Feb. 25, 2011
Complete game notes
TEXAS (17-10, 6-7 Big 12) vs. No. 5/5 Texas A&M (23-3, 11-2 Big 12)
State Farm Lone Star Showdown
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 • 2 p.m. Central • FSN
Frank Erwin Center (16,754) • Austin, Texas
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 Sunday’s game between Texas and Texas A&M. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: Texas leads, 58-21. Last meeting: Texas A&M 80-65 (Jan. 19, 2011; College Station)
• TOP OF THE CLASS ... Guard Chassidy Fussell is averaging 18.5 ppg in conference games for a mark that stands atop the Big 12 Conference freshmen class. With an overall average of 17.2 ppg, Fussell is the third-best freshman scorer in the nation (as of Feb. 21).
• ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR NASH ... Senior guard Kathleen Nash is nine rebounds shy of cracking UT’s all-time top-10 career rebounding list. With 871 rebounds in 128 games, she needs nine to tie Joy Williams’ 10th-place mark of 880.
• CAREER WEEKEND ... Junior Yvonne Anderson and freshman Tiffany Moore racked up career performances during the Longhorns’ road trip to Oklahoma and Iowa State last weekend. Anderson recorded her first career double-double at Iowa State with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. She just narrowly missed UT’s second triple-double of the season when she dished out a career-high eight assists in the overtime loss. Moore logged a career-high 13 points while playing in a season-high 23 minutes at OU to open the weekend. Additionally, Moore hit a pair of treys in each contest.
• BLOCK PARTY ...
Junior post Ashley Gayle
is chasing down her own single-season blocks record at UT. Through 27 games, Gayle has recorded 98 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.
SERIES VS. TEXAS A&M
Sunday’s contest marks the 80th meeting between in-state foes Texas and Texas A&M. The Longhorns hold a 58-21 advantage in the all-time series and a 28-6 mark when the teams meet in Austin.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 58-21
Most UT points - 108 (Jan. 25, 1984)
Most TAMU points - 98 (Mar. 3, 1998)
Fewest UT points - 43 (Feb. 3, 1976)
Fewest TAMU points - 41 (twice)
Largest UT margin - 46 (96-50; Feb. 10, 1987)
Largest TAMU margin - 24 (98-74; Mar. 3, 1998)
In overtime - N/A
STATE FARM LONE STAR SHOWDOWN
The 2010-11 academic season marks the seventh year of the State Farm Lone Star Showdown, the all-sports athletics competition between Texas and Texas A&M. UT has won four of the first six Showdowns. The Longhorns claimed the inaugural Showdown in 2004-05 by a 14.5-4.5 point margin, recorded a 14.0-5.0 victory in 2005-06 and posted a 10.5-8.5 win in 2006-07. The Aggies registered a 10.5-8.5 victory in 2007-08 and the two schools tied (9.5-9.5) in 2008-09 (A&M retained the trophy based on outright win in 2007-08). UT then recorded a 10.0-9.0 victory last year. Texas holds a 6.0-2.5 lead in points in this year’s Showdown standings heading into Sunday’s contest in Austin (score will be updated on Saturday, Feb. 26, following the conclusion of the Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships). The winning school in Sunday’s game receives 0.5 points. In order to win the Showdown, a school must acquire 10.0 points during the year.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
UT is not ranked in The Associated Press Poll (Feb. 21) and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (Feb. 22) for the 15th week of the season. During the course of the regular season, the Longhorns will have faced 10 ranked foes after meeting the Aggies on Sunday, Feb. 27.
THE LAST MEETING: AT TEXAS A&M (JAN. 19, 2011)
Danielle Adams had a career-high 34 points and 12 rebounds as Texas A&M claimed its 10th straight win, an 80-65 victory over rival Texas. The Longhorns led 33-29 at halftime and were ahead by nine points with about 15 minutes remaining. Adams gave the Aggies their first lead of the second half with a 3-pointer with 11 minutes left that made it 48-45. That shot capped a 14-2 run for Texas A&M in a four-minute stretch that was aided by six turnovers by Texas. Texas A&M had built its lead to seven before the Longhorns got within four with 6 minutes to go. The Aggies scored seven straight points to push the lead to 72-61 about three minutes later. Freshman Chassidy Fussell scored a career-high 26 points for the Longhorns and senior Kathleen Nash recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT: AT NO. 25/23 IOWA STATE (FEB. 21)
Chelsea Poppens had a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 25 Iowa State beat Texas 66-57 in overtime on Monday night. Anna Prins added 13 points, including four in the extra period, for the Cyclones. Yvonne Anderson had 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to lead Texas. Kathleen Nash led the Longhorns with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Iowa State outscored Texas 12-3 in overtime. Texas’ Tiffany Moore tied the score at 52-52 with 1:20 left in regulation before a foul away from the ball sent Poppens to the line where she knocked down both free throws, giving the Cyclones a two-point lead with 28 seconds remaining. Anne Marie Hartung’s basket tied the game at 54 before ISU guard Kelsey Bolte misfired on a jump shot as the clock expired. The Cyclones went into the locker room with a halftime lead of 30-29 after a back-and-forth first half that saw seven lead changes and five ties.
LONGHORNS IN THE BIG 12
In the most recent edition of the Big 12 Conference standings (Feb. 23), senior guard Kathleen Nash ranks tied for second from the free throw line (.875, 28-of-32) in conference games played while freshman guard Chassidy Fussell is fourth (.857, 54-of-63). Nash is seventh in the league with 7.5 rpg. Fussell is the leading freshman scorer in the conference with 18.5 ppg, an average that is fifth-best in league contests, and tied for third with 2.4 3-point field goals made per game. Junior post Ashley Gayle stands second in blocked shots (2.8 bpg).
TEXAS IN THE BIG 12
Here’s a look at Texas’ best rankings (top four) in the most recent edition of the Big 12 Conference standings through all league games (Feb. 23):
2. Rebounding offense - 427 (40.5 pg)
2. Offensive rebounds - 196 (15.1 pg)
2. 3-Point FG percentage defense - .306 (60-of-196)
3. 3-Point FG made - 6.6 pg
3. 3-Point FG percentage - .358 (86-of-240)
3. Blocked shots - 62 (4.8 pg)
3. Defensive rebounds - 3319 (25.5 pg)
4. Scoring offense - 68.6 ppg
4. Offensive rebound percentage - .354
BIG 12 STANDINGS
With three Big 12 Conference games remaining, Texas is in a two-way tie for sixth place at 6-7 with Texas Tech. The Horns began league play with an 0-4 record before going 6-3 over their last nine contests to climb from the bottom of the standings.
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.
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 27 contests, UT is toppling its opponents by +9.4 ppg and putting up 78.1 ppg for a mark that ranks third overall in the league. Texas’ last four victories have all been by at least 10 points.
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.
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.