March 3, 2009
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#15/18 TEXAS (20-8, 8-6 Big 12) at #rv/15 Kansas State (21-6, 8-6 Big 12)
Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2009 • 7 p.m. Central
Fred Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) • Manhattan, Kan.
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Ch. 54 in Austin and regionally by FSN KC (DirecTV Ch. 672; Dish Network Ch. 448). Brent Stover (pxp) and Patti Phillips (color) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET (1300 AM Sportsradio The Zone) will broadcast Wednesday's game between Texas and K-State. Craig Way (pxp) and Chris Plonsky (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, 10-8. Last meeting: K-State 58-55 [OT] (Jan. 13, 2008; Austin, Texas)
SERIES VS. K-STATE
• FINAL STRETCH ... The Longhorns close the regular season by facing a pair of ranked opponents in Kansas State (Mar. 4) and Oklahoma (Mar. 8). Including Texas' game against then-No. 6/7 Baylor on Feb. 28, UT is the only Big 12 team to close the regular season against three-straight ranked opponents.
• LINDSEY CRASHING THE BOARDS ... Senior forward Ashley Lindsey recorded her second double-double in the last four games with a career-high 16 rebounds and a season-high 16 points against Baylor on Feb. 28. Over the same four-game stretch dating back to the Feb. 18 contest against Oklahoma State, Lindsey has averaged a team-best 9.0 rpg and 11.0 ppg, which ranks second to Brittainey Raven's 14.5 ppg.
Saturday's contest marks the 19th meeting between Texas and Kansas State, with the Longhorns holding a 10-8 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams first met on Dec. 11, 1982, with Texas prevailing 93-73 in Austin. UT won the first four meetings in the series between 1982-84. The two teams did not face each other again until Jan. 11, 1997, in Manhattan, when the Wildcats won for the first time. The Horns are 3-4 all-time when playing in Manhattan and are 0-1 against the Wildcats under second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors
after suffering a 58-55 overtime loss last season. Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 10-8
Goestenkors all-time vs. K-State - 1-1
Most UT points - 93 (Dec. 11, 1982)
Most KSU points - 80 (Jan. 30, 2002)
Fewest UT points - 55 (Jan. 13, 2008)
Fewest KSU points - 34 (Feb. 3, 2007)
Largest UT margin - 27 (61-34; Feb. 3, 2007)
Largest KSU margin - 16 (79-63; Mar. 6, 2002)
In overtime - Tied, 2-2
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
Texas is ranked No. 15 in the latest Associated Press poll (Mar. 2) and No. 18 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (Feb. 24). Texas is 5-4 this season against Top 25 opponents and 2-4 in Big 12 contests.
LAST TIME OUT: BAYLOR (FEB. 28)
(AP) - Jhasmin Player scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help No. 6 Baylor snap a three-game losing streak to No. 16 Texas with a 66-57 win Saturday. Jessica Morrow added 13 points and shut down Texas' leading scorer Brittainey Raven, holding her to six points on 1-of-9 shooting. Melissa Jones grabbed 15 rebounds for Baylor (23-4, 11-3). Ashley Lindsey scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Texas (20-8, 8-6).
· Texas trailed by a game-high 16 points at the 5:35 mark in the first half, but closed the gap to as few as three points at the 2:43 mark in the second half with a layup by Ashleigh Fontenette.
· After recording 13 rebounds in the first half, Texas added 29 in the second half to bring its game total to 42.
· Texas broke up a 9-0 Baylor run at the 13:34 mark in the first half with layup from Ashleigh Fontenette to trail 17-10 ... Fontenette also stopped an 8-0 Baylor run at the 5:24 mark with a jumper to trail 29-15.
· Recorded her second double-double of the season and the 16th of her career.
· Scored 16 points (7-of-15 FG, 2-of-2 FT) ... matching her season high against Oklahoma State (Feb. 18).
· Pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds ... passing her career high of 14 against Baylor (Jan. 30, 2008) and passing her season high of 11 against Ole Miss (Dec. 7).
· Reached double-digit scoring for the third time in the last four games, for the tenth time this season and 36th of her career.
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 is 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.
AMONG THE LEAGUE'S BEST
With just two Big 12 contests remaining, the Longhorns continue to find themselves among the top three in 11 statistical categories. Additionally, UT is the only school in the league to rank in the top three in both 3-point FG percentage and 3-point FG percentage defense.
HOT FROM THE FIELD
Eight Texas players are shooting 40 percent or better from the field. Junior Kristen Nash (.512) leads the Longhorns, while seniors Earnesia Williams (.496) and Ashley Lindsey (.489) rank second and third, respectively. Three Longhorns have also made 32 or more three-pointers this season (Kathleen Nash - 40; Erika Arriaran - 36; Brittainey Raven - 32.
Texas has converted 36.8 percent (150-of-408) from beyond the arc. UT is 11-1 on the season when shooting 40 percent or better from three-point range. The Horns recorded a season-high 13-of-23 performance (.565) at Oklahoma State (Feb. 5), and their 13 three pointers in that game stand as the second-best single-game record in Texas history.
LINDSEY DOUBLING UP
Senior Ashley Lindsey has recorded two double-doubles in her last four games. Her first of the season came against Oklahoma State (Feb. 18) with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and her most recent was a 16-point, 16-rebound performance against Baylor (Feb. 28). Additionally, Lindsey has four double-digit performances in her last five games.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
The big statistical difference in Texas' 20 wins and eight losses this season can be traced to the defensive end of the court. In its 20 wins, Texas has held opponents to an average of 53.0 points per contest and a combined .328 percent FG shooting, including an 82-of-325 (.252) mark from three-point range.
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 (1.64 spg) and ranks second in scoring (8.7ppg) and three-point field goals (10-of-22, .455), while Gayle is second in her class with 1.21 bpg.