Feb. 4, 2011
Complete game notes
TEXAS (14-7, 3-4 Big 12) vs. Kansas (15-7, 2-6 Big 12)
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 • 2 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: None. Free live video feed at www.TexasSports.tv.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Saturday’s game between Texas and Kansas. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: Texas, 13-7. Last meeting: Texas 85-82 [2OT] (Feb. 13, 2010; Lawrence)
• ACADEMIC ACCOLADES ... Senior Kathleen Nash and juniors Yvonne Anderson and Ashleigh Fontenette were named to Capital One Academic All-District 6 teams this week. Anderson (3.72 gpa) earned first-team honors and is now automatically included on the Academic All-America ballot.
• FRESHMAN EN FUEGO ... In Big 12 Conference games, freshman guard Chassidy Fussell is averaging a team-best 21.4 ppg. Additionally, she is pulling down 5.0 rpg while seeing action in 33.3 mpg during the same stretch and leading Texas from the free throw line with 93.5 percent (29-of-31). Fussell is the leading freshman scorer in the league with 17.8 ppg on the season and ranks fourth among all league players.
• DEFLECT DOMINATION ... With at least one block in each game this season, junior post Ashley Gayle has increased her career total to 251 - a mark that ranks second-best in Texas history and is fifth-best all-time in the Big 12 Conference. Gayle’s 88 blocks this season place her fourth in UT’s single-season record book where she already holds top billing (103, 2009-10).
• PLENTY OF POINTS ...
All but three of Texas’ 14 wins this season have been by double-digit margins. The Longhorns are averaging 86.4 ppg and a +26.4 scoring margin in their victories. In all 21 contests, UT is toppling its opponents by +13.6 ppg and putting up 81.2 ppg for a mark that ranks second in the league.
SERIES VS. KANSAS
Saturday’s contest marks the 21st meeting between Texas and Kansas. Texas holds a 13-7 advantage in the all-time series, which began on Jan. 9, 1982, with a 66-47 UT win. The Longhorns have won nine of their previous 11 meetings with the Jayhawks, including three straight under head coach Gail Goestenkors. Texas leads the series 5-3 when the teams meet in Austin.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 13-7
Goestenkors vs. Kansas - 3-0
Most UT points - 109 (Jan. 4, 1983)
Most Kansas points - 82 (Feb. 10, 2010)
Fewest UT points - 49 (Feb. 10, 2007)
Fewest Kansas points - 46 (Feb. 26, 2002)
Largest UT margin - 42 (89-47; Feb. 8, 2003)
Largest KU margin - 12 (64-52; Feb. 10, 2000)
In overtime - Texas, 1-0
THE LAST MEETING: AT KANSAS (FEB. 13, 2010)
Ashleigh Fontenette scored eight of her 20 points in the two overtime periods, including a clutch 3-pointer, to help Texas beat Kansas 85-82. After LaChelda Jacobs made 1-of-2 free throws with 10 seconds left in the first overtime, Fontenette hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to tie the game at 77 and force a second extra period. From there, Texas managed to build an early lead and held off a Kansas comeback. Jacobs’ missed a possible game-tying 3-pointer as time expired. Cokie Reed added 18 points for Texas and Earnesia Williams and Kathleen Nash each chipped in 11, propelling the Longhorns to their fifth consecutive victory. Carolyn Davis led Kansas with 29 points and Monica Engelman added 22.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
UT is not ranked in The Associated Press Poll (Jan. 31) and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (Feb. 1) for the 12th week of the season. Texas is scheduled to meet four additional foes that are currently ranked in the polls during Big 12 Conference action: No. 1/1 Baylor (Feb. 12 in Waco), No. 6/6 Texas A&M (Feb. 27 in Austin), No. 13/11 Oklahoma (Feb. 19 in Norman) and No. 22/20 Iowa State (Feb. 21 in Ames).
LAST TIME OUT: VS. COLORADO (JAN. 30)
Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell registered her fourth-straight 20 point performance to lead Texas to a 67-50 victory over Colorado and give the Longhorns their third-straight conference win. Texas shot 57 percent (16-of-28) in the second-half, including 60 percent (6-of-10) from long distance, to put away the Buffaloes. Fussell paced the Longhorn offense with 21 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the arc. This marked Fussell’s ninth game leading the Horns in scoring and her 11th 20+ point outing this season. Texas went into half time clinging to a one-point lead after scoring only 25 points, its lowest first-half total on the season. The Horns then came out of the break hitting seven of its first eight to create an 11-0 run, increasing the margin to 12 points with 15:58 left in the game. Texas never looked back, building their largest lead of the afternoon to 23 points on another 11-0 run, capped by a Kristen Nash layup with 3:44 remaining on the clock. The Longhorns were effective on both ends of the floor, with the offense posting a 19-11 assist-to-turnover ratio while the defense forced 20 Buffalo turnovers. Nash came up big in the post, grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds and tying a career-high three blocks.
PLAYER FAST BREAKS
• Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell leads the Longhorns in league games with 21.4 ppg. She also boasts a team-best 93.5 percent (29-of-31) mark from the free throw line and is averaging 5.0 rpg.
• Junior post Ashley Gayle moved into sole possession of second-place all-time at Texas with 251 career blocks. Her 88 blocks this season ranks fourth all-time in the UT single-season annals.
• Redshirt senior Kristen Nash pulled down a season- and game-high 10 rebounds against Colorado on Sunday. She led the Longhorns in that category for the first time this season and the eighth time of her career. Nash is averaging 16.5 mpg since returning to the roster on Dec. 15.
LONGHORNS IN THE BIG 12
In the most recent edition of the Big 12 Conference standings (Feb. 3), freshman guard Chassidy Fussell ranks first in free throw percentage (.935, 29-of-31) and tied for second in 3-point FG made (2.7 pg). Fussell is the leading freshman scorer in the conference with 21.4 ppg, an average that stands fourth-best in league contests. Senior guard Kathleen Nash ranks fifth in league-only games with 8.6 rpg while junior post Ashley Gayle stands second in blocked shots (3.7 bpg).
QUITE A START
Texas was the only team in the Big 12 Conference that faced three ranked opponents in its first four contests. After beginning league play at Missouri, UT hosted top-ranked Baylor, No. 15/14 Oklahoma and visited No. 6/5 Texas A&M.
QUARTET IN DOUBLE DIGITS
Four Longhorns continue to average double-digit scoring: Chassidy Fussell (17.8 ppg), Kathleen Nash (15.1 ppg), Ashleigh Fontenette (12.4 ppg) and Yvonne Anderson (10.5 ppg). Texas is the only team in the Big 12 Conference with three Top 20 scorers in Fussell (fourth), Nash (11th) and Fontenette (19th).
PERFECT ON THE LINE
Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell has been perfect from the line in each of Texas’ last four contests. She was 2-of-2 against Colorado (Jan. 30), 6-of-6 at Texas Tech (Jan. 26), 5-of-5 against Oklahoma State (Jan. 22), and 4-of-4 at Texas A&M (Jan. 19). Fussell’s free throw streak is at 17 straight and counting.
Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell and senior guard Kathleen Nash have each recorded double-figure scoring in all but one game played this season for the Longhorns. Fussell leads Texas with 11 20+ point games this year and has led UT in scoring nine times.