Kansas Closes Out Non-Conference Play With Sam Houston State
Dec. 26, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – With one last test before the start of Big 12 Conference play, Kansas women’s basketball will play host to Sam Houston State (4-4) on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. Heading into its final contest of 2011, KU is 10-1 overall and has at least 10 non-conference wins for the fifth-straight season.
How to Follow the Jayhawks
Wednesday’s contest will be televised on Knology and the Jayhawk Radio Network will broadcast the game over the airwaves. Fans can also watch online (for a fee) at www.KUAthletics.com.
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– Kansas is second in the nation with a 50.7 field goal percentage led by Carolyn Davis’68.6 percent mark, which also ranks in the top five nationally (through games on Dec. 18).
– Kansas is 9-0 at home this season.
– Carolyn Davis is coming off her first double-double of the season with a season-high 25 points and 11 rebounds versus Oral Roberts on Dec. 21.
– Angel Goodrich dished a season-high 14 assists versus Oral Roberts, one shy of her career best and the third-most ever by a Jayhawk in a single game. Her total helped Kansas to a season-high 26 dimes in the contest.
– Freshman Chelsea Gardner had a productive night against ORU on Dec. 21. The forward produced a season-high 10 points in just six minutes of floor time as she went 5-for-6 (83.3 percent) from the field and added her first career block.
About the Jayhawks
Coming off its third consecutive win, Kansas is 10-1 overall, including 9-0 at home, heading into its final non-conference game of the season. The Jayhawks shot 51.6 percent from the field in its last game versus Oral Roberts, its seventh contest shooting over 50 percent as KU is one of the top teams in the nation with a 50.7 field goal percentage. Junior Carolyn Davis ranks in the top five nationally shooting 68.6 percent and paces the Jayhawks with 17.0 ppg. She is coming off her first double-double of the season, a 25-point, 11-rebound performance, and adds 5.8 rpg on the season. Senior Aishah Sutherland leads KU on the boards pulling down 9.0 rpg and also has a team-high 16 blocks. She and junior Angel Goodrich round out the Jayhawks’ double-figure scorers with 13.9 and 11.6 ppg, respectively. Goodrich ranks as one of the top guards in the country averaging 8.3 assists per game and 4.2 steals per game, which both rank in the top five nationally. Junior Monica Engelman has found her way back into the starting lineup and is adding 15.0 ppg in the last two games, significantly better than her 9.0 ppg season average. Engelman is the team’s top free throw shooter and ranks fourth in the Big 12 shooting 88.9 percent from the charity stripe. Freshman guard Natalie Knight completes the Kansas starting lineup. Her 17 turnovers are the fewest among the KU regulars and her 24 assists are second on the team.
Scouting Sam Houston State
Sam Houston State topped South Alabama 53-50 on Dec. 20 to stop a two-game skid and even its record to 4-4 overall. All four of its losses have been on the road. Forward starters Sequeena Thomas (15.8 ppg) and Britni Martin (15.3 ppg) lead the Bearkats in scoring and are the only players averaging double-digit points. Thomas also pulls down a team-best 10.0 rpg, while Martin is dishing 4.25 apg and owns an 82.4 free throw shooting percentage. Angela Beadle is also a big factor on the boards averaging 7.8 rpg to go along with 9.6 ppg, while her 48.1 field goal percentage is tops on the team. Sam Houston State is shooting 36.9 percent from the field on the year and holds a -0.4 rebound margin.
Kansas and Sam Houston State will be meeting for the first time in series history on the basketball court.
Engelman Returns as Offensive Threat
Following a four-game hiatus, Monica Engelman returned to the starting lineup against UMKC on Dec. 17 and responded with 14 points, her third time in double-digits this season. She followed that up with a 16-point outing in a start versus Sam Houston State, her most since scoring 17 in the season opener. Engelman aslo has seven assists and three steals in her last two starts.
Goodrich Dishes the Rock
In her freshman season, Angel Goodrich became the fastest Jayhawk to amass 100 career assists doing so in 13 games. Goodrich, now a junior, has maintained her status as an outstanding passer as she currently owns 91 assists through the first 11 contests on 2011-12 and is sixth in program history with 367 career dimes. Her 8.3 assists per game this season rank second in the nation as of Dec. 18.
The Jayhawks ring in the new year with the start of Big 12 Conference play. KU will travel to Texas on Jan. 4 for an 8 p.m. contest in both teams’ league opener.