The 2011-2012 season was a fairly successful one for the Kansas Jayhawks. They only loss one non-conference game against Alabama as they finished the regular season with an overall record of 19-11 and a conference record of 8-10. They followed the regular season with a loss to #14 Texas A&M in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
Even though the Jayhawks lost in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament, they still got a bid into the NCAA Women’s Tournament as an 11th seed. In their first round game, Kansas pulled off an upset against 6th seed Nebraska and continued their upset ways in the second round against #3 seed Delaware.
Kansas could not keep the upsets coming as they lost the #2 Tennessee in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
The Jayhawks are entering the 2012-2013 season with a ranking of #25 in the nation. They ended last season ranked #25 in the nation and are returning four starters from last season.
One of the four returning starters for Kansas this year is Angel Goodrich. Last season as a junior, Goodrich averaged 14.0 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, and 2.4 steals per game (led the team). She was a WBCA All-America Honorable Mention, an Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention, and a Nancy Lieberman Award finalist last season. Goodrich was also named to the All-Big 12 Second Team.
Goodrich has also received some national attention this preseason as she was named a honorable mention for the Associated Press 2012 Preseason All-America Team. She also received third-team honors on Lindy’s Preseason All-America Team and is a candidate for the 2012-2013 Senior Class Award.
The Kansas Jayhawks should expect big things from Angel Goodrich this season.
According to kuathletics.com, Goodrich said “I am very excited for the upcoming season. I feel like we gelled a lot better today than we did last game. I felt like we didn’t play as a team last game. This game no one was selfish at all; we’re a very unselfish team. Everyone is always looking for the next person and we played really well today” about the prospective season and chemistry of the team.
This season should be another successful one for the Kansas Jayhawks. Will they win the Big 12 Conference Title or even earn a share in the title? No, because Baylor will be too much to handle again this season in the Big 12.
However, the Jayhawks will finish with a better record than last season and should make it back to the NCAA Women’s Tournament with a better seed. They might even be able to go further in the tournament than they did last year as well.
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