Goodrich's Career Night Not Enough as KU Falls to No. 13 Texas A&M, 76-65
Jan. 21, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan.--Junior point guard Angel Goodrich scored a career-high 28 points as the Kansas women's basketball team fell to defending national champion No. 13 Texas A&M, 74-63, Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Senior Aishah Sutherland added seven points in the contest to become the 24th Jayhawk in program history to amass 1,000 career points.
Kansas dropped to 15-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12, while the Aggies become 13-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
Goodrich, whose previous career total of 22 also came in Big 12 play earlier this season at Texas, went 11-for-16 from the field and made five assists during the contest. Juniors Monica Engelman and Carolyn Davis also scored in double figures, contributing 14 points and 10 points, respectively.
Kansas shot 50 percent for the game, including 3-for-3 from the three-point arc in the second half. The Aggies were led by junior Kelsey Bone's 18 points with the team shooting 48.4 percent from the field on the night.
Early in the first half all offense went through Goodrich, who scored nine of the Jayhawks' first 11 points. Engelman put a stop to a 6-0 Aggie run, making a jumper to cut Texas A&M's lead to eight, 21-13, with 10:22 in the first period. After some back-and-forth action, Davis sank three-of-four free throws and Goodrich made an acrobatic layup to make the score 35-20 in favor of the Aggies with 4:13 remaining in the opening period.
The Jayhawks went into the locker room trailing 43-38, but shooting a solid 46 percent from the field. Goodrich led all scorers at the break with 13 of her 28 points off of 5-for-8 shooting.
Goodrich began the second half just as hot, scoring six of KU's next nine points and cutting the Aggies' lead to 10 with 15:35 remaining. The Jayhawks were able to make it a single-digit deficit as Davis completed an old-fashioned three-point play, making it 49-40, Aggies.
KU's point guard once again made a great play, draining a three to get Kansas within seven, the closest the contest had been since Texas A&M led by six with 12:07 in the first half. The Aggies got hot, but freshman guard Natalie Knight hit a jumper to break a 10-0 run by A&M with 6:54 to play.
Back-to-back layups from Goodrich and Engelman, and free throws from Sutherland brought the Jayhawks back within 12, forcing the Aggies to call a timeout with 2:11 left in the contest. Goodrich hit two more free throws after the break to make the score 70-60 with 1:31 remaining before fouling out of the contest.
Engelman made it a single-digit deficit once again, hitting a clutch three-pointer with less than one minute left to play, but the spread proved too much for the Jayhawks, as the Aggies left Allen Fieldhouse with a 76-65 victory.