Head coach Jen Hoover is in her first season after serving as the head coach at High Point last season.
NOT IN OUR LEAGUE
The Jayhawks have compiled an impressive record outside the Big 12 Conference in regular-season play. KU owns a 317-147 (.683) record versus non-conference opponents. The Jayhawks are currently riding a 45-game win streak against non-conference foes at Allen Fieldhouse in the regular season. KU has not lost a regular-season, non-conference game since falling 72-63 to Xavier on Dec. 31, 2006.
Wade and Wooden Awards candidate Carolyn Davis has seen controlled minutes as she works her way back from her season-ending knee injury last season. As a result, Davis is averaging just 19.5 minutes per game so far this season and is almost averaging a point per minute with 18.5 points per game. By prorating her production over 40 minutes, Davis would be averaging 37.9 points per game for the Jayhawks.
Head coach Bonnie Henrickson now only needs two victories to post 300 wins in her career. Henrickson has amassed 140 victories at Kansas to go along with her previous 158 wins at Virginia Tech.
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 in its first two games and has held its opponents to 29.7 percent shooting from the field.
Rebounding appears to be another point of emphasis for Kansas. Through two games, KU has four players averaging five or more rebounds per game. What is even more impressive is their numbers over prorated minutes. If they were logging 40 minutes per game, Chelsea Gardner (16.6), Tania Jackson (16.0), Monica Engelman (11.1) and Carolyn Davis (10.3) would all be averaging double-digit boards.
Junior Tania Jackson came off the bench against Southeast Missouri State and posted the third double-double of her career. Powered by a career-best 13 rebounds, Jackson added 12 points to spark the Jayhawks in the second half. Despite her reserve role in the first two games, Jackson now leads Kansas in rebounding with 10 boards per game.
SHE GIVETH and SHE TAKETH AWAY
Senior Angel Goodrich led the Jayhawks against Southeast Missouri State with eight assists and five steals. That effort marked the 37th game in her career where she posted the team high in assists and steals in the same game.
MY, MY MONICA
Senior Monica Engelman has been hitting the glass so far this season. The Jayhawk guard raked in four offensive rebounds in the season opener and then responded with a career-best 11 caroms Wednesday night against Southeast Missouri State. Engelman is averaging 7.5 boards per game this season and has seven offensive rebounds and eight on the defensive side.
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.
START ME UP
With a pair of season-opening wins, Kansas finds itself off to a 2-0 start to a season for the eighth time in Bonnie Henrickson's nine seasons. Against Wake Forest, the Jayhawks will look for a 3-0 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 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.
CRACKIN' THE POLLS
After opening the season ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Top-25 Poll, the Jayhawks remained in that spot after week one. KU also held court in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll where the Jayhawks were the top team receiving votes in the preseason poll and in the same spot after the first week of action.
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 2012-13 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, KU's Carolyn Davis received honorable mention accolades.
JOIN THE CLUB
Another milestone to watch for is that of Monica Engelman. The Kansas senior now has 929 career points scored and with 71 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 195 points to join the club.
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 101-45 record (.692) at home. Kansas owns a 389-210 (.649) all-time record on James Naismith Court at Allen Fieldhouse.
A NATIONAL LEADER
Senior Angel Goodrich enters 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 5.5 assists per game through two games, thanks to her eight assist effort against Southeast Missouri State.
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 121-67 (.644) during that span.
When Carolyn Davis scores 20 or more points in a game, the Jayhawks usually come out on top. Davis has 28 20-point efforts in her career and KU boasts a 23-5 (.821) 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 65 times in her career with the Jayhawks and KU was victorious in 45 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 114-27 (.809) record when leading at the half. Conversely, the Jayhawks are 19-89 (.176) when trailing at the intermission.
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, Nevada), 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.).