Pink will fill Allen Fieldhouse, as the Kansas women's basketball team welcomes Big 12 Conference foe No. 22/19 Oklahoma for the annual "Jayhawks for a Cure" game Sunday at 1:40 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Oklahoma was tabbed to finish tied for second in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll with West Virginia, as voted on by the league's head coaches.
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 12 times this campaign and boast a 5-7 (.417) mark, including an 18-point comeback against Iowa State (Jan. 30) and a 23-point come-from-behind win at TCU (Feb. 13).
Senior Monica Engelman poured in a career-high 26 points Wednesday at TCU, including 18 in the second half, which triggered a 23-point come-from-behind victory for the Jayhawks. It marked her ninth double-digit scoring effort this season that was spurred by a 9-for-16 shooting performance.
DAVIS DOUBLES DOWN
For the second-straight game, senior Carolyn Davis collected a double-double in points and rebounds. Davis hauled in 19 points and added 13 boards at TCU Wednesday for her third double-double of the season and the 21st of her career. Davis is averaging 12.0 rebounds per game over her last two contests.
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 only 160 points shy of going 4G with a combined 3,840 points scored.
Sophomore Chelsea Gardner gathered a career-best 18 rebounds in Wednesday's one-point win at TCU. The total was her highest since grabbing 16 boards in the first round NCAA Tournament win over Nebraska last season. Gardner now has three double-digit rebounding efforts this season and five in her career.
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 11 league games, KU is shooting 26.7 percent from three (53-for-199).
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. Gardner ranks second in the conference with a 57.1 field goal percentage, while Davis is fourth at 55.6 percent. Davis is also No. 12 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 14 three-pointers on the season, but 10 have come in the last five games and 12 have been made in Big 12 Conference play.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
In Big 12 Conference games, senior Angel Goodrich is shooting 32.5 percent from three-point range (13-for-40) at Allen Fieldhouse. But in league road games, the Kansas senior is shooting 12.5 percent (3-for-24) on treys.
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 this season. Monica Engelman is the most recent member with a career-best 26 points at TCU on Feb. 13. Joining Engelman as 20-point scorers are Carolyn Davis, Monica Engelman, Chelsea Gardner, Natalie Knight, 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 31 swats in 12 league contests, after posting nine rejections during non-conference action. She ranks third in the league for Big 12 games only with 2.6 blocks per game.
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 6.4 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 30 points and her free throw success rate by 1115 percentage points.
MOVING ON UP
With her 19 points at TCU, senior Carolyn Davis has scored 1,663 career points and is in sole possession of eighth place on the all-time scoring charts. The KU senior now needs 27 points to surpass Tamecka Dixon (1,689) for the No. 7 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 677 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 10 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. 27 nationally with 3.1 steals per game.
OFFENSE GOES THROUGH GOODRICH
Point guard Angel Goodrich has 300 points this season and 151 assists. By calculating two points for every assist, Goodrich is directly responsible for a total of 602 of Kansas' 1,574 points, which comes out to 38.2 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 6.6 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 99-10 record (.908) 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.).