Kansas Continues NCAA Tournament Run Against No. 1 Seed Notre Dame
March 27, 2013
The Kansas women’s basketball team will look to continue its impressive run through the 2013 NCAA Tournament, as the Jayhawks face their toughest challenge yet in No. 1 seed Notre Dame. KU and the No. 2-ranked Fighting Irish will tip off at 11 a.m. CT, Sunday, at the Norfolk Regional at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.
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QUICK HITS ABOUT KANSASWBB
- Kansas has advanced to its second-straight NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and the fourth in school history.
- KU is in the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season and for the 13th time overall. The Jayhawks have not been to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments since going to nine-straight in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
- Kansas is the only school in the country to have an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 participant on both the women’s and men’s side in each of the last two seasons.
- The Jayhawks are 13-12 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, but 4-1 under head coach Bonnie Henrickson.
- KU is 0-3 in its previous first round regional match-ups.
- Kansas has six players on its roster (Carolyn Davis, Monica Engelman, Angel Goodrich, Chelsea Gardner, Natalie Knight and CeCe Harper) with at least one 20-point scoring game this season.
- In the two NCAA Tournament games, Engelman leads the Jayhawks in scoring with 18.5 points per game.
- Also in the two NCAA Tournament contests, Goodrich is averaging 8.0 assists and only 2.0 turnovers per game.
- Goodrich is the all-time career assists leader in Kansas history and enters the game with 758 assists. She is one of only eight players in Big 12 Conference history to post 700 or more assists.
- By playing 21 more minutes, Goodrich will have seen the floor over her career more than any other Jayhawk in school history.
- Kansas seniors Davis, Goodrich and Engelman are each members of the 1,000-point scoring club with Goodrich and Engelman joining this season.
- Goodrich, a 2013 First-Team All-Big 12 honoree, 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.
ABOUT NOTRE DAME
- Notre Dame is located in Notre Dame, Ind, and has an enrollment of 11,985.
- The Fighting Irish, 33-1 overall, won the BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament titles with a perfect 16-0 mark.
- This is Notre Dame’s 20th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including 18 in a row. The Fighting Irish have advanced to the Sweet 16 11 times in the past 17 seasons.
- The Fighting Irish are currently riding a school-record 28-game winning streak.
- Senior guard Skylar Diggins was the 2013 BIG EAST Player of the Year. Joining Diggins on the First Team All-BIG EAST were juniors Natalie Achonwa and Kayla McBride. In addition, Jewell Loyd was the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and Muffet McGraw was named the league’s coach of the year.
KANSAS: AMERICA’S ONLY MARCH DANCE SOCIAL
With Kansas’ upset victory over South Carolina Monday night, coupled with the KU men’s victory over North Carolina a day prior, Kansas became the only program in the nation to have both its women’s and men’s basketball teams advance to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 in each of the last two seasons.
IF THE SHOE FITS …
For the second-straight season the Kansas women’s basketball team finds itself in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, for the second-consecutive season, KU will enter the round of 16 as the “Cinderella.” Last season, Kansas and Gonzaga were the lowest seeds remaining as No. 11 seeds, while this season Kansas enters the regional as a No. 12 seed.
WHERE FEW WOMEN HAVE GONE BEFORE
With the 75-69 second round win over South Carolina, Kansas became only the second No. 12 seed to post a win in the second round since the tournament began seeding in 1994, and the first since 1996. No. 12 seeds are 2-15 since 1994 when playing in the second round.
A FITTING RETURN
Prior to her nine seasons at Kansas, head coach Bonnie Henrickson led the Virginia Tech women’s basketball program for seven seasons in the “Old Dominion State.” With her return to the state of Virginia, as the Kansas head coach, Henrickson will lead her Jayhawks in an NCAA Tournament Regional hosted by Old Dominion. Henrickson was 158-62 at Virginia Tech with five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Senior Angel Goodrich was one of storylines from the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Heck, she even trended on Twitter. In 2012, Goodrich led the Jayhawks to the NCAA Sweet 16 after posting victories over Nebraska and Delaware. Well, she’s back at it again this year. Goodrich was instrumental in both victories over Colorado and South Carolina, as the Jayhawks find themselves back in the Sweet 16 for a second-straight season. In five career NCAA Tournament games, Goodrich is averaging 20.8 points per game, while shooting 10-for-24 (.417) from three. She also has a combined 33 assists.
Monica Engelman poured in a career-high 27 points in the NCAA Tournament Second Round win over No. 17/14 South Carolina, including 18 in the first half, which were the most points scored by a Jayhawk in the first half this season. In the NCAA Tournament games, Engelman is leading KU in scoring with 18.5 points per game, which is almost double than her 9.4 point-per-game average she had leading into the event.
DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN?
Last season, when Kansas made its NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 run, the Jayhawks opened the event with a win against former Big 12 Conference member Nebraska, before knocking off No. 3-seed Delaware in the second round. This season, Kansas opened the NCAA Tournament with a win against former Big 12 Conference member Colorado and topped No. 4-seed South Carolina for its second-straight NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance.
PLAN FOR POSTSEASON
Faithful followers of the Kansas women’s basketball program have learned to plan for postseason play. In Bonnie Henrickson’s nine seasons with the Jayhawks, KU has advanced to postseason play seven times, including six straight and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. In fact, in Henrickson’s head coaching career, she has led her team to postseason play 14 times in 16 seasons.
In the last two seasons, Kansas’ Bonnie Henrickson has led the Jayhawks to four NCAA Tournament wins. Each victory has a noticeable similarity – opponent field goal percentage below 40 percent. This season, KU held Colorado to 25.4 percent shooting in the first round, before shutting South Carolina down with a 37.5 percent effort. Last season, Kansas held Nebraska (32.8 percent) and Delaware (37.5 percent) under 40 percent shooting.
When Carolyn Davis scores 20 or more points in a game, the Jayhawks usually come out on top. Davis has 35 20-point efforts in her career and KU boasts a 29-6 (.829) record in those contests.
NOW, WE HAVE BOTH OF THEM
Kansas made its NCAA Sweet 16 run last season without 2012 First Team All-Big 12 selection Carolyn Davis, who had her season ended after 23 games due to injury. In her absence, then-freshman Chelsea Gardner sparked the Jayhawks by averaging a double-double in three NCAA Tournament games last season. Gardner posted 13 points and 11 rebounds per game for KU. This season, Kansas is back to the Sweet 16 and Davis is averaging 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Gardner has posted 8.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest during the NCAA Tournament.
Kansas sophomore Chelsea Gardner posted her third double-double of the season and the fourth of her career with 11 points and 19 rebounds against TCU in the first round of the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Gardner’s 19 rebounds established a new career high and tied Lynn Pride’s performance against Baylor in 1997 for the best-rebounding effort by a Jayhawk in the Big 12 Championship. Gardner’s 16 defensive boards marked the second-most ever in Big 12 Championship play.
FIRST WADE, WOODEN, LIEBERMAN, MEYERS DRYSDALE AND NOW NAISMITH
At some point this year, Kansas’ Angel Goodrich has been or is being watched by everyone. The 5-foot-4 point guard remains on the watch and finalist lists for the Wade Trophy, Lieberman Award and Meyers Drysdale Award. She was also on the mid-season watch lists for the Naismith and Wooden awards.
OFFENSE GOES THROUGH GOODRICH
Point guard Angel Goodrich has 474 points this season and 232 assists. By calculating two points for every assist, Goodrich is directly responsible for a total of 938 of Kansas’ 2,314 points, which comes out to 40.5 percent of the Jayhawks’ 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 4,322 points scored.
HAWK SWOOPS IN
Junior Markisha Hawkins entered the Oklahoma (March 2) game with 11 points scored on the season. After the last six games, with five starts, Hawkins now has 57 after scoring 46 points during that span. The junior college transfer scored a career-best 15 points against TCU to end the regular season.
TWICE IS NICE
Senior Angel Goodrich has 232 assists on the season. As a result, it is just the third time in Kansas history a player has posted 200 or more assists in a single season. But Goodrich has two of the three, in fact, she has the top two. The KU point guard collected a school and Big 12 Conference record 250 assists last season. Lisa Braddy tallied 207 assists in 1987-88.
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 103-13 record (.888) during her tenure. When KU opponents score less than 70 points, the Jayhawks are 135-69 (.662) during that span.
THE BEST OF ALL DIMES AND ONE OF THE BEST IN BIG 12 HISTORY
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 758 career assists and became the eighth player in Big 12 Conference history to post 700 or more career assists. Goodrich ranks fourth in Big 12 history behind Erin Grant (844 – Texas Tech), Shalee Lehning (800 – K-State) and Stacey Dales (764 – Oklahoma).
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 1,822 career points and 758 career boards.
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.
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 is second in the Big 12 Conference in steals per game and she also ranks No. 24 nationally with 2.8 steals per game. Goodrich currently ranks No. 8 in the Kansas’ single-season record book with 94 steals this season.
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 7.0 assists per game, which ranks second in the Big 12 and No. 5 nationally.