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Goodrich Becomes KU All-Time Assists Leader
by Cherokee Phoenix staff
LAWRENCE, Kan. – February turned out to be a good month for Cherokee Nation citizen Angel Goodrich as the Kansas Lady Jayhawks point guard became the school’s all-time assists leader in an upset win over No. 22-ranked Oklahoma on Feb. 17 in Allen Fieldhouse.

The former Sequoyah High School star combined with fellow seniors Monica Engleman and Carolyn Davis to score 62 of the 81 points in the Kansas’ 81-71 win over the Lady Sooners.

Competing in her 100th game at KU, Goodrich recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists as she surpassed Lisa Braddy as the school’s all-time assists leader with 687 career assists. The record-breaking assist was nothing short of artistic. Trapped under KU’s hoop, Goodrich threaded a pass to teammate CeCe Harper near midcourt, leading her perfectly for an uncontested layup that put KU up 10 points with 54 seconds left.

After achieving the feat, the record was announced over the public address system but Goodrich couldn’t make out what was said.

“When the horn went off and we won, that was the best moment,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “The second-best moment was, she (Goodrich) said, ‘I did what? What did I do?’ That’s how the kid plays. She didn’t have any idea. She said, ‘I thought somebody put something on Twitter, but I’m not on Twitter.’ I said, ‘Stay off Twitter. You don’t need to be on Twitter.’”

Earlier in the month, Goodrich was named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Team for the fourth-straight season, including the past two years as a first-team honoree.

The Big 12 Conference office named 35 student-athletes to the Academic Big 12 Team, 26 of which, along with Goodrich, were first-team recipients. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better grade-point average.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher (either cumulative or the two previous semesters) and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Through 24 games, Goodrich averaged 13.2 points, 6.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.

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