Feb. 13, 2009
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#13/14 TEXAS (18-5, 6-3 Big 12) at #16/20 Iowa State (18-5, 6-3 Big 12)
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 • 2:30 p.m. Central
James H. Hilton Coliseum (14,356) • Ames, Iowa
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised statewide in Texas and Iowa by ESPN2 (Time Warner Cable Ch. 53). Eric Collins (pxp) and Brenda VanLengen (color) will call the action. Click here for a map of complete coverage.
RADIO: KVET (1300 AM Sportsradio The Zone) will broadcast Sunday's game between Texas and Iowa State. Craig Way (pxp) and Chris Plonsky (analyst) will call the game.
INTERNET AUDIO: Listen to Texas Basketball games on subscription-based Yahoo! Sports College Broadcast.
SERIES: Tied, 8-8. Last meeting: Texas 59-56 (Jan. 16, 2008; Austin, Texas)
• WBCA PINK ZONE ... The Longhorns and Cyclones will be adding a touch of pink to their uniforms in Sunday'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.
• ROAD WARRIORS ... In Big 12 road contests, three Longhorns are averaging 10 or more points per game. Brittainey Raven leads UT with 16.3 ppg, while Kathleen Nash and Carla Cortijo are tallying 13.5 and 10.0 ppg, respectively. Texas has won its last two contests on the road, including a 58-55 upset over then-No. 4/3 Baylor on Feb. 1, before handing Oklahoma State a 91-74 loss on Feb. 5.
• PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE ... Texas' coaching staff has a combined total of 87 years of coaching experience, a mark that ties for a league-best with Sunday's host Iowa State.
SERIES VS. IOWA STATE
Sunday's contest marks the 17th meeting between Texas and Iowa State. The all-time series is tied at 8-8, with both teams winning on their home courts in the last two meetings. Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors won her first Big 12 contest with the Longhorns last year when they defeated the Cyclones, 59-56, in Austin on Jan. 16, 2008. Iowa State holds a 5-1 advantage over Texas when playing in Ames. The Horns' lone victory over the Cyclones at home came exactly six years ago on Feb. 15, 2003 (65-55).
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Tied, 8-8
Goestenkors vs. Iowa State - 3-0
Most UT points - 80 (Jan. 11, 2006)
Most ISU points - 87 (Feb. 20, 2001)
Fewest UT points - 47 (Feb. 20, 2001)
Fewest ISU points - 45 (Jan. 17, 2004)
Largest UT margin - 30 (80-50; Jan. 11, 2006)
Largest ISU margin - 40 (87-47; Feb. 20, 2001)
In overtime - N/A
LAST TIME OUT: KANSAS (FEB. 11)
(AP) - Brittainey Raven scored 16 points to lead No. 13 Texas to a 74-66 victory over Kansas on Feb. 11 and a four-game win streak in the Big 12 for the first time since 2006. The Longhorns jumped out to a quick lead against Kansas (13-9, 2-7) and built a solid 33-17 advantage with just over 3 minutes remaining in the half. Kansas closed the gap in the second half when Nicollette Smith, who finished with 18 points and four rebounds, made a jumper to make it a four-point game at 49-45. Erika Arriaran was fouled on a 3-point attempt on Texas' next possession and made all three free throws. Kansas' LaChelda Jacobs converted a three-point play with a layup and a free throw on Kansas' next trip down the court to make it a four-point game. After Jacobs closed the gap to 60-57 with a running jumper in the lane, the Jayhawks could get no closer as Earnesia Williams made a wide-open 3-pointer to help Texas ice the game.
BREAKING IT DOWN
Team Comparison Averages
Scoring - 1729 1502
Points per game - 75.2 65.3
Scoring margin - +18.7 +11.4
Field goals-att - 622-1376 509-1289
Field goal pct - .452 .395
3-point FG-att - 132-339 179-525
3-point FG pct - .389 .341
3-pt FG made per game - 5.7 7.8
FT-att - 353-490 305-428
FT pct - .720 .713
FT made per game - 15.3 13.3
Rebounds - 951 905
Rebounds per game - 41.3 39.3
Rebounding margin - +6.8 +7.8
Assists - 343 320
Assists per game - 14.9 13.9
Turnovers - 388 333
Turnovers per game - 16.9 14.5
Turnover margin - +2.8 +1.9
Assist/turnover ratio - 0.9 1.0
Steals - 223 161
Steals per game - 9.7 7.0
Blocks - 135 81
Blocks per game - 5.9 3.5
• Texas won its fourth-straight Big 12 game and improved to 3-0 against Big 12 North teams...it's the first four-game Big 12 winning streak for UT since a four-game span in 2006 (Jan. 11-Jan. 22).
• Gail Goestenkors collected her 40th win at Texas and is now 40-19 with the Longhorns.
• The Longhorns held the Jayhawks without a field goal from 16:43 to 9:02 in the first half, a span of 7 minutes and 41 seconds, while using a 13-2 run to build an 18-9 lead.
• Texas held a 39-25 advantage at the half, and is now 15-1 when leading at the midway point...UT has held at least a 14-point halftime lead in its last three games.
• UT shot 40 percent (6-of-15) from the 3-point range for the 12th time this season...the Longhorns are 11-1 when shooting 40 percent or better from beyond the arc.
• Three Longhorns scored in double figures for the third-straight game...UT is 13-1 when at least three players notch double digits.
• With their eight-point victory, the Longhorns are now 4-2 in games decided by 10 points or less.
GOESTENKORS' IOWA STATE CONNECTION
Second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors can trace her coaching roots to Ames, Iowa, where she was a graduate assistant from 1985-86. Iowa State was Coach G's first coaching stop after playing collegiately at Saginaw Valley State (1981-85). Following her stint for the Cyclones, Goestenkors went on to become an assistant coach at Purdue (1986-92) before taking over the Duke (1992-2007) and Texas (2007-present) programs.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
Texas is ranked No. 13 in the latest Associated Press poll (Feb. 9) and No. 14 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (Feb. 10). Texas is 4-2 this season against Top 25 opponents and 1-2 in Big 12 contests.
LEADING THE LEAGUE
With seven Big 12 contests remaining, the Longhorns continue to find themselves atop the league in three statistical categories (Feb. 11). Through all games, UT leads the league in free-throw percentage (353-of-490, .720) and blocked shots (135, 5.9 bpg). UT also ranks in the top three in the following categories:
Scoring offense - 2 (75.2 ppg)
Scoring margin - 2 (+18.7)
FG percentage defense - 2 (.353, 481-1358)
3-point FG percent - 2 (.389, 132-339)
3-point FG pct defense - 3 (.282, 96-341)
3-point FG made - 3 (132, 5.7 pg)
Rebounding offense - 3 (9519, 41.3 rpg)
Defensive rebounds - 2 (632, 27.5 drpg)
Assists - 3 (343, 14.9 apg)
Steals - 3 (223, 9.7 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 Big 12 play, as Ashleigh Fontenette and Ashley Gayle lead the league rookies in steals and blocked shots. Fontenette leads the league freshmen in scoring with 10.1 ppg and steals (2.11 spg), while Gayle ranks atop her class with 1.44 bpg.
NO LACK OF EXPERIENCE HERE
The Texas women's basketball coaching staff has a combined total of 87 years of experience. Mickie DeMoss leads the way with 31 years, including eight as a head coach (Kentucky, 2003-07; Florida, 1979-83). Gale Valley has 26, 15 of which were spent at Duke with head coach Gail Goestenkors, who has 22 years under her belt (one at Texas, 15 at Duke, six as an assistant at Purdue). LaKale Malone has been coaching for eight years, five of which have been in the Big 12. The Longhorns' 87 years are tied for the most in the Big 12 with Iowa State.