March 17, 2009
2009 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament FAQ and Ticket Information
#6 seed TEXAS (21-11, 8-8 Big 12) vs. #11 seed Mississippi State (22-9, 8-6 SEC)
NCAA Championship First Round Game
Saturday, March 21, 2009 11 a.m. Central
Nationwide Arena (12,000) Columbus, Ohio
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised by ESPN2 (Time Warner Cable Ch. 53 in Austin). Bob Picozzi (pxp) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET (1300 AM Sportsradio The Zone) will broadcast Saturday's game between Texas and Mississippi State. Jon Madani (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the game.
INTERNET AUDIO: Listen to the Texas vs. Mississippi State game FREE on the Internet.
TEXAS IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Texas is 32-21 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
SERIES: First meeting
In select company... Texas is one of just five schools to have advanced to 23 or more NCAA Tournaments. The Longhorns are tied with Stanford and Virginia for the third-most appearances in NCAA history.
Winning the first one ... Texas is 10-4 in NCAA Tournament First Round games since first making an appearance in 1985 (eight First Round byes).
Goestenkors in the Big Dance ... Head coach Gail Goestenkors sports a 37-14 (.725) all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and is 1-1 in the Big Dance with the Longhorns. Goestenkors' has led her teams to two NCAA Championship game appearances (1999, 2006), four Finals Fours, seven Elite Eight showings and nine Sweet 16 showings.
Williams shining in Postseason ... Senior Earnesia Williams averaged a team-best 12.5 points during Texas' two games in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Williams also added 7.5 rpg while averaging 29.0 mpg.
Texas in the NCAA Championship
Texas' at-large berth in the 2009 NCAA Championship marks its 23rd overall appearance and second-consecutive under second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors. UT's 23 appearances tie it for the third-most NCAA showings (tied with Stanford and Virginia).
|TEXAS' NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP QUICK FACTS
|All-Time NCAA games and record
||53 games; 32-21 (.604)
|Last NCAA Appearance
||2008 (No. 8 seed)
|Final Four appearances
||3 (1986, 1987, 2003)
|Elite Eight appearances
||8 (1983-84, 1986-89, 1990, 2003)
|Sweet 16 appearances
||11 (1983-90, 2002-04)
|Texas' record in NCAA First Round
||10-4 (eight First Round byes)
Goestenkors in the Big Dance
Gail Goestenkors is no stranger to March Madness, as she has made 15-straight NCAA Championship appearances (1995-2009) and holds a 37-14 (.725) record in the Big Dance. During her 15-year tenure at Duke, Goestenkors' NCAA Championship resume included two NCAA Championship game appearances (1999, 2006), four Finals Fours (1999, 2002, 2003, 2006), seven Elite Eight showings (1998, 1999, 2002-06) and nine Sweet 16s (1998, 1999, 2000-07). Goestenkors is 1-1 in the NCAA Championship at Texas after defeating Minnesota, 72-55, in the First Round before falling to No. 1-seed Connecticut, 89-55, in the Second Round last year.
To say Texas has played a schedule that prepared it for the NCAA Tournament would be an understatement. Of Texas' 32 games this year, 14 have come against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
A Check of the Polls
Texas is ranked No. 25 in the latest Associated Press poll (March 16) and No. 24 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (March 16). Texas is 5-6 this season against AP Top 25 opponents, including a perfect 3-0 in non-conference action.
Series vs. Mississippi State
Saturday's contest marks the first meeting between Texas and Mississippi State. UT has faced two SEC opponents during the 2008-09 season and holds a 2-0 record against teams in the league. Texas defeated Ole Miss, 74-50, in Oxford on Dec. 7 before dropping then-No. 7/10 Tennessee, 73-59, in Austin on Dec. 14. Gail Goestenkors is 1-0 all-time against the Lady Bulldogs, as she defeated them 73-67 on Nov. 25, 1995, at the University of New Orleans Tournament during her fourth year at the helm of the Duke program.
Winning the First One
Since first appearing in the NCAA Championship in 1983, Texas is 10-4 in First Round games. Here's a look at UT's success in the NCAA First Round (eight First Round byes):
|SUCCESS IN THE FIRST ROUND SINCE 1983
||Western Michigan (8)
||St. Joseph's (9)
||Oklahoma St. (12)
||SW Missouri State (12)
||Southwest Texas (14)
||St. Joseph's (10)
||St. Mary's (9)
||UW-Green Bay (13)
||Oral Roberts (14)
LAST TIME OUT (MARCH 13): Iowa State
(AP) - Kelsey Bolte hit a go-ahead turnaround jumper in the final minute as No. 18 Iowa State beat No. 23 Texas 59-55 on March 13 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament. Allison Lacey went 5-of-6 from 3-point range and finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Iowa State (24-7). Ashleigh Fontenette led Texas (21-11) with 13 points. Brittainey Raven, who came off the bench for the third straight game after starting all season, had 11 points for Texas, while Earnesia Williams had 10. The Longhorns shot 32.8 percent from the field (19-of-58).
MOST NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
||No. of NCAA Trips