Jan. 11, 2011
Complete game notes
TEXAS (11-4, 0-1 Big 12) vs. #1 Baylor (14-1, 1-0 Big 12)
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 • 7 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: None. Free live video feed at www.TexasSports.tv.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Wednesday’s game between Texas and Baylor. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the action.
SERIES: Texas leads, 57-21. Last meeting: Texas 70-54 (March 7, 2010; Waco)
• LEAGUE LEADERS ... Senior guard Kathleen Nash and junior post Ashley Gayle are leading the Big 12 Conference in free throw percentage and rebounding, respectively. Nash is shooting 91.8 percent (56-of-61) from the line and has connected on her last 17 attempts in four games. Gayle is pulling down 9.9 rpg and ranks second in the league with 4.4 bpg.
• FRESHMAN EN FUEGO ... Through the last four games, freshman guard Chassidy Fussell has averaged a team-best 18.8 ppg. Additionally, she is grabbing 5.8 rpg while seeing action in 29.3 mpg.
• WINNING BIG ... All but one of Texas’ 11 wins this season have been by double-digit margins. The Longhorns are averaging 91.3 ppg and a +30.6 scoring margin in their victories. In all 15 contests, UT is toppling its opponents by +19.2 ppg and putting up a NCAA Division I best-86.4 ppg.
• TEXAS IN BIG 12 HOME OPENERS ...
The Longhorns are 11-3 all-time in Big 12 Conference home openers since the league began in 1996-97. UT is 1-2 in league home openers in the Gail Goestenkors
• TEXAS AT HOME VS. RANKED FOES ... UT is 77-54 (.588) all-time at the home against AP Top 25 opponents.
SERIES VS. BAYLOR
Wednesday’s contest marks the 79th meeting between I-35 foes Texas and Baylor. Texas holds a 57-21 advantage in the all-time series that began on Jan. 21, 1975, with a 116-62 Baylor win in Austin. The Horns hold a 27-6 all-time advantage at home and are 5-2 against the Bears under fourth-year head coach Gail Goestenkors, including a 58-55 victory in Waco on Feb. 1, 2009, when UT defeated its’ highest-ranked opponent (then-No. 4/3 Baylor) under Coach G.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 57-21
Goestenkors all-time vs. Baylor - 5-2
Most UT points - 102 (Feb. 22, 1979)
Most BU points - 116 (Jan. 21, 1975)
Fewest UT points - 48 (Jan. 7, 2006)
Fewest BU points - 40 (twice)
Largest UT margin - 51 (92-41; Feb. 7, 1987)
Largest BU margin - 54 (116-62; Jan. 21, 1975)
In overtime - Texas, 2-1
GOESTENKORS VS. BAYLOR
Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors is 5-2 all-time against Baylor. Under Goestenkors, the Longhorns swept last season’s contests and are 2-1 against the Lady Bears in Austin.
THE LAST MEETING: AT NO. 14/15 BAYLOR (MARCH 7, 2010)
Cokie Reed scored 18 points and No. 18 Texas held Baylor to only two field goals in the second half, cruising to a 70-54 victory over the No. 14 Bears on Sunday. Brittainey Raven added 18 points and Kathleen Nash had 12 for the Longhorns (21-9, 10-6), who didn’t allow a second-half field goal by Baylor until there was 4:44 left. Erika Arriaran added 10 points and Ashley Gayle had 11 rebounds for Texas. Kimetria Hayden scored 14 points to lead Baylor (22-8, 9-7), while Kelli Griffin had 10 points and Morghan Medlock had 12 rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT: AT MISSOURI (JAN. 8)
RaeShara Brown scored a career-high 27 points to help Missouri overcome a 12-point deficit in the final minutes of regulation and upset No. 22 Texas 85-80 in overtime on Saturday. Ashleigh Fontenette and Chassidy Fussell scored 22 points each for Texas. The Longhorns stretched a four-point halftime lead to a 72-60 advantage with under three minutes remaining before Missouri’s late run.
TEXAS IN BIG 12 HOME OPENERS
Entering Wednesday’s contest, the Longhorns have posted an 11-3 mark in Big 12 Conference home openers since the league began in 1996-97. UT is 1-2 in league home openers in the Gail Goestenkors era.
ANDERSON LIGHTING UP
Junior guard Yvonne Anderson is playing the best basketball of her collegiate career leading leading up to Wednesday’s Big 12 Conference home opener against No. 1 Baylor. Over the last five games, Anderson is averaging 14.8 ppg, which is nearly nine points more than her career average of 5.9 ppg. She led UT in scoring in both games at the Maggie Dixon Surf ‘n Slam Classic, including a career-high 21 points (9-of-16 FG, 2-of-3 3FG, 4-of-4 FT) against Cincinnati (Dec. 28). Anderson has notched double-figure scoring in four of the last five games and is averaging 11.9 ppg overall.
PUT HER ON THE LINE
Kathleen Nash has connected on her last 17 free throw attempts since going 6-of-6 against USF on Dec. 20. Nash was on the line just once against Cincinnati (1-of-1) and has been 4-of-4 against both San Diego (Dec. 30) and Sam Houston State (Jan. 2). She was 2-of-2 at Missouri (Jan. 8) and leads both Texas and the Big 12 Conference with a 91.8 percent mark (56-of-61).
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Senior guard Kathleen Nash is the lone Longhorn to have reached double-digit scoring in all 15 games this season. She recorded season-highs of 21 points against Northwestern State (Nov. 16) and No. 8/7 Tennessee (Dec. 12). The Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention leads UT with 16.4 ppg through 15 contests.
FROSH OF THE WEEK ... AGAIN
Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Week for games contested Dec. 27-Jan. 2. Her second career honor came on the heels of being named the Maggie Dixon Surf ‘n Slam Classic Torero Division MVP and averaging a team-high 17.7 ppg.
Texas ended 2010 with back-to-back championships - the BTI Classic (Las Vegas, Nev. - Dec. 18-20) and Maggie Dixon Surf ‘n Slam Championship (San Diego, Calif. - Dec. 28-30). Furthermore, Ashleigh Fontenette earned MVP honors in Las Vegas while Chassidy Fussell claimed the same title in San Diego. Yvonne Anderson and Ashley Gayle were named to the all-tournament team alongside Fussell.
IN THE BIG 12 ...
In the most recent edition of the Big 12 Conference standings (Jan. 9), junior post Ashley Gayle leads the league with 9.9 rpg and her 4.4 bpg ranks second. Senior guard Kathleen Nash ranks first in free throw percentage (.918, 56-61) and fifth with 2.4 3FG made per game. Chassidy Fussell is the second-leading freshman scorer in the conference with 16.3 ppg, an average that stands ninth-best overall.
BREWER TRANSFERS TO TEXAS
Former South Carolina forward Kayla Brewer will transfer to The University of Texas, head coach Gail Goestenkors announced Jan. 6. Brewer is set to enroll in classes for the spring semester at Texas. Per NCAA transfer rules, the 6-foot-1 Brewer will be permitted to practice with the Longhorns as soon as her admissions process is complete. However, she will not be able to participate in games or travel with the team. Brewer graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Fla., a year early as the class salutatorian to join the Gamecock program for the 2010-11 season. She played in seven games for South Carolina, averaging 13.9 minutes per game.
Texas’ defense held Sam Houston State to just 17 points in the first half on Jan. 2, marking a season-low for a UT opponent. The Longhorns held San Diego to 18 points in the first half in the previous game on Dec. 30.
Junior post Ashley Gayle led UT’s block party against Cincinnati with a career-high 10 swats. Gayle’s feat stands as the second-best single-game individual record in school history, while the Longhorns’ 14 blocks against the Bearcats ties for second. Ellen Bayer (1986-90) holds the single-game record with 14 against Texas Tech on Jan. 2, 1990 and the Longhorns’ 16 blocks against the Lady Raiders remains the all-time school record.
QUARTET IN DOUBLE DIGITS
Four Longhorns continue to average double-digit scoring: Kathleen Nash (16.4 ppg), Chassidy Fussell (16.3 ppg), Ashleigh Fontenette (14.2 ppg) and Yvonne Anderson (11.9 ppg). Texas is the only team in the Big 12 Conference with three Top 20 scorers in Nash (eighth), Fussell (ninth) and Fontenette (16th).