KU women race past TCU in Big 12 tournament opener

Angel Goodrich raced around and shot over TCU’s overmatched defense for 16 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two blocked shots, two steals and no turnovers as Kansas overwhelmed the Horned Frogs 83-61 Friday night in the first round of the Big 12 women’s basketball tournament at the American Airlines Center.

Despite targeting Goodrich and Carolyn Davis with a triangle-and-two defense, TCU, 9-21, couldn’t keep up with Goodrich. Her outside dominance was the catalyst for a powerful offensive performance by the seventh-seeded Jayhawks, 18-12.

Five Kansas players scored in double figures, and the Jayhawks shot almost 51 percent, including 55 percent in the second half. KU also outrebounded the 10th-seeded Frogs 50-34, led by Chelsea Gardner’s career-high 19 boards — her previous career high of 18 was also set against TCU.

Davis added 12 points and nine rebounds, and Asia Boyd scored 12 on five of seven shooting.

KU never trailed, racing out to an early 12-4 advantage, leading by 10 at halftime and never letting TCU to close within single digits in the second half. Freshman Zahna Medley scored 21 for TCU.