The Kansas women's basketball team will continue its homestand Saturday night when the Jayhawks host #12/11 Oklahoma State inside Allen Fieldhouse at 8 p.m.
Oklahoma State was tabbed to finish tied for seventh in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches.
SENIOR CLASS GOES 3G
With 20 points against Texas on Jan. 23, senior Angel Goodrich became the 26th player in Kansas history to score 1,000 career points. 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. This year's senior class is now eyeing 4G with a combined 3,630 points scored.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A GAME MAKES
Over the first five Big 12 Conference games this season, Kansas shot a combined 19-for-70 (.271) from three-point range. Wednesday night in the 76-38 win over Texas, the Jayhawks matched their season-high for threes in a game with 10, while shooting 47.6 percent from beyond the arc. In addition, KU had six different players sink a trey which was also a season-high.
A HISTORIC WIN
Kansas' 76-38 win over Texas Wednesday night will go down in the record book for a couple of reasons. The 38-point winning margin was the largest in Kansas history since the Big 12 Conference formed. In addition, KU only allowed 12 first-half points, another best in Big 12 play for the Jayhawks.
GETTING SOME BENCH WORK
Kansas' bench has proven to be an asset this season, especially over the last seven games. During that span, KU's bench has outscored its opponent's bench in each game by a combined 134-69 margin. On the season, KU subs have scored 347 points, or 20.4 per game, while the opposing bench has totaled 225.
Sophomore guard Natalie Knight claimed the top post in the Big 12 Conference stats for assist-to-turnover ratio after her six-assist, zero-turnover game at California. However, Knight posted an uncharacteristic three-game performance with three assists and five turnovers. Since then, Knight has turned it around and once again leads the Big 12 with a 4.3 assist-to-turnover ratio after posting 13 assists and only committing one turnover in the last three games combined.
For the second time this season, senior Monica Engelman posted back-to-back double-digit scoring games with 12 points at Texas Tech (Jan. 19) and 11 points against Texas (Jan. 23). Engelman has scored double-figures in three of the six Big 12 games this season.
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.
GARDNER FOR THE BLOCK AND THE STEAL
Since starting Big 12 Conference play, sophomore Chelsea Gardner has been in the center of the lane for the block. Gardner has posted 11 swats in six league contests, which already tops her nine rejections during non-conference action. Against Texas Wednesday night, Gardner also added a career-best six steals to her defensive repertoire.
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.
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 8.6 points and 5.9 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 nine points and her free throw success rate by 213 percentage points.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
In the 12 Kansas victories this season, the Jayhawks have held their opponents to 36.1 percent shooting from the field and posted an +9.0 rebounding advantage. However, in the five losses, KU opponents are shooting 45.7 percent and the Jayhawks have a -10.2 rebounding deficit.
MOVING ON UP
Senior Carolyn Davis tossed in 18 points against Texas on Jan. 23, and forced a tie in Kansas' all-time record books for the No. 9 spot in career scoring. Davis knotted Charisse Sampson for the spot, as both Jayhawks have 1,568 career points. The KU senior now needs 70 points to surpass Crystal Kemp (1,637) for the No. 8 position.
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 636 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 51 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. 30 nationally with 3.0 steals per game.
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 6.5 assists per game, which ranks third in the Big 12 Conference and No. 12 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 96-10 record (.906) during her tenure. When KU opponents score less than 70 points, the Jayhawks are 131-68 (.658) 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 78 times in her career with the Jayhawks and KU was victorious in 53 of those games for a .679 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.).