No. 23/21 Kansas will return to Big 12 Conference action Saturday and look to end a two-game losing skid, as the Jayhawks travel to Texas Tech for a 7 p.m. game.
Texas Tech was tabbed to finish eighth in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches.
FIVE SCORE AND ...
A group of 20 units is known as a score and Kansas has five different players on its roster who have grouped together 20 points or more in a single game during their respective careers. CeCe Harper is the most recent member with a career-best 21 points against Baylor on Jan. 13. Joining Harper as 20-point scorers are Carolyn Davis, Monica Engelman, Chelsea Gardner and Angel Goodrich.
JOINING THE CLUBS
With 11 points, senior Angel Goodrich will become the 26th player in Kansas history to score 1,000 career points. She enters the game with 989 career tallies. After sinking three treys against Baylor Jan. 13, Goodrich became just the ninth Jayhawks to make 100 or more three-point field goals in a career. She now has 101 threes.
IT IS A GRAND, GRAND, GRAND YEAR
When Angel Goodrich joins the 1,000-point club at Kansas, this year's team will have three 1,000-point scorers on the roster. Goodrich joins Carolyn Davis and Monica Engelman, who also became a member of the club this season. The last time KU fielded three 1,000-point scorers in the same season was the 2000-01 campaign with Jaclyn Johnson, Brooke Reyes and Jennifer Jackson.
CECE, SÍ SÍ
Prior to the Baylor game on Jan. 13, junior CeCe Harper had a career-high of 10 points, which she had scored three times, including twice this season. That all changed against the nation's top team, as Harper fired in a career-best 21 points on 7-for-14 shooting, behind a career-best three treys on six attempts.
LOOKING AT THE SILVER LINING
At the end of the day the Jan. 13 game against No. 1-ranked Baylor was a loss, but there were still some positives to take away. Baylor shot a season-low 35.7 percent in the second half and was only one of three halves where the Lady Bears shot lower than 40 percent all season. In that second half, Kansas was only outscored, 36-30. In addition, offensively, the Jayhawks scored 60 points, more than any other Big 12 team to date against Baylor. Now only four teams have scored 60 or more points this season against the Lady Bears, and two of those teams were ranked in the top-five nationally at the time.
GETTING SOME BENCH WORK
Kansas' bench has proven to be an asset this season, especially over the last five games. During that span, KU's bench has outscored its opponent's bench in all five games by a combined 92-43 margin. On the season, KU subs have scored 305 points, or 20.3 per game, while the opposing bench has totaled 199.
Comparing the sophomore numbers of Chelsea Gardner to her freshman stats, it is obvious that there is no sophomore slump going on here. In fact, Gardner is nearly doubling her production. The KU sophomore forward is averaging 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest this season, as opposed to 4.7 points and 3.7 boards last year. In addition, she has also improved her field goal percentage by 20 points and her free throw success rate by 200 percentage points.
THE COMEBACK KIDS
Heading into the 2012-13 season, under head coach Bonnie Henrickson, Kansas was 19-89 (.176) in games where the team trailed at the half. Things are a bit different this season. The Jayhawks have trailed at the half seven times this campaign and boast a 3-4 (.429) mark.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
In the 11 Kansas victories this season, the Jayhawks have held their opponents to 36.9 percent shooting from the field and posted an +10.1 rebounding advantage. However, in the thee losses, KU opponents are shooting 46.7 percent and the Jayhawks have a -13.5 rebounding deficit.
MOVING ON UP
Senior Carolyn Davis entered the Oklahoma State game with 1,513 career points and needed only six points to move into the KU all-time top-10 scoring list. Davis finished with 14 points and surpassed Angie Snider (1,518) for the 10th spot. She now needs 30 points to claim the No. 9 position and pass Charisse Sampson (1,568).
Senior Angel Goodrich led the Jayhawks with nine assists against in-state rival Kansas State (Jan. 2). With the nine dimes, Goodrich joined Lisa Braddy as the only two players in KU history to post 600 or more assists in a career. Goodrich now has 625 assists in her career, while Braddy dished out 686 assists.
Senior national player of the year candidates Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis have built a career on complimenting each other. Goodrich, the nation's assist leader last season, is only 62 assists away from becoming the all-time leader at Kansas, while Davis already is atop the all-time career field goal percentage chart. So the duo is truly the essence of start to finish. To highlight their senior season, a promotional website KUStart2Finish.com has been created to promote these player of the year candidates.
SHE GIVETH and SHE TAKETH AWAY
Angel Goodrich's ability to share the ball is well documented after leading the nation in assists per game last season. Goodrich is also pretty good at taking the ball away. The Kansas senior leads the Big 12 Conference in steals per game and she also ranks No. 25 nationally with 3.2 steals per game.
Kansas is ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll for the ninth-straight week, falling six spots after the two Big 12 losses and being ranked No. 23. KU has also been ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll each of the 11 previous weeks this season, including a No. 21 ranking in this week's poll.
O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
For the third-straight season, seniors Carolyn Davis and Angel Goodrich will serve as team captains for the Jayhawks during the 2012-13 campaign.
FIRST WADE, THEN WOODEN, NOW NAISMITH
Kansas seniors Carolyn Davis and Angel Goodrich are two of the 25 NCAA Division I women's basketball student-athletes to be named to the 2012-13 State Farm® Wade Trophy Watch List. The Kansas duo has also been tabbed for John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top-30 List, and are both on the 50-player list for the 2012-13 Naismith Women's College Player of the Year presented by AT&T early season watch list.
MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFT
The senior writers of espnW collaborated and came up with the top-five players in the nation by position. Once again, Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis found themselves among the nation's elite. Goodrich was classified as one of the country's top-five point guards, while Davis was tabbed as one of the nation's best five centers.
SHOWING A LOT OF CLASS
Prior to the start of the regular season, senior Angel Goodrich was named one of 30 national finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
A NATIONAL LEADER
Senior Angel Goodrich entered this season as the reigning national champion in assists per game. Goodrich paced the Jayhawks with a school and Big 12 record 250 assists last season, or 7.4 per game. Goodrich currently averages 6.6 assists per game, which ranks third in the Big 12 Conference and No. 11 nationally.
THAT 70's SHOW
Kansas' success during the Bonnie Henrickson-era has been pretty much based on 70 points. When the Jayhawks score 70 or more points, Kansas owns a 95-10 record (.905) during her tenure. When KU opponents score less than 70 points, the Jayhawks are 130-68 (.657) during that span.
When Carolyn Davis scores 20 or more points in a game, the Jayhawks usually come out on top. Davis has 31 20-point efforts in her career and KU boasts a 26-5 (.839) record in those contests.
WHAT DOES FIVE DIMES EQUAL?
In addition to being 50 cents, five dimes from Angel Goodrich in a game also equals a good chance for a Kansas victory. Goodrich has collected five or more assists 76 times in her career with the Jayhawks and KU was victorious in 52 of those games for a .684 winning percentage.
HOW SWEET IT IS
Kansas returned to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 last season for the first time since 1998. It marked the third time in school history that the Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 and was Kansas' 12th NCAA Tournament appearance.
PLAN FOR POSTSEASON
Faithful followers of the Kansas women's basketball program have learned to plan for postseason play. In Bonnie Henrickson's eight previous seasons with the Jayhawks, KU has advanced to postseason play six times, including five straight. In fact, in Henrickson's head coaching career, she has led her team to postseason play 13 times in 15 seasons.
How does a top-25 program stay in the national polls? Sign a top-25 recruiting class. That's exactly what head coach Bonnie Henrickson and her staff did during the early signing period, inking the No. 14-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, and the top among Big 12 Conference schools. The class also ranked No. 25 nationally by Blue Star Basketball. The Jayhawks signed Jada Brown (6-0, F, Las Vegas, Nev.), Dakota Gonzalez (6-0, G, Pocatello, Idaho), Dylan Gonzalez (6-0, G, Pocatello, Idaho), Caelynn Manning-Allen (6-4, F, Chicago, Ill.) and Keyla Morgan (5-8, G, Rancho Dominguez, Calif.).