The Kansas women's basketball team has won three of its last four games and is once again boasting a winning record in Big 12 Conference play, but the Jayhawks will have quite the challenge Wednesday, as KU travels to No. 1 Baylor for a 7 p.m., contest at the Farrell Center.
Senior Brittney Griner was also tabbed to repeat as the Big 12 Player of the Year, after winning the national player of the year last season.
OVERTIME IS HER TIME
For the first time this season, Kansas went into overtime in each of its last two games. The overtime victories shouldn't surprise anyone considering Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson has dominated the extra period with the Jayhawks. During her tenure, Henrickson is 13-3 (.813) in OT games.
WELL THAT'S A FIRST
The back-to-back overtime games Kansas played last week marked the first time in Kansas history that the team played successive overtime 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 3,745 points scored.
When Carolyn Davis scores 20 or more points in a game, the Jayhawks usually come out on top. Davis has 32 20-point efforts in her career and KU boasts a 27-5 (.844) record in those contests.
POSTS WITH THE MOST
Senior Carolyn Davis and sophomore Chelsea Gardner make more shots than they miss and the duo is among the best in the league for field goal accuracy. Davis ranks second in the conference with a 58.4 field goal percentage, while Gardner is third at 57.8 percent. Davis is also No. 6 nationally.
GOOD(RICH) AS GOLD
Over the last two games, senior Angel Goodrich has had impeccable timing to sink her first three-point field goal. After missing her first six treys against Iowa State (Jan. 30), Goodrich sank a three-point field goal with 16 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. At Kansas State (Feb. 2), Goodrich missed her first three-point try, but with 10 seconds left in the first overtime sank a trey to force the second overtime.
FILLING THE BOYD
As of late, Asia Boyd is filling it up from three-point range. Boyd only has eight three-pointers on the season, but four have come in the last two games and six have been made in Big 12 Conference play.
HARPER HITS HER MARKS
With the ACL injury to Natalie Knight, CeCe Harper earned her first starting assignment of the season at Kansas State on Feb. 2. Harper responded with a career-best seven assists over 37 minutes of action. She has been a big lift offensively as well, scoring in nine of the last 10 games.
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.
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.
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 22 swats in nine league contests, which already tops her nine rejections during non-conference action.
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 9.1 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 37 points and her free throw success rate by 159 percentage points.
MOVING ON UP
With her 29 points at Kansas State on Saturday, senior Carolyn Davis has scored 1,624 career points and is in sole possession of ninth place on the charts. The KU senior now needs 14 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 657 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 30 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 is second in the Big 12 Conference in steals per game and she also ranks No. 31 nationally with 3.0 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. 14 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 98-10 record (.907) during her tenure. When KU opponents score less than 70 points, the Jayhawks are 131-69 (.655) during that span.
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 81 times in her career with the Jayhawks and KU was victorious in 55 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.)