University of Kansas women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson is happy to have some excitement around the team heading into the upcoming season.
At the Jayhawks women's basketball media day last Friday, Henrickson fielded a bevy of questions, including one about the high level of hype around the program:
It's good. I think it's good for them, for the excitement, but they recognize that it's not going to win us any games. It's good for the fans. It's good for attendance. It's good for media, all of those things surrounding your program, but there is not a person in our program that thinks that that will have any effect on whether we win or lose.
The Jayhawks return seniors Carolyn Davis and Angel Goodrich, who were two of the best players in the Big 12 last season. Davis was a first team all-conference selection, despite missing the final 10 games of the season. She averaged nearly 17 points and six rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Goodrich was named to the All-Big 12 second team after scoring 14 points and dishing out 7 assists per contest. Henrickson had some positive things to say about the seniors, who are both on numerous preseason watch lists:
It's good, I think, for different reasons. Carolyn being able to be back on those lists, having been on those lists last year, and certainly deservedly for Angel to be on those lists, that she wasn't last year. But she played her way on those lists, and Carolyn did the year before. And then from a respect standpoint and who people believe that she is, that's she's back on all of those.
The Jayhawks open the regular season on Nov. 11 against Idaho State in Lawrence, Kan.