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Kansas women’s basketball team back to full strength

December 22, 2010

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For the first time this season, the Kansas University women’s basketball team will hit the road at full strength.

Sunday, during a 91-52 rout of SIU Edwardsville, KU welcomed back starting guards Angel Goodrich and Marisha Brown. When the Jayhawks play at Creighton at 5:30 tonight, both will be available yet again, which, according to KU coach Bonnie Henrickson, only means good things for her team.

“Just to get those two back in the flow and back in the rotation is really good for us right now,” Henrickson said after the victory against SIUE.

It’s not that the Jayhawks have been lost without Goodrich and Brown. Far from it, in fact. At 10-1, KU is off to its best start since opening the 2005-06 season with a 12-0 mark. But getting the two injured guards back adds to KU’s depth and opens up new opportunities for Henrickson.

Brown is averaging 7.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in the three contests she’s played in, while Goodrich, in four starts, is averaging 5.3 points, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals a game.

Kansas is led by three players averaging in double figures — Carolyn Davis (18.5), Monica Engelman (14.7) and Aishah Sutherland (12) — and is beating opponents by an average of 23.5 points per victory, which ranks ninth in the nation.

Creighton, meanwhile, enters tonight’s game at 6-4, with notable wins coming against Wyoming, Marquette and North Dakota State — all at home. Tonight’s game will not be a true home contest for the Bluejays. Instead, the teams will play at Omaha’s Qwest Center, where the Creighton women have played just once in school history.

Senior guard Kelsey Woodard leads CU in scoring at 12.2 points per game. She has made 20 three-pointers so far this season and is shooting 91 percent from the free-throw line. Senior forward Sam Schuett is second on the squad in scoring (10.5 ppg) and leads the team in rebounds with 7.1 per game.

The Jayhawks are 2-1 on the road this season, with victories against Wisconsin and SMU. The lone loss came Dec. 9 at Michigan.

Tonight’s game will be the 34th all-time meeting between these two programs and will be followed by the Creighton men’s team playing host to Samford at 8:05.

The Jayhawks will return to action Dec. 30 when they play host to UT Arlington at Allen Fieldhouse.

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