March 2, 2012
Complete Texas Game Notes
TEXAS (17-12, 7-10 Big 12) vs. No. 17/13 Texas A&M (20-8, 11-6 Big 12)
State Farm Lone Star Showdown
Sunday, March 4, 2012 • 12 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by FSN. Andrew Monaco (pxp) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) will call the action.
INTERNET AUDIO BROADCAST (SUBSCRIPTION): Jon Madani (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will provide Texas fans with the play-by-play of Sunday’s game through TexasSports.com. Fans can also listen to the broadcast on 103.1 FM inside of the Frank Erwin Center.
SERIES: Texas leads, 59-23. Last meeting: Texas 76-71 (Jan. 15, 2012; College Station, Texas).
• Senior Salute ... Sunday’s game marks the final home collegiate contest for senior captains Yvonne Anderson, Ashleigh Fontenette and Ashley Gayle. During the last four seasons, the Horns sport a 79-49 (.617) record entering Sunday’s contest. There will be a short pregame ceremony beginning at 11:45 a.m. to honor the trio along with graduate assistant Abi Whitling.
• RPI Rundown ... Per the NCAA Women’s Basketball RPI Ranking (thru Feb. 27), the Longhorns have not lost to any team with an RPI less than 60 this season. Texas’ key wins come against No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 26 Cal and No. 49 Virginia. The Longhorns check in at No. 55 in the latest rankings.
• Win Some, Lose Some ... In its seven Big 12 Conference wins, Texas is piling up 72.4 ppg and connecting on 43.9 percent from the field (193-440). The Longhorns are averaging just 59.1 ppg in their 10 league losses and hitting only 34.9 percent from the field (218-624).
• Fussell at the Line ... Sophomore guard Chassidy Fussell’s 90.5 percent (86-of-95) from the free-throw line is second-best among all NCAA Division I players this season (thru Feb. 26). She has made 24 consecutive baskets from the charity stripe.
Series vs. Texas A&M
Sunday’s contest marks the 83rd meeting between Texas and Texas A&M. Texas holds a 59-23 advantage in the all-time series that dates to the first meeting on March 23, 1975, when the Longhorns prevailed 63-62. The Longhorns lead the series 28-7 when the teams meet in Austin.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 59-23
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 - 27 (77-50; Mar. 9, 2011)
In overtime - N/A
State Farm Lone Star Showdown
The 2011-12 academic season marks the eighth year of the State Farm Lone Star Showdown, the all-sports athletics competition between Texas and Texas A&M. UT has maintained ownership of the Showdown trophy in five of the first seven years. The Horns 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 claimed 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 recorded a 10.0-9.0 victory in 2009-10 and the two schools tied (9.5-9.5) last year (Texas retained the trophy based on outright win in 2009-10). Texas holds a 7.5-3.0 lead in points in this year’s Showdown standings heading into Sunday’s contest. The winning school in Sunday’s game receives 0.5 point. In order to win the Showdown, a school must acquire 10.0 points during the year.
Flashback: at No. 12 Texas A&M (Jan. 11, 2012)
Chassidy Fussell scored 22 points and Ashley Gayle added a career-high 17 to help Texas beat No. 12 Texas A&M 76-71 in College Station, ending a 11-game losing streak to the Aggies. The Longhorns were up 72-71 with 2:03 left when Cokie Reed missed a short jumper. She got the rebound and converted a layup to make it a three-point game. After Adrienne Pratcher missed a jumper on the other end, Texas secured its first Big 12 victory this season. UT outscored A&M 40-24 in the paint, and 20-9 on the fast break. Sydney Carter scored 25 points to lead the Aggies. Texas A&M, the defending national champions, lost at home to an unranked opponent for the first time since a setback to Nebraska in February 2005.
Texas All-Time vs. Defending National Champions
Sunday’s contest marks the 24th time Texas has competed against a defending national champion. The Longhorns have twice toppled the previous season champion during the Gail Goestenkors era including a 73-59 win over Tennessee (2088 NCAA Champion) on Dec. 14, 2008, and a 76-71 victory at Texas A&M (2011 NCAA Champion) on Jan. 11, 2012. UT is 7-16 all-time when facing the defending national champions.
Last Time Out: at Missouri (Feb. 28, 2012)
The Texas Women’s Basketball team maintained its late-season momentum and had two players reach career milestones as the Longhorns downed the Missouri Tigers, 75-62, on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. Senior Yvonne Anderson and sophomore Chassidy Fussell both eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in their collegiate careers in the win. Anderson became the 37th player in Texas history to do so with a layup at the 17:17 mark of the second half. Fussell joined her as the 38th off a three-pointer with 6:03 remaining in the game. It was UT’s second victory in as many Big 12 games and only its second road win of the conference season. Anderson and Fussell finished with 12 and 16 points, respectively. Sophomore Chelsea Bass recorded a season-high 18 points, including four three-pointers, to lead all Texas scorers. Freshman Ronisha Major added seven rebounds. Kyley Simmons chipped in 11 points for the Tigers. Christine Flores, who averaged 20 points in the last three games, was held without a field goal.
Texas Against Ranked Opponents
Texas sports a 2-5 record against AP Top 25 opponents this season. The Longhorns will face one additional ranked opponent when No. 14 Texas A&M visits Austin on March 4 for both teams’ regular-season finale. UT last beat a Top 10 opponent on Feb. 1, 2009, when it handed then-No. 4 Baylor a 58-55 loss in Waco.
The Longhorns have held 20 opponents to under 40% from the field and six to under 30% this season. Delaware State’s 35 points were the fewest by a Texas opponent in non-conference games, while Texas allowed Oklahoma State (Feb. 11) just 53 points for an opponent low in Big 12 Conference games.
Bass Returns after Midseason injury
Sophomore guard Chelsea Bass returned to Texas’ active roster in its loss at Kansas State (Feb. 18). The sophomore guard missed five straight games after injuring her left ankle in practice on Jan. 31. Since returning to play, Bass is averaging 12.3 ppg on 17-of-31 shooting (54.8 percent) from the field and playing 21.8 minutes pg. She put up a season-high 18 points at Missouri (Feb. 28).
Bass Leading Bench Corp In Conference Play
Sophomore guard Chelsea Bass led UT in scoring with a season-high 18 points in Texas’ 75-62 win at Missouri (Feb. 28), including a career-high four 3-point field goals. Bass has reached double-figure scoring eight times this season and leads UT’s bench with 9.3 ppg in conference games.