TEXAS (14-5, 2-3) vs. Missouri (8-10, 1-4 in Big 12)
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 · 1 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (capacity 16,755) · Austin, Texas
TV: ESPNU (David Rieff, play-by-play; Nancy Lieberman, color commentator)
RADIO: KVET 1300 AM (Central Texas): Craig Way, play-by-play; Chad Hastings, color
GAME DAY INFORMATION
In the National Rankings: Texas is in the "also receiving votes" in both the Associated Press Top 25 (media poll) and USA Today/ESPN (coaches poll) Top 25, down from No. 24 last week (AP) and No. 23 (USA Today/ESPN) ... Missouri is not ranked
Texas Head Coach Gail Goestenkors (Saginaw Valley State '85): 16th year overall: 514 games: 410-104 (.798); first year at Texas: 14-5 (.737)
Missouri Head Coach Cindy Stein (Illinois '84): 13th year overall as collegiate head coach: 379 games: 223-156 (.588) ... 10th year at Missouri: 289 games: 158-131 (.547)
All-Time Series Record: 16th meeting - Texas leads the series, 14-1
Texas' Home/Away/Neutral Record vs. Missouri: 8-0 at home; 5-1 away; 1-0 at neutral sites
Series Win Streak: +7, Texas
Last Year's Games: Texas 79, Missouri 77 (OT), Jan. 10, 2007 at Missouri; Texas 70, Missouri 57, 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Tournament, Oklahoma City
Tickets: Purchase online at TexasBoxOffice.com; by calling 800-982-BEVO or 512-471-3333; in person at any Texas Box Office outlet, including Austin-area H-E-B stores and the UT Athletics Ticket Office in Bellmont Hall (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Central); and in person one hour prior to game time at the Frank Erwin Center box office. Group packages are also available at an additional discount. For more information call 512-232-3865.
FREE Longhorns Kid Court EVERY home game! Pregame activity center for youth 18 and under is located in the adjacent Cooley Pavilion practice facility (follow signs from Erwin Center pavilions) ... Inflatables, basketball hoops of all kinds and sizes for the youngest to oldest child, face painting and contests ... Open 5:30 p.m. to 15-minutes prior to 7 p.m. tipoff.
O-Zone Giveaways (UT Student Promotions)
Be sure to wear your Stampede or O-Zone shirt to today's game for your chance to win the following prizes: Hyde Park Bar & Grill gift cards, IMAX Tickets, Maudie's Tex-Mex gift card
Texas brings a 14-5 overall record with a 2-3 mark in Big 12 action into this afternoon's game against Missouri (8-10, 1-4 in the Big 12) ... The Longhorns stand 8-1 at home to date, including Wednesday's 70-63 upset win over No. 13 Oklahoma State behind 19 points from Brittainey Raven, 11 points from both Ashley Lindsey and Carla Cortijo, and a seven-point, game-high 10 rebounds from Kat Nash... Missouri has a three-game losing streak, and the Tigers are coming off Wednesday's 72-57 loss to No. 6 Baylor - which is UT's next opponent ... This season, Texas is now 3-1 against Top 25 opponents ... Texas and Missouri meet for the 16th time in series play... UT leads the series, 14-1, and has won seven in a row against the Tigers, including last year's two games ... On Jan. 10 at Mizzou, Texas won in overtime, 79-77; in first-round play at the 2007 Big 12 Championship tournament in Oklahoma City last March 6, Texas defeated Missouri (70-57) to give Jody Conradt her 900th career win.
A Look at Texas
Sophomore guard Brittainey Raven has been in double-figure scoring all 19 games and carries a team-best 16.2 ppg average ... Raven also averages 15.2 ppg in Big 12 games ... Junior post Ashley Lindsey is second in overall scoring (11.1 ppg) and first in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and blocks (56, 2.95 bpg), with that 2.95 bpg average ranking her No. 10 nationally ... Freshman guard Kat Nash (9.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg), redshirt sophomore point guard Carla Cortijo (9.5 ppg, team-high 5.0 assists per game), senior guard Erneisha Bailey (8.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and redshirt sophomore Earnesia Williams (8.0 ppg) follow in the stat columns.
In the NCAA and Big 12 Statistics
In the NCAA Division I statistics, Texas ranks 13th in scoring margin (+15.3 ppg), 15th in blocks (5.4 bpg) and 17th in scoring (75.2 ppg) ... In the Big 12 game statistics, Texas is tied with Nebraska for the conference lead in steals (10.6 spg)... UT also is second in turnover margin (+3.80, with 16.0 to's/game to opponents' 19.8 to's/game)... Lindsey is first in Big 12 blocked shots (3.60 bpg) and fifth in league rebounding (8.2 rpg), while Cortijo is fifth in Big 12 assists per game (4.20) ... Raven stands 10th in league scoring with her 15.2 ppg average.
The Missouri Tigers
Mizzou is led by junior guard Alyssa Hollins (16.4 ppg, team-high 48 3's), sophomore forward Jessra Johnson (14.8 ppg, team-high 8.0 rpg), freshman forward Shakara Jones (11.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and sophomore forward Amanda Hanneman (9.2 ppg) ... In Big 12 games, Hollins is averaging 15.6 ppg, followed by Johnson (11.0 pg, 6.0 rpg).
Home Sweet Home
Standing 8-1 at home this season, the Longhorns are now 390-66 In 456 all-time games at the Frank Erwin Center - a homecourt winning percentage of 85.5 percent .. That is the FIFTH best home-court winning percentage among all NCAA Division I women's basketball programs.
Early RPI's for Big 12 and Texas
The Big 12 Conference stands No. 1 in conference RPI (ratings percentage index) through games of Jan. 24 ... The RPI ratings of Jeff Sagarin, College Basketball New (CBN) and collegerpi.com all have the Big 12 rated as the toughest conference .. Collegerpi.com has the Big 12, followed by the B ig East, ACC and Big 10, while Sagarin lists Big 12, Big East, ACC, Big Ten and SEC ... Texas' team RPIs are: 25th (Sagarin), 33rd (CBN, collegerpi.com) and 39th (NCAA).
Kat Nash Among Big 12 Rookie Bests
UT freshman guard Kat Nash is emerging as one of the Big 12's top rookie players ... The 6-2 Nash has been primarily used as UT's sixth man, coming off the bench 12 times and starting seven contests ... She is third in Texas overall scoring (9.9 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.2) .... Among all Big 12 players in conference stats, Nash ranks fourth in free throw percentage, hitting 13 of 15 FT's (.867) through five league games .. She also is fifth in league 3-point percentage ( .444, 8-18) and 10th in 3-pointers made (1.8 per game)... Among all freshmen players in conference games, Nash has put up some of the best numbers of all Big 12 rookies ... She is second among all freshmen in conference rebounding (7.0 rpg), fifth in scoring (9.4 ppg), fourth in assists (1.6 apg) and sixth in 3-point percentage (.444).
More on Raven and Lindsey and Their Consistency
Sophomore guard and co-captain Brittainey Raven leads UT in scoring (16.1 ppg) and is the only Longhorn to notch double-digit scoring all 19 games ... Raven also has come up big on the boards lately with 38 in the last seven games for a 5.6 rpg in this span ... She also is 54 for 72 from the foul line (75 percent) in the last 14 games ... Raven has led UT in scoring 11 times (including once tied for the lead) and has five or more assists four times.
Junior post Ashley Lindsey (11.1 ppg, team-high 7.2 rpg) had a career-high seven blocks against Nebraska on Jan. 9 (prior high was six) ... With 56 blocks to date, she averages 2.95 bpg to rank No. 10 nationally ... Lindsey also pulled down 10 or more rebounds in four of the last eight games and has all three of her double-doubles this season in this seven-game span ... Lindsey has led UT in rebounding 10 times in the 19 games, and in 12 games she has collected three or more blocks... She had an 15-point, 11-rebound effort against Kansas State last Sunday... In the five Big 12 games, Lindsey averages 10.8 points, 8.2 rebounds (fourth in the conference) and a Big 12-leading 3.6 blocks per contest.
Up Next: at No. 6 Baylor, vs. No. 11 Oklahoma at Home
After today's game, the Longhorns will hit the road to travel up 1-35 to face No. 6 Baylor on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in Waco (7 p.m. Tip) ... UT then returns home to face its second consecutive Top 25 foe, hosting 11th-ranked Oklahoma on Sunday, Feb. 3 (1 p.m.) at the Erwin Center.
THINK PINK Game on Feb. 3
Texas Basketball is taking part in a national initiative supported by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association - the "THINK PINK Week" initiative (Feb. 8-17) to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond ... The Texas-Baylor home game on Wednesday, Feb. 13 (8 p.m.) is UT's designated "Think Pink/Pack the House" game ... Fans are asked to wear pink on game day... Discount tickets ($5) are available until Feb. 6 by calling the UT Athletics Events, Sales and Services office at 512/232-3865.