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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

KU’s Angel Goodrich on brink

Guard seven assists shy of school women’s assists record

Kansas guard Angel Goodrich goes up for a shot between Missouri defenders Christine Flores, left, and BreAnna Brock. Missouri picked up its first Big 12 victory with a 70-65 win over KU on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Angel Goodrich goes up for a shot between Missouri defenders Christine Flores, left, and BreAnna Brock. Missouri picked up its first Big 12 victory with a 70-65 win over KU on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Angel Goodrich has a chance to set the Kansas University women’s basketball single-season assist record during the Jayhawks’ road game against Texas Tech at 7 tonight.

Just don’t expect her to make a big fuss if she does.

“Like I’ve said before, I don’t really care about records. I just care about the outcome of the games,” Goodrich said. “I just give thanks to my teammates, because I wouldn’t be able to have assists if they didn’t make the shots. Without them, I wouldn’t be really making a record.”

With four games left in the regular season, Goodrich already has recorded 200 assists, which is just seven behind Lisa Braddy’s school record of 207 assists set in 1988.

KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said Goodrich has a “phenomenal” ability to get the ball to players in positions where they can take easy shots.

“It’s just who she is. She has a gift,” Henrickson said. “It’s pretty special to watch her. Most of the time, I’ve been around her long enough to know, ‘She’s going to throw it right there,’ and sure enough, she does.”

The 5-foot-4 Goodrich is averaging 7.7 assists this season, which is second nationally.

Her role has changed in the last couple of weeks, though, as she’s being asked to shoot more following forward Carolyn Davis’ season-ending knee injury on Feb. 12.

Even with Goodrich and 6-foot-2 forward Aishah Sutherland as the top two options offensively for KU (17-9 overall, 6-8 Big 12), Henrickson said she needs more out of those behind them as well.

That includes freshmen starters Natalie Knight and Chelsea Gardner.

Before Saturday’s 70-65 loss to Missouri, Henrickson talked to Knight and also texted her about being more assertive and becoming KU’s third scoring option.

Right after that, in 20 first-half minutes, Knight had no field-goal attempts.

“That was really inspirational, wasn’t it?” Henrickson joked.

Henrickson reminded Knight to be more aggressive at halftime, and after the break, the Olathe South product went 3-for-6 from the floor and 2-for-4 from three to finish with 10 points.

“For her it’s not consistency; she’s got to be more aggressive,” Henrickson said.

Gardner, meanwhile, had no shot attempts in 11 minutes against MU.

She’ll most likely be relied upon more tonight, as her 6-3 frame matches up better against Tech’s best player Kierra Mallard.

The 6-3 center leads the Red Raiders, averaging 11.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. Mallard missed the teams’ previous matchup: a 62-43 KU victory on Jan. 25 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tech (17-9, 5-9) should have some confidence after losing at No. 1 Baylor, 56-51, on Saturday night. The Red Raiders actually led by seven early in the second half, while the game tied for BU’s lowest margin of victory this season.

Comments

kubiggestfan 7 years, 1 month ago

Be more aggressive on offense, when will this team begin to play some defense?

KGphoto 7 years, 1 month ago

Angel, you are awesome! However...

...the not-so-magic number sits at 3. This team won't win 3 of the next 4. Bonnie has 4 reg. season games, probably 1 Big 12 tourney game, and maybe 2 WNIT games left before Zenger whips out the hook.

Bonnie, good luck in your next venture. I'm sorry for both of us it didn't work out.

kubiggestfan 7 years, 1 month ago

What about Monica? Guess Bonnie has thrown her under the bus like she did Kristen Boogard last year....smh Keep you head up Monica...If Dr Zenger does what is needed, Bonnie will be gone and you can begin to play your game again like you did that past two years.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month ago

My Bonnie lies over the ocean My Bonnie lies over the sea My Bonnie lies over the ocean Oh please don't bring back Bonnie to me.

texashawk10 7 years, 1 month ago

KU women somehow got the win in Lubbock tonight 69-64.

Kuwomenbball 7 years, 1 month ago

Man! This sucks that they just lost to Baylor. My hopes weren't set too high, but Angel did REALLY well. I love the mu women, YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!

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