Kansas State (13-3, 3-2) at Texas (9-6, 3-2)
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2005: 1 p.m. (Central)
at the Frank Erwin Center (capacity 16,775), Austin, Texas
Game Day Information & Quick Facts
TV: FSN (FOX Sports Net): Kevin Eschenfelder (play-by-play); Debbie Antonelli (color analyst)
Radio: Texas: KVET Radio/Sports Radio 1300 (1300 AM), Austin; K-State Sports Network
Teams at A Glance
National Rankings: Texas and K-State are "also receiving votes" in both AP and USA Today/ESPN Polls
All-Time Series Record: 16th meeting: Texas leads series, 8-7
Texas' Home/Away/Neutral Record vs. K-State: 5-1 at home; 2-4 away; 1-2 at neutral sites
Series Streak: +1, Kansas State
Last Year's Meetings: Feb. 19, 2005: #13 Texas 64, #18/17 KSU 60 (Manhattan, Kan.); Mar. 10, 2005: #17 Kansas State 72, #11 Texas 69 (Phillip 66 Big 12 Tournament semifinals, Kansas City, Mo.)
Texas Coach Jody Conradt (Baylor '63): 37th year overall: 1,162 games: 878-284 (.756); 30th year at Texas: 983 games: 761-222 (.774)
KSU Coach Deb Patterson (Rockford '79): 10th season overall (all years at KSU: 294 games: 188-106 (.639)
Jody Conradt vs. Kansas State: 8-7
Quick Glance at the Teams
Texas brings a three-game win streak (all Big 12 contests) into today's game with Kansas State... The Longhorns stand 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the league, while K-State is 13-3 and 3-2 as well in Big 12 play ... Texas has been in the "Also Receiving Votes" category of both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Polls the last two weeks - after falling out of the AP poll after 81 straight weeks of rankings and out of the USA Today/ESPN Poll after 80 consecutive weeks, dating back to 2002...KSU also is receiving votes in both polls this week.
Texas claimed its 100th Big 12 regular season victory on Wednesday in Lincoln, Neb., as UT defeated Nebraska, 70-62 behind junior Tiffany Jackson's third double-double in a row (22 points, 12 rebounds) and 15 points and eight boards from freshman Aubry Cook ... Kansas State has a two-game win streak and is coming off Wednesday's 67-57 win at Oklahoma State ... This is the 16th game in the Texas-KSU series, with Texas leading, 8-7 ... They met twice last year, with UT winning 64-60 on Feb. 16 in Austin and No. 17 K-State defeating the No. 11 Longhorns, 72-69, in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals in Kansas City on March 10th.
Conradt One Win From Tying Dean Smith for No. 2 Victory Spot
The win over Nebraska Wednesday moved Texas head coach Jody Conradt to within one win of tying Dean Smith for No. 2 in all-time collegiate basketball wins (men's or women's)... Conradt has 878 wins, Smith 879 ... Tennessee's Pat Summit stands first in all-time victories with 900.
Home Sweet Home- 29 Straight Big 12 Wins at Erwin Center
Texas brings a 29-game conference homecourt win streak into today's game, which dates back to the 2001-02 season ... UT's last Big 12 loss at home was to Kansas State on Jan. 30, 2001 when the No. 9 Wildcats posted an 80-76 double OT win over the No. 14 Horns ... To date this year, Texas is 6-2 at home, 1-4 in away games and 2-0 at neutral sites... Since the start of 2002-03, Texas is now 50-3 at home (94.3 percent).
Texas Notches 100th Big 12 Regular Season Wins
The win over Nebraska also pushed UT into triple digits in Big 12 regular season victories ... Texas is now 100-49 (.671) in all-time league victories ... Texas and Texas Tech (111 wins) are the only schools to notch 100-plus wins in Big 12 regular season action ... As of Jan. 21st play, Iowa State was fi ve win away from its 100th Big 12 win.
Second Toughest Schedule in Land Belongs To Texas
According to the most recent RPI rankings (Jan. 20) on CollegeRPI.com, UT's schedule is rated the second toughest in the nation, while the Horns are ranked No. 8 overall in the RPI (up from No. 11 last week)... Texas has faced five Top 25 teams (going 1-4 to date), with New Mexico and George Washington entering the polls after playing Texas... Kansas State stands No. 38 in the RPI, and its schedule is ranked No. 76 nationally.
Texas Stat Leaders
Texas is led in scoring by junior F Tiffany Jackson (14.5 ppg), freshman G Erika Arriaran (10.9) and senior PG Nina Norman (9.3 ppg) ... Jackson paces the club in rebounding (8.7 ppg) and steals (48, 3.2 spg), while Arriaran is first in assists (34, 2.3 apg) and 3-pointers made (20) ... Lindsey is second in rebounding (5.5 rpg), with Norman third (3.9) and Arriaran fourth (3.4 rpg)... In the Big 12 league stats, the versatile Jackson ranks No. 1 in steals (4.0 spg), No. 2 in double-doubles (2), No. 3 in rebounding (10.8 rpg), No. 8 in scoring (15.8 ppg) and 10th in FT pct. (.771)... Norman has averages of 11.8 points and 2.6 assists after five league games.
Arriaran has made 53 percent of UT's 3-pointers, connecting on a team-high 20 of Texas' 38 treys ... Seniors Norman (8-23) and Daria Mieloszynska (9-30) and along with now-injured rookie Earnesia Williams (1-2) have the other 3-pointers.
Texas-Kansas State Series
This will be the 16th meeting between these two schools, with Texas leading the series, 8-7... The last four games in the series have been decided by a total of 11 points (or, 2.8 points per game) - a two-point KSU win (71-69, Jan. 25, 2003); a 65-63 Texas win (Feb. 29, 2004); a 64-60 Texas win (Feb. 16, 2005); and a three-point KSU win (72-69) last March 10 in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals.
Last year, #13 Texas won 64-60 over #18 KSU in Manhattan on Feb. 16, 2005 behind a barrage of 3-pointers from then-seniors Jamie Carey (6-8 in treys, 21 points) and Heather Schreiber (4-6, 14 points)...That was the best single-game 3-point shooting by a Longhorn duo in UT history... They met again in the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament (Kansas City), where #17 KSU beat #11 Texas 72-69.
Texas is 5-1 against the Wildcats in Austin, 2-4 in games in Manhattan, and 1-2 at neutral site contests.
Jackson Posts Big Numbers vs. KSU
All-America junior TIffany Jackson had had great success against KSU in three previous games ... In last year's Big 12 Tournament, Jackson finished with a game-high 24 points to go with nine rebounds and four steals ... In her three games against the Wildcats, Tiffany Jackson has 46 points, 24 rebounds and 10 steals, to average 15.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game against Kansas State.
Texas, K-State in the NCAA Statistics
In the weekly NCAA statistics released on Jan. 17, the Longhorns as a team rank in just one top 10 category - blocks per game ... Currrent numbers below reflect current stats for UT and KSU) ... Texas is No. 9 nationally in blocked shots with 6.1 blocks per game (91) ... The next best category for Texas is steals where the Longhorns rank No. 25 (171, 11.4 steals per game) ... Junior Tiffany Jackson was ranked No. 21 nationally in steals average with 3.2 thefts per game.
For Kansas State, the Wildcats stood right behind the Horns in blocked shots, ranking No. 11 nationally with 6.0 bpg (totalling 96) ... They also are No. 22 in assists per game (17.0 apg), 23rd in field goal percentage, hitting 45.3 percent of their shots, and 26h in scoring margin (+12.8, 71.1 ppg to opponents' 58.3 ppg)... Individually, 6-0 freshman F Marlies Gipson stood 30th nationally in blocked shots... She has 35 (2.2 bpg).
Ms. Jackson, Ms. Versatility
There is no more versatile player in the Big 12 than All-American and All-Big 12 First Team standout Tiffany Jackson ... A National Player of the Year candidate for the Naismith, Wooden Award and State Farm Wade Trophy for the second consecutive year, Jackson is one of only of three players averaging a double- double in points and rebounds in Big 12 action so far (along with Baylor's Sophia Young and OU's Courtney Paris).
Jackson shows her versatility by being ranked in top 10 in the following Big 12 league statistics: steals (1st with 4.0 spg); double-doubles (2nd with 3); overall rebounding (3rd, 10.8 rpg); defensive rebounds (3rd, 7.4/game); offensive rebounds (6th, 3.4/game); scoring (8th, 15.8 ppg); and free throw pct. (10th, 27-35, .771).
Jackson also is sixth in minutes played (36 mpg), tied for 11th in blocked shots (1.2 bpg) and tied for 14th in assists (2.6 apg).
Through 15 games, the 6-3 junior has been in double-figure scoring 13 times, has been UT's leading scorer 7 times, leading rebounder 10 times, and has had four or more steals six times to date.
Last year, only Jackson and Young ranked in the top 10 in Big 12 scoring, rebounding and field goal per centage, while Jackson also led the Big 12 in steals (47, 2.94 spg) and was No. 3 in blocks (1.9 bpg)... She only had four double-doubles, however, and this year already has three in five league games.
UT's Big 12 Stat Leaders
After five Big 12 games, All-America junior Tiffany Jackson ranks in the top 10 in EIGHT different league stat catagories: steals (1st with 4.0 spg); double-doubles (2nd with 3); overall rebounding (3rd, 10.8 rpg); defensive rebounds (3rd, 7.4/game); offensive rebounds (6th, 3.4/game); scoring (8th, 15.8 ppg); minutes played (6th, 36 mpg),and free throw pct. (10th, 27-35, .771).
In single-game efforts, Jackson's 17 rebounds against Iowa State (Jan. 17) is tied for the second-best single-game rebounding total, while her eight steals against ISU is a league high.
Senior Daria Mieloszynska is No. 3 in 3-point percentage (.471, 8-for-17) and tied for 11th in 3's made per game (1.6)... Mieloszysnka's six treys against ISU are tied for the single-game high in league action.
Senior guard Nina Norman is tied for No. 6 in steals (2.0 spg), is No. 12 in field goal pct. (.459), tied for No. 14 in assist average (2.6) and is tied for No. 17 in scoring (11.8 ppg).
In the team statistics, the 3-2 Longhorns lead the Big 12 in steals (11.2 steals per game) ... UT also is No. 2 in rebound margin (+6.2), No. 4 in field goal pct. (.425), free throw pct. (.723) and turnover margin (+.80, 18.2 turnovers to opponents 19.0 turnovers).
Who's Hot for the Horns
Tiffany Jackson has a string of 12 straight games of double-figure scoring .... Against the five top-10 opponents in this stretch of games, Jackson collected 12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg with: a 13-point, six-rebound effort against No. 2/1 Tennessee; a 12-point, 6-rebound, 4-block, 5-steals effort vs. No. 1/ 2 Duke; 10 points and eight boards against No. 9 Rutgers; 19 points, 9 rebounds and one steal against No. 4 Baylor; and 10 points, 13 boards, two blocks and six steals vs. No. 24 Missouri.
Jackson also has logged three consecutive double-doubles .... Jackson has now been in double-figure scoring in 85 percent of her collegiate games (69 times in 81 games) ... She also has a team-high 22 double-doubles (double-figure rebounding and scoring) in her career ... Freshman post Ashley Lindsey (three) and senior guard Nina Norman (one) are the only other current Longhorns to have a double-double.
Norman has reached double-digit scoring in four of the last five contests, notching 59 points (11.8 ppg) while also chipping in with 13 assists and 16 rebounds.
The freshman post duo of Ashley Lindsey and Aubry Cook are combining for 12.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per Big 12 games .. Both rookies are shooting well from the floor in league action, with Lindsey at .519 (14-27) and Cook at .522 (12-23) ... Two games ago, Lindsey logged her third double-double of the year - and third in the last nine games - with 15 points and 11 boards against No. 24 Missouri... Cook is coming off Wednesday's 15-point, eight-rebound effort in the win over Nebraska.. It was her second time in double figures... Also against Iowa State (Jan. 11), senior Daria Mielosynska's posted many "career/single game highs", including points (18), field goals made (6) and attempted (12), 3-pointers made (6), minutes (32) and steals (4) ... In the last three games, Mieloszysnka also has pulled down 14 rebounds.
Longhorn Record Watch
Senior guard Nina Norman has 374 all-time assists to stand No. 8 in all-time UT steals ... She is 29 away from the No. 7 spot, held by Angie Jo Ogletree (403, 1993-97)... Norman led the Longhorns in assists the last two years, dishing out a career-best 142 in 35 games (4.1 as a sophomore) and 98 (3.5 apg) in 28 contests last year.
In addition, Norman is moving toward the 1,000-career point mark ... She has notched 912 career points, needing 88 more to reach that 1,000-point milestone.
With 129 career blocks, Tiffany Jackson stands in a tie for No. 5 in career rejections with Tracy Cook (129, 1999-2002) ... She is 21 blocked shots shy of the No. 4 position...Her four steals against Nebraska moved her into a tie for No. 10 in career steals.
Next Up: at No. 17 Oklahoma
Texas next hits the road for another game against a Top 25 opponent, meeting Big 12 leader and No. 17 Oklahoma on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Norman, Okla. .... Game time is 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on College Sports TV (CSTV)... Prior to Saturday's (Jan. 21) game at No. 8 Baylor, the Sooners were 14-4 overall, 4-0 in the league.