Goodrich Honored as KU Woman of Distinction

Aug. 22, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior women’s basketball player Angel Goodrich was one of 24 individuals named as a 2012-13 KU Women of Distinction, a nine-year project sponsored by the KU Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center that is designed to promote the accomplishments and achievements of Kansas women students, faculty, staff and alumnae.

“It feels great (to receive this award) and share this experience with all these women and hear about their outstanding accomplishments,” Goodrich said. “It is amazing to be a part of this and such an honor.”

Head coach Bonnie Henrickson was also on hand to see Goodrich accept the award.

“Angel has a strong relationship up on the hill and across campus,” Henrickson said. “Outside of what a fantastic basketball player she is, people respect who she is and the quality of person, along with what she means to her Native American community, across the country. She’s a role model and people have taken notice to what a special basketball player she is. I think it is a combination of all these that earned her the award and honor.”

As a member of this year’s KU Women of Distinction, Goodrich will be part of the annual calendar to commemorate the honor. The KU Women of Distinction calendars are free, although donations are accepted. They are available at numerous locations, including the Kansas Union bookstores in Lawrence and the bookstores at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Other Lawrence campus locations include the Student Involvement and Leadership Center in the Kansas Union, on-campus housing facilities and various university departments.

Goodrich led the nation last season in assists per game with 7.4 per contest, and helped guide the Jayhawks to a NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance, their best postseason run since 1998. She was also a finalist for the 2012 Nancy Lieberman Award and earned All-America honorable mention honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the Associated Press.

The All-Big 12 Second Team selection set the Kansas and conference single-season record with 250 assists last season. Goodrich also earned Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honors, while pursuing a major in applied behavioral sciences.

Goodrich is the first women’s basketball player to be named to the KU Women of Distinction since Danielle McCray, who currently plays in the WBNA for the Connecticut Sun, received the award in 2009-10.