Nov. 12, 2011
Complete Texas game notes
#24/20 TEXAS (0-1) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (1-0)
Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 • 8 p.m. Central • LHN
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised by Longhorn Network. Carter Blackburn (pxp) and Fran Harris (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Monday’s game between Texas and Southeastern Louisiana. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
SERIES: Tied, 1-1. Last meeting: Texas 106-42 (Dec. 15, 2002; Austin, Texas)
• REED’S RETURN ... After taking a medical redshirt during the 2010-11 season, post Cokie Reed made a rousing return to the court in Friday’s season opener against Stanford. In her first career start as a Longhorn, Reed logged a career-high 31 minutes while adding 11 points and eight rebounds.
• ANDERSON DISHES IT OUT ... Senior guard Yvonne Anderson dished out a game-high seven assists against No. 5/5 Stanford while committing just one turnover. Anderson’s seven assists accounted for 58 percent of Texas’ 12 assists in the contest.
• SWAT QUEEN ... Senior post Ashley Gayle - Texas’ single-season blocks leader (117, 2010-11) is four blocks closer to the all-time career record after her season-opening swat performance against Stanford. Gayle’s 284 career blocks are just five short of tying Ellen Bayer’s mark of 289 (1986-90).
SERIES VS. SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
Monday’s contest marks just the third meeting between Texas and Southeastern Louisiana and the first in nearly a decade. Located 50 miles due east of Baton Rouge in Hammond, La., the Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions claimed an 83-72 victory over the Longhorns in Austin on Jan. 28, 1977. Fifteen years later, Texas won a 106-42 decision on Dec. 15, 2002 when the teams met again in Austin.
GOESTENKORS VS. SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
Monday’s contest marks the first meeting between head coach Gail Goestenkors and Southeastern Louisiana.
LAST TIME OUT: VS. NO. 5/5 STANFORD (NOV. 11, 2011)
The Texas Longhorns boasted four players in double-digit scoring, but they could not keep pace with No. 5 Stanford in the second half, as the Cardinal pulled out a 72-59 victory at the Frank Erwin Center in the season opener for both teams. The Longhorns used eight first-half points from both Cokie Reed and Chassidy Fussell to enter halftime trailing just 35-30, but UT was never able to reduce Stanford’s lead to less than four points during the second half of play. Stanford shot 47 percent in the second half, and owned a 44-20 scoring advantage in the paint. Chiney Ogwumike led Stanford with 16 points and 14 rebounds, including 10 offensive. Fussell led the Longhorns with 17 points, and Reed finished with 11 points in her first on-court action since 2010. Reed missed all of last season with an injury. Yvonne Anderson added 13 points, and Anne Marie Hartung came off the bench to score 10 on 3-of-5 shooting.
GOING THE DISTANCE
Four of Texas’ starters saw 30+ minutes in Friday’s opener and three contributed double-figure scoring. Yvonne Anderson logged a game-high 39 minutes and added 13 points, while Chassidy Fussell played 32 minutes and notched a team-high 17 points. Cokie Reed added 11 points in 31 minutes and Ashleigh Fontenette also logged 31 minutes of playing time.
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. 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. Included in the breakdown are three of UT’s top four scorers from last season (Fussell, Anderson, Fontenette). The Horns return their second-best rebounder in Gayle.
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 2011-12 season. Through 100 games, she has amassed 944 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.
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).