Feb. 17, 2011
Complete game notes
TEXAS (17-8, 6-5 Big 12) at No. 14/15 Oklahoma (18-7, 8-3 Big 12)
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 • 5 p.m. Central • FSN
Lloyd Noble Center (12,000) • Norman, Okla.
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by FSN (Time Warner Cable Ch. 54 in Austin). Brenda VanLengen (pxp) and Dan Hughes (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Saturday’s game between Texas and Oklahoma. Jon Madani (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: Texas, 22-17. Last meeting: Oklahoma 71-67 [OT] (Jan. 16, 2011; Austin)
• BACKCOURT CONTRIBUTIONS ... Over the last four games, the backcourt trio Chassidy Fussell, Yvonne Anderson and Ashleigh Fontenette has been responsible for 62 percent of Texas’ scoring while pulling down 30 percent of its rebounds. Over the same stretch, Fussell leads the three with 18.0 ppg (5.0 rpg), while Anderson (3.3 rpg) and Fontenette (4.3 rpg) are averaging 14.5 and 11.5 ppg, respectively.
• BLOCK PARTY ... Junior post Ashley Gayle is chasing down her own single-season blocks record at UT. Through 25 games, Gayle has recorded 96 swats. Last year, she became the only player in school history to cross the century mark when she finished the season with a school-record 103 blocks.
• TOP OF THE CLASS ...
Guard Chassidy Fussell
is averaging 20.2 ppg in conference games for a mark that stands atop the Big 12 Conference freshmen class. She is one of just four players in the league to average 20+ points and stands fourth overall in conference-only competitions.
• PLENTY OF POINTS ... All but three of Texas’ 17 wins this season have been by double-digit margins. The Longhorns are averaging 83.8 ppg and a +23.7 scoring margin in their victories. In all 25 contests, UT is toppling its opponents by +11.7 ppg and putting up 79.6 ppg for a mark that ranks third overall in the league. Texas’ last four victories have all been by at least 10 points.
SERIES VS. OKLAHOMA
Saturday’s contest marks the 40th meeting between Red River rivals Texas and Oklahoma. Texas holds a 22-17 advantage in the all-time series that began with five-straight UT victories on Nov. 17, 1979, in Norman. The Longhorns and the Sooners split last year’s series, with UT taking a 75-57 victory in Norman (Feb. 3) and OU winning 75-60 in Austin (Feb. 27) just two weeks later. The Sooners won the first meeting between the two teams this year in a 71-67 overtime decision in Austin. The series is tied at 8-8 when the teams meet in Norman.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 22-17
Goestenkors all-time vs. Oklahoma - 2-6
Most UT points - 87 (twice)
Most Oklahoma points - 97 (Jan. 17, 1998)
Fewest UT points - 47 (Mar. 13, 2004)
Fewest Oklahoma points - 36 (Feb. 26, 2005)
Biggest UT margin - 36 (72-36; Feb. 26, 2005)
Biggest Oklahoma margin - 20 (three times)
In overtime - Texas, 2-1
THE LAST MEETING: VS. OKLAHOMA (JAN. 16, 2011)
Danielle Robinson scored 30 points, including five in overtime, as No. 15 Oklahoma beat Texas 71-67. Texas had none of its 23 turnovers in the final 10 minutes of regulation as it rallied from a 49-38 deficit. Kathleen Nash scored 20 for the Longhorns. Chassidy Fussell, who scored 10 points in the final six minutes of regulation, forced overtime with her tough layup with 27 seconds left that tied it at 59-59. The Sooners had to play overtime without centers Joanna McFarland and Jelena Cerina, who both fouled out. Oklahoma opened the extra period with an Aaryn Ellenberg 3-pointer. Whitney Hand and Robinson made four free throws to quickly push Oklahoma to a 66-59 lead. Texas got back within three on Fussell’s jumper before Oklahoma’s Carlee Roethlisberger got an easy put-back layup and Robinson followed it with a floating jumper to make it 70-63.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
UT is not ranked in The Associated Press Poll (Feb. 14) and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (Feb. 15) for the 14th week of the season. Texas is scheduled to meet three additional foes that are currently ranked in the polls during Big 12 Conference action: No. 5/5 Texas A&M (Feb. 27 in Austin), No. 14/15 Oklahoma (Feb. 19 in Norman) and No. 20/23 Iowa State (Feb. 21 in Ames).
LAST TIME OUT: VS. NEBRASKA (FEB. 15)
Texas followed its defense to a 67-55 victory against the defending Big 12 champion Nebraska Cornhuskers on Tuesday night at the Frank Erwin Center. The Cornhuskers were limited to just 40 percent shooting as the Longhorns forced 16 steals, their most in Big 12 play. Nebraska had 25 turnovers, which led to 28 points for the Longhorns. Yvonne Anderson and Chassidy Fussell led the Longhorns with 17 points each. Anderson scored 15 of her points in the second half. Kristen Nash led the Longhorns with 10 rebounds. The first half began with Texas trailing 13-11 with 7:56 to play. UT used a 12-6 run to take control of the game 25-19 with 1:47 to play in the half. Kathleen Nash scored seven of her 10 first-half points during this surge. The Longhorns shot 53 percent from the field in the second half.
With a 69-59 victory at Kansas State on Feb. 9, Texas became the first opponent to win on the road at Manhattan this season. UT previously snapped Texas Tech’s perfect-at-home season with a 75-67 win on Jan. 26. The Longhorns are 4-5 on the road this year including a 2-3 mark in Big 12 contests.
FIRST ‘QUARTER’ VS. SECOND ‘QUARTER’
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. Additionally, the Longhorns gave up 85 points on the free throw line (85-of-119) over their opening stretch compared to just 24 during the second segment (24-of-44), a difference of 15.25 ppg.
LONGHORNS IN THE BIG 12
In the most recent edition of the Big 12 Conference standings (Feb. 17), senior guard Kathleen Nash leads the league from the free throw line (.914, 74-of-81) in all games and is tied for fifth overall with 8.1 rpg. Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell is the leading freshman scorer in the conference with 20.2 ppg, an average that is fourth-best in league contests, and second with 2.7 3-point field goals made per game. Junior post Ashley Gayle stands second in blocked shots (3.1 bpg).
BIG 12 STANDINGS
With five Big 12 Conference games remaining, Texas is in fifth place with a 6-5 record. The Horns began league play with an 0-4 record before going 6-1 over their last seven contests to climb from the bottom of 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.
BIG 12 ACADEMIC ACCOLADES
Seniors Sarah Lancaster and Kathleen Nash as well as juniors Yvonne Anderson, Ashleigh Fontenette and Ashley Gayle were each named to the Academic All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball First Team.