Jayhawks Welcome Pittsburg State in Final Exhibition Game
Nov. 4, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball will have one more tune-up before the start of regular-season play when the Jayhawks host Pittsburg State Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. in their second exhibition contest of the 2011-12 season. KU is coming off an 83-61 victory versus Emporia State Wednesday night and looking to win its 14th-straight exhibition game under eighth-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson.
– Kansas holds a 38-8 all-time record in exhibition games and has won 30 of its last 32 preseason contests. See page three for complete preseason exhibition results.
– KU last faced Pittsburg State on Nov. 1, 2009, an 86-56 Jayhawk win. Kansas is 3-0 in preseason exhibition games against the Gorillas.
-Kansas leads the regular season series with Pittsburg State, 4-1. The Jayhawks and Gorillas have not met during regular-season play since KU took a 91-57 win over PSU on December 13, 1986. Pitt State’s lone win in the series came in Pittsburg on March 8, 1969.
– Kansas returns seven letterwinners, including four starters (Davis, Engelman, Goodrich and Sutherland).
– The team coming is off its second 20-win campaign in the last three years finishing 21-13 in 2010-11.
– Among its returners, KU brings back the Big 12’s leading field goal percentage shooter- Carolyn Davis, .660- and assists leader- Angel Goodrich, 6.3 assists per game- while Monica Engelman returns after leading the league with a 43.1 three-point percentage during conference play.
– The Jayhawks return 83.4 percent of their scoring and 81.5 percent of their rebounding from a year ago.
About the Jayhawks
The Jayhawks jumped out to a dominating 83-61 victory versus Emporia State Wednesday night in an exhibition contest to officially open the 2011-12 season. The performance comes on the heels of a year in which Kansas finished 21-13 overall to mark its second 20-win campaign in the last three seasons. Junior point guard Angel Goodrich, one of four returning starters, scored eight of the team’s first nine points to set the tone on her way to a game-high 16 points. Junior Carolyn Davis followed with 14 points and also pulled down a team-best six rebounds. Four of the Jayhawk starters finished in double-digit points, and all five freshmen saw floor time in their first appearance for the Crimson and Blue.
Davis, one of the top post players in the country from last season who has already been named to several preseason watch lists for national awards, led KU with 19.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 2010-11 and ranked second in the nation with a 66.0 field goal percentage to lead the Big 12 for the second-straight season. Senior Aishah Sutherland was right behind Davis last year turning in a career-best 7.2 rebounds per game, just outside the top 10 in the conference rankings, while adding 8.4 points per contest in 22 starts.
Goodrich will once again serve as floor general after pacing the Big 12 Conference with the nation’s sixth-best mark of 6.3 assists per game last season. Engelman has established herself as a threat along the three-point arc after pacing the Big 12 with 43.1 percent accuracy from the three during league play a year ago. She joined Carolyn Davis as the only other Jayhawk to average double-digit points in 2011-12, contributing 12.1 points per game to go along with 4.0 rebounds an outing.
Scouting Pittsburg State
Pittsburg state returns three starters from its 16-12 team last season and nine letterwinners overall. The team travels to Lawrence after an 86-55 loss at Nebraska last Sunday in its exhibition opener. Freshman Lizzy Jeronimus led PSU with 11 points in her collegiate debut while returning senior starter Courtney Tate, along with sophomore Alexa Bordewick, chipped in with six points each. Junior Drew Roberts is the Gorillas’ top scorer from last season pacing the team with 11.0 points per game and collecting a team-high 60 three-pointers despite going 0-for-5 at Nebraska. She was one of three PSU players with four rebounds against the Huskers. Junior Lauren Brown came off the bench to lead the Gorillas’ with eight boards. Pitt State was picked to finish fourth in the MIAA this season in both the media and coaches’ preseason polls.
It’s now time for the real deal as Kansas will open its regular-season schedule when it hosts Western Michigan on Sunday, Nov. 13. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. from Allen Fieldhouse.