Jan. 29, 2010
Complete game notes
#19/25 TEXAS (13-6, 2-3 Big 12) vs. #14/16 Baylor (15-4, 2-3 Big 12)
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 4 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2. Pam Ward (pxp), Kara Lawson (color) and Brooke Miller (reporter) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 "The Zone" will broadcast Sunday's game between Texas and Baylor. Fans can also tune into XM Satellite Radio Ch. 231 for all of the action. Craig Way (pxp) and Jon Madani (analyst) will call the action.
SERIES: Texas, 55-21. Last meeting: Baylor 66-57 (Feb. 28, 2009; Austin, Texas)
GAME DAY PROMOTIONS
WBCA "PINK ZONE": Arena level seats and bundle packs are SOLD OUT. Patrons wearing a pink shirt on game day can purchase $6 general admission mezzanine tickets at the North or South box office locations at the Frank Erwin Center.
LONGHORNS KIDS COURT: Youth 18 & under can enjoy inflatables, face painting, basketball goals and more for FREE. Located in the Denton Cooley Pavilion, doors open 1.5 hours before tip.
QUARTET IN DOUBLE FIGURES ...
LEAGUE LEADERS ... In Big 12 Conference games, Texas is averaging a league-best 78.4 points per game, 42.4 3-point FG percentage, 7.2 blocked shots per game and 14.0 offensive rebounds. Sophomore guard Ashleigh Fontenette leads the league with a 57.1 percent mark from 3-point range (8-of-14) and a 2.1 assist/turnover ratio. Sophomore post Ashley Gayle is second in the conference with 3.4 bpg and junior guard Kathleen Nash's 84.6 FT percentage (11-of-13) is fifth.
In Texas' five Big 12 Conference games, four players are averaging double-figure scoring. Senior guard Brittainey Raven
leads the quartet with 16.2 ppg, while sophomore guard Ashleigh Fontenette
is adding 12.0 ppg. Senior guard Erika Arriaran
and junior guard Kathleen Nash
are each averaging 11.2 ppg to round out the foursome.
WBCA PINK ZONE ... The Longhorns and Lady Bears will be adding a touch of pink to their uniforms in today's game to support the WBCA Pink Zone. The initiative of the event is a global, unified effort for women's basketball coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
SERIES VS. BAYLOR
Sunday's contest marks the 77th meeting between in-state foes Texas and Baylor. Texas holds a 55-21 advantage in the all-time series that began on Jan. 21, 1975, with a 116-62 Baylor win in Austin. The Horns hold a 26-6 all-time advantage at home and are 3-2 against the Bears under third-year head coach Gail Goestenkors, including a 58-55 victory in Waco on Feb. 1, 2009, when UT defeated its' highest-ranked opponent (then-No. 4/3 Baylor) under Coach G.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 55-21
Goestenkors all-time vs. Baylor - 3-2
Most UT points - 102 (Feb. 22, 1979)
Most BU points - 116 (Jan. 21, 1975)
Fewest UT points - 48 (Jan. 7, 2006)
Fewest BU points - 40 (twice)
Largest UT margin - 51 (92-41; Feb. 7, 1987)
Largest BU margin - 54 (116-62; Jan. 21, 1975)
In overtime - Texas, 2-1
THE LAST MEETING: VS. BAYLOR (FEB. 28, 2009)
(AP) - Jhasmin Player scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help No. 6 Baylor snap a three-game losing streak to No. 16 Texas with a 66-57 win. Jessica Morrow added 13 points and shut down Texas' leading scorer Brittainey Raven, holding her to six points on 1-of-9 shooting. Melissa Jones grabbed 15 rebounds for Baylor (23-4, 11-3). Ashley Lindsey scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Texas (20-8, 8-6).
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
Texas is ranked No. 19 in the latest Associated Press poll (Jan. 25) and No. 25 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (Jan. 26). In her 18 years as a collegiate head coach, Gail Goestenkors has spent 272 weeks in the AP Top 25 poll, the most by any current Big 12 head coach, and a mark that ranks ninth by active coaches in AP Poll history.
LAST TIME OUT: VS. IOWA STATE (JAN. 23)
Kelsey Bolte scored 19 points, including hitting a 3-pointer that put Iowa State up for good in a 73-71 overtime victory over at Texas. With 15 seconds left, Texas guard Erika Arriaran missed a layup and then post Cokie Reed lost control of the rebound as time expired. After being behind 46-32 midway through the second half, Iowa State slowly chipped away at the deficit until Amanda Lacey's 3-pointer with four seconds left sent the game into overtime.Lacey led the Cyclones with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bolte hit five of her seven 3-pointers. Amanda Zimmerman added 14 points for Iowa State. Ashleigh Fontenette and Brittainey Raven led the Longhorns (13-6, 2-3) with 18 points, and Fontenette went 4-for-6 from 3-point range.
The third edition of the NCAA RPI was released Jan. 25 and Texas is one of seven Big 12 teams in the Top 30 at No. 14. The Big 12 is the only league with seven teams in the Top 30 and is also ranked first in RPI by both CBN and Jeff Sagarin for the eighth-consecutive week. Additionally, UT's schedule is ranked No. 6 in the CBN Strength of Schedule ratings, the second-highest of any league opponent (Oklahoma - No. 2).
ARRIARAN LIGHTS IT UP
Senior guard Erika Arriaran already had one memorable performance this season when she hit seven 3-point field goals against Oral Roberts (Dec. 1) for a then-career best 23 points. Then, she decided to top herself. Arriaran set a Texas record for 3-pointers in a Big 12 game when she connected eight times from long distance against Oklahoma State (Jan. 20) en route to scoring a team-best 28 points in the 77-63 win. She ranks fifth on Texas' all-time Top 10 career list for most 3-point baskets made with 148.
HITTING THE BOARDS
Texas has won the battle of the boards by a +9.5 rebounding margin in its 13 victories and enters Sunday's game against Baylor with a +5.1 overall rebounding margin. The Longhorns pulled down a season-high 57 boards against in their double-overtime win at Texas Tech (Jan. 16). Junior guard Kathleen Nash leads the Longhorns with 7.2 boards per game, while sophomore post Ashley Gayle is pulling down 6.6 rpg.
After starting Big 12 Conference play 0-2, head coach Gail Goestenkors decided to debut a new lineup at Texas Tech on Jan. 16. The combination of senior guard Brittainey Raven, sophomore guard Ashleigh Fontenette, junior guard Kathleen Nash, senior forward Earnesia Williams and sophomore post Ashley Gayle marks the sixth lineup of the season for UT and is 2-1. Ka. Nash is the only player to have started in all 19 games for the Longhorns this year.
HORNS AT HOME
Now in its 33rd year of play in the Frank Erwin Center, Texas has posted an all-time record of 412-74 (.848) in the building. Texas has an all-time 76-52 (.594) mark against AP Top 25 teams at home, and a 6-6 (.500) record under third-year head coach Gail Goestenkors.
KAT AMONG THE BEST
To say that junior guard Kathleen Nash is hot from long distance this season would be an understatement. In the most current NCAA rankings (Jan. 24), Nash is fourth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage with 50.6 percent (44-of-87) and is on pace to shatter the single-season school record of 44.8 percent (13-of-29) set by Vicki Hall during 1988-89.
LONG RANGE SUCCESS
Texas is 12-2 this season when outshooting its opponent from 3-point range. The Longhorns shot a season-high 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from beyond the arc against North Texas (Nov. 20), and have recorded seven or more 3-point baskets in 12 of their 19 games, including a season-high 12 3FG against Oral Roberts (Dec. 1). Texas leads the Big 12 Conference with a 42.4 percent mark from 3-point range in league play.
PASSING IT AROUND
When the Longhorns recorded a season-high 25 assists against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Jan. 2, it also marked the third time this season they dished out 20+ assists in a four-game span (Texas Southern, Dec. 20 - Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Jan. 2). Texas is averaging 14.7apg overall, and 13.0 apg in Big 12 play. Ashleigh Fontenette leads UT with 63 assists, while Brittainey Raven has added 51 and Arriaran has passed out 50.
Texas is averaging 78.4 points per game with eight of its 10 players accounting for four or more points per contest. Just 2.2 ppg separate the third-through-fifth leading scorers (9.7-7.5). Seven are also posting 6.0 or more points per game. Additionally, seven players are corralling 3.0 or more boards per outing.