March 1, 2011
Complete game notes
TEXAS (17-11, 6-8 Big 12) vs. No. RV/RV Texas Tech (20-8, 7-7 Big 12)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 • 7 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: None. Free live video feed at www.TexasSports.tv.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Wednesday’s game between Texas and Texas Tech. Craig Way (pxp) and Jon Madani (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: Texas, 59-25. Last meeting: Texas 75-67 (Jan. 26, 2011; Lubbock)
• TOP OF THE CLASS ... A leading candidate for Big 12 Freshman of the year, guard Chassidy Fussell is the only true freshman to rank in the top-five in her class in scoring (17.8 ppg, second), steals (1.50 spg, second), free throw percentage (.862, third), rebounding (4.7 rpg, fourth) and assists (1.71 apg, fifth) in all league contests.
• BLOCK PARTY ... Junior post Ashley Gayle is chasing down her own single-season blocks record at UT. Through 28 games, Gayle has recorded 101 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.
• ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR NASH ... Senior guard Kathleen Nash cracked UT’s all-time top-10 career rebounding list when she pulled down 10 boards against Texas A&M. With 881 rebounds in 129 games, she ranks 10th in school history.
• SENIOR NIGHT ...
Wednesday evening marks the final regular-season home game for five members of the Texas Women’s Basketball family: players Kristen Nash
, Kathleen Nash
and Sarah Lancaster
, student manager Rebekah Ray and student trainer Allison Martinez. Each has been so important in upholding the proud tradition of the Longhorns, and they have represented themselves with class on the court, on campus and in our communities. They will be recognized in a pregame ceremony on the Erwin Center court.
SERIES VS. TEXAS TECH
Wednesday’s contest marks the 85th meeting between Texas and Texas Tech. Texas holds a 59-25 advantage in the all-time series that began on Jan. 15, 1977. The Longhorns swept the Lady Raiders for the first time since 2003 last season with a pair of victories, including a 95-90 double overtime thriller on Jan. 10 in Lubbock followed by an 81-51 decision in Austin on Feb. 7. Texas is 27-6 against Texas Tech when the teams meet in Austin.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 59-25
Goestenkors all-time vs. Texas Tech - 8-2
Most UT points - 98 (Dec. 9, 1981)
Most TTU points - 96 (Feb. 5, 1997)
Fewest UT points - 40 (Jan. 28, 1995)
Fewest TTU points - 43 (twice)
Largest UT margin - 48 (96-48; Feb. 17, 1979)
Largest TTU margin - 44 (84-40; Jan. 28, 1995)
In overtime - Texas, 2-1
THE LAST MEETING: AT TEXAS TECH (JAN. 26, 2011)
Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell led Texas with 16 second-half points in a 75-67 come-from-behind win at Texas Tech. Fussell posted 22 points to help the Longhorns hand the Lady Raiders their first home loss of the season. She was a perfect four-of-four from long distance including a game-clenching bucket from downtown with just 52 seconds remaining. The Longhorns trailed 38-31 at halftime after the Lady Raiders closed the half with a 8-0 run. The second half began much like the first as the Longhorns came out with six straight points to trail 38-37 at the 17:36 mark. Monique Smalls hit a three-pointer for Tech’s only basket in the first five minutes of the stanza, but senior guard Kathleen Nash put up seven points in three consecutive possessions to give UT a 44-41 advantage and its first lead in the second half. The Lady Raiders reclaimed no more than a one-point lead over the next few minutes until the Longhorns used a 6-0 run to build a 55-52 lead with 8:58 left in the game. UT never trailed again when Fussell hit her third of three treys with 5:12 remaining for a 62-54 advantage.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
UT is not ranked in The Associated Press Poll (Feb. 28) and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (March 1) for the 16th week of the season.
LAST TIME OUT: VS. #5/5 TEXAS A&M (FEB. 27)
Yvonne Anderson scored a career high 24 points, including 19 in the second half, as Texas staged a furious rally against No. 5 Texas A&M on Sunday at the Frank Erwin Center. A&M led by as many as 16, but the Longhorns trimmed the score to three with a little more than three minutes to play. The Aggies however, held on for the 68-65 victory. The Longhorns shot 60 percent from the field in the second half as they outscored the Aggies 48 -36 in the final 20 minutes to play. Kathleen Nash contributed a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while hitting 4-of-9 from 3-point range. Ashleigh Fontenette had 14 points and seven rebounds. Anderson, who found success driving to the rim, again attacked the basket and dished out to Nash on the perimeter, who nailed the 3-pointer to bring UT within 60-57 with 3:35 remaining. Adora Elonu then answered with a jumper to extend A&M’s lead to five, and the Longhorns couldn’t get any closer than three the rest of the way. Danielle Adams led the Aggies with 26 points and 11 rebounds. A&M was limited to one of 13 from 3-point range (7.7 percent) by the Longhorns defense.
LONGHORNS IN THE BIG 12
In the most recent edition of the Big 12 Conference standings (Feb. 28), senior guard Kathleen Nash ranks tthird from the free throw line (.875, 28-of-32) in conference games played while freshman guard Chassidy Fussell is fourth (.862, 56-of-65). Nash is fifth in the league with 7.7 rpg. Fussell is the second-leading freshman scorer in the conference with 17.6 ppg, an average that is ninth-best in league contests, and fifth with 2.2 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. 28):
1. 3-Point FG made - 6.6 pg
2. Rebounding offense - 565 (40.4 pg)
2. Offensive rebounds - 209 (14.9 pg)
2. 3-Point FG percentage defense - .292 (61-of-209)
4. 3-Point FG percentage - .355 (93-of-262)
3. Blocked shots - 66 (4.7 pg)
3. Defensive rebounds - 356 (25.4 pg)
4. Scoring offense - 68.4 ppg
4. Offensive rebound percentage - .355
BIG 12 STANDINGS
With two Big 12 Conference games remaining, Texas is in a two-way tie for seventh place with Kansas at 6-8. The Horns began league play with an 0-4 record before going 6-4 over their 10 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 28 contests, UT is toppling its opponents by +9.0 ppg and putting up 77.6 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.
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.
QUARTET IN DOUBLE DIGITS
Texas is the only school in the Big 12 Conference with four players averaging double-digit scoring: Chassidy Fussell (16.8 ppg), Kathleen Nash (14.2 ppg), Ashleigh Fontenette (11.9 ppg) and Yvonne Anderson (11.6 ppg).