Nov. 9, 2011
Complete Texas game notes
Complete Stanford game notes
#24/20 TEXAS (0-0) vs. # 5/5 Stanford (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 7 p.m. Central LHN
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised by Longhorn Network. Andrew Monaco (pxp) and Rebecca Lobo (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 "The Zone" will broadcast Friday's game between Texas and Stanford. Jon Madani (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
INTERNET: LonghornNetwork.com (Longhorn Network All-Access Weekend presented by Verizon FiOS and Grande Communications [Nov. 11-13].
SERIES: Stanford leads, 4-2. Last meeting: Stanford 93-78 (Nov. 28, 2010; Stanford)
TEXAS OPENS 38th SEASON ... The Longhorns open the 38th season of UT basketball on Friday, Nov. 11, with a 7 p.m. contest against No. 5 Stanford. In 37 seasons, the Horns have posted an all-time record of 905-312 (.744).
WHAT RETURNS FOR THE HORNS ... When broken down statistically, Texas returns 76.0 percent of its scoring, 84.7 percent of its assists and 87.4 percent of its blocks from last season. Included in the breakdown are three of UT's top four scorers from last season (Chassidy Fussell, Yvonne Anderson, Ashleigh Fontenette). The Horns return their second-best rebounder in post Ashley Gayle.
TOUGH OPENING ACT ... Stanford is UT's first ranked opponent in a season opener (regardless of site) since Nov. 14, 2004 vs. No. 21 Penn State; that's also the last time UT faced a ranked opponent in a season opener at home. Stanford is UT's highest ranked opponent in a season opener (regardless of site) since Nov. 16, 2003, when UT met No. 2 Duke in West Lafayette, Indiana. Stanford is the highest-ranked opponent to visit UT in a home opener at the Erwin Center.
THE 38th SEASON
Texas tips off its 38th season of intercollegiate basketball when it plays host to No. 5/5 Stanford on Friday, Nov. 11. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. at the Erwin Center. The Longhorns hold an all-time record of 905-312 (.744) in their previous 37 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 28-9 (.757) in its previous 37 season-opening games. The Longhorns are 4-0 in season openers under coach Gail Goestenkors.
TEXAS IN HOME OPENERS
Texas has posted an overall mark of 34-3 (.919) in its previous 37 home-opening contests. UT is 31-3 in home openers since the Frank Erwin Center opened prior to the 1977-78 season. The Horns are 4-0 in home openers under coach Gail Goestenkors.
HORNS PICKED THIRD IN BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
Texas was picked to finish third in the Big 12 Conference in a preseason vote of the league head coaches. The Longhorns have been picked to finish third or higher in the Big 12 eight times since the poll was first conducted prior to the 1997-98 season.
PEOPLES AND FUSSELL EARN PRESEASON BIG 12 HONORS
Guard Cassie Peoples was named the Big 12 Preseason Co-Freshmen of the Year and sophomore guard Chassidy Fussell was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team in a vote of the league head coaches. Peoples and Fussell were among 35 of the nation's top 19-and-under athletes that accepted invitations to attend the 2011 USA Women's U19 World Championship Team Trials last summer.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
UT was ranked No. 24 in The Associated Press preseason poll and No. 20 ESPN/USA Today preseason poll. UT will face six opponents in the regular season who are ranked in the preseason polls: No. 1/1 Baylor (Jan. 15 in Austin, Feb. 21 in Waco), No. 3/3 Tennessee (Dec. 4 in Knoxville), No. 5/5 Stanford (Nov. 11 in Austin), No. 6/6 Texas A&M (Jan. 11 in College Station, March 4 in Austin), No. 15/16 Oklahoma (Jan. 21 in Norman, Feb. 25 in Austin) and No. rv/25 Michigan State (Dec. 10 in Austin).
SERIES VS. STANFORD
Friday's contest marks just the seventh meeting between women's college basketball powerhouses Texas and Stanford. Prior to last year's contest at Stanford, it had been nearly 15 years since the teams last collided on Dec. 30, 1995, in Austin. The Cardinal hold a 4-2 all-time advantage over the Longhorns, including wins in the last four meetings.
Overall Series Record - Stanford, 4-2
Goestenkors all-time vs. Stanford - 1-1
Most UT points - 89 (Nov. 20, 1981)
Most SU points - 93 (Nov. 28, 2010)
Fewest UT points - 64 (Jan. 5, 1993)
Fewest SU points - 58 (Mar. 24, 1988)
Largest UT margin - 21 (79-58; Mar. 24, 1988)
Largest SU margin - 23 (87-64; Jan. 5, 1993)
In overtime - N/A
GOESTENKORS VS. STANFORD
Friday's contest marks the third meeting between head coach Gail Goestenkors and Stanford. Prior to last year's contest at The Farm, Coach G led Duke to a 77-57 victory over Stanford during `Nike Four in the Fall' on Nov. 14, 1998 in San Jose, Calif.
GOESTENKORS APPROACHING CAREER MILESTONES
Head coach Gail Goestenkors is approaching a pair of career milestones this season. With an all-time record of 480-149, she is 20 wins shy of reaching 500 career victories. Goestenkors became the fourth-fastest women's collegiate coach in NCAA women's history to reach 400 career wins. She recorded it on November 25 when Texas defeated UAB, 59-49, in Honolulu, Hawaii. It took Goestenkors just 501 games to reach her 400th victory. Additionally, she is 16 wins short of her 100th win at Texas (84-50).
Goestenkors' Milestone Victories
No. 1 - Dec. 1, 1992 vs. UNC Wilmington (Duke), 88-52
No. 100 - Dec. 6, 1997 vs. Ohio (Duke), 99-59
No. 200 - Feb. 22, 2001 vs. Virginia (Duke), 76-53
No. 300 - March 21, 2001 vs. Northwestern State (Duke), 103-51
No. 400 - Nov. 25, 2007 vs. UAB (Texas), 59-49
HORNS AT HOME
Now in its 35th year of play in the Frank Erwin Center, Texas has posted an all-time record of 428-80 (.843) in the building. Texas has an all-time 78-57 (.578) mark against AP Top 25 teams at home, and a 7-11 (.389) record under fourth-year head coach Gail Goestenkors. The Erwin Center hosted its 500th game when Texas handed Texas Pan-American a 112-59 loss on Dec. 8, 2010.
The Longhorns return four starters (Yvonne Anderson, Ashleigh Fontenette, Chassidy Fussell, Ashley Gayle) from last year's squad that earned their fourth-consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Gail Goestenkors.
Redshirt sophomore post Cokie Reed will make her return to the court against Stanford on Friday night. Reed missed the 2010-11 season after undergoing surgery on 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 was also a 2009 McDonald's All-American and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-American.
With a roster of 11 underclassmen (eligibility), Texas is the third-youngest team in the Big 12 Conference this year. Just Oklahoma State and Kansas list younger rosters.
FONTENETTE EYEING 1,000
Senior guard Ashleigh Fontenette is closing in on the 1,000 career points mark entering the 2010-11 season. Through 99 games, she has amassed 938 points. Fontenette is on pace to become the 36th player in school history to accomplish the feat and the first since Earnesia Williams did the same in 2009-10.
With three blocks against Texas Tech (March 2, 2011), 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 completed the season with 117 blocks through 33 games.
`WINK' AMONG THE ELITE
The only Big 12 Wade Trophy Winner in the history of the league is back on the sidelines at Texas. Assistant coach Edwina Brown is making her debut on the UT staff this season after previously serving as a volunteer assistant coach (Jan. 2011 - April 2011) and assistant strength and conditioning coach (April 2011 - Aug. 2011). `Wink' won the Wade Trophy in 2000 and went on to be the No. 3 pick in the WNBA Draft the same year.