March 8, 2011
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No. 7 seed TEXAS (19-12, 7-9 Big 12) vs. No. 2 seed Texas A&M (25-4, 13-3 Big 12)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship Quarterfinals
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 • 5 p.m. Central • FSN
Municipal Auditorium (9,308) • Kansas City, Mo.
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by FSN. Brenda VanLengen (pxp), Debbie Antonelli (analyst) and Cindy Stein (sidelines) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Wednesday’s game between Texas and Texas A&M. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: Texas leads, 58-22. Last meeting: Texas A&M 68-65 (Feb. 27, 2011; Austin)
TEXAS IN THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP: Texas is 18-13 (.581) all-time in league tournament games.
• SEVENTH-SEED HISTORY ... UT enters the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship as the No. 7 seed for the fifth time in school history. The Longhorns sport a 5-4 record when playing as the seventh seed including a 2-1 mark during head coach Gail Goestenkors’ first appearance in the league tournament in 2008.
• OWNING THE BOARDS ... Over the last three games, the Longhorns have out-rebounded their opponents by an average of 14.0 rpg. Texas has held a double-digit lead in the category in each of its three games leading up to Wednesday’s quarterfinal contest against Texas A&M: vs. Texas Tech (37-26), at Oklahoma State (52-37) and vs. Missouri (45-29).
• STARTERS LEADING THE SCORING EFFORT ... Texas’ starting lineup is averaging double-figures in three-straight games. Yvonne Anderson is leading the effort with 17.3 ppg. Chassidy Fussell is averaging 16.7, while Kathleen Nash and Ashleigh Fontenette are adding 11.7 and 11.3 ppg, respectively. Ashley Gayle is contributing a double-double 10.0 ppg and team-high 10.3 rpg over the same stretch.
SERIES VS. TEXAS A&M
Wednesday’s contest marks the 81st meeting between in-state foes Texas and Texas A&M. The Longhorns hold a 58-22 advantage in the all-time series and a 1-2 mark when the teams meet in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship.
Series Quick Facts
Overall Series Record - Texas, 58-22
Most UT points - 108 (Jan. 25, 1984)
Most TAMU points - 98 (Mar. 3, 1998)
Fewest UT points - 43 (Feb. 3, 1976)
Fewest TAMU points - 41 (twice)
Largest UT margin - 46 (96-50; Feb. 10, 1987)
Largest TAMU margin - 24 (98-74; Mar. 3, 1998)
In overtime - N/A
THE LAST MEETING: VS. NO. 5/5 TEXAS A&M (FEB. 27, 2011)
Yvonne Anderson scored a career high 24 points, including 19 in the second half, as Texas staged a furious rally against No. 5 Texas A&M at the Frank Erwin Center. A&M led by as many as 16, but the Longhorns trimmed the score to three with a little more than three minutes to play. The Aggies however, held on for the 68-65 victory. The Longhorns shot 60 percent from the field in the second half as they outscored the Aggies 48 -36 in the final 20 minutes to play. Kathleen Nash contributed a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while hitting 4-of-9 from 3-point range. Ashleigh Fontenette had 14 points and seven rebounds. Anderson, who found success driving to the rim, again attacked the basket and dished out to Nash on the perimeter, who nailed the 3-pointer to bring UT within 60-57 with 3:35 remaining. Adora Elonu then answered with a jumper to extend A&M’s lead to five, and the Longhorns couldn’t get any closer than three the rest of the way. Danielle Adams led the Aggies with 26 points and 11 rebounds. A&M was limited to one of 13 from 3-point range (7.7 percent) by the Longhorns defense.
LAST TIME OUT: VS. NO. 12-SEED MISSOURI (MARCH 8)
Texas showcased a balanced attack with each starter scoring in double figures as the seventh-seeded Longhorns ousted No. 10 Missouri 79-66 in the opening round of the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship on Tuesday. The Longhorns (19-12) have taken out the Tigers (13-18) in the first round each of the last four years. UT moves on to face Texas A&M in the quarterfinals. Kathleen Nash led the Longhorns with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. RaeShara Brown had 18 points for Missouri. The Tigers trimmed a 15-point deficit to nine with a 6-0 run to start the second half but couldn’t sustain the momentum. UT set the tone by shooting 59.4 percent in the first half while racing to a 48-33 lead. The blistering pace was fueled by Nash, Yvonne Anderson and Ashley Gayle, who combined to hit 12 of 17 shots. The Longhorns committed just four turnovers in the first half.
TEXAS IN THE BIG 12 QUARTERS
The Longhorns have posted a 6-6 mark in Big 12 Championship quarterfinal action entering Wednesday’s contest against Texas A&M. Texas is 1-2 in the league championship quarterfinals under third-year head coach Gail Goestenkors.
LONGHORNS IN THE BIG 12
In the final edition of the Big 12 Conference standings (March 5), senior guard Kathleen Nash ranked third from the free throw line (.875, 28-of-32) in conference games played while freshman guard Chassidy Fussell was fourth (.859, 61-of-71). Nash finished fifth in the league with 7.6 rpg. Fussell was the second-leading freshman scorer in the conference with 17.8 ppg, an average that was seventh-best in league contests, and tied for third with 2.4 3-point field goals made per game. Junior post Ashley Gayle stood second in blocked shots (2.8 bpg).
TEXAS IN THE BIG 12
Here’s a look at Texas’ best rankings (top four) in the final edition of the Big 12 Conference standings through all league games (March 5):
1. 3-Point FG made - 6.9 pg
2. 3-Point FG percentage - .363 (111-of-306)
2. 3-Point FG percentage defense - .304 (73-of-240)
2. Rebounding offense - 654 (40.9 pg)
2. Offensive rebounds - 246 (15.4 pg)
3. Defensive rebounds - 408 (25.5 pg)
3. Offensive rebound percentage - .370
4. Scoring offense - 69.2 ppg
4. Blocked shots - 72 (4.5 pg)
T4. Rebounding margin - +1.3
TOP OF HER CLASS
One of the top freshmen in the Big 12 Conference, guard Chassidy Fussell was the only true rookie to rank in the top-three in her class in scoring (17.8 ppg, second), steals (1.50 spg, second), free throw percentage (.859, second), and rebounding (4.8 rpg, third) in all 16 regular-season league contests.
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 season. She currently has 109 blocks through 31 games.
A CHECK OF THE RPI
Per the most recent NCAA Women’s Basketball RPI on March 7, Texas is ranked No. 36. Jeff Sagarin rates the Longhorns at No. 28, while CBN has them at No. 46. UT’s Strength of Schedule is ranked as the 10th-best in the nation after facing three conference champions - Stanford (Pac-10), Tennessee (SEC) and Michigan State (Big Ten) - in the non-conference season, as well as Baylor (Big 12) twice during league play.
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’ 19 wins this season have been by double-digit margins. The Longhorns are averaging 83.5 ppg and a +23.2 scoring margin in their victories. In all 31 contests, UT is toppling its opponents by +9.3 ppg and putting up 77.5 ppg for a mark that ranks third overall in the league. Texas’ last six victories have all been by at least 10 points.