The Kansas women's basketball will look to post its first victory at Kansas State since 2001, when the Jayhawks travel to Manhattan, Kan., for the final regular-season meeting between the Sunflower Showdown rivals Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m., and the contest will be televised on MetroSports and Cox 22.
K-State was tabbed to finish ninth in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches.
OVERTIME IS HER TIME
For the first time this season, Kansas went into overtime in its last game out and posted a 78-75 win over Iowa State. The victory shouldn't surprise anyone considering Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson has dominated the extra period with the Jayhawks. During her tenure, Henrickson is 12-3 (.800) in OT games.
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 3,693 points scored.
DAVIS IS DEAD-ON
Senior Carolyn Davis has long been on the path of being the most-accurate shooter in Kansas history. That's why it is only fitting that Davis is second in the Big 12 Conference standings for field goal percentage this season. Through 19 games, Davis is shooting 59.5 percent from the field which only trails Baylor's Brittney Griner (59.7) in the Big 12 Conference.
IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME
Everyone likes to be at home, but no one is enjoying it more than senior Angel Goodrich. In Big 12 Conference games, Goodrich is shooting 37.5 percent from three-point range (12-for-32) at Allen Fieldhouse. But in league road games, the Kansas senior is shooting 14.3 percent (2-for-14) on treys.
A HISTORIC WIN
Kansas' 76-38 win over Texas on Jan. 23 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.
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 nine times this campaign and boast a 4-5 (.444) mark.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
In Wednesday's game against Iowa State, Kansas trailed by 18 points at the 8:56 mark in the second half. The Jayhawks finished the game with a 30-12 run to force overtime, in which they eventually won, 78-75. Last season, in Allen Fieldhouse, against Iowa State, Kansas overcame a 13-point second-half deficit with 9:30 left in the regulation to post a 74-67 double-overtime victory over the visiting Cyclones.
SIX SCORE AND ...
A group of 20 units is known as a score and KU has six different players on its roster who have grouped together 20 points or more in a single game during their respective careers. Natalie Knight is the most recent member with a career-best 21 points against Iowa State on Jan. 30. Joining Knight as 20-point scorers are Carolyn Davis, Monica Engelman, Chelsea Gardner, CeCe Harper and Angel Goodrich.
GARDNER FOR THE BLOCK
Since starting Big 12 Conference play, sophomore Chelsea Gardner has been in the center of the lane for the block. Gardner has posted 18 swats in eight league contests, which already tops her nine rejections during non-conference action.
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 8.5 points and 6.2 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 14 points and her free throw success rate by 156 percentage points.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
In the 13 Kansas victories this season, the Jayhawks have held their opponents to 36.7 percent shooting from the field and posted an +8.5 rebounding advantage. However, in the six losses, KU opponents are shooting 44.8 percent and the Jayhawks have a -9.7 rebounding deficit.
MOVING ON UP
With her 15 points against Iowa State Wednesday night, senior Carolyn Davis has scored 1,595 career points and is in sole possession of ninth place on the charts. The KU senior now needs 43 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 652 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 35 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.
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.
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. 39 nationally with 3.1 steals per game.
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. 16 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 97-10 record (.907) during her tenure. When KU opponents score less than 70 points, the Jayhawks are 131-69 (.655) 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 80 times in her career with the Jayhawks and KU was victorious in 54 of those games for a .675 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.).