Kansas State (9-5, 1-0) at #15/15 Texas (12-3, 0-1 Big 12 )
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008 · 1 p.m. Central
at the Frank Erwin Center (capacity 16,775), Austin, Texas
TELEVISION: FSN (FOX Sports Net) national TV: Kevin Eschenfelder, play-by-play; Debbie Antonelli, color
RADIO: KVET 1300 AM (Central Texas): Craig Way, play-by-play; Chad Hastings, color
GAME DAY INFORMATION
In the National Rankings: Texas is No. 15 in both the Associated Press Top 25 (media poll), up from No. 16 last week, and the USA Today/ESPN Poll (coaches poll), where UT was No. 17 last week ... Kansas State is not ranked
Texas Head Coach Gail Goestenkors (Saginaw Valley State '85): 16th year overall: 510 games: 408-102 (.800); first year at Texas: 12-3 (.800)
Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson (Rockford '79): 12th year overall as collegiate head coach, with all years at KSU: 360 games: 227-133 (.631)
All-Time Series Record: 18th game - Texas leads the series, 10-7
Texas' Home/Away/Neutral Record vs. KSU: 6-1 at home; 3-4 away; 1-2 at neutral sites
Series Win Streak: +2, Texas
Last Meeting: Texas 61, Kansas State 34 (Feb. 3, 2007 in Manhattan, Kan.)
· UT students in the O-Zone section are eligible for Hyde Park Bar & Grill gift cards and Maudie's Tex-Mex gift cards
· FREE Longhorns Kid Court EVERY home game! Pregame activity center for youth 18 and under is located in the adjacent Cooley Pavilion practice facility (follow signs from Erwin Center pavilions) ... Inflatables, basketball hoops of all kinds and sizes for the youngest to oldest child, face painting and contests ... Open Open 5:30 p.m. to 15-minutes prior to 7 p.m. tipoff.
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Texas opens up Big 12 home play as it hosts Kansas State on "Letterwinners Reunion Weekend" ... Former UT players, support staffers and former head coach Jody Conradt will be introduced at halftime of today's game ... The Longhorns (12-3) are ranked No. 15 this week in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls ... Texas saw its' 10-game win streak end Wednesday when UT dropped a 56-45 decision to Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska in the Big 12 conference opener for both squads ... The Wildcats are 9-5 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12, having upset No. 12 Texas A&M (67-54) in College Station on Wednesday to open Big 12 play ... At 12-3, this is UT's best start through 15 games in four years, since the team went 14-1 to begin the 2003-04 Final Four season (30-5).
This will be the 18th meeting between Texas and Kansas State in women's basketball ... Texas leads all-time play, 10-7, winning the last two games including a 61-34 victory last Feb. 3 at KSU.
Perfect at Home
Texas stands 6-0 at the Erwin Center this season ... The Frank Erwin Center is rated as the FIFTH-TOUGHEST place to play in NCAA Division I basketball play, based on UT's home won-loss record ... The Longhorns win 85.7 percent of their home games, standing 388-65 all-time at the Erwin Center ... Today marks the Longhorns' 454th game at the Erwin Center, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary as Central Texas' premier arena.
UT has won its six home games to date (all against non-conference foes) by an average margin of victory of +40.5 ppg, scoring 86.7 points per game to the oppositions' 46.2 ppg (520 points to 277 points) in Austin ... Texas also has out-rebounded the opposition in five of the six games and enjoys a +12.3 rebounds per game edge over the opposition at home (54.3 rpg to opponents 42.0 rpg).
A Look at the Longhorns
Brittainey Raven has been in double-figure scoring all 15 games and carries a team-best 16.7 ppg average ... Ashley Lindsey (10.7 ppg), Kat Nash (10.0 ppg), Carla Cortijo (9.5 ppg) and Earnesia Williams (8.6 ppg) follow in scoring ... Lindsey, with 7.1 rpg, and Nash (6.9) lead the rebounding corps, while Cortijo has a team-best 5.0 assists per game ... Lindsey ranks 12th nationally in blocks (74, 3.0 bpg) and had a career-high seven against Nebraska... Nash leads the way in 3-point shooting, hitting 18 of 48 treys (.375).
About Kansas State
KSU brings a four-game win streak into today's contest ... Leading the Wildcats are senior guard Kimberly Dietz (13.0 ppg, 3.6 apg), sophomore forward Ashley Sweat (10.5 ppg), junior forward Marlies Gipson (10.7 ppg, team-high 8.3 rpg, junior guard Shalee Lehning (9.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, team-high 6.3 assists per game) and sophomore guard Kari Kincaid (6.6 ppg) ... Dietz leads the way in 3-point shooting, going 30 for 85 from long range (.353), followed by Kincaid (20-52, .385).
Texas-Kansas State Series
This is the 18th meeting between Texas and KSU ... Texas leads the series, 10-7... Prior to last year's decisive 61-34 Texas victory at Manhattan, Kansas, the prior five games had been decided by a total of 12 points - a margin of 2.4 points per game ... These are the five scores: a two-point KSU win (71-69, Jan. 25, 2003); a two-point 65-63 Texas win (Feb. 29, 2004); a four-point 64-60 Texas win (Feb. 16, 2005); a three-point win by #17 KSU (72-69) over the #11 Longhorns on March 10, 2005 in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals; and a 71-70 OT win by Texas in Austin on Jan. 22, 2006 ... Texas is 6-1 against the Wildcats in Austin, 3-4 in games in Manhattan, and 1-2 at neutral site contests.
Texas in the Big 12
This is the 12th year of Big 12 Conference play, and the Longhorns stand 110-67 (.621) in Big 12 regular season action -- tied for third-best all-time in league wins with Iowa State ... Texas Tech (124 wins) leads in all-time wins, while Oklahoma has 111 ... Baylor (104 regular season wins) rounds out the teams with 100-plus victories.
Raven & Lindsey: Marks of Consistency
Sophomore guard and co-captain Brittainey Raven leads UT in scoring (16.7 ppg) and is the only Longhorn to notch double-digit scoring all 15 games ... Raven also has come up big on the boards lately with 19 in the last three games ... She is 42 for 52 from the foul line (81 percent) in the last 10 games ... Raven is coming off an 18-point, 8-rebound game at Nebraska.
Junior post Ashley Lindsey collected a career-high seven blocks against Nebraska (prior high was six) ... She averages 3.0 bpg to rank No. 12 nationally ... Lindsey also has pulled down 10 or more rebounds in three of the last four games and has two double-doubles in this span (16 points/11 rebounds vs. No. 12 DePaul, 18 points/10 rebounds vs. San Diego) ... The 6-4 post also is shooting at a 59.6 percent clip in these four games, making 25 of 42 shots.
Think Pink/Pack the House on Feb. 13
During the week of Feb. 8-17, the collegiate women's basketball community is turning its attention to a "Think Pink" movement in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness ... This is a nation-wide effort encouraging campuses to drape their "house" (arenas) in pink, as one out of seven women has been or will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime ... The Texas-Baylor game on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Austin is designated as "Think Pink/Pack the House" night ... Coach Goestenkors and the team ask the entire community to support the Longhorns and raise awareness by wearing pink shirts and "packing" the Erwin Center in large numbers.
Discount tickets ($5 tickets until Feb. 6) to "Think Pink/Pack the House Night" by available calling the UT Athletics Events, Sales and Services office at 512-232-3865 ... This offer is only avaiable via phone ... On game night, those wearing pink shirts can gain admission for $6.