March 4, 2013
Complete Texas Game Notes
TEXAS (11-17, 4-13 Big 12) vs. West Virginia (17-11, 9-8 Big 12)
March 5, 2013 ~ 7:32 p.m. Central ~ LHN
Frank Erwin Center (16,540) ~ Austin, Texas
Game Day Information
TV: Fran Harris (play-by-play), Debbie Antonelli (analyst) and Kaylee Hartung (reporter) have the call on the Longhorn Network national telecast of the game.
RADIO: The radio broadcast with Craig Way on play-by-play and Amie Smith Bradley as color analyst will air on KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone.”
SERIES: West Virginia, 2-0. Last meeting: West Virginia 53-49 (Jan. 9, 2013; Morgantown)
• SENIOR NIGHT ... Tuesday’s game marks the final home collegiate contest for five members of the Texas Women’s Basketball family. Senior players Kayla Brewer, Cokie Reed and Nadia Taylor, as well as student manager Megan Seiler and student athletic trainer Herberto Zamora, will be honored in a short pregame ceremony beginning at approximately 7:10 p.m.
• McGEE-STAFFORD APPROACHING RECORD ... Freshman center Imani McGee-Stafford has totaled 68 blocks during her freshman campaign. She is one shy of tying Texas’ all-time freshman record of 69 set by Retha Swindell during the 1975-76 season.
• RODRIGO ECLIPSES CENTURY MARK ... Freshman point guard Celina Rodrigo became the sixth true freshman in Texas history to eclipse the century mark for single-season assists. She passed out four assists in the Longhorns’ loss at Oklahoma State to bring her total to 101 and became the first freshman since Carla Cortijo (2006-07) to hit 100.
Texas vs. West Virginia
Tuesday’s contest marks the third meeting between Texas and West Virginia, and the first in Austin since WVU joined the Big 12 Conference prior to the 2012-13 season. The two teams squared off for the first time on March 17, 2012, in the NCAA Championship First Round at Norfolk, Va., where the Mountaineers claimed a 68-55 victory in the contest. West Virginia won this season’s first meeting, 53-49, on Jan. 9 in Morgantown.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - West Virginia, 2-0
Most UT points - 55 (March 17, 2012)
Most WVU points - 68 (March 17, 2012)
Biggest WVU margin - 13 (March 17, 2012)
Last Time Out: at Oklahoma State [March 2, 2013]
Sophomore Nneka Enemkpali posted a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double, her 12th of the season, but Texas lost to Oklahoma State, 64-58, on Saturday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Longhorns led for much of the first half but surrendered a nine-point second-half lead. Down 60-55 with under a minute to play, Chassidy Fussell sank a long three-pointer to bring Texas within two. But Oklahoma State sealed the game with four straight makes from the line for the final tally. Freshman Imani McGee-Stafford’s 15 points complemented Enemkpali’s scoring effort, with Fussell and freshman Empress Davenport each adding nine. Four Cowgirls reached double figures, led by Kendra Suttles with 18 points. Liz Donohoe and Tiffany Bias scored 13 apiece and Toni Young tacked on 11.
Flashback: at West Virginia [Jan. 9, 2013]
Texas dropped a 53-49 decision to West Virginia in Morgantown, where the Longhorns got career efforts from freshmen Empress Davenport (14 points) and Celina Rodrigo (nine rebounds) but were unable to overcome the Mountaineers in the teams’ first conference meeting. UT outrebounded its 11th opponent of the season with Imani McGee-Stafford leading the way. The freshman center had a game-high 13 rebounds, grabbing 10 in the first half. The Mountaineers led by six heading into the break before Texas opened the second half with a 5-0 run and grabbed its first lead in just under 20 minutes of play. The Longhorns held their lead over a nearly seven-minute stretch until the Mountaineers went ahead with 6:05 left in the game. UT was down just one with 35 seconds on the clock following a pair of made free throws by Davenport but could not convert from the field down the stretch. Ayana Dunning had 19 points to pace West Virginia and Christal Caldwell added 17.
Sixth Freshman of the Week Accolade
Imani McGee-Stafford averaged 15 points and nine rebounds in Texas’ games last week while shooting .636 (14-of-22) from the field en route to her sixth Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Week honor. She posted her 12th double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds in a win over TCU.
What’s in a Texas Win?
A win would mark the 935th victory in program history ... a win would mark head coach Karen Aston’s 12th victory at Texas, and her 113th victory all-time as a head coach ... a win would be Texas’ first over West Virginia.
Fussell En Fuego
In the Longhorns’ last five games, junior guard Chassidy Fussell has averaged a team-best 16.8 ppg, including a 46.5 percent mark (32-69) from the field. She has also connected on team-high 10 attempts from beyond the arc.
Sophomore forward Nneka Enemkpali added her 12th double-double of the season at Oklahoma State (March 2) with a 17-point, 11-rebound performance, and freshman center Imani McGee-Stafford registered her 12th double-double of the season against TCU (Feb. 26). The duo’s combined 24 doubles are the most by any league tandem this year.
Enemkpali in Elite Company
Sophomore Nneka Enemkpali is the only underclassmen and one of just three players in the Big 12 Conference ranked among the top-15 scorers and pulling down nine or more rebounds per game. She is fourth overall in the league with 9.3 rpg and is the 13th-leading scorer with 12.9 ppg. Oklahoma State’s Toni Young and Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens are the only other players presently accomplishing the same feat.