The Kansas women's basketball, winners in three of its last five games, will return to Allen Fieldhouse Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip against West Virginia in Big 12 Conference action.
West Virginia was tabbed to finish tied for second in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches. The Mountaineers received one first-place vote.
HOME SWEET HOME
Kansas is now in its 45th season playing at Allen Fieldhouse and head coach Bonnie Henrickson has built the venue into a home-court advantage for the Jayhawks. Since 2004-05, KU has posted a 110-47 record (.701) at home. Kansas owns a 398-212 (.652) all-time record on James Naismith Court at Allen Fieldhouse.
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 3,757 points scored.
THE THREE'S AREN'T FALLING
Kansas opened up Big 12 Conference play this season with an impressive 6-for-11 (.545) three-point shooting effort against Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse. Since then, the Jayhawks have only had two games where they shot 40 percent or better from beyond the arc. Over the last nine league games, KU is shooting 29.3 from three (46-for-157).
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.
HAVEN'T SEEN THIS SINCE THE 29¢ STAMP
Kansas is hosting West Virginia for the first time as a Big 12 Conference meeting. The last time WVU visited Allen Fieldhouse was in 1992. A lot has changed since then. Bill Clinton was elected president and compact discs surpassed cassette tapes as the preferred medium for recorded music. Johnny Carson was hosting the "Tonight Show" for a final time, while "Silence of the Lambs" claimed the Oscar for best picture. Also, a text-based web browser was made available to the public - called the World Wide Web.
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. Gardner ranks second in the conference with a 57.9 field goal percentage, while Davis is third at 56.6 percent. Davis is also No. 6 nationally, while Gardner does not currently average enough made field goals per game to qualify for the national rankings.
FILLING THE BOYD
As of late, Asia Boyd is filling it up from three-point range. Boyd only has 10 three-pointers on the season, but six have come in the last three games and eight have been made in Big 12 Conference play.
HARPER HITS HER MARKS
With the ACL injury to Natalie Knight, CeCe Harper has started each of the last two games. The KU junior responded with a career-best seven assists over 37 minutes of action in the double-overtime win at Kansas State (Feb. 2). At Baylor (Feb. 6), Harper led the Jayhawks in scoring with 11 points.
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 37.1 percent from three-point range (13-for-35) at Allen Fieldhouse. But in league road games, the Kansas senior is shooting 13.6 percent (3-for-22) 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 10 times this campaign and boast a 4-6 (.400) 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 10 league contests, after posting 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 9.0 points and 6.0 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 38 points and her free throw success rate by 159 percentage points.
MOVING ON UP
With her six points at Baylor Wednesday, senior Carolyn Davis has scored 1,630 career points and is in sole possession of ninth place on the charts. The KU senior now needs eight points to surpass Crystal Kemp (1,637) for the No. 8 position.
OVERTIME IS HER TIME
KU closed January with its first overtime game of the season and then opened February with another. Both were victories and that shouldn't surprise anyone considering head coach Bonnie Henrickson has dominated the extra period with the Jayhawks. During her tenure, Henrickson is 13-3 (.813) in OT games.
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 661 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 26 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. 31 nationally with 3.0 steals per game.
OFFENSE GOES THROUGH GOODRICH
Point guard Angel Goodrich has with 282 points this season and 135 assists. By calculating two points for every assist, Goodrich is directly responsible for a total of 552 of Kansas' 1,442 points, which comes out to 38.4 percent of the Jayhawks' scoring.
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.
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 6.4 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.
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.).