Feb. 10, 2009
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#13/18 TEXAS (17-5, 5-3 Big 12) vs. Kansas (13-8, 2-6 Big 12)
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 • 7 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,755) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
RADIO: KVET (1300 AM Sportsradio The Zone) will broadcast Wednesday's game between Texas and Kansas. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the game.
INTERNET AUDIO: Listen to Texas Basketball games on subscription-based 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, 11-7. Last meeting: Texas 57-53 (Feb. 27, 2008; Lawrence, Kan.)
• HORNS FOR HOPE PROMOTION ... The first 500 fans to the Frank Erwin Center will be given Horns for Hope wristbands in preparation for the 2009 WBCA Pink Zone vs. Oklahoma State on Feb. 18. The first 350 fans to show up to the Pink Zone game with their wristband and the accompanying voucher will receive a free pair of pink Crocs.
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• NOW VS. THEN ... With eight games under their belt, the Longhorns have reached the midpoint of Big 12 play and sit in sixth place with a 5-3 record. At this point one year ago, the Horns had a 3-5 record, had yet to win on the road, and weren't ranked in either the AP or ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. This year's team has already picked up two wins on the road, is ranked No. 13 in the AP poll and has yet to fall to a Big 12 North squad.
• BIG WIN ... Texas' 31-point over win Texas Tech on Feb. 8 was the Longhorns biggest margin of victory over the Lady Raiders since a 35-point margin on Jan. 2, 1990 in Austin. The win was also the Longhorns biggest margin of victory in Big 12 Conference play since a 43-point win over Colorado on Feb. 23, 2005 (83-40).
SERIES VS. KANSAS
Wednesday's contest marks the 19th meeting between Texas and Kansas. Texas holds an 11-7 advantage in the all-time series, which began on Jan. 9, 1982, with a 66-47 UT win. The Longhorns have won seven of their previous nine meetings with the Jayhawks, including a 57-53 decision in Lawrence last year. Texas leads Kansas 4-3 when meeting in Austin.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record Texas, 11-7
Goestenkors vs. Kansas - 1-0
Most UT points - 109 (Jan. 4, 1983)
Most Kansas points - 77 (Mar. 18, 1996)
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 - N/A
LAST TIME OUT: TEXAS TECH (FEB. 8)
(AP) - Earnesia Williams scored 16 points to help No. 16 Texas rout Texas Tech 77-46 on Feb. 8 for the Longhorns' third-straight Big 12 win. Erika Arriaran scored 11 points and Kathleen Nash added 10 for Texas (17-5, 5-3). Texas outscored Texas Tech 29-9 over the final 8:39 of the first half to take control of the game. The teams were tied at 16 when Tech senior Dominic Seals went to the bench with her second foul. The Longhorns went on an 11-0 run over 2:33 with Seals out. She returned, but quickly picked up her third foul and the Longhorns outscored Tech 18-9 to take a 45-25 halftime lead. Tech staged a 9-0 run to open the second half, but Texas answered with a 16-2 run that put the game away.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
Texas is ranked No. 13 in the latest Associated Press poll (Feb. 9) 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.
TEXAS-TEXAS TECH NOTES
· The 31-point win was the Longhorns biggest margin of victory over the Lady Raiders since a 35-point margin on Jan. 2, 1990 in Austin.
· The win was also the Longhorns biggest margin of victory in Big 12 Conference play since a 43-point win over Colorado on Feb. 23, 2005 (83-40).
· The Longhorns outrebounded their opponent 41-33...Texas is 13-2 when outrebounding its opponent.
· Texas held its opponents' bench to single-digits for the eighth time this season.
· Texas shot 70 percent or better from the free-throw line for the 15th time this season (20-of-27).
· Texas used a 16-2 run that spanned from 15:46 to 8:18 in the second half, a total of 7 minutes and 28 seconds, to build a 25-point lead (61-36).
NOW VS. THEN
With eight games under their belt, the Longhorns have reached the midpoint of Big 12 play and sit in sixth place with a 5-3 record. At this point a year ago, the Horns had a 3-5 record, had yet to win on the road, and weren't ranked in either the AP or ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. This year's team has already picked up two wins on the road, is ranked No. 13 in the AP poll and has yet to fall to a Big 12 North squad. Also, four Longhorns are shooting 40 percent or better from the field this year, compared to two a year ago.
LEADING THE LEAGUE
Halfway through Big 12 Conference action, the Longhorns find themselves atop the league in three statistical categories (Feb. 9). Through all games, UT leads the league in free-throw percentage (331-of-456, .726), field-goal percentage defense (458-of-1309, .350) and blocked shots (132, 6.0 bpg). UT also ranks in the top three in the following categories:
Category - Rank
Scoring offense - 2 (75.2 ppg)
Scoring margin - 2 (+19.2)
FG percentage - 3 (.453, 599-1321)
3-point FG percent - 2 (.389, 126-324)
3-point FG pct defense - 2 (.279, 92-330)
3-point FG made - 3 (126, 5.7 pg)
Rebounding offense - 3 (919, 41.8 rpg)
Defensive rebounds - 2 (614, 27.9 drpg)
Assists - 2 (337, 15.3 apg)
Steals - 3 (215, 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, 56.0).
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
The big statistical difference in Texas' 17 wins and five losses this season can be traced to the defensive end of the court. In its 17 wins, Texas has held opponents to an average of 52.1 points per contest and a combined .322 percent FG shooting, including a 66-of-269 (.245) mark from three-point range.
FRESHMEN FAIRING WELL
Texas' freshmen class has responded well to the pressures of Big 12 play, 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 2.0 spg, while Gayle ranks atop her class with 1.63 bpg.
Texas has held its opponents to an average of 56.0 points per contest and a combined 35.0 percent FG shooting, including an 92-of-330 (.279) mark from 3-point range. UT has held 17 of its 22 opponents to under 40 percent FG shooting and seven to under 30 percent FG shooting. The Longhorns rank 15th nationally in field-goal percentage defense.
Through 22 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/Texas Tech (Nov. 15/Feb. 8), 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 or co-led in 11 games followed by sister Kristen Nash and senior Ashley Lindsey, who have each led four times this season.
Texas has converted 38.9 percent (126-of-324) 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.