For the second time in three days, the Kansas women's basketball team will face TCU on the hardwood. This time however, the stakes are much higher. The No. 7-seeded Jayhawks will open the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with a first round game against the No. 10-seeded Horned Frogs. The game is scheduled to tip at 8:30 p.m.
TCU was tabbed to finish 10th in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches.
Three days prior to Friday night's first-round game, Kansas and TCU ended the Big 12 Conference regular season on the hardwood at Allen Fieldhouse. This time only the winner advances. KU posted a 2-0 mark against TCU this season with a one-point victory in Fort Worth and a seven-point win in Lawrence.
Down the home stretch of the regular season, Kansas got great offensive play from its senior class - Carolyn Davis, Monica Engelman and Angel Goodrich. Over the last seven games, the Jayhawk seniors have combined to score 361 points. During that span, KU as a team has scored 529 points with the seniors contributing 68.2 percent of the scoring.
SENIOR CLASS IS NOW 4G
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 also went 4G with a combined 4,147 points scored.
FIRST WADE, WOODEN, LIEBERMAN, MEYERS DRYSDALE AND NOW NAISMITH
Kansas senior Angel Goodrich is being watched by everyone. The 5-foot-4 point guard is on the watch and finalist lists for the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award, Lieberman Award, Meyers Drysdale Award and the Naismith Award.
HAWK SWOOPS IN
Junior Markisha Hawkins entered the Oklahoma (March 2) game with 10 points scored in Big 12 play. After the last two games, Hawkins now has 36 after scoring 26 points in her last two games. The junior college transfer scored a career-best 15 points against TCU on Tuesday night.
DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN?
Last season, before Kansas made its NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 run, the Jayhawks were tabbed as a bubble team. KU ended the regular season with a 19-11 record and a 8-10 mark in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks also boasted a 47 RPI, were ranked No. 22 in strength of schedule and owned a 3-8 mark against teams ranked in the top-50 in RPI. This year, KU is 17-12 overall and 8-10 in the league. The RPI is 54, strength of schedule is 15 and the record against top-50 RPI teams is 4-10. Pretty similar.
THE BEST OF ALL DIMES AND ONE OF THE BEST IN BIG 12 HISTORY
Senior Angel Goodrich dished out 10 assists on Feb. 17 against Oklahoma and became Kansas' all-time career assist leader in the process. Goodrich surpassed Lisa Braddy, whose 686 assists owned the school mark since 1990. Goodrich now has 727 career assists and became the eighth player in Big 12 Conference history to post 700 or more career assists. Goodrich ranks fourth in Big 12 history behind Erin Grant (844 - Texas Tech), Shalee Lehning (800 - K-State) and Stacey Dales (764 - Oklahoma).
HORNIN' THE FROGS
Seniors Carolyn Davis and Monica Engelman have had great success against TCU in the two previous meetings this season. Davis is averaging 23 points per game over the two games, while shooting 15-for-23 (.652) from the field and averaging 12 rebounds per game. Engelman is posting 20 points per contest, thanks to a 5-for-12 (.417) effort on threes. Kansas also owns a +17.5 edge in rebounding margin over the two meetings and has collected a combined 41 offensive rebounds.
PROTECT THE PERIMETER
Over the 29 games this season, Kansas has allowed double-digit three-point makes only twice. However, it was to the same team - TCU. The Horned Frogs sank 12 threes in the first game at Fort Worth and followed with a 10-trey make effort Tuesday in Lawrence.
TWICE IS NICE
With a season-best, 12-assist performance Tuesday night against TCU, senior Angel Goodrich pushed her season total to 201. As a result, it became just the third time in Kansas history a player has posted 200 or more assists in a single season. But Goodrich, has two of the three. The KU point guard collected a school and Big 12 Conference record 250 assists last season. Lisa Braddy tallied 207 assists during the 1987-88 campaign.
Over the last four games, Kansas has been scorching hot from three-point range. KU is shooting a combined 31-for-74 (.419) from beyond the arc. Junior CeCe Harper is leading the way with a 7-for-8 (.875) effort over the four games. Senior Monica Engelman is also hot from trey, sinking 9-of-16 (.563).
GOING FOR 30
Senior Angel Goodrich sank a career-best 31 points at Texas (Feb. 21), which was the first 30-point effort by a Jayhawk in over a year. The last 30-point scoring game for KU was Carolyn Davis' 34-point effort against Texas Tech last season at Allen Fieldhouse (Jan. 25, 2012). Goodrich's 31 points were the highest individual scoring effort by any of the Jayhawks this season.
Senior Monica Engelman poured in a career-high 26 points at TCU, including 18 in the second half, and followed that performance with a 21-point game against Oklahoma in Allen Fieldhouse. The back-to-back 20-point games marked the first by Engelman since Dec. 19, 2010. Over the last seven games, Engelman is averaging 17.1 points per outing, while posting three 20-point scoring efforts.
With her 23 points and eight rebounds at Texas (Feb. 20), senior Carolyn Davis joined the elite 1,700-point and 700 rebound club at Kansas. She is only the seventh member, joining Lynette Woodard, Adrian Mitchell, Angela Aycock, Danielle McCray, Vickie Adkins and Lynn Pride. Davis now has 1,767 career points and 730 career boards.
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, Chelsea Gardner, Natalie Knight, CeCe Harper and Angel Goodrich.
GARDNER FOR THE BLOCK
Since starting Big 12 play, sophomore Chelsea Gardner has been in the center of the lane for the block. Gardner posted 39 swats in league play, after posting nine rejections during non-conference action. She ranks fourth in the league for Big 12 games only with 2.2 blocks per game. She needs two more blocks to crack the Kansas top-10 for blocks in a single season.
When Carolyn Davis scores 20 or more points in a game, the Jayhawks usually come out on top. Davis has 35 20-point efforts in her career and KU boasts a 29-6 (.829) record in those contests.
OFFENSE GOES THROUGH GOODRICH
Point guard Angel Goodrich has 409 points this season and 201 assists. By calculating two points for every assist, Goodrich is directly responsible for a total of 811 of Kansas' 2,027 points, which comes out to 40.0 percent of the Jayhawks' scoring.
MOVING ON UP
With her 27 points against TCU, senior Carolyn Davis has scored 1,767 career points and is in sole possession of seventh place on the all-time scoring charts. The KU senior now needs eight points to surpass Lynn Pride (1,774) for the No. 6 position.
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 the all-time career leader at Kansas, while Davis is also 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. 26 nationally with 3.0 steals per game. Goodrich needs just six more steals to crack into the top-10 of the Kansas' single-season record book.
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
Angel Goodrich entered this season as the reigning national champion in assists per game. She paced the Jayhawks with a school and Big 12 record 250 assists last season, or 7.4 per game. Goodrich currently averages 6.9 assists per game, which ranks second in the Big 12 and No. 7 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 101-13 record (.886) during her tenure. When KU opponents score less than 70 points, the Jayhawks are 132-69 (.657) during that span.
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.).