The Redhawks won their lone exhibition, 68-62, over Southern Indiana.
POINT OF EMPHASIS
Last season, Kansas ranked last in the Big 12 Conference for defensive field goal percentage, at 40.6 percent. Through early season interviews and media days, head coach Bonnie Henrickson and the Jayhawks have talked about team defense being a point of emphasis. That effort showed in the early season. KU had solid defensive efforts during exhibition play and then held Idaho State to 21.8 percent shooting in the season opener.
NOT IN OUR LEAGUE
The Jayhawks have compiled an impressive record outside the Big 12 Conference in regular-season play. KU owns a 316-147 (.683) record versus non-conference opponents. The Jayhawks' best non-conference record came during the 2005-06 season when they posted a perfect 11-0 mark during the regular season and added another out-of-conference win during the 2006 WNIT. KU is 57-10 (.851) in non-conference play over the last five-plus seasons.
The Kansas defense made life difficult for the Idaho State offense Sunday afternoon. The Jayhawks limited the Bengals to only 11 first-half points, marking the third-lowest first-half point total in KU history and the lowest in the Bonnie Henrickson-era. Idaho State finished the game with 36 points, which tied the sixth-lowest game total by an opponent in Kansas history.
In the first three public appearances for Kansas this season, including the two exhibition games, Jayhawk opponents have failed to surpass the 50-point milestone. KU held its two exhibition foes to point totals of 35 and 43, while the Jayhawks held Idaho State to only 36 points in the season opener.
FIRST WADE, NOW WOODEN
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, as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The Kansas duo has also been tabbed for John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top-30 List, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Kansas opened the 2012-13 season by cleaning the glass. The Jayhawks collected 51 rebounds, equalling their season-high from a season ago, in a total team effort. KU had eight players post at least four rebounds apiece - Chelsea Gardner (9), Carolyn Davis (8), Tania Jackson (7), Bunny Williams (4), Angel Goodrich (4), Monica Engelman (4), Asia Boyd (4) and CeCe Harper (4).
START ME UP
With the season-opening win over Idaho State, Kansas finds itself off to a 1-0 start to a season for the eighth time in Bonnie Henrickson's nine seasons. Against Southeast Missouri State, the Jayhawks will look for a 2-0 start, which has happened six times in the previous eight seasons.
MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFT
The senior writers of espnW collaborated and came up with the top-five players in the nation today 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.
DOWNING THE OVC
The game against Southeast Missouri State will mark Kansas' fifth all-time contest against the current members of the Ohio Valley Conference. In the previous four matchups, the Jayhawks boast a perfect 4-0 mark, with single victories over Austin Peay State, Eastern Illinois, SIU Edwardsville and Tennessee Martin.
CRACKIN' THE POLLS
The Kansas women's basketball team will open the 2012-13 season ranked No. 25 nationally, according to the USA Today Coaches Top-25 Poll. The Jayhawks just missed being a part of the first Associated Press Top-25 poll, which was released on Oct. 27. The Jayhawks collected 90 votes, which were just 14 votes shy of No. 25-ranked DePaul.
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 upcoming campaign.
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.
Senior Angel Goodrich ended the 2011-12 season with All-Big 12 Second Team honors, but heading into the 2012-13 campaign the league coaches pegged Goodrich as one of the top-five players in the conference. In addition to Goodrich earned 2012-13 All-Big 12 Preseason honors, KU's Carolyn Davis received honorable mention accolades.
Head coach Bonnie Henrickson now only needs three victories to post 300 wins in her career. Henrickson has amassed 139 victories at Kansas to go along with her previous 158 wins at Virginia Tech.
JOIN THE CLUB
Another milestone to watch for is that of Monica Engelman. The Kansas senior now has 927 career points scored and with 73 more tallies will become the 25th player in Kansas history to join the 1,000-point club. Since the table is set, also keep an eye on Angel Goodrich, who enters the campaign needing 212 points to join the club.
HOME SWEET HOME
Kansas is now 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 100-45 record (.690) at home. Kansas owns a 388-210 (.649) all-time record on James Naismith Court at Allen Fieldhouse.
A NATIONAL LEADER
Senior Angel Goodrich enters the new campaign 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.
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 90-9 record (.909) in her eight previous seasons. When KU opponents score less than 70 points, the Jayhawks are 120-67 (.642) during that span.
Sophomore Chelsea Gardner's first season at Kansas was one of growth. In her first 22 games with the Jayhawks, Gardner averaged 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest. However, in her last eight games, including three in the NCAA Tournament, Gardner erupted with 9.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
When Carolyn Davis scores 20 or more points in a game, the Jayhawks usually come out on top. Davis has 27 20-point efforts in her career and KU boasts a 22-5 (.815) record in those contests.
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 64 times in her career with the Jayhawks and KU was victorious in 44 of those games.
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.
RACE TO THE HALF
A regulation game is 40 minutes in length, but in Bonnie Henrickson's tenure at Kansas the Jayhawks' fate can usually be decided the game's first 20 minutes. During that stretch, Kansas owns a 113-27 (.807) record when leading at the half. Conversely, the Jayhawks are 19-89 (.176) when trailing at the intermission.
SOME LINDY LOVE
Kansas' Angel Goodrich opens the 2012-13 season as a member of Lindy's Preseason All-America Third Team, according to the annual publication. Goodrich was one of only 15 student-athletes to be recognized on the preseason all-America teams.