Jayhawks Open 2011-12 Season With First Official Practice

Oct. 5, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. – As Henry Clay is famous for saying, “the time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer,” Kansas women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson was able to find out Wednesday afternoon as the Jayhawks opened the 2011-12 season with their first official team practice.

The three-hour session in the gym covered a variety of drills focused on fundamentals such as defense and shooting. The players also spent time in position-specific exercises before ending the session with a five-man weave drill.

Henrickson was pleased with the first day’s progress and is looking forward to the upcoming season.

“I’m excited, I think we have a chance to be really good,” said Henrickson, who is entering her eighth year at KU. “From a consistency standpoint, I would challenge this group. Shooting the ball well from beyond the three and spacing the defense is important to us, too. And also defensively, I’m excited to see how much better we can get because we weren’t very good last year but we can be.”

Kansas returns four starters and seven letterwinners overall from a team that finished 21-13 last season and advanced to the postseason for the fourth-straight year. Juniors Carolyn Davis, Monica Engelman and Angel Goodrich have been selected captains for the second consecutive year. Davis has already garnered national attention being named to the Wade Trophy Watch List for the Division I national player of the year and was also named to the All-Big 12 Preseason Team.

The 6-foot-3 forward was happy to get back out on the court to open the new season.

“It felt really great just to get out there again,” said Davis. “We had a few practices before we went to Italy last summer so it wasn’t too new. Practice went great, though. We had a lot of energy, a lot of competitiveness; it was a good workout.”

Fans can get their first glimpse of the 2011-12 Jayhawks at the 27th annual Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Oct. 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free but fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, which Kansas Athletics will donate to “Just Food” of Douglas County.