Prairie View A&M was tabbed to finish first in the SWAC Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches. The Lady Panthers also placed two on the preseason all-conference team in Kiara Etienne and Latia Williams.
NOT IN OUR LEAGUE
The Jayhawks have compiled an impressive record outside the Big 12 Conference in regular-season play. KU owns a 323-148 (.686) record versus non-conference opponents. The Jayhawks are currently riding a 50-game win streak against non-conference foes at Allen Fieldhouse in the regular season. KU has not lost a regular-season, non-conference home game since falling, 72-63, to Xavier on Dec. 31, 2006.
Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson has fared well in the month of December. The Jayhawks have posted a 44-15 (.746) record during the calendar's final month during her tenure.
FRONT OF THE LINE
Senior Carolyn Davis has been to the free throw line more than any other Jayhawk this season, in fact, 18 more times. Davis actually has more free throw makes (24) than any other KU player has attempts.
For the third time this season, Kansas will host a member school from the Southwestern Athletic Conference. KU defeated Alabama A&M, 76-59, on Nov. 23 and dropped Grambling State, 101-47, on Nov. 28. With those victories, the Jayhawks are now 13-1 (.929) all-time against current members of the SWAC. KU's lone SWAC loss came at the hands of Jackson State in a 68-52 loss at Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 21, 1981.
National player of the year candidate Carolyn Davis has seen controlled minutes during the early part of the season as she works her way back from her season-ending knee injury last year. As a result, Davis is averaging just 22.9 minutes per game and is nearly posting a point per minute with 16.2 points per game. By prorating her production over 40 minutes, Davis would be averaging 28.3 points per game for KU.
As the Kansas campus community is in the midst of another "finals week," head coach Bonnie Henrickson has to be pretty pleased with how her KU teams over the years have also kept their focus on the court before and after the week-long testing period. During her tenure, the Jayhawks sport an 8-1 record in games prior to "finals week" and 7-1 in contests following for a combined 15-2 (.882) mark.
Sophomore Chelsea Gardner became the fourth player on the Kansas roster to post 20 or more points in a collegiate game when she tossed in a career-best 26 points against Grambling State. Gardner also added 10 rebounds to record the second double-double of her career. Against Minnesota, Gardner came off the bench and scored 14 points. In her last four games combined, Gardner is averaging 16.3 points per contest, along with 7.0 rebounds per game. She also shot a combined 29-for-39 (.744) from the field.
A KNIGHT'S TALE
Sophomore Natalie Knight does all the little things that often go unnoticed, but one thing is for sure, Kansas is at its best when she is on the floor. Through nine games, Knight leads the Jayhawks with a +14.78 plus-minus rating, which means that KU scores nearly 15 more points than its opponent per game when Knight is playing.
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 106-45 record (.702) at home. Kansas owns a 394-210 (.652) all-time record on James Naismith Court at Allen Fieldhouse.
Since the third game of the season, junior Tania Jackson has been in the Kansas starting lineup. She doesn't appear to be leaving the starting five anytime soon either, as Jackson leads the Jayhawks in rebounding with 6.9 boards per game. She is also averaging 7.3 points per contest.
MY, MY MONICA
Senior Monica Engelman has been hitting the glass so far this season. Engelman is averaging 5.0 boards per game this season which is third-best on the team. She also has hauled in a team-high 21 offensive caroms.
SHE GIVETH and SHE TAKETH AWAY
Angel Goodrich led the Jayhawks against Newman with seven assists and three steals. That effort marked the 41st game in her career where she posted the team high in assists and steals in the same game.
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.
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.
Kansas is ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll for the fourth-straight week, coming it at No. 22. KU has also been ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll each of the six previous weeks this season, including a No. 21 ranking in this week's poll.
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.
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.
JOIN THE CLUB
Another milestone to watch for is that of Monica Engelman. The Kansas senior now has 979 career points scored and with 21 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 now needs 112 points to join the club.
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 6.4 assists 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 93-9 record (.912) in her eight previous seasons. When KU opponents score less than 70 points, the Jayhawks are 127-68 (.651) during that span.
When Carolyn Davis scores 20 or more points in a game, the Jayhawks usually come out on top. Davis has 31 20-point efforts in her career and KU boasts a 26-5 (.839) 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 71 times in her career with the Jayhawks and KU was victorious in 50 of those games for a .700 winning percentage.
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.).