March 5, 2010
Complete game notes
#18/22 TEXAS (20-9, 9-6 Big 12) at #14/15 Baylor (22-7, 9-6 Big 12)
Sunday, March 7, 2010 • 2:30 p.m. Central • FSN
Ferrell Center (10,284) • Waco, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by FSN. Brent Stover (pxp) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Sunday’s game between Texas and Baylor. Fans can also tune into XM Satellite Radio Ch. 231 for all of the action. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: Texas leads, 56-21. Last meeting: Texas 61-50 (Jan. 31, 2010; Austin, Texas)
• WILLIAMS WINNING THE BOARDS ... In Texas’ last two outings, redshirt senior Earnesia Williams is averaging a team-best 8.5 rpg. Williams recorded a season-high 11 rebounds against Oklahoma (Feb. 27), and added six against Missouri (March 3).
• BETTER BY THE YEAR ... With nine Big 12 Conference wins, Texas has produced its best league record since 2005 when it finished 13-3. In her first two seasons at UT, head coach Gail Goestenkors recorded league finishes of 7-9 (2007-08) and 8-8 (2008-09).
• REED BEST IN CLASS ... Freshman post Cokie Reed is the only league freshman to rank Top 10 in her class in scoring (7.8 ppg), rebounding (4.6 rpg), field goal percentage (.491), steals (0.8 spg) and blocked shots (1.1 bpg).
• LEAGUE STANDINGS ... Texas is in a four-way tie for fourth in the Big 12 Conference at 9-6 along with Baylor. Texas A&M and Oklahoma State round out the quartet with 9-6 records, although Texas A&M competes at Kansas on Saturday, March 6, and OSU is at Oklahoma on Sunday at 4 p.m.
SERIES VS. BAYLOR
Sunday’s contest marks the 78th meeting between I-35 foes Texas and Baylor. Texas holds a 56-21 advantage in the all-time series that began on Jan. 21, 1975, with a 116-62 Baylor win in Austin. The Horns hold a 21-14 all-time advantage when the teams meet in the Ferrell Center, including a 58-55 victory in Waco on Feb. 1, 2009, when UT defeated its’ highest-ranked opponent (then-No. 4/3 Baylor) under Coach G. Series Quick Facts
THE LAST MEETING: VS. BAYLOR (JAN. 31, 2010)Earnesia Williams
|Overall Series Record
|Goestenkors all-time vs. Baylor
|Most UT points
||102 (Feb. 22, 1979)
|Most BU points
||116 (Jan. 21, 1975)
|Fewest UT points
||48 (Jan. 7, 2006)
|Fewest BU points
|Largest UT margin
||51 (92-41; Feb. 7, 1987)
|Largest BU margin
||54 (116-62; Jan. 21, 1975)
scored 13 points and No. 19 Texas got a much-needed boost in the Big 12 with a 61-50 win over No. 14 Baylor. Texas led by 21 midway through the second half before Baylor rallied to get within seven with under 3 minutes to play. Brittainey Raven
chipped in 12 points and Ashleigh Fontenette
scored 11 for the Longhorns. Brittney Griner scored 21 points to lead Baylor but got little help offensively from her teammates as Baylor shot just 32 percent. Texas handled the 6-foot-8 freshman post player much of the game by rotating their own 6-4 forwards, Ashley Gayle
and Cokie Reed
, to defend her. Reed and Gayle scored eight points together and both fouled out, but their work inside and Texas’ zone defense helped deny entry passes to Griner.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
Texas dropped four places to No. 18 in the latest Associated Press poll (March 1) and six places to No. 22 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (March 2). In her 18 years as a collegiate head coach, Gail Goestenkors has spent 277 weeks in the AP Top 25 poll, the most by any current Big 12 head coach, and a mark that ranks ninth by active coaches in AP Poll history.
LAST TIME OUT: VS. MISSOURI (MARCH 3)
Brittainey Raven scored 13 points as No. 18 Texas beat Missouri 60-41 on Wednesday night. Erika Arriaran added nine points in the win. Cokie Reed held down the low post with nine points and five rebounds. Toy Richbow’s back-to-back baskets forced Texas to call a timeout with a slim 36-30 advantage. After the timeout, Kathleen Nash hit a 3-pointer from the right wing giving Texas a 42-32 lead, and the Longhorns (20-9, 9-6 Big 12) went on a 21-9 run in the final 13 minutes to shut down Missouri. Shakara Jones and Jessra Johnson both scored 10 points for the Tigers (11-17, 1-14). The Longhorns jumped out to an early 10-6 lead after two quick layups by Raven to start the game. Texas went on a 12-4 run in the next six minutes to provide some cushion and closed out the first half strong taking a 30-16 lead into halftime. Missouri shot just 21 percent from the field in the first half, but Jones scored on three consecutive trips down the court after halftime to cut the Longhorns’ lead to 34-24.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
In Big 12 Conference games, Texas is averaging a league-best 37.7 3-point FG percentage (89-of-236), and ranks second in scoring offense (71.1 ppg), blocked shots (5.6 bpg) and defensive rebounds (27.1 drpg). Sophomore post Ashley Gayle is second with 3.1 bpg in conference games. Sophomore guard Ashleigh Fontenette is fourth with a 1.9 assist/turnover ratio, and junior guard Kathleen Nash (25-of-62, .403) ranks third in 3-point FG pct.
PARTY OF TWO
Not only has junior guard Kathleen Nash etched her name in the Texas 1K Club this season, she also became just the second player in UT history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 150 3FG made. Nash accomplished the feat in 97 games, while Heather Schreiber (2001-05) did the same in 110 games. The pair is the only to do so in Texas’ 36-year history.
GAYLE’S BLOCK PARTY
Sophomore post Ashley Gayle became the Texas all-time sophomore blocks leader when she recorded her 67th block of the season against Texas Tech on Feb. 7. She has amassed 150 blocks in less than two seasons on the Forty Acres, a mark that stands tied for the fifth-best in school history, and her 90 blocks this year are the third most in a single season.
Texas All-Time Sophomore Blocks
1. Ashley Gayle (2009-10) - 90
2. Ellen Bayer (1987-88) - 66
Texas All-Time Single-Season Blocks
1. Ellen Bayer (1988-89) - 97
2. Ashley Lindsey (2007-08) - 94
3. Ashley Gayle (2008-pr.) - 90
REED IN A CLASS OF HER OWN
Freshman post Cokie Reed is in a class of her own compared to all other Big 12 Conference rookies. Reed is the only league freshman to rank Top 10 in her class in scoring (7.8 ppg), rebounding (4.6 rpg), field goal percentage (.491), steals (0.8 spg) and blocked shots (1.1 bpg).
FLORES OUT FOR SEASON
Freshman point guard Lauren Flores tore the ACL in her left knee during practice on Monday, March 4, and will miss the remainder of the season. Flores averaged 2.4 points and 10.7 minutes per game off the bench in 25 games this year prior to sustaining the injury during practice in Austin. The freshman point guard contributed 24 assists and seven steals on the season.
TEXAS SIZED BLOCKS
With sophomore post Ashley Gayle rewriting Texas’ individual block records, it was bound to happen that the all-time team blocks records would also see an impact. With 173 this year, the Horns are on pace to set the single-season record for most blocks.
Texas Single-Season Team Blocks
1. 33 games, 2008-09 175
2. 29 games, 2009-10 173
3. 35 games, 2007-08 168
The eighth edition of the NCAA RPI was released March 1 and Texas is one of a nation-high seven Big 12 Conference teams in the Top 20 at No. 15. The Big 12 is also ranked first in RPI by both CBN and Jeff Sagarin for the 13th-consecutive week - each week RPI ratings have been released on the season. UT’s schedule is ranked No. 15 by the NCAA and CBN, while Jeff Sagarin ranks it at No. 12.