March 17, 2010
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No. 6 seed TEXAS (22-10, 10-6 Big 12) vs. No. 11 seed San Diego State (21-10, 10-6 Mountain West)
2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship First Round
Sunday, March 21, 2010 • 6 p.m. Central • ESPN2
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
Texas Women's Basketball 2010 NCAA Tournament Central
2010 NCAA DI Women's Basketball Championship: First/Second Rounds, Austin, Texas (Erwin Center)
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised by ESPN2. Carter Blackburn (pxp) and LaChina Robinson (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Sunday’s game between Texas and San Diego State. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
TEXAS IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Texas is 32-22 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
SERIES: The series is tied at 1-1 with each team winning on its home court. Last meeting: San Diego State, 60-55 (Dec. 30, 2008; San Diego, Calif.)
• IN SELECT COMPANY … Texas is one of just six schools to have advanced to 24 or more NCAA Tournaments. The Longhorns are tied with Stanford and Virginia for the fourth-most appearances in NCAA history.
• WINNING THE FIRST ONE … Texas is 10-5 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 37-15 (.712) all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and is 1-2 in the Big Dance with the Longhorns. Goestenkors has led her teams to two NCAA Championship game appearances (1999, 2006), four Final Fours, seven Elite Eight showings and nine Sweet 16 appearances.
• BLOCKING IT ... Sophomore post Ashley Gayle set the UT single-season blocks record when she recorded five against Missouri (March 11). She now has 102 blocks this season, becoming the first player in UT history to record 100 or more blocks in a season.
TEXAS IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Texas’ at-large berth in the 2010 NCAA Championship marks its 24th overall appearance and third-consecutive under third-year head coach Gail Goestenkors. UT’s 24 appearances tie it for the fourth-most NCAA showings (tied with Stanford and Virginia).
|TEXAS' NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP QUICK FACTS
|All-Time NCAA games/record
||54 games/32-22 (.593)
|Last NCAA appearance
||2009 (No. 6 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
||10-5 (eight First Round byes)
GOESNTENKORS IN THE BIG DANCE
Gail Goestenkors is no stranger to March Madness, as she has made 16-straight NCAA Championship appearances (1995-2009) and holds a 37-15 (.712) 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 1-2 in the NCAA Championship at Texas after advancing to the Second Round in 2008 and falling to Mississippi State in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
To say Texas has played a schedule that prepared it for the NCAA Tournament would be an understatement. Of Texas’ 32 games this year, 15 have come against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
SERIES VS. SAN DIEGO STATE
Sunday’s contest marks the third meeting between Texas and San Diego State. The series is tied at 1-1 with both teams winning on their home floors. Texas won the first meeting 69-58 on Nov. 25, 1995 in Austin. San Diego State won the team’s most recent contest 60-55 in the championship game of the Surf ‘N Slam Tournament held at SDSU on Dec. 30, 2008. The loss snapped UT’s 2008-09 season-opening 11-game unbeaten streak.
NUMBER CHANGE FOR RAVEN
Senior guard Brittainey Raven will wear the No. 13 jersey during the postseason to pay tribute to injured teammate Lauren Flores. Raven made the switch from No. 10 to No. 13 prior to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship first round game against Missouri (March 11).
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
Texas dropped two places to No. 17 in the latest Associated Press poll (March 15) and stayed at No. 20 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (March 15). In her 18 years as a collegiate head coach, Gail Goestenkors has spent 279 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.
When Earnesia Williams reached 1,000 career points at the 3:16 mark of the second half of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship First Round game against Missouri, she joined two teammates in Texas’ 1K Club - Brittainey Raven and Kathleen Nash. It is the first time since the 1991-92 season that the Horns have had a roster with three players with 1,000 career points, and it is the sixth time in school history that a team has had at least three players with 1K points.
LAST TIME OUT: BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS
Tanisha Smith scored 21 points and Danielle Adams and Tyra White added 18 apiece as No. 11 Texas A&M used a big second-half run for a 77-64 victory over No. 15 Texas in a Big 12 tournament quarterfinal. Smith, White and Adams sparked a 20-2 run to build a double-digit lead midway through the second half that put Texas A&M in control. The Aggies (23-7) shot only 40 percent, but were picked up by timely scoring and efficient guard play. The trio accounted for 35 of the Aggies’ first 40 points, including the final 27 of the first half. After Ashleigh Fontenette’s two free throws gave Texas a 40-38 lead early in the second half, the Aggies responded with their run to build a 16-point lead with 9 minutes left. Smith, White and Adams combined for 13 of the 20 points.Sydney Colson hit a big 3-pointer during the Aggies’ 20-2 run before getting a steal and converting a layup to give Texas A&M a 62-45 lead with 8:07 left.
BETTER BY THE YEAR
With 10 Big 12 Conference wins, Texas produced its best league record since 2005 when it finished 13-3. The Longhorns have steadily improved their performance in league play over the past three seasons, as they went 7-9 in 2008 and 8-8 in 2009.