Jan. 2, 2012
Complete Texas Game Notes
Complete Kansas Game Notes
No. 23/25 TEXAS (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) vs. No. RV/RV Kansas (11-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 • 8:08 p.m. Central • LHN
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised by Longhorn Network. Dave Raymond (pxp) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 "The Zone" will broadcast Wednesday's game against Kansas. Jon Madani (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: Texas, 14-7. Last meeting: Texas 80-68 (Feb. 5, 2011; Austin)
• Nationally Ranked ... In the latest edition of the NCAA Division I Rankings (Jan. 1), Texas is third nationally in blocked shots per game (7.9) and sixth in field-goal percentage defense (30.8). Senior post Ashley Gayle ranks fourth among all individuals with 4.0 bpg.
• Five-Straight Wins ... Texas begins Big 12 Conference action riding a five-game winning streak since its 73-57 loss at No. 8 Tennessee on Dec. 4.
• Stingy Defense ... Texas' defense held Grambling State (Dec. 20) to just 17 points in the first half, marking a season-low for a UT opponent. In the next outing, the Longhorns allowed Delaware State (Dec. 28) just 19 points in the opening half. Over the last two games, UT has limited its opponents to a combined 36 points in the first halves.
• Fussell En Fuego ... Preseason All-Big 12 Team honoree Chassidy Fussell begins conference play as Texas' leading scorer with 16.7 ppg. She has reached double-figure scoring in all but one game season and has accumulated three 20+-point games. Fussell enters Big 12 action averaging 18.3 ppg over the last four non-conference games.
Series vs. Kansas
Wednesday's contest marks the 22nd meeting between Texas and Kansas. Texas holds a 14-7 advantage in the all-time series, which began on Jan. 9, 1982, with a 66-47 UT win. The Longhorns have won 10 of their previous 12 meetings with the Jayhawks, including four straight under head coach Gail Goestenkors. Texas leads the series 6-3 when the teams meet in Austin.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 14-7
Goestenkors vs. Kansas - 4-0
Most UT points - 109 (Jan. 4, 1983)
Most Kansas points - 82 (Feb. 10, 2010)
Fewest UT points - 49 (Feb. 10, 2007)
Fewest Kansas points - 46 (Feb. 26, 2002)
Largest UT margin - 42 (89-47; Feb. 8, 2003)
In overtime - Texas leads, 1-0
Flashback: vs. Kansas (Feb. 5, 2011)
The Texas Women's Basketball team earned its fourth-straight Big 12 victory of the 2010-11 season by beating Kansas 80-68. Then-freshman guard Chassidy Fussell led Texas with 25 points, marking the fifth-straight game she led the Longhorns in scoring and her fifth-straight game to score at least 20 points. Yvonne Anderson finished with 14 points, marking the second-straight game she scored in double-digits. Kathleen Nash added 12 and led the Longhorns with seven rebounds. Texas outrebounded Kansas 44-33 and also found separation at the foul line, making 18-of-24 free throws. Carolyn Davis paced the Jayhawks with 18 points and six rebounds. Fussell's first basket of the game gave the Longhorns a 17-16 lead with 10:22 to play in the first half. UT used defense to extend its lead to nine at halftime. The Jayhawks made just five of 14 shots from the field in the final 10 minutes of the half.
Texas in Big 12 Openers
Entering Wednesday's contest, the Longhorns have posted an 8-7 mark in Big 12 Conference openers since the league began in 1996-97.
Texas in Big 12 Home Openers
The Longhorns are 11-4 all-time in Big 12 Conference home openers. UT is 1-3 in league home openers in the Gail Goestenkors era.
Check of the Polls
UT is ranked No. 23 in the eighth edition of the Associated Press poll (Jan. 2) and is No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today poll (Dec. 27).
Last Time Out: vs. Delaware State (Dec. 28, 2011)
Ashleigh Fontenette scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half to lead No. 22 Texas past Delaware State 89-35. Texas opened with an 18-4 run that included 12 straight points and won its fifth straight heading into next Wednesday's Big 12 opener against Kansas. Chassidy Fussell, Yvonne Anderson and Anne Marie Hartung each added 12 points for the Longhorns. Tasia Bristow scored nine points and Alexis Thornton added eight for Delaware State. Texas, ranked third in the country in blocked shots, stuffed Delaware State 11 times and turned 35 turnovers by the Lady Hornets into 34 points. The Longhorns also won the rebound battle 52-34 in their final non-conference matchup.
Texas' field-goal percentage defense is ranked sixth nationally among all NCAA Division I teams (as of Jan. 1). The Longhorns' last two opponents have shot a combined 19.7 percent (27-of-137) from the field, while their last four opponents have shot just 25.9% (82-of-317) from the field.
Last Four Opponents Opponent (Date) - FG-FGA (%) - Total Points
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 14) - 13-49 (26.5) - 40
North Texas (Dec. 17) - 22-70 (31.4) - 62
Grambling State (Dec. 20) - 15-76 (19.7) - 38
Delaware State (Dec. 28) - 12-61 (19.7) - 35
Horns Picked Third in Big 12 Preseason Poll
Texas was picked to finish third in the Big 12 Conference in a preseason vote of the league head coaches. The Longhorns have been picked to finish third or higher in the Big 12 eight times since the poll was first conducted prior to the 1997-98 season.
Goestenkors at Home
Fifth-year head coach Gail Goestenkors boasts a 53-16 all-time record at the Frank Erwin Center and is 34-2 against non-conference opponents at home.
Career Night for Texas Bench
Several non-starters registered various career highs against Delaware State (Dec. 28). Freshman Nneka Enemkpali grabbed a career high nine rebounds and three assists, while sophomore forward Kayla Brewer added a career-best seven boards. Sophomore forward Anne Marie Hartung collected a career-best five steals.
Senior guard Ashleigh Fontenette recorded Texas' first and only double-double of the season with a career-high tying 10 assists and 14 points against Grambling State (Dec. 20). She is averaging 12.5 ppg and 8.3 apg over the last four games.
Five players scored in double figures for the first time this season in Texas' 91-38 win over Grambling State (Dec. 20). Complementing Chassidy Fussell's game-high 19 points was Ashleigh Fontenette (14), Ashley Gayle (11), Chelsea Bass (11) and Cokie Reed (10).
Texas has held its last 11 opponents to under 40% field-goal shooting. The Longhorns' last four opponents have shot just 25.9% (82-of-317) from the field.