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Henrickson: Jayhawks have work to do

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson talks to an official about a call during Kansas’ game against SIU Edwardsville  Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks routed the Cougars, 91-52.

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson talks to an official about a call during Kansas’ game against SIU Edwardsville Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks routed the Cougars, 91-52.

December 30, 2010

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Nearly all of the numbers have gone the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s way this season.

The Jayhawks (11-1) lead the Big 12 with a 50.2 field-goal percentage — paced by sophomore Carolyn Davis’ conference-best 67.3 shooting — and are fourth with 81.9 points per contest.

KU has outrebounded, outassisted, outblocked and committed fewer turnovers than the opposition through 12 games.

With conference play only two games away, though, there’s always room for improvement, and at 7 tonight, when KU plays host to UT Arlington, coach Bonnie Henrickson has her eye on several areas.

Among them: post defense, perimeter defense, denying penetration, boxing out better — and so on.

“Those things, we’ve got to be able to clean up,” Henrickson said. “For (tonight), for Monday, for next Saturday (January 8, the Big 12 opener against Texas Tech).”

And with Angel Goodrich and Keena Mays, two point guards who excel at pushing the pace and running the fast break, Henrickson eyed further improvement on the defensive end.

“I’d like to see us pick it up with pressure, and deflection numbers, which are clearly tied to our turnovers, (which) have not been good,” Henrickson said. “We’ve haven’t created much offense from our defense, quite honestly.”

The teams have met twice before, with the Mavericks (3-8) taking the last outing, 53-49, in Lawrence in 2004.

Senior guard Tamara Simmons, who averages 16.4 points, is the main scoring threat for the Mavericks, who have connected on 34.1 percent of their field goals.

Davis’ 18.5 points per game paces the Jayhawks on offense, and Monica Engelman (14 points) and Aishah Sutherland (12.2 points) are KU’s other players averaging double figures. Mays (9.5 points) is just shy of joining that group.

Though there still is room for improvement, Henrickson is content with a few areas.

“What I like is the type of shots that we’re getting,” Henrickson said. “I like that our shot selection has been good, I like that we’re unselfish. Those things, in the big picture, are going to help us.”

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