Allen Fieldhouse. The back-to-back 20-point games marked the first by Engelman since Dec. 19, 2010. Over the last six games, Engelman is averaging 17.7 points per outing, while posting three 20-point scoring efforts.
With her 23 points and eight rebounds at Texas (Feb. 20), senior Carolyn Davis joined the elite 1,700-point and 700 rebound club at Kansas. She is only the seventh member, joining Lynette Woodard, Adrian Mitchell, Angela Aycock, Danielle McCray, Vickie Adkins and Lynn Pride. Davis now has 1,740 career points and 719 career boards.
POSTS WITH THE MOST
Senior Carolyn Davis and sophomore Chelsea Gardner make 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 56.8 field goal percentage, while Davis is fourth at 54.2 percent. Davis is also No. 19 nationally, while Gardner does not currently average enough made field goals per game to qualify for the national rankings.
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 this season. Monica Engelman is the most recent member with a career-best 26 points at TCU on Feb. 13. Joining Engelman as 20-point scorers are Carolyn Davis, Chelsea Gardner, Natalie Knight, CeCe Harper and Angel Goodrich.
Comparing the sophomore numbers of Chelsea Gardner to 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 8.8 points and 6.5 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 27 points and her free throw success rate by 140 percentage points.
GARDNER FOR THE BLOCK
Since starting Big 12 play, sophomore Chelsea Gardner has been in the center of the lane for the block. Gardner has posted 39 swats in 17 league contests, after posting nine rejections during non-conference action. She ranks third in the league for Big 12 games only with 2.3 blocks per game.
When Carolyn Davis scores 20 or more points in a game, the Jayhawks usually come out on top. Davis has 34 20-point efforts in her career and KU boasts a 28-6 (.824) record in those contests.
OFFENSE GOES THROUGH GOODRICH
Point guard Angel Goodrich has 407 points this season and 189 assists. By calculating two points for every assist, Goodrich is directly responsible for a total of 785 of Kansas’ 1,953 points, which comes out to 40.2 percent of the Jayhawks’ scoring.
MOVING ON UP
With her 18 points at Oklahoma, senior Carolyn Davis has scored 1,740 career points and is in sole possession of seventh place on the all-time scoring charts. The KU senior now needs 35 points to surpass Lynn Pride (1,774) for the No. 6 position.
Senior national player of the year candidates Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis have built a career on complimenting each other. Goodrich, the nation’s assist leader last season, is the all-time career leader at Kansas, while Davis is also 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’s ability 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. 26 nationally with 3.0 steals per game. Goodrich needs just six more steals to crack into the top-10 of the Kansas’ single-season record book.
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 Davis found 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
Angel Goodrich entered this season as the reigning national champion in assists per game. She paced the Jayhawks with a school and Big 12 record 250 assists last season, or 7.4 per game. Goodrich currently averages 6.8 assists per game, which ranks second in the Big 12 and No. 7 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 100-13 record (.885) during her tenure. However, the last three times KU scored 70 or more points all three games were losses. When KU opponents score less than 70 points, the Jayhawks are 131-69 (.655) during that span.
PLAN FOR POSTSEASON
Faithful followers of the Kansas women’s basketball program have learned to plan for postseason play. In Bonnie Henrickson’s eight 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.).