The Kansas women's basketball team will play its second game in two days, as the Jayhawks square off against No. 2-seeded Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Saturday at 6:05 p.m., at American Airlines Arena in Dallas.
Iowa State was tabbed to finish sixth in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches.
Kansas sophomore Chelsea Gardner posted her third double-double of the season and the fourth of her career with 11 points and 19 rebounds against TCU in the first round of the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Gardner's 19 rebounds established a new career high and tied Lynn Pride's performance against Baylor in 1997 for the best-rebounding effort by a Jayhawk in the Big 12 Championship. Gardner's 16 defensive boards marked the second-most ever in Big 12 Championship play.
Over the last five games, Kansas has been scorching hot from three-point range. KU is shooting a combined 38-for-91 (.418) from beyond the arc. Junior CeCe Harper is leading the way with a 8-for-12 (.667) effort over the five games. Senior Monica Engelman is also hot from trey, sinking 11-of-18 (.611).
POINTS TO GO AROUND
In Friday's victory over TCU, Kansas had five players score in double digits. It marked the first time in 11 games (at Kansas State - Feb. 2) that the Jayhawks had that kind of balanced scoring. Angel Goodrich led the way with 16 points, while Carolyn Davis and Asia Boyd each scored 12 apiece. Chelsea Gardner added 11 points and Markisha Hawkins chipped in 10.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
For the first time this season, senior point guard Angel Goodrich did not commit a single turnover in a game. Goodrich finished Friday's TCU game with eight assists and zero turnovers. It was Goodrich's first turnover-free game since Dec. 8, 2011, when she had five assists and no turnovers against Wisconsin. During her career, Goodrich now has 31 assists and only eight turnovers at the Big 12 Championship.
Senior Carolyn Davis has had some success in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. In four games, Davis is averaging 16.3 points per game, while shooting an impeccable 25-for-32 (.781) from the field
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 versus top-50 RPI teams. This year, KU was 17-12 after the regular season and 8-10 in Big 12, with an RPI at 54, strength of schedule at 15 and a 4-10 record against top-50 RPI teams. Pretty similar.
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.
PUT IT ON THE BOARD
Over the last eight games, Kansas has not had a lot of trouble putting some points on the board. In fact, KU is averaging 76.5 points per game during the stretch, including an 83-point effort against TCU in the first round of the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Friday night's point total was the most ever by Kansas in the Big 12 Championship.
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 4,184 points scored.
HAWK SWOOPS IN
Junior Markisha Hawkins entered the Oklahoma (March 2) game with 11 points scored on the season. After the last three games, Hawkins now has 47 after scoring 36 points in her last two games. The junior college transfer scored a career-best 15 points against TCU on Tuesday.
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 735 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).
TWICE IS NICE
With a season-best, 12-assist performance Tuesday against TCU, followed by an eight-assist effort Friday against the Horned Frogs, senior Angel Goodrich pushed her season total to 209. 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, in fact she has the top two. The KU point guard collected a school and Big 12 Conference record 250 assists last season. Lisa Braddy tallied 207 assists in 1987-88.
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 eight games, Engelman is averaging 16.1 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 1,779 career points and 739 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 one more block 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 425 points this season and 209 assists. By calculating two points for every assist, Goodrich is directly responsible for a total of 843 of Kansas' 2,110 points, which comes out to 40.0 percent of the Jayhawks' scoring.
MOVING ON UP
With her 12 points against TCU, senior Carolyn Davis has scored 1,779 career points and is in sole possession of sixth place on the all-time scoring charts. The KU senior now needs eight points to surpass Vickie Adkins (1,786) for the No. 5 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 four 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 7.0 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 102-13 record (.887) during her tenure. When KU opponents score less than 70 points, the Jayhawks are 133-69 (.658) 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.).