The KU Women’s basketball team win in their first game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Dallas.
By Claire McInerny
The second game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship brought a lot of TCU fans to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, but they could not rally their team to beat the Jayhawks. KU defeated TCU 83-61 for the second time this week, after KU beat TCU earlier this week in Allen Field House. Kansas and TCU played in the second game of the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, and Kansas will go on to play No. 2 Iowa State tomorrow night in the second round.
Kansas held their lead the entire game and Angel Goodrich, the 5’4″ senior from Tahlequah, Okla., led the team to a strong victory over TCU. With 16 points, 8 assists and zero turnovers, Goodrich was a strong leader for the Jayhawks proving her nomination for the 2013 Nancy Lieberman Award and honorable mention for the 2012 Associated Press Preseason All-American are well deserved.
“I haven’t done that all year,” Goodrich said. “That was the first one. So for me to come out and get zero turnovers especially in the Big 12 Tournament, I felt great.”
Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson was also pleased with Goodrich’s aggressive performance.
“I thought they tried to attack her with the second guy and I thought she made really, really good decisions in seams and didn’t try to do too much,” Henrickson said. “And you know, I thought [she] made really, really good decisions.”
Chelsea Gardner got her fourth double-double of the year with 11 points and 19 rebounds, improving from these statistics (4 points and 6 rebounds) against TCU just three days ago in Allen Field House. She also got a career high in rebounds and said being close to her hometown of DeSoto, Tex. helped her keep her energy up the whole game. Both Gardner and Goodrich praised Asia Boyd, a sophomore from Detroit, for her strong effort in tonight’s game. She scored 12 points in the 12 minutes she was on the court and Gardner and Goodrich appreciated this work off the bench.
“I thought Asia gave us a lot of energy off the bench and she came in with a big deal today,” Gardner said. “So I felt like she did a great job.”
In the second half, the closest TCU came to KU was 11 points but that doesn’t mean they weren’t working hard. The 5’6″ freshman guard, Zahna Medley, led the horned frogs in points with 21, making a third of the points for TCU. The youth of TCU’s players (Veja Hamilton is a 16-year-old freshman) proved that this team is still inexperienced but has the talent to do well in years to come.
Looking forward to tonight’s game against No. 2 Iowa State, the Kansas Jayhawks are preparing to beat Iowa State so they can have better chances of getting into the NCCA Tournament.
“We have just recently played Iowa State,” Henrickson said. “So from a fresh standpoint, remembering the game, certainly remember the game at our place, too, the comeback. But we’ll be able to go through that. But they are young and they are excited. We are really excited to play.”