Feb. 7, 2009
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#16/18 TEXAS (16-5, 4-3 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (13-8, 3-4 Big 12)
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 • 2 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,755) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
RADIO: KVET (1300 AM Sportsradio The Zone) will broadcast Sunday's game between Texas and Texas Tech. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the game.
INTERNET AUDIO: All games can be heard on the web through a subscription-based service at Yahoo! Sports College Broadcast.
INTERNET VIDEO: Watch Texas Basketball home games on free TexasSports.TV. (Note: Due to Big 12 Conference television contracts, home games are available for viewing 72 hours after completion of the game.)
SERIES: Texas leads, 55-25. Last meeting: Texas Tech 65-62 (Jan. 10, 2009; Lubbock, Texas)
• HORNS FOR HOPE T-SHIRT COUPONS AVAILABLE ... Fans will receive a coupon to purchase a pink Horns for Hope t-shirt for a discounted price of $9.99 to wear at the 2009 WBCA Pink Zone game vs. Oklahoma State on Feb. 18. This is the first time that this shirt is available to the general public (supplies are limited).
• NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY ... Sunday's game is National Girls and Women in Sports Day. In conjunction with the national campaign, this day is in celebration of all the girls and women participating in sports.
• PLENTY OF THREES ... The Longhorns made a season-high 13 baskets from three-point range at Oklahoma State, a mark that stands as the second-best single-game record in UT history. Junior guard Brittainey Raven made a career-high four three-point baskets en route to tallying a career-high 26 points. In Big 12 contests, Texas is averaging a league-best 39.4 percent (41-of-104) from beyond the arc.
• FONTENETTE'S PERFECT NIGHT ... Reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Week Ashleigh Fontenette continued her stellar performance in league contests with a perfect night from the field at Oklahoma State (Feb. 5). Fontenette connected on 6-of-6 field goals, including 3-of-3 from three-point range and 1-of-1 from the charity stripe. In Big 12 games, Fontenette is shooting a team-high 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the field.
SERIES VS. TEXAS TECH
Sunday's contest marks the 81st meeting between Texas and Texas Tech. Texas holds a 55-25 advantage in the all-time series, which began on Jan. 15, 1977. Both teams were victorious on their home courts last year with the Lady Raiders winning the first meeting, 70-58, on Jan. 20, in Lubbock, and the Longhorns winning, 70-55, on March 5, in Austin. Texas then beat Tech, 75-63, in the first round of the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo., on March 11. The Lady Raiders won this year's first contest, 65-62, on Jan. 10 in Lubbock. Tech is 6-25 against the Longhorns in Austin.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 55-25
Goestenkors vs. Texas Tech - 2-2
Most UT points - 98 (Dec. 9, 1981)
Most Texas Tech points - 96 (Feb. 5, 1997)
Fewest UT points - 40 (Jan. 28, 1995)
Fewest Texas Tech points - 43 (twice)
In overtime - Tied, 1-1
LAST TIME OUT: AT OKLAHOMA STATE (FEB. 5)
(AP) - Brittainey Raven scored a career-high 26 points, freshman Ashleigh Fontenette added 16 and the 16th-ranked Longhorns hit a season-high 13 3-pointers in a 91-74 rout of Oklahoma State on Feb. 5. The Longhorns (16-5, 4-3 Big 12) hit 10 of their first 12 attempts from 3-point range, opening a 19-point lead in the closing minute of the first half. Many of the shots were wide open, including one on which Tegan Cunningham simply stopped and watched as Fontenette connected from the left wing. Texas kept pulling away with a 13-0 run as the Cowgirls (14-6, 3-4) went 7 1/2 minutes without scoring in the second half to fall behind 73-43.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
Texas is ranked No. 16 in the latest Associated Press poll (Feb. 2) and No. 18 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (Feb. 3). Texas is 4-2 this season against Top 25 opponents and 1-2 in Big 12 contests.
BREAKING IT DOWN
Team Comparison Averages
UT - TTU
Scoring 1578 - 1393
Points per game 75.1 - 66.3
Scoring margin +18.6 - +6.7
Field goals-att 572-1260 - 502-1238
Field goal pct .454 - .405
3-point FG-att 123-310 - 95-307
3-point FG pct .397 - .309
3-pt FG made per game 5.9 - 4.5
FT-att 311-429 - 294-426
FT pct .725 - .690
FT made per game 14.8 - 14.0
Rebounds 878 - 835
Rebounds per game 41.8 - 39.8
Rebounding margin +7.1 - +2.4
Assists 322 - 282
Assists per game 15.3 - 13.4
Turnovers 361 - 318
Turnovers per game 17.2 - 15.1
Turnover margin +2.2 - +2.3
Assist/turnover ratio 0.9 - 0.9
Steals 205 - 181
Steals per game 9.8 - 8.6
Blocks 126 - 69
Blocks per game 6.0 - 3.3
TEXAS-OKLAHOMA STATE NOTES
· UT scored its most points in a Big 12 contest since defeating Texas A&M 91-63 on Feb. 23, 2002.
· Texas has now won back-to-back Big 12 road games for the second time under second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors.
· The Longhorns made a season-high 13 baskets from three-point range, a mark that stands as the second-best single-game record in UT history.
· UT shot a season-high 56.5 percent from three-point range (13-of-23) while holding Oklahoma State to just 18.5 percent (5-of-27).
· UT held its opponent to under 40 percent FG shooting for the second-straight game and 16th time this season (27-of-72; .375).
· Four Longhorns scored in double-digits for the eighth time this season...UT is 8-0 when four players hit double-figures.
LAST TIME VS. TECH (JAN. 10)
(AP) - Jordan Murphree had 19 points for the Lady Raiders (10-4, 1-0 Big 12), who won their second straight over the Longhorns in Lubbock. Brittainey Raven had 21 points for Texas, which dropped its third straight road game. Kathleen Nash added 20 points. Texas Tech let a 13-point lead dwindle in the final 6:47 of the game and Nash tied it at 62 on two free throws with 16.4 seconds left. After Seals scored to put Tech up 64-62, Texas brought the ball up and Nash was called for charging against Murphree with 2.4 seconds left. Tech forced eight turnovers in the final 12 minutes of the first half and used a 10-4 run in the final 3:30 to lead 34-31 at the break.
LEADING THE LEAGUE
With Big 12 Conference action underway, the Longhorns find themselves atop the league in three statistical categories (Feb. 5). Through all games, UT leads the league in free-throw percentage (311-of-429, .725), field-goal percentage defense (440-of-1253, .351) and blocked shots (126, 6.0 bpg). UT also ranks in the top three in the following categories:
Scoring offense - 2 (75.1 ppg)
Scoring margin - 2 (+18.6)
3-point FG percent - 2 (.397, 123-of-310)
3-point FG pct defense - 3 (.279, 89-of-319)
3-point FG made - 3 (123, 5.9 pg)
Rebounding offense - 3 (878, 41.8 rpg)
Defensive rebounds - 2 (588, 28.0 drpg)
Assists - 3 (322, 15.3 apg)
Steals - 3 (205, 9.8 spg)
UT the only school in the league to rank in the top three in both 3-point FG percent and 3-point FG percent defense, and one of two schools to rank in the top five in both scoring offense and scoring defense (No. 5, 56.5).
FRESHMEN FAIRING WELL
Texas' freshmen class has responded well to the pressures of the Big 12, as Ashleigh Fontenette and Ashley Gayle lead the league rookies in steals and blocked shots. Fontenette leads the league freshmen in conference only games with 2.14 spg, while Gayle ranks atop her class with 1.71 bpg.
Texas has held its opponents to an average of 56.5 points per contest and a combined 35.1 percent FG shooting, including an 89-of-319 (.279) mark from 3-point range. UT has held 16 of its 21 opponents to under 40 percent FG shooting and seven to under 30 percent FG shooting. The Longhorns rank 17th nationally in field-goal percentage defense.
Through 21 games, the Longhorns have showcased the team's depth with seven different leading or co-leading scorers and 10 different leading rebounders. Junior Brittainey Raven has been the team's leading or co-leading scorer in 10 games, while sophomore Kathleen Nash has held the title in six games and junior Erika Arriaran in three. Seniors Earnesia Williams, Carla Cortijo and Ashley Lindsey were also Texas' top scorers against Dayton (Nov. 15), UTEP/Baylor (Dec. 28/Feb. 1) and Oklahoma (Jan. 25), respectively. Freshman Ashleigh Fontenette was the youngest Longhorn to lead the squad after posting a career-high 21 points against Nebraska (Jan. 14). On the rebounding side, Ka. Nash has led in 10 games followed by sister Kristen Nash and senior Ashley Lindsey, who have each led four times this season.
Texas has converted 39.7 percent (123-of-310) from beyond the arc. UT is 10-1 on the season when shooting 40 percent or better from three-point range. The Horns recorded a season-high 13-of-23 performance (.565) at Oklahoma State (Feb. 5), and their 13 three-pointers in that game stand as the second-best single-game record in Texas history.