Jan. 24, 2012
Complete Texas Game Notes
TEXAS (12-6, 2-4 Big 12) vs. Missouri (10-7, 0-6 Big 12)
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 • 7:08 p.m. Central • LHN
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised by Longhorn Network. Dave Raymond (pxp) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Wednesday’s game against Missouri. Craig Way (pxp) and Jon Madani (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: Texas leads, 20-2. Last meeting: Texas 79-66 (March 8, 2011; Kansas City, Mo.)
• Home Success Against Missouri ... The Longhorns enter Wednesday’s contest with a perfect 11-0 record against the Tigers in games played in Austin.
• Enemkpali Earns Conference Honors ... Nneka Enemkpali was tabbed the Phillips 66 Big 12 Co-Freshmen of the Week (Jan. 24) after averaging 7.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in Texas’ win over Iowa State and loss at Oklahoma last week. She earned her first two starts of the season and averaged 24 minutes of playing time. The forward recorded a season-high nine points at OU and was one UT’s co-leaders on the boards with eight rebounds.
• Fussell Leading the Way in Big 12 Play ... Chassidy Fussell is averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game through the first six league contests and adding 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals. Fussell is also hitting 86.4 percent (19-of-22) from the free throw line in league games.
• The Big 12 and Special Olympics ... This week, Big 12 basketball and Special Olympics are working together to end the use of the word “retarded” by pledging to stop the use of the R-Word. Fans are encouraged to join the cause to Spread the Word to End the Word. Fans can log-on to R-WORD.ORG and digitally pledge to eliminate the use of the R-Word.
Series vs. Missouri
Wednesday’s contest marks the 23rd meeting between Texas and Missouri. Texas holds a 20-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Longhorns are a perfect 11-0 in the Frank Erwin Center when hosting the Tigers.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 20-2
Goestenkors all-time vs. Mizzou - 6-1
Most UT points - 108 (Mar. 14, 1986)
Most Mizzou points - 85 (Jan. 8, 2011)
Fewest UT points - 52 (Jan. 6, 2001)
Fewest Mizzou points - 37 (Jan. 26, 2008)
Largest UT margin - 41 (108-67; Mar. 14, 1986)
Largest Mizzou margin - 16 (68-52; Jan. 6, 2001)
In overtime - Tied, 1-1
Flashback: vs. Mizzou [Big 12 tourney] (March 8, 2011)
Texas showcased a balanced attack with each starter scoring in double figures as the seventh-seeded Longhorns ousted No. 10 Missouri 79-66 in the opening round of the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship. Kathleen Nash led the Longhorns with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. RaeShara Brown had 18 points for Missouri. The Tigers trimmed a 15-point deficit to nine with a 6-0 run to start the second half but couldn’t sustain the momentum. UT set the tone by shooting 59.4 percent in the first half while racing to a 48-33 lead. The blistering pace was fueled by Nash, Yvonne Anderson and Ashley Gayle, who combined to hit 12 of 17 shots. The Longhorns committed just four turnovers in the first half.
Last Time Out: at Oklahoma (Jan. 21, 2012)
Oklahoma scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back as the Sooners took down Texas, 73-67, Saturday afternoon at the Lloyd Noble Center. Three Sooners finished in double figures. Aaryn Ellenberg led all scorers with 18 points, while Morgan Hook and Sharane Campbell added 17 and 15 points, respectively. Yvonne Anderson led the Longhorns with 15 points. Chelsea Bass finished with 13, Nneka Enemkpali recorded a career-high 11 points and Chassidy Fussell added 10. The Longhorns shot just 30.7 percent from the field for the game. UT cut Oklahoma’s lead to five points with 16:27 left in the second half. That was the closest the Longhorns would come, as the Sooners answered with a 9-0 run.
Senior guard Yvonne Anderson sank a 10-foot floater with 0.7 seconds remaining to lift Texas to a 62-60 victory over Iowa State (Jan. 18). With the game tied 60-60 and 13.4 seconds to go, UT routed the ball to Anderson for the game-winning shot. Anderson was 6-for-8 from the field while contributing eight assists on the night.
Texas in Close Games
The Longhorns are 3-1 this season in games determined by five points or less and 2-1 in Big 12 games decided by the same margin.
Senior guard Yvonne Anderson passed out a combined 30 assists in three consecutive games against Texas A&M (Jan. 11), Baylor (Jan. 15) and Iowa State (Jan. 18), including a career-high 13 assists in Texas’ 76-71 win over the Aggies. Overall, Anderson is averaging a league-best 6.8 apg in conference games.
What’s the Difference?
The big statistical difference in Texas’ 12 wins and six losses this season can be traced to the defensive end of the court. In its victories, Texas has held opponents to an average of 52.4 points per contest and a combined .303 percent FG shooting, while outrebounding the opponent by +7.4.
Texas has held 15 opponents to under 40% field-goal shooting. The Longhorns’ field-goal percentage defense of 34.1 percent (374-1098) is ranked 12th among all NCAA Division I teams (thru Jan. 22).