Max Goodwin: The women’s basketball team at Kansas had not been to the NCAA tournament in twelve years when they went on a run to the sweet sixteen last season. The Jayhawks return all but one player from that team. Forward Chelsea Gardner discussed that success.
Chelsea Gardner: No, I don’t think so. I think we’re just coming back and working hard and being one team.
Max Goodwin: Senior point guard Angel Goodrich said it is the expectations that have changed after last year’s sweet sixteen run.
Angel Goodrich: Making it there and how we got there, you expect higher, you don’t want to expect lower and that’s just getting better every day, not taking steps back, always taking steps forward.
Max Goodwin: Goodrich led the Jayhawks on their tournament run last season. She said the team is learning from that experience.
Goodrich: As far as the things we struggled with in the tournament, that kind of helps. It helps you see where you were weak at. Then it helps you come here and work on those things and get better and improve. One of those things was defense, containing one-on-one, so that’s right now our goal, getting better on defense.
Max Goodwin: A key to this season will be the recovery of senior forward Carolyn Davis. Davis underwent surgery on the torn ACL she suffered against Kansas State in February.
Carolyn Davis: I’ve been in drills, I’ve been running up and down, I’ve been doing things that I haven’t done in six months. It’s kind of making me feel like I can do this, I can play basketball again. But those doubts you have are that you’re never going to be the same player and I feel that I can be that player.
Max Goodwin: Angel Goodrich says Davis has talked about wanting to get back on the court.
Angel Goodrich: Oh, she’s said a lot. She was there with us. You can tell how much she wants to be out there on the court.
Max Goodwin: Just one thing was bothering coach Bonnie Henrickson on media day.
A reporter: Coach, good news is you’ve got a lot talent back, bad news I guess is so does Baylor.
Bonnie Henrickson: Laughs. You’re just no fun. You just had to go there didn’t you.
Max Goodwin: Baylor returns intact from their undefeated season that they ended with a national championship. Any Big 12 team will have a hard time taking the league title away from Brittany Griner and the Baylor Bears.