Feb. 26, 2009
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#16/18 TEXAS (20-7, 8-5 Big 12) vs. #6/7 Baylor (22-4, 10-3 Big 12)
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 • 2 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,755) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
RADIO: KVET (1300 AM Sportsradio The Zone) will broadcast Saturday’s game between Texas and Baylor. Jon Madani (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 free on 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, 55-20. Last meeting: Texas 58-55 (Feb. 1, 2009; Waco, Texas)
• RAVEN’S BIG NIGHT ... Junior guard Brittainey Raven scored a career-high 31 points (10-of-14 FG, 2-of-4 3FG, 9-of-10 FT) at Missouri on Feb. 24, surpassing her previous career best of 26 points (at Oklahoma State, Feb. 5). Raven became the first Longhorn to eclipse the 30-point mark since Tiffany Jackson did so in 2006 (33 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Dec. 21, 2006). Raven filled up the stat sheet with two rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 31 minutes.
• HORNS NOT DOWN LONG ... On Feb. 24 at Missouri, the Longhorns overcame a 10-point Tigers’ lead in the first half for its largest deficit overcome since rallying from an 11-point deficit at Iowa State (Feb. 15). Texas’ 66-56 win at Missouri marked it’s third come-from-behind effort of 10 or more points in Big 12 action, as UT rallied from a 10-point deficit against Nebraska on Jan. 14 for a 74-60 win.
SERIES VS. BAYLOR
Saturday’s contest marks the 76th meeting between in-state foes Texas and Baylor. Texas holds a 55-20 advantage in the all-time series that began on Jan. 21, 1975, with a 116-62 Baylor win in Austin. The Horns hold a 26-5 all-time advantage at home and are 3-1 against the Bears under second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors
, including a 58-55 victory in Waco on Feb. 1. Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 55-20
Goestenkors all-time vs. Baylor - 3-1
Most UT points - 102 (Feb. 22, 1979)
Most BU points - 116 (Jan. 21, 1975)
Fewest UT points - 48 (Jan. 7, 2006)
Fewest BU points - 40 (twice)
Largest UT margin - 51 (92-41; Feb. 7, 1987)
Largest BU margin - 54 (116-62; Jan. 21, 1975)
In overtime - Texas, 2-1
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
Texas is ranked No. 16 in the latest Associated Press poll (Feb. 23) and No. 18 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (Feb. 24). Texas is 5-3 this season against Top 25 opponents and 2-3 in Big 12 contests.
LAST TIME OUT: AT MISSOURI (FEB. 24)
(AP) - Brittainey Raven scored a career-high 31 points and 16th-ranked Texas overcame an early 10-point deficit to beat Missouri 66-56 on Feb. 24. The Longhorns (20-7, 8-5 Big 12) also got 10 points each from Ashley Lindsey and Kathleen Nash as they shook off back-to-back losses to Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Texas got off to a slow start, hitting 3-of-12 field goals and falling behind 19-9. But a 3-pointer by Nash with 9:32 left in the first half put the Longhorns back in the game. Texas took the lead for good at 24-22 on a putback by Nash and led 30-24 at halftime. The Tigers closed within 34-31 early in the second half but got no closer the rest of the way, as Texas held them to 8-for-33 shooting in the period.
· Texas improved to 5-0 against Big 12 North opponents.
· The Longhorns held the Tigers to just 56 points, and has now kept 17 opponents to 60 points or less this season.
· Three players reached double-figure scoring (Brittainey Raven – 31; Ashley Lindsey – 10; Kathleen Nash – 10) for the 16th time this season … Texas is 14-2 when three or more players post 10 points or more.
· UT shot 50 percent from the field (24-of-48) … UT has shot 50 percent or better in eight games, including three in league play.
· UT shot 82.4 percent from the free-throw line (14-of-17) … it is the first time the Longhorns have shot 80 percent or better from the charity stripe in conference action and the sixth time this season.
· Texas recorded 41 rebounds … it is the first time in five games the Longhorns have eclipsed 40 rebounds and the sixth time in Big 12 play.
With a 66-56 victory at Missouri on Feb. 24, the Longhorns reached their second-consecutive 20-win season under second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors. The 2008-09 squad will became the 28th team in Texas’ 35 years of women’s basketball to eclipse the 20-win mark, and Goestenkors’ 12th-consecutive team to record 20 or more wins.
FLASHBACK: AT NO. 4/3 BAYLOR (FEB. 1, 2009)
(AP) - Kathleen Nash had 11 points and 10 rebounds and No. 16 Texas bounced back from consecutive losses to beat No. 4 Baylor, 58-55, on Feb. 1. Texas scored the first 11 points of the game and then rallied from a seven-point hole early in the second half. This was highest ranked team the Longhorns have beaten since Gail Goestenkors took over last season. Brittainey Raven hit a pair of free throws to put Texas on top, 53-51, with 2:46 left. With just one second left on the shot clock, Kristen Nash scored her only points of the game - a layup that put Texas on top 55-51 with 1:19 left. Kathleen Nash hit two free throws to give the Longhorns a 58-55 lead with 6.6 seconds left. With a chance to tie, the Lady Bears missed a desperation shot as the final buzzer sounded.
HOT FROM THE FIELD
Nine Texas players are shooting 40 percent or better from the field. Senior Earnesia Williams (.508) and junior Kristen Nash (.500) are both shooting 50 percent or better from the floor while three Longhorns have also made 32 or more three-pointers this season (Kathleen Nash - 40; Erika Arriaran - 36; Brittainey Raven - 32.
FRESHMEN FAIRING WELL
Texas’ freshmen class has responded well to the pressures of Big 12 play, as Ashleigh Fontenette and Ashley Gayle either lead the league rookies or rank in the top two in steals, scoring, three-point field goals and blocked shots. Fontenette leads the league freshmen in steals (1.69 spg) and ranks second in scoring (8.3 ppg), while Gayle is second in her class with 1.31 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.
GOESTENKORS VS. IN-STATE OPPONENTS
Second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors boasts a 14-7 record against in-state opponents. She collected her first win against a fellow Texas opponent with a 94-35 win over Lamar on Nov. 15, 2007. In Big 12 contests, Goestenkors is 6-7 against in-state rivals.