March 4, 2011
Complete game notes
TEXAS (18-11, 7-8 Big 12) at Oklahoma State (15-13, 3-12 Big 12)
Saturday, March 5, 2011 • 7 p.m. Central
Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611) • Stillwater, Okla.
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Saturday’s game between Texas and Oklahoma State. Fans can also tune into XM Satellite Radio Ch. 231 for all of the action. Jon Madani (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: Texas, 24-9. Last meeting: Texas 63-56 (Jan. 22, 2011; Austin)
• SECOND-HALF SHOOTOUT ... Tied 31-31 at halftime against Texas Tech, the Horns outscored the Lady Raiders 52-28 in the second half. Yvonne Anderson led a trio of double-figure scorers in the second stanza with 14 points while Chassidy Fussell and Ashley Gayle added 13 and 11, respectively. As a team, UT hit a season-high 55 percent from the field (28-51) overall in the game.
• YVONNE LATELY ... Over the last three games, junior guard Yvonne Anderson has led Texas with 19.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg while playing a team-high 40.3 mpg. During the stretch, Anderson scored a career-high 24 points and added seven rebounds against No. 5/5 Texas A&M (Feb. 27).
• 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-three in her class in steals (1.53 spg, first), scoring (18.0 ppg, second), free throw percentage (.859, third), and rebounding (4.8 rpg, third) in all league contests.
• SWAT QUEEN ...
With three blocks against Texas Tech (March 2), junior post Ashley Gayle
increased her season total to 104 and reset the Texas single-season record. Gayle owned the previous record after posting 103 during her sophomore campaign (2009-10).
SERIES VS. OKLAHOMA STATE
Saturday’s contest marks the 34th meeting between state-border foes Texas and Oklahoma State. Texas holds a 24-9 advantage in the all-time series that began on Mar. 11, 1977, with an 80-79 UT win at the AIAW Regionals in Monroe, La. The two teams have split their regular-season series for the last three years, with each team winning its game at home in 2010. The Longhorns claimed a 63-56 victory over the Cowgirls on Jan. 22 in Austin. The Longhorns hold a 9-5 all-time advantage in Stillwater.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 24-9
Goestenkors all-time vs. Oklahoma State - 5-4
Most UT points - 91 (Feb. 5, 2009)
Most OSU points - 82 (Jan. 3, 1998)
Fewest UT points - 52 (twice)
Fewest OSU points - 42 (Jan. 15, 2005)
Largest UT margin - 34 (90-56; Feb. 9, 2002)
Largest OSU margin - 21 (82-61; Jan. 3, 1998)
In overtime - Tied, 1-1
THE LAST MEETING: VS. OKLAHOMA STATE (JAN. 22, 2011)
Freshman Chassidy Fussell scored 21 points and Texas got its first Big 12 win with a 63-56 victory over Oklahoma State. Kathleen Nash added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds, six defensive, for the Longhorns. Ashley Gayle added six crucial blocks in the win. The Longhorns were ahead the entire game, but Oklahoma State rallied to within four on consecutive jumpers by Lakyn Garrison. Nash responded with a 3-pointer to put the Longhorns up 53-46. The Cowgirls made one last rally and with under a minute to play, a layup by Precious Robinson put OSU within four again. The Cowgirls could get no closer. Toni Young had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cowgirls.
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. TEXAS TECH (MARCH 2)
Chassidy Fussell scored a game-high 23 points to lead four Longhorns in double-digit scoring, as Texas defeated Texas Tech 83-59. UT shot 55 percent from the field – the Longhorns’ best mark this season. Yvonne Anderson scored 19 points, her third-straight game in double-digit scoring. Ashley Gayle added 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Ashleigh Fontenette scored 12 on 6-of-9 shooting. After Tech shot 52 percent in the first half, the UT defense, also sparked by Fussell, held the Red Raiders to 42 percent shooting from the field in the second half. After hitting two free throws to break a 45-45 tie, Fussell then stole the in-bounds pass, which set up a Kristen Nash jumper that put UT out front 49-45. UT then scored nine unanswered points to extend the lead to 58-45 with 11:51 to play. Fussell had her first double-digit scoring game since she posted 17 against OU on Feb. 19. Her 23 points are the most she has scored since her 25-point effort against Kansas on Feb. 2. Gayle had three blocks against Tech to break her own single-season block record. She now has 104 on the season. She set the previous record last year with 103.
LONGHORNS IN THE BIG 12
In the most recent edition of the Big 12 Conference standings (March 3), senior guard Kathleen Nash ranks second from the free throw line (.875, 28-of-32) in conference games played while freshman guard Chassidy Fussell is fourth (.859, 61-of-71). Nash is sixth in the league with 7.4 rpg. Fussell is the second-leading freshman scorer in the conference with 18.1 ppg, an average that is seventh-best in league contests, and tied for fourth with 2.3 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 (March 3):
2. Rebounding offense - 602 (40.1 pg)
2. Offensive rebounds - 220 (14.7 pg)
2. 3-Point FG percentage defense - .297 (66-of-222)
2. Blocked shots - 70 (4.7 pg)
T2. 3-Point FG made - 6.7 pg
3. 3-Point FG percentage - .366 (101-of-276)
3. Defensive rebounds - 382 (25.5 pg)
3. Offensive rebound percentage - .358
4. Scoring offense - 69.3 ppg
BIG 12 STANDINGS
With one Big 12 Conference game remaining, Texas is in a two-way tie for sixth place with Texas Tech at 7-8. The Horns began league play with an 0-4 record before going 6-4 over their last 10 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’ 18 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 29 contests, UT is toppling its opponents by +9.5 ppg and putting up 77.8 ppg for a mark that ranks third overall in the league. Texas’ last five victories have all been by at least 10 points.