As each year passed since Kansas' last NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000, the drought became more of an albatross. When leading scorer Carolyn Davis went down with a knee injury in mid-February, the Jayhawks were already a bubble team and her injury appeared to pop the bubble. But KU was one of the last at-large teams selected and then went on to a surprising run to the Sweet 16. With Davis back along with senior point guard Angel Goodrich, Kansas has a chance to maintain the momentum it gained last March.
Coach: Bonnie Henrickson, 138-121 in 8 seasons at KU, 296-183 in 15 seasons overall.
Last season: 21-13 overall, 8-10 in Big 12, tied 6th.
NCAA Tournament: Lost in regional semifinal.
Senior guard Angel Goodrich (14 ppg, led nation with 250 assists), senior forward Carolyn Davis (16.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg), sophomore guard Natalie Knight (5.9 ppg), senior guard Monica Engelman (7.8 ppg), sophomore forward Chelsea Gardner (7.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg), sophomore guard Asia Boyd, sophomore forward Bunny Williams, freshman guard Lamaria Cole, junior guard/forward Markisha Hawkins,
Coach Henrickson says
"I can tell we're more competitive in practice. They demand more from themselves and each other. And that started, quite honestly, when the tournament was over. Within 24 hours, we had a bunch of those guys back in the gym. There hadn't been much dust that had settled, and that work has continued until we started."
Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson is four victories from the 300-win plateau. ... Sophomore post player Chelsea Gardner averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds in three NCAA Tournament games. She took up the slack created by Carolyn Davis' injury and will now likely play alongside the senior post. ... The Jayhawks were last in the conference, allowing opponents to make 40.6 percent of their shots. ... Kansas finished tied for sixth in the Big 12, the highest finish Henrickson has had in her eight years at KU. ... Davis and Goodrich are two of the 25 NCAA Division I student-athletes named to the 2012-13 Wade Trophy Watch List. KU is one of only six schools to have multiple candidates on the watch list.
Nov. 11 vs. Idaho State
Top nonconference games
Nov. 13 vs. Wake Forest
Nov. 25 at Creighton
Dec. 6 at Arkansas
Dec. 21 at California
Jan. 2 vs. Kansas State