No. 13 Women's Basketball defeats Dayton, 66-40
Nov. 15, 2008
Arriaran came out strong off the bench, hitting four of her first five shots. Yvonne Anderson added eight points in her first game as a Longhorn.
Dayton was led by Kristin Daugherty, who finished with 15 points.
After a slow start, the Longhorns hit seven straight shots to open up a 22-12 lead. They shot 42 percent from the field while holding the Flyers to 28 percent.
Texas will play St. Mary's on Sunday and face No. 25 Old Dominion on Monday. Dayton will take on Old Dominion on Sunday and St. Mary's on Monday.
On starting Kat Nash tonight: I think both Kat and Erika have done a great job in preseason. They both give us something different. Kat has size but Erika passes the ball better. I haven't made the decision yet so I don't want them to play too much emphasis on starting, I have complete faith in both of them.
On having many shooters who can hit the three: It feels great. It was tough last year because everyone know that Kat was the top 3-point shooter, but I think Erika is the best 3 point shooter I've ever coached. Brittainey is shooting the ball much better as well and then the freshman can shoot so it adds so much to our game when we can spread out our shooters.
On Yvonne Anderson: I don't think she played like a freshman. All of our freshmen are going to be major contributors and I thought she did a great job running the team for Carla. She played with a lot of poise.
JUNIOR GUARD Erika Arriaran
SENIOR FORWARD Earnesia Williams
On the team so far: I think we're a lot better. We have Erika back and we have some great freshmen. We have some ball handlers and Ashley Gayle is a big inside post for us. We have two shooters and a lot of penetrators, so hopefully we'll be hard to guard.
FRESHMAN GUARD Yvonne Anderson
On feeling comfortable with being vocal on the court: My teammates respect me because when I'm on the floor, I'm the point guard. As the point guard, it's your job so you have to have the courage to play your role.
On his game plan tonight: Going in initially, we just wanted to keep our freshmen from totally losing it. We had to keep our composure against their pressure. Our biggest fear was controlling the basketball which we didn't do a good job of. I knew [Brittainey] Raven could shoot the ball, but I didn't know she could shoot the three so well. I thought we did a pretty good job with their posts, we doubled down and I don't think they hurt us as bad as they have done to other opponents. We couldn't make shots and I thought they did a good job controlling the offensive board and getting second chances. I thought our trapping defense worked pretty effectively, so there were some silver linings. I'm really impressed with Texas, they have some things to iron out but their future is really bright.
On improving after tonight's loss: We fought and we battled and when you play against a great team you see your weaknesses and they were very visible tonight. So tonight was a successful for us in that we know what we have to work on and we're just going to go back and work harder.