Feb. 7, 2011
Complete game notes
TEXAS (15-7, 4-4 Big 12) at #RV/RV Kansas State (16-5, 6-2 Big 12)
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 • 7 p.m. Central • FS Kansas City
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) • Manhattan, Kan.
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised regionally by FS Kansas City (Direct TV Ch. 671, Dish Network Ch. 418). Brent Stover (pxp) and Missy Heidrick (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Wednesday’s game between Texas and Kansas State. Jon Madani (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: Texas, 11-9. Last meeting: Texas 62-41 (Feb. 17, 2010; Austin, Texas)
• NOW AND THEN ... In Texas’ ‘second quarter’ of the Big 12 Conference season, it allowed opponents an average of just 60.2 ppg compared to 80.8 ppg in the first four games.
• ROAD TESTS ... The Longhorns are riding a four-game winning streak into a five-game stretch that includes four conference road tests. Texas will visit Kansas State (Feb. 9), top-ranked Baylor (Feb. 12), No. 14/11 Oklahoma (Feb. 19) and No. 22/20 Iowa State (Feb. 21). UT returns to the friendly confines of the Frank Erwin Center on Feb. 15 when it hosts Nebraska.
• DEFLECT DOMINATION ... With at least one block in each game this season, junior post Ashley Gayle has increased her career total to 254 - a mark that ranks second-best in Texas history and is fifth-best all-time in the Big 12 Conference. Gayle’s 91 blocks this season place her fourth in UT’s single-season record book where she already holds top billing (103, 2009-10). She is the only player in UT history to have ever reached the century mark in the category.
• PLENTY OF POINTS ...
All but three of Texas’ 15 wins this season have been by double-digit margins. The Longhorns are averaging 85.9 ppg and a +25.4 scoring margin in their victories. In all 22 contests, UT is toppling its opponents by +13.5 ppg and putting up 81.1 ppg for a mark that ranks second in the league.
SERIES VS. KANSAS STATE
Wednesday’s contest marks the 21st meeting between Texas and Kansas State, with the Longhorns holding a 11-9 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams first met on Dec. 11, 1982, with Texas prevailing 93-73 in Austin. UT won the first four meetings in the series between 1982-84. The two teams did not face each other again until Jan. 11, 1997, in Manhattan, when the Wildcats won for the first time. The Horns are 3-5 all-time when playing in Manhattan including a 61-34 win at Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 3, 2007.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 11-9
Goestenkors all-time vs. K-State - 2-2
Most UT points - 93 (Dec. 11, 1982)
Most KSU points - 80 (Jan. 30, 2002)
Fewest UT points - 50 (March 4, 2009)
Fewest KSU points - 34 (Feb. 3, 2007)
Largest UT margin - 27 (61-34; Feb. 3, 2007)
Largest KSU margin - 16 (twice)
In overtime - Tied, 2-2
THE LAST MEETING: VS. KANSAS STATE (FEB. 17, 2010)
Kathleen Nash scored a game-high 22 points and No. 12 Texas beat Kansas State 62-41. Nash hit all five of her 3-pointers as the Longhorns shot 75 percent from behind the arc. Cokie Reed added 13 points for Texas. The Longhorns opened on a 12-3 run within the first four minutes of the second half to build a 33-21 advantage. Nash hit two 3-pointers and connected on a lay-up during that spurt, but Kansas State soon crept back into the game. Over the next four minutes, the Wildcats went on a 13-2 burst and trailed the Longhorns 35-34. Texas extended its lead soon after going on a 13-2 run of its own and took control of the game.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
UT is not ranked in The Associated Press Poll (Feb. 7) and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (Feb. 1) for the 13th and 12th weeks of the season, respectively. 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. 14/11 Oklahoma (Feb. 19 in Norman) and No. 22/20 Iowa State (Feb. 21 in Ames).
LAST TIME OUT: VS. KANSAS (FEB. 5)
Texas earned its fourth-straight Big 12 victory by beating Kansas 80-68 in Austin on Saturday. Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell led Texas with 25 points, marking the fifth-straight game she has led the Longhorns in scoring and 10th of the season overall. This was also her fifth-straight game to score at least 20 points. Yvonne Anderson finished with 14 points, marking the second-straight game she scored in double-digits. Kathleen Nash added 12 and led the Longhorns with seven rebounds. In UT’s 15 victories this season, the Longhorns are outrebounding their opponents by almost eight. Texas outrebounded Kansas 44-33 and also found separation at the foul line, making 18-of-24 free throws. Carolyn Davis paced the Jayhawks with 18 points and six rebounds. Fussell’s first basket of the game gave the Longhorns a 17-16 lead with 10:22 to play in the first half. UT used defense to extend its lead to nine at halftime. The Jayhawks made just five of 14 shots from the field in the final 10 minutes of the half.
• Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell now has 381 points for the ninth most by a freshman in Texas history. With 25 points (8-of-20 FG, 3-of-7 3FG, 6-of-9 FT) against Kansas, she notched her fifth-straight 20+point scoring effort of the season and 12th overall. She is the first Longhorn to record five-straight 20+ scoring efforts since Tiffany Jackson had a six-game streak from Dec. 21, 2006-Jan.10, 2007
• Senior guard Kathleen Nash scored 12 points (3-of-9 FG, 2-of-4 3FG, 4-of-4 FT) for her 21st double-digit scoring effort of the season on Saturday against Kansas. She has scored 10 or more points 74 times in her career (123 games) and now has 1,396 career points and is just nine points shy of tying for 19th all-time at Texas.
LONGHORNS IN THE BIG 12
In the most recent edition of the Big 12 Conference standings (Feb. 6), freshman guard Chassidy Fussell ranks third in free throw percentage (.875, 35-of-40) and tied for second in 3-point FG made (2.8 pg). Fussell is the leading freshman scorer in the conference with 21.9 ppg, an average that is tied for third-best in league contests. Senior guard Kathleen Nash ranks fifth in league-only games with 8.4 rpg while junior post Ashley Gayle stands second in blocked shots (3.6 bpg).
At the halfway point of the Big 12 Conference season, Texas is tied for fifth-place with Iowa State at 4-4. The Horns began league play with an 0-4 record and have since won four-straight games to climb in the standings.
Senior Kathleen Nash and juniors Yvonne Anderson and Ashleigh Fontenette were named to Capital One Academic All-District 6 teams. Anderson (3.72 gpa) earned first-team honors and is now automatically included on the Academic All-America ballot. Nash and Fontenette were tabbed as Academic All-District 6 second-team honorees.
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.
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 12 20+ point games this year and has led UT in scoring 10 times.
QUARTET IN DOUBLE DIGITS
Four Longhorns continue to average double-digit scoring: Chassidy Fussell (18.1 ppg), Kathleen Nash (15.0 ppg), Ashleigh Fontenette (12.1 ppg) and Yvonne Anderson (10.6 ppg).