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Archive for Tuesday, October 21, 2008

KU women’s basketball point guard Goodrich out for season

Highly touted freshman tore ACL in practice

The Kansas women's basketball team is hurting. On Tuesday, it was announced that freshman phenom Angel Goodrich will miss the entire 2008-09 season.

October 21, 2008, 1:37 p.m. Updated October 22, 2008, 12:00 a.m.

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KU women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson

Kansas women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson talks to reporters on Oct. 21, 2008, about point guard Angel Goodrich's season-ending knee injury.

Close loss or embarrassing blowout, Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson always takes the podium afterward, poised and confident, and tells it like it is.

It was a visibly shaken Henrickson who followed KU football coach Mark Mangino to the podium to address the media with sad news Tuesday about the highest-rated recruit Henrickson has brought to Kansas.

"After having been excited about Late Night for about 48 hours, one hour into practice on Sunday, Angel Goodrich tore her ACL, so we are without her services," Henrickson said. "She'll have surgery next week. She'll redshirt and will be a redshirt freshman for us next year."

The injury occurred to Goodrich's left knee while she was executing a cross-over dribble in practice, according to her coach.

Goodrich, a 5-foot-4 point guard from Tahlequah, Okla., turned down a scholarship offer from Oklahoma to come to Kansas as Henrickson's most heralded recruit because she said she wanted to go to a place where she could play a big part in turning around a program.

Goodrich showed during a Late Night intrasquad scrimmage why there has been such a fuss over her game with a quick drive to the hoop for one bucket and a running shot from the right wing for another and a general comfort with running a team stocked with veterans.

At women's basketball Media Day, the addition of Goodrich became the central topic of conversation, which didn't seem to bother the returning players who expressed excitement at what she could do for the team.

"At Media Day, I said I wouldn't hide my excitement for what I thought she could do for our program and I'm not going to try to hide my disappointment for her personally and how difficult that is," Henrickson said. "And obviously in our program we're disappointed for her, but we've got returning players who are better and we'll regroup and refocus and commit to not changing our goals. For some it's an opportunity, a door that opened and for others it's having to be asked to do a little bit more and our kids are ready to do that."

Senior Ivana Catic and junior LaChelda Jacobs will split time at point guard for the Jayhawks.

Henrickson said that Goodrich became the third Big 12 point guard this school year to suffer a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament, the others being from Texas A&M and Colorado.

"Unfortunately, it's an epidemic in women's basketball," said Henrickson, who praised the abilities of Dr. Jeff Randall, the same orthopedist who performed Brandon Rush's ACL surgery.

ACL injuries reportedly are up to eight times more common in college basketball for women than men.

Comments

MIke Mallory 6 years, 2 months ago

hey ku93, why dont you shut up and support the team, it would be like Brandon Rush tearing a acl a few years ago. ROCK CHALK, BONNING WILL GET IT DONE!!!!!!

Silly_me 6 years, 2 months ago

This is a huge blow to Coach Bonnie and the team. Goodrich was a heck of a talent and was slotted to start from day one. Not having her will really stretch their lineup, especially since the guard who got hurt last year, Chakeitha Weldon, transferred last month. I have been a big KU women's basketball supporter, but this is the year that Bonnie shows what she is made of. Danielle McCray, Lachelda Jacobs and Sade Morris are now upper classwomen and should lead the team. Anything less than a top 6 finish and I'm going to start to wonder.

Brent Cagle 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow, Goodrich was supposed to be KU women's savior this year, so much for finishing in the top half of the Big 12.

Steve Jacob 6 years, 2 months ago

Considering Bonnie Henrickson job has to be in trouble anyway, this hurts. Not a women's sports fan by any stretch, but you can't finish in the bottom half of the Big 12 every year in any sport and not be in trouble.

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