Nov. 4, 2010
Complete game notes
#17/20 TEXAS (0-0) vs. Trinity (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 • 7 p.m. Central • Exhibition
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: None. Free live video feed at www.TexasSports.tv.
TICKET INFO: Friday’s exhibition game is FREE to the public. Free parking is available in Lot 108 just south of the Frank Erwin Center.
• TEXAS OPENS 37th SEASON ... The Longhorns will open the 37th season of UT basketball on Friday, Nov. 12, with a 7 p.m. contest against Mississippi Valley State. In 36 seasons, the Horns have posted an all-time record of 886-298 (.748).
• WELCOME BACK ... Texas is proud to welcome back one of its own in Friday’s exhibition game. Trinity head coach Amie Smith Bradley was a four-year starter for the Longhorns from 1993-97, scoring more than 1,000 points in her career, and leading the team in rebounds all four years. She helped lead Texas to the Southwest Conference Championship in 1996 and was a team captain during the 1996-97 season.
• WHAT RETURNS FOR THE HORNS ... When broken down statistically, Texas returns 54.0 percent of its scoring, 58.0 percent of its rebounding, 51.0 percent of its assists and 81.0 percent of its blocks from last season. Included in the breakdown are two of UT’s top three scorers from last season (Kathleen Nash, Ashleigh Fontenette) and top two rebounders (Nash, Ashley Gayle).
THE 37th SEASON
Texas tips off its 37th season of intercollegiate basketball when it plays host to Mississippi Valley State on Friday, Nov. 12. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. at the Erwin Center. The Longhorns hold an all-time record of 886-298 (.748) in their previous 36 years of competition. UT played its first varsity basketball contest on Nov. 26, 1974 and recorded a 68-17 victory against Huston-Tillotson. The Horns went on to post a 17-10 mark in the program’s opening season.
TEXAS IN SEASON OPENERS
Texas has posted an overall mark of 27-9 (.806) in its previous 36 season-opening games. The Longhorns are 3-0 in season openers under coach Gail Goestenkors.
TEXAS IN HOME OPENERS
Texas has posted an overall mark of 33-3 (.917) in its previous 36 home-opening contests. UT is 30-3 in home openers since the Frank Erwin Center opened prior to the 1977-78 season. The Horns are 3-0 in home openers under coach Gail Goestenkors.
HORNS PICKED FOURTH IN BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
Texas was picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 Conference in a preseason vote of the league head coaches. The Longhorns have been picked to finish fourth or higher in the Big 12 a dozen times since 1997.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
UT was ranked No. 17 in The Associated Press preseason poll and No. 20 ESPN/USA Today preseason poll. UT will face eight opponents in the regular season who are ranked in the preseason polls: No. 2/2 Baylor (Jan. 12 in Austin, Feb. 12 in Waco), No. 3/2 Stanford (Nov. 28 in Palo Alto), No. 4/4 Tennessee (Dec. 12 in Austin), No. 8/8 Texas A&M (Jan. 19 in College Station, Feb. 27 in Austin), No. 10/9 Oklahoma (Jan. 16 in Austin, Feb. 19 in Norman), No. 20/17 Iowa State (Feb. 21 in Ames), No. 25/24 Michigan State (Dec. 5 in East Lansing) and No. rv/23 Nebraska (Feb. 15 in Austin).
BETTER BY THE YEAR
With 10 Big 12 Conference win in 2010, 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.
HORNS AT HOME
Now in its 34th year of play in the Frank Erwin Center, Texas has posted an all-time record of 416-75 (.847) in the building. Texas has an all-time 78-53 (.595) mark against AP Top 25 teams at home, and a 7-7 (.500) record under fourth-year head coach Gail Goestenkors.
The Longhorns return three starters (Ashley Gayle, Ashleigh Fontenette, Kathleen Nash) from last year’s squad that earned their third-consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Gail Goestenkors. When broken down statistically, Texas returns 54.0 percent of its scoring, 58.0 percent of its rebounding, 51.0 percent of its assists and 81.0 percent of its blocks from last season. Included in the breakdown are two of UT’s top three scorers from last season (Nash, Fontenette) and top two rebounders (Nash, Gayle).
REED OUT FOR THE SEASON
Sophomore post Cokie Reed will miss the 2010-11 season after undergoing surgery to her right foot to remove an extra bone and repair a tendon on Oct. 1, 2010. Reed was named to the 2010 All-Big 12 Freshman Team and a 2009 McDonald’s All-American and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-American.
TAKING THE FIFTH
Senior guard Sarah Lancaster is displaying her talents on the hardwood instead of tennis courts this year. A four-year Texas Women’s Tennis letterwinner with an 89-38 singles-match record, Lancaster will graduate this December with a degree in sport management. During the spring semester, she will take graduate courses to prepare for a Fall 2011 enrollment in law school.
Texas’ roster boasts a trio of ‘Miss Basketball’ honorees this year. Junior guard Yvonne Anderson was tabbed the 2008 Miss Show-Me Basketball, while freshman forward Anne Marie Hartung earned the same honor in 2010. Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell is the reigning Tennessee Class AA Miss Basketball.
HUEY JOINS TEXAS STAFF
Ronald Hughey, a rising talent in collegiate Women’s Basketball recruiting and post development, joined the Texas staff in May 2010 after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at Rutgers. Hughey (pronounced: Huey) replaced Mickie DeMoss, who left Texas in May to return to Tennessee as an assistant coach.
FONTENETTE AND NASH EARN PRESEASON BIG 12 HONORS
Junior guard Ashleigh Fontenette and senior guard Kathleen Nash earned Preseason All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball honorable mention accolades in a vote by the league’s head coaches. Fontenette was the Longhorns’ second-leading scorer in conference play last season with an average of 10.8 points per game (24th in the league), while Nash led UT on the boards in league games with 6.2 rebounds per game (15th).
FROM LONG DISTANCE
Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Gail Goestenkors, Texas has recorded three of the top four seasons in program history for most 3-point field goals made. In Coach G’s first season, UT made 153 baskets (2007-08) from beyond the arc for the third-best mark in school history. The Horns then made 174 3-point baskets during the 2008-09 season for the third-most in the school annals. Last season, UT set the single-season record with 206 3FG, including an individual single-season record of 47.2 percent (68-of-144) by Kathleen Nash.
Most 3-Point Field Goals Made in a Single Season
No. - Games/3FG-3FGA - Year
206 - 33 games/206/566 - 2009-10
184 - 31 games/184-578 - 1993-94
174 - 33 games/174-483 - 2008-09
153 - 35 games/153-490 - 2007-08
Junior post Ashley Gayle has proven herself to be a serious threat to opponents’ offensive attacks during her first two seasons on the Forty Acres. Gayle set the single-season blocks record during her sophomore campaign with 103, and became the first player in school history to eclipse the 100-blocks mark in just one year. Additionally, Gayle plays above the rim with a flat-footed, non-step vertical reach of 10-2.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
In addition to facing five conference opponents ranked in The AP and ESPN/USA Today Preseason Top 25 polls, UT will take on three additional opponents in nonconference contests that are also ranked: No. 3/2 Stanford (Nov. 28 in Palo Alto), No. 4/4 Tennessee (Dec. 12 in Austin) and No. 25/24 Michigan State (Dec. 5 in East Lansing).
AG AND AT ...
With a pair of student-athletes on the roster sharing the same name, it was only a matter of time before the Longhorns bestowed various nicknames among the sophomores that shared the same moniker. During their freshmen campaigns, the Horns dubbed Ashley Gayle ‘A.G.,’ while teammate Ashleigh Fontenette was tabbed ‘A.T.’ because of the many ‘T’s’ that are present in her surname. During the 2008-09 campaign, there were three ‘Ashley’s’ on the roster, including then-senior Ashley Lindsey.
SIX NEW FACES
#11 Chelsea Bass (5-10, Freshman, Guard)
Named to the ESPN RISE Magazine All-Area Basketball First Team for the 2009-10 season ... led St. Agnes Academy to Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) District 5A runner-up finishes as a freshman, sophomore and junior, and semifinals as a senior ... garnered TAPPS District 3-5A MVP honors following her senior campaign ... was a three-year captain for the Tigers ... named First Team All-District all four years ... was First Team All-State as a sophomore, junior and senior ... earned District MVP honors during her senior season ... played one year of club basketball for the Cy-Fair Nike Elite.
#24 Chassidy Fussell (5-10, Freshman, Guard)
Honored as the 2010 Tennessee Class AA Miss Basketball and was a finalist for the award in 2009 ... named the 2009 District 13AA Player of the Year ... two-time District 13AA Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010) ... three-time Tennessee Sports Writers All-State Team (2008, 2009, 2010) ... named Most Valuable Player after leading her club team Memphis Elite to the 2009 AAU 16U Championship.
#44 Anne Marie Hartung (6-3, Freshman, Post)
Named the 2010 Miss Show-Me Basketball ... two-time Adidas Phenom (2007, 2010) ... two-time Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A All-State Team (2009, 2010) ... was a 2009 Associated Press All-State selection ... led Bowling Green to the District 6 championship, sectional championship and state quarterfinals in her 2008 campaign ... earned two letters as a member of the softball team (pitcher) at Bowling Green High School ... played club ball for Showtime Hoops (Calif.) in 2008 before joining the Cy-Fair Shock Nike Elite for the summer of 2009.
#15 Sarah Lancaster (5-9, Senior, Guard)
Four-year Texas Women’s Tennis letterwinner ... 2010 ESPN The Magazine All-District Team selected (women’s at-large division) ... 2010 ITA Texas Region Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship recipient ... 2009 ITA Texas Region Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship recipient ... 2008 ITA Scholar-Athlete ... finished her collegiate tennis career with a singles-match record of 89-38 ... ranked as the No. 11 prospect nationally in the UTSA Girls’ 18 division following her senior year of high school ... two-time National Open singles champion ... eight-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree, including perfect 4.0 efforts in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2009 and Fall 2009.
#42 Shanice McKoy (5-5, Freshman, Guard)
Named 2010 Miss HooptownGTA.com after being voted the top player in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) ... ranked as Canada’s top point guard by “Bring Your a Game” following her senior year of high school ... named a Toronto Star First-Team All-Star (2010) ... guided Pope John Paul II Catholic HS to a 34-1 mark in her senior campaign and 104-6 overall record in four years ... led the Panthers to the Toronto District Catholic Association (TDCAA) championship four consecutive years ... earned five tournament Most Valuable Player awards during her senior season, including MVP honors at the Centennial College Colts Classic ... earned a bronze medal in 2008 and a silver medal in 2010 in the Ontario Provincial Championships playing for club team Advantage Titans ... was coached and mentored by Chris Smalling, who she refers to as a `father figure.’
#4 Tiffany Moore (5-10, Freshman, Guard)
Selected to play in the 2010 McDonald’s All-American Game ... selected to the 2010 WBCA All-American Team ... ranked as the No. 22 prospect nationally by ESPN Hoorgurlz.com, No. 10 by Scout.com Girls’ Basketball and No. 5 by RivalsHigh.com Girls Hoops following her senior year of high school ... her high school jersey is one of just 25 to be displayed in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Ring of Honor ... garnered All-State honors by Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC), Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA), Premier Report, Texas Basketball Magazine and ESPN RISE Magazine ... earned Dallas Morning News All-Area First Team honors as a junior and senior ... finished her career at Frisco HS with career records in four categories: points (1,801), assists (1,012), rebounds (1,067) and steals (511) ... led Frisco HS to four consecutive district championships and a 127-23 record during her career ... Runnin’ Raccoons also appeared in the state semifinal (freshman), regional semifinal (sophomore), regional finals (junior) and regional quarterfinals (senior) ... received UIL Class 4A All-State honors following her senior campaign ... two-time UIL District 9-4A Most Valuable Player (junior and senior) ... named Defensive MVP (sophomore) and All-Tournament Team (junior and senior) at Sandra Meadows Classic Girls Varsity Basketball Tournaments ... UIL District 9-4A Newcomer of the Year (freshman) and first-team selected (sophomore) ... played club basketball for the DFW T-Jack Elite.