Texas (10-6, 4-2) at No. 13/14 Oklahoma (15-4, 5-0)
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006: 7 p.m. (Central)
at the Lloyd Noble Center (capacity 12,000), Norman, Okla.
Game Day Information & Quick Facts
TV: CSTV -- Carter Blackburn (play-by-play); Brenda Van Lengen (color analyst)
Radio: Texas: KVET Radio/Sports Radio 1300 (1300 AM), Austin; KOKC (1520 AM)-Norman
Internet Video: none
Teams at A Glance
National Rankings: Texas is "also receiving votes" in both AP and USA Today/ESPN Poll; Oklahoma is No. 13 (AP), No. 14 (USA Today/ESPN)
All-Time Series Record: 28th meeting: Texas leads series, 19-8
Texas' Home/Away/Neutral Record vs. OU: 10-2 at home; 6-5 away; 3-1 at neutral sites
Series Streak: +3, Texas
Last Meeting: March 9, 2005: #11 Texas 65, OU 59 (Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals, Kansas City, Mo.)
Texas Coach Jody Conradt (Baylor '63): 37th year overall: 1,163 games: 879-284 (.756); 30th year at Texas: 984 games: 762-222 (.774)
Oklahoma Coach Sherrie Coale (Oklahoma Christian '87): 10th season overall (all years at OU: 300 games: 188-112 (.627)
Jody Conradt vs. Oklahoma: 19-8
Quick Glance at the Teams
Texas brings a four-game win streak (all Big 12 contests) into tonight's game with Oklahoma... The Longhorns stand 10-6 overall and 4-2 in the league, while OU is 15-4 and atop the Big 12 standings at 5-0 ... Texas has been in the "Also Receiving Votes" category of both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Polls the last three 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...OU is No. 13 in the AP Poll this week, No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Poll.
Texas claimed its 101st Big 12 regular season victory on Sunday in Austin, defeating Kansas State, 71-70 in overtime behind junior Tiffany Jackson's fourth double-double in a row (23 points, 14 rebounds) and senior F Daria Mieloszynska's first career double-double (10 points, 10 boards... This is the 28th game in the Texas-OU series, with Texas leading, 19-8 ... They met three times last year, with UT winning all three games to carry a three-game series win streak into tonight's contest.
Conradt Ties Dean Smith for No. 2 Victory Spot
Sunday's win over Kansas State moved Texas head coach Jody Conradt into a tie with retired and legendary men's basketball coach Dean Smith for No. 2 in all-time collegiate basketball wins (men's or women's)... Conradt and Smith both have 879 victories ... Tennessee's Pat Summit stands first in all-time victories with 900.
Home Sweet Home - Looking for Second Away Game Win
Texas is 51-3 at home since the start of 2002-03, and holds 30-game conference homecourt win streak, which dates back to the 2001-02 season ... Yet, the Longhorns have struggled in games away from Austin, particularly this season as UT has just one road win in Big 12 play (at Nebraska)... To date this year, Texas is 7-2 at home, 1-4 in away games and 2-0 at neutral sites (both wins at Junkanoo Jam tourney on Grand Bahamas Island).
Texas Notches 101 Big 12 Regular Season Wins
Texas stands 101-49 (.673) in all-time league victories ... Texas and Texas Tech (112 wins) are the only schools to notch 100-plus wins in Big 12 regular season action.
Second Toughest Schedule in Land Belongs To Texas
According to the most recent RPI rankings (Jan. 23) 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 ... Texas has faced five Top 25 teams (going 1-4 to date), with New Mexico and George Washington entering the polls after playing Texas ... Oklahoma is right behind Texas in the CollegeRPI (9th), with a schedule rated the 10th toughest nationally.
Texas Stat Leaders
Texas is led in scoring by junior F Tiffany Jackson (15.1 ppg), freshman G Erika Arriaran (10.9) and senior PG Nina Norman (9.1 ppg) ... Jackson paces the club in rebounding 9.1 ppg) and steals (51, 3.2 spg), while Arriaran is first in assists (39, 2.6 apg) and 3-pointers made (21) ... Lindsey is second in rebounding (5.5 rpg), with Norman third (4.0) ... In the Big 12 league stats, the versatile Jackson ranks No. 1 in steals (4.0 spg) and is 2nd in double-doubles (4) and offensive rebounds (4.33/game), third in overall rebounding (11.3 rpg) and fifth in scoring (17.0 ppg)...Norman has averages of 10.8 points and Arriaran is at 9.3 ppg in league action. Arriaran has made 53 percent of UT's 3-pointers, connecting on a team-high 21 of Texas' 40 treys ... Seniors Norman (8-24) and Daria Mieloszynska (10-35) and along with now-injured rookie Earnesia Williams (1-2) have the other 3-pointers.
Texas and Oklahoma have met 27 times, and Texas leads play, 19-8 ... Texas swept the series last year, going 3-0, winning in overtime in Norman on Jan. 26, 83-71 and winning in Austin (72-36) on Feb. 26 during regular season play... In the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals in Kansas City, UT stopped OU, 65-59 on March 9 ... Against OU, Texas is 10-2 in games played in Austin, 6-5 in Norman, and 3-1 at neutral sites.
TJ Averages Big 12 Double-Double
In the Big 12 stats, Tiffany Jackson is one of only three players (Baylor's Sophia Young and Paris) to be averaging a double-double in league play. Jackson has 17.0 pppg and 11.3 rpg in the league, and is first in steals with 3.8 steals per game average.
Jackson Grabs Big 12 Weekly Honor...
Tiffany Jackson was named Philips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 23, following consecutive double figure scoring and rebounding in UT victories over Nebraska and Kansas State... Voting was conducted by a media voting panel for games played from Jan. 16-22. Jackson earned the seventh Big 12 weekly honor in her career, and her first in 2005-06... She is the first UT player to claim Big 12 weekly honors this season... Oklahoma's 6-4 freshman post Courtney Paris was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this year as she averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5.5 blocks against Texas Tech and No. 8 Baylor. Jackson picked up her third and fourth double-doubles in a row last week in wins over Nebraska and K-State...Jackson averaged 22.5 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and 3.5 steals in the wins over Nebraska (70-61) and Kansas State (71-70 in overtime).
...and TJ Posts Big Numbers vs. OU, Too
Jackson has had six strong games against the Sooners to date - collecting 121 points, 56 rebounds and 10 blocks, for averages of 20.2 points, 9.3 points and 1.7 bpg against the Sooners ... Last year in three wins over OU, Jackson led the Longhorns with a double-double of 26.7 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game. Jackson poured in a career-high of 30 points and (then-career high ) 16 rebounds in UT's 83-71 overtime win in January... She followed with 25 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in UT's 72-36 victory in Austin (Feb. 26). before leading the Longhorns into the Big 12 semifinals with 25 points, eight rebounds and a block in the tourney 65-59 quarterfinal win.
Texas, OU in the NCAA Statistics
In the weekly NCAA statistics released on Jan. 23, the Longhorns as a team rank in just one top 10 category - blocks per game ... Currrent numbers below reflect current stats for UT and OU). Texas is No. 9 nationally in blocked shots with 6.2 blocks per game ... The next best category for Texas is steals where the Longhorns rank No. 28 (11.3 steals per game) ... Junior Tiffany Jackson Is ranked No. 17 nationally in steals average with 3.2 thefts per game. For Oklahoma, the Sooners as a team rank: No. 4 in rebound margin (+11.9); No. 11 in scoring (76.8 ppg); No. 15 in blocks/game (5.4); and No. 16 in field goal pct. (.465)... OU freshman post Courtney Paris stands second nationally in rebound average (14.8 rpg), No. 6 in blocks (3.3 bpg), No. 9 in scoring (20.8 ppg) and 11th in field goal pct. (.614)... Guard Erin Higgins is No. 24 in 3-pointers per game average (2.7).
UT's Big 12 Stat Leaders
After six Big 12 games, All-America junior Tiffany Jackson and senior Nina Norman are two of top steals leader, while Jackson ranks in the top 10 in EIGHT different league stat catagories: steals (1st with 3.83 spg); double-doubles (2nd with 4); offensive rebounds (2nd, 4.33/game); overall rebounding (3rd, 11.3 rpg); defensive rebounds (3rd, 7.0/game); minutes played (4th, 37 mpg); scoring (5th, 17.0 ppg); blocked shots (tied 8th, 1.33 bpg)... She also is 13th in free throw pct. (13th, 32-43, .744). 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. 8 in 3-point percentage (.409, 9-for-22) and 14th in 3's made per game (1.5)... Mieloszysnka's six treys against ISU are tied for the single-game high in league action. Senior guard Nina Norman is No. 6 in steals (2.0 spg), is No. 12 in field goal pct. (.459), tied for No. 15 in assist average (2.7) and tied for No. 23 in scoring (10.8 ppg). In the team statistics, the 4-2 Longhorns are one of the league's top defensive squads, but do not match those rankings offensively ... UT is No. 2 in rebound margin (+7.8), No. 2 in defensive rebounds (27.5/game), No. 3 in offensive rebounds (15.2/game), No. 3 in steals (11.0 spg), No. 4 in turnover margin (+0.67, 17.5 per game to opponents' 18.2) and No. 4 in blocks (5.o bpg)... Offensively, the Longhorns are No. 4 in scoring (64.4 ppg), No. 4 in scoring margin (+4.3), No. 5 in scoring defense (allowing 61.2 ppg), No. 5 in free throw pct. (.699) and No. 6 in field goal pct. (.412)... UT sits last in assists (10.7 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (+0.61) and 3-pointers per game (2.83).