LAWRENCE, Kan.—Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson recorded her 300th career win and senior Carolyn Davis scored 19 points to move up the Jayhawk career scoring list as Kansas women’s basketball defeated Alabama A&M 76-59 in Allen Fieldhouse Friday evening. Davis is now 12th all-time in scoring with 1,388 points in her career.
Davis led all scorers with 19 points on the night while grabbing four rebounds in 20 minutes. Fellow senior Angel Goodrich added 15 points and dished out eight assists, a season high.
Kansas and Alabama A&M traded baskets to start the second half with the Lady Bulldogs closing the Jayhawk advantage to eight just three minutes into the half. Davis scored eight of Kansas’ first 14 points in the half to help the Jayhawks to a 57-44 lead with 13:51 remaining to play, but the Lady Bulldogs answered with a 7-4 run over the next 2:57 to pull back within 10.
After two consecutive Kansas defensive stops, sophomore guard Natalie Knight swished a three pointer to give Kansas a 17-point lead with 3:12 remaining in the second half. NeDra Robertson answered for the Lady Bulldogs with a jumper before Kansas freshman Lamaria Cole drove through the lane to hit an open CeCe Harper to record the first assist of her career and put Kansas up 17 points for good.
Robertson led Alabama A&M with 12 points and eight rebounds on the night. Shundray Davis and Ebony Johnson each added 11 points for the Bulldogs.
Kansas’ 76 points are the team’s most scored so far this season while Alabama A&M’s 59 are also the most points the No. 22 Jayhawks have given up in 2012-13.
After missing its first bucket of the night, Kansas went on a 9-2 scoring run over the first three minutes of the first half. The Lady Bulldogs countered with an 8-3 run over the next 3:36 before the Jayhawks were able to open a 28-18 lead at the 6:26 mark behind two Goodrich free throws. Following a quick two-point answer from Alabama A&M’s Robertson, Goodrich excited the crowd with a no-look pass to Harper to put Kansas back up 10.
The two teams continued to trade baskets for the rest of the first 20 minutes with the Lady Bulldogs pulling within six points at the final media timeout of the first half. Goodrich knocked down Kansas’ only three-pointer of the first half while Davis added a baseline jumper and the front end of two free throws to push Kansas to its highest first-half point total of the season with 40 points. Alabama A&M’s 31 were also the most given up by KU in the first half this season.
The Jayhawks shot 50 percent (16-of-32) from the field, their best first-half shooting percentage this season, while holding Alabama A&M to 46.7 percent (14-of-30). It marked the fourth-straight game that Kansas has held its opponent to under 50 percent shooting in the first half.
Kansas returns to action when the Jayhawks travel to Omaha, Neb., Sunday, Nov. 25 to face Creighton at 2 p.m.
Kansas 76, Alabama A&M 59
Nov. 23, 2012
KANSAS STARTERS (CAREER/SEASON):
• Angel Goodrich (80-4), Tania Jackson (13-2), Monica Engelman (72-4), Carolyn Davis (74-4) and Natalie Knight (38-4).
• Gives the Jayhawks a 4-0 record on the season.
• Improves head coach Bonnie Henrickson’s record at KU (9th season) to 142-121 and her career record to 300-183 (16th season).
• Gives KU its first victory against Alabama A&M in program history, making the Jayhawks 1-0 against the Bulldogs.
• Extends its regular season non-conference home winning streak to 47 games, which dates back to Dec. 31, 2006.
• Gives Kansas a 4-0 start for the fourth time in the last five seasons, including three straight.
• Improves the Jayhawks’ all-time record to 739-519.
• Improves KU’s all-time non-conference record to 319-147.
• Improves Kansas’ all-time home record to 301-210.
• After missing its first basket of the contest, Kansas went on a 9-2 run over the first 2:50 of the first half.
• Kansas scored 40 points in the first half, which is the highest total the Jayhawks have accumulated in the first half this
• KU finished the game with 76 points, also a season-high.
• The Jayhawks’ defense surrendered 31 first-half points, which is the highest total an opponent has scored in the first-half
• Alabama A&M finished the contest with 59 points, the most points the Jayhawks have allowed in a game this season.
• KU shot 50 percent (16-32) in the first half, which is the highest percentage the Jayhawks have shot in the first half this
• The Jayhawks are now 115-27 under Henrickson when leading at halftime.
• KU dished out a season-high 20 assists as a team against the Bulldogs, surpassing the previous team high of 16 set
against SE Missouri State (11/14/12).
• Kansas allowed 59 points, making it 122-67 under Henrickson when surrendering fewer than 70 points.
• KU outrebounded the Bulldogs 49-23, making the Jayhawks 98-39 under Henrickson when outrebounding an opponent.
• Henrickson recorded her 300th career win in the contest, making her 300-183 in 16 seasons at the helm of a program.
• Senior forward Carolyn Davis scored 19 points in the contest, giving her 1,388 for her career. The total moved her
into 12th place on KU’s all-time scoring list ahead of Lisa Braddy (1,387).
• Senior guard Angel Goodrich tied a season high with eight assists. This is the 66th time she has dished out at least
five assists in a game for her career. KU has won 46 of those games.
• Goodrich scored 15 points, which marked the 41st game of her career in which she has reached double figures.
• Sophomore guard Asia Boyd contributed a season-high seven points.
• Senior guard Monica Engelman finished the game with a season-high five assists.
• Freshman guard Lamaria Cole saw her first game action in the Crimson and Blue, recording two minutes and an assist in her debut.