March 6, 2013
Complete Texas Game Notes
#9 seed TEXAS (12-17, 5-13 Big 12) vs. #8 seed Kansas State (14-16, 5-13 Big 12)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship First Round
March 8, 2013 ~ 6 p.m. Central ~ Big 12 Digital Network
American Airlines Center ~ Dallas, Texas
Game Day Information
INTERNET VIDEO: Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) have the call on the Big 12 Digital Network (Big12Sports.com).
RADIO: The radio broadcast with Craig Way on play-by-play and Fran Harris as color analyst will air on KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone.”
SERIES: Texas, 13-12. Last meeting: Kansas State 68-47 (Feb. 13, 2013; Manhattan, Kan.)
TEXAS IN THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP: Texas is 18-15 (.545) all-time in league tournament gams.
• FUSSELL LEADING HORNS IN SCORING ... Junior guard Chassidy Fussell is averaging a team-best 14.4 ppg entering the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. She is on pace to become just the fifth Longhorn to lead her team in scoring for three straight seasons, joining Annette Smith-Knight (1981-84), Stacy Stephens (2000-03), Tiffany Jackson (2003-07) and Brittainey Raven (2008-11).
• McGEE-STAFFORD BREAKS TEXAS FRESHMAN RECORD ... With a game-high five blocks against West Virginia, freshman center Imani McGee-Stafford became Texas’ all-time freshmen blocks record. Her 73 swats this season bests the former record of 69 set by Retha Swindell during the 1975-76 season.
• CRASHING THE BOARDS ... Texas ranks ninth in the nation (out of 343 NCAA Division I teams) in rebounding margin, averaging 9.5 more boards than its opponent.
Texas vs. Kansas State
Friday’s contest marks the 26th meeting between Texas and Kansas State. The Longhorns hold a slim 13-12 advantage in the all-time series after splitting this year’s regular-season series with the Wildcats. Texas is 0-2 against Kansas State when the teams meet in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 13-12
Most UT points - 93 (Dec. 11, 1982)
Most KSU points - 80 (Jan. 30, 2002)
Fewest UT points - 45 (Feb. 18, 2012)
Fewest KSU points - 34 (Feb. 3, 2007)
Largest UT margin - 27 (61-34; Feb. 3, 2007)
Largest KSU margin - 21 (Feb. 13, 2013)
In overtime - Tied, 2-2
Last Time Out: vs. West Virginia [March 5, 2013]
Texas took down the West Virginia Mountaineers, 58-45, in the final game of the Big 12 Conference season finale on Tuesday night at the Frank Erwin Center. The win marked the third straight at home to close out the regular season for the Longhorns. Sophomore forward Nneka Enemkpali recorded her second straight double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, leading Texas with 13 this season. Enemkpali and freshman center Imani McGee-Stafford controlled the paint from start to finish, combining for 23 points and 27 rebounds, as the Longhorns outrebounded the Mountaineers, 43-25. McGee-Stafford added five blocks and in the process broke the UT record for blocks by a freshman with 72. Freshman Empress Davenport matched a season high with 15 points, all coming in the second frame. West Virginia scored consecutive baskets to get within eight with just over six minutes remaining, but after a trio of Texas free throws, junior Chassidy Fussell and McGee-Stafford would convert inside layups to push the lead and secure the win.
Flashback: at Kansas State [Feb. 13, 2013]
Nneka Enemkpali recorded her 11th double-double of the season but the Texas Women’s Basketball team fell to the Kansas State Wildcats, 68-47, at Bramlage Coliseum. The Longhorns were unable to keep up with Kansas State from behind the 3-point line and struggled to capitalize on their height advantage throughout the game. The Wildcats sank 12 treys, including eight in the second-half. Enemkpali’s 18-point, 13-rebound double-double led the Longhorns and Empress Davenport added 11 points for her third-straight double-figure scoring effort. Both teams got off to a slow start from the field and Texas held a slim 13-12 lead 11 minutes into the game before the Wildcats embarked on a 14-4 run to go up nine. The Longhorns got within seven but headed into halftime down 11. K-State opened the second half with a 14-2 run, including four 3-pointers before the first media timeout. Texas finally got on the board with a three-point play from Enemkpali, but the Longhorns were unable to find an offensive rhythm the rest of the way. Brittany Chambers scored 24 points to lead K-State and dished eight assists.
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 (March 4). She posted her 12th double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds in a win over TCU. McGee-Stafford’s six Freshman of the Week honors are the most by a Longhorn in Texas history, surpassing Tiffany Jackson’s five Rookie of the Week nods in 2004.
What’s in a Texas Win?
A win would mark the 936th victory in program history ... a win would mark head coach Karen Aston’s 13th victory at Texas, and her 114th victory all-time as a head coach ... a win would be Texas’ 14th over Kansas State.
Rodrigo Hits Century Mark
Freshman point guard Celina Rodrigo enters Friday’s game against Kansas State with a team-high 104 assists. She became just the sixth freshman in program history to dish out 100 or more in her rookie season, and the first since Carla Cortijo (2006-07).
Davenport’s Double-Digit Streak
Freshman guard Empress Davenport enters the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with seven double-figure scoring games in the last nine contests. During the stretch, she is averaging 11.6 ppg. Davenport has recorded 12 double-figure scoring games this year, and has led UT in the scoring column on four occasions.
Fussell En Fuego
In the Longhorns’ last six games leading up to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, junior guard Chassidy Fussell has averaged a team-best 16.0 ppg, including a 45.1 percent mark (37-82) from the field. She has also connected on team-high 10 attempts from beyond the arc.
Sophomore forward Nneka Enemkpali added her 13th double-double of the season in the regular season finale against West Virginia (March 5) with a 16-point, 15-rebound performance, and freshman center Imani McGee-Stafford registered her 12th double-double of the season against TCU (Feb. 26). The duo’s combined 25 doubles are the most by any league tandem this year. By comparison, last year’s squad combined for a total of five double-doubles between three players.
Strong on the Boards ...
The Horns are pulling down 43.5 rpg through 29 contests - the second most in the Big 12 Conference - and have outrebounded all but six of their 21 opponents. Texas’ +9.5 rebound margin ranks second in the league and ninth nationally (thru March 3). Sophomore forward Nneka Enemkpali ranks third among all league players with 9.5 rpg, and freshman center Imani McGee-Stafford is fifth with 9.3 rpg.
... and Strong with the Blocks
Texas’ 4.8 bpg ranks third among all Big 12 Conference teams and is also No. 33 nationally (through all games March 3). Freshman center Imani McGee-Stafford leads all league freshmen with an average of 2.5 bpg, a mark that ranks 21st among all NCAA Division I players and third overall in the conference.
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 third overall in the league with 9.5 rpg and is the 12th-leading scorer with 13.0 ppg. Oklahoma State’s Toni Young and Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens are the only other players presently accomplishing the same feat.