Jan. 14, 2011
Complete game notes
TEXAS (11-5, 0-2 Big 12) vs. #15/14 Oklahoma (12-3, 2-0 Big 12)
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 • 12:30 p.m. Central • ESPNU
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU (TWC Ch. 436). Holly Rowe (pxp) and Ros Gold-Onwud (color) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Sunday’s game between Texas and Oklahoma. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the action.
SERIES: Texas leads, 22-16. Last meeting: Oklahoma 75-60 (Feb. 27, 2010; Austin, Texas)
• FRESHMAN EN FUEGO ... Through the last five games, freshman guard Chassidy Fussell has averaged a team-best 20.0 ppg. Additionally, she is grabbing 5.2 rpg while seeing action in 30.0 mpg during the same stretch. Fussell is Texas’ leading scorer with 16.9 ppg overall.
• 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 five games. Gayle is pulling down 9.5 rpg and ranks second in the league with 4.4 bpg.
• DOUBLE-FIGURE DUO ... Fussell and Nash have each recorded double-figure scoring in all but one game played this season for the Longhorns.
• 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 16 contests, UT is toppling its opponents by +17.1 ppg and putting up a NCAA Division I best-85.5 ppg.
• TEXAS AT HOME VS. RANKED FOES ... UT is 77-55 (.583) all-time at the home against AP Top 25 opponents.
SERIES VS. OKLAHOMA
Sunday’s contest marks the 39th meeting between Red River rivals Texas and Oklahoma. Texas holds a 22-16 advantage in the all-time series that began with five-straight UT victories on Nov. 17, 1979, in Norman. The Longhorns and the Sooners split last year’s series, with UT taking a 75-57 victory in Norman (Feb. 3) and OU winning 75-60 in Austin (Feb. 27) just two weeks later. Texas leads the series 11-6 when the teams meet in the Frank Erwin Center.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 22-16
Goestenkors all-time vs. Oklahoma - 2-5
Most UT points - 87 (twice)
Most Oklahoma points - 97 (Jan. 17, 1998)
Fewest UT points - 47 (Mar. 13, 2004)
Fewest Oklahoma points - 36 (Feb. 26, 2005)
Biggest UT margin - 36 (72-36; Feb. 26, 2005)
Biggest Oklahoma margin - 20 (three times)
In overtime - Texas, 2-0
THE LAST MEETING: VS. NO. 11/10 OKLAHOMA (FEB. 27, 2010)
Nyeshia Stevenson made six 3-pointers on her way to 28 points and No. 11 Oklahoma beat No. 14 Texas 75-60. The Sooners used a 19-2 run in the first half to build a big lead, then a 10-0 run at the start of the second to put the game out of reach. Danielle Robinson added 16 points and seven assists for the Sooners. Kathleen Nash scored 12 points for Texas. The Sooners scored 31 points off 19 Texas turnovers and held the Longhorns to 31 percent shooting, including 3-of-15 on 3-pointers. Oklahoma led 66-43 before the Longhorns finally mounted a rally. Brittainey Raven and Nash both hit 3-pointers and a steal and layup by Ashleigh Fontenette in a 10-0 Texas run cut the lead in half with six minutes to play. But Texas missed three consecutive layups before Robinson made a long jumper. A Texas turnover and bounce pass from Robinson to Amanda Thompson for an easy backside layup put Oklahoma back up by 17.
LAST TIME OUT: VS. NO. 1/1 BAYLOR (JAN. 12)
Brittney Griner scored 27 points and lead No. 1 Baylor to an 87-72 win over Texas on Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Chassidy Fussell scored 25 points for Texas, but the nation’s highest scoring team at 86 points per game shot just 39 percent on its home court. Defensively, Texas hamstrung Griner in the first half. Posted up against Texas’ 6-4 center Ashley Gayle, one of the country’s best shot blockers, Griner missed her first six shots and 10 of 13 in the first half. Ashleigh Fontenette scored 11 points as Texas raced to 19-8 lead before the Lady Bears roared back with a 16-2 run to take the lead on Griner’s 3-point play. Baylor stretched the lead to nine before Texas closed to 32-30 at halftime. Texas kept the game within reach deep into the second half before Griner made a short hook over Kristen Nash and Melissa Jones’ 3-point play put the Lady Bears in firm control at 66-54.
IN THE BIG 12 ...
In the most recent edition of the Big 12 Conference standings (Jan. 12), junior post Ashley Gayle leads the league with 9.5 rpg and her 4.4 bpg ranks second. Senior guard Kathleen Nash ranks first in free throw percentage (.918, 56-61), while freshman guard Chassidy Fussell is the leading freshman scorer in the conference with 16.9 ppg, an average that stands sixth-best overall.
PILING UP THE POINTS
In eight games played at the Frank Erwin Center this year, Texas is averaging 91.6 ppg and a +27.3 scoring margin against its opponents. In all games, Texas is averaging 85.5 ppg for a mark that stands atop the Big 12 Conference.
QUARTET IN DOUBLE DIGITS
Four Longhorns continue to average double-digit scoring: Chassidy Fussell (16.9 ppg), Kathleen Nash (15.4 ppg), Ashleigh Fontenette (14.1 ppg) and Yvonne Anderson (12.3 ppg). Texas is the only team in the Big 12 Conference with three Top 20 scorers in Fussell (sixth), Nash (11th) and Fontenette (17th).
Texas has recorded at least 10 or more steals in eight games. Junior guard Ashleigh Fontenette leads the Longhorns with 38 steals and ranks seventh in the Big 12 Conference (through Jan. 9) with 2.4 spg.
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.
Despite averaging 17.1 turnovers per game, Texas has continued to trim its mistakes over the last several games. UT committed a season-low eight turnovers against Baylor. Previously, the Longhorns turned the ball over just nine time at UNLV (Dec. 19), 10 against Cincinnati (Dec. 28) and 14 in games against SMU (Dec. 18) and USF (Dec. 20).
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
Texas’ +20 rebound advantage over Sam Houston State (59-39) marked the second time this season it has out-rebounded its opponent by 20 or more boards. UT’s 59 boards tied its season high originally set against Boston University on Nov. 21. Texas has out-rebounded six of its opponents by double-digit margins. The Longhorns are averaging 45.7 rpg and hold an +5.8 edge over all opponents.