Nov. 15, 2010
Complete game notes
#17/20 TEXAS (1-0) vs. Northwestern State (1-0)
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 • 7 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: None. Free live video feed at www.TexasSports.tv.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 “The Zone” will broadcast Tuesday’s game between Texas and Northwestern State. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the action.
TICKET INFO: Show your football ticket stub from the Nov. 13 Texas vs. Oklahoma State game and receive a $3 general admission ticket to the game.
SERIES: First meeting.
• OFF AND RUNNING ... Texas opened the 2010-11 season Friday evening with a 92-60 win over Mississippi Valley State. Yvonne Anderson recorded a career-best 18 points in 26 minutes of action. Four additional players reached double-figure scoring, including freshman Chassidy Fussell with 12 points. The Longhorns dominated the Devilettes 28-6 on fast-break points.
• QUICKLY APPROACHING 600 ... Tuesday’s game against Northwestern State marks Gail Goestenkors’ 598th game as a head coach. Coach G sports a 462-135 (.774) career record in her 19th year. She’ll hit No. 600 when UT hosts Idaho State on Wednesday, Nov. 24 (4 p.m.).
• FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND ... The Longhorns’ four-game homestand is their longest since hosting the season-opening World Vision Classic in 2008 when they produced a 3-0 record. Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Gail Goestenkors, Texas is a perfect 20-0 at home in non-conference games and 35-11 overall in the friendly confines of the Frank Erwin Center.
SERIES VS. NORTHWESTERN STATE
Tuesday’s contest marks the first meeting between Texas and Northwestern State. The Longhorns hold an all-time record of 72-14 over Southland Conference opponents. UT will face a second league member in Sam Houston State (11-0) on Jan. 2 to close non-conference action.
GOESTENKORS VS. NORTHWESTERN STATE
Head coach Gail Goestenkors holds a 2-0 record over the Lady Demons with wins in Natchitoches, La. (105-53) in 2003 and a neutral-site victory (103-57) the following year.
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.
LAST TIME OUT: MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE (NOV. 12)
Ashleigh Fontenette scored 20 points and Kathleen Nash added 19, leading No. 17 Texas to a 92-60 victory over Mississippi Valley State in its season opener. Yvonne Anderson had 18 points for the Longhorns, who put five players in double figures. Chassidy Fussell scored 12 and Anne Marie Hartung 10. Texas made nine of its first 11 shots from the field and six of its first seven 3-pointers to open a 23-3 lead. Mississippi Valley State struggled to find any offensive rhythm, as the Longhorns finished with 15 steals and eight blocks while forcing 26 turnovers. Texas led 50-31 at halftime.
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).
HORNS AT HOME
Now in its 34th year of play in the Frank Erwin Center, Texas has posted an all-time record of 418-78 (.843) 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 Erwin Center will host its 500th game when Texas Pan-American visits on Dec. 8 (7 p.m.).
The Longhorns hold an all-time record of 887-298 (.749) since their inaugural season in 1974-75. Texas’ tradition ranks fifth all-time in both NCAA Division I winning percentage and number of victories.
BETTER BY THE YEAR
With 10 Big 12 Conference wins 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.
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).
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.
FACING THE FINAL FOUR
Texas is scheduled to face three 2010 NCAA Final Four participants this season. UT will travel to Stanford on Nov. 28 for its first road contest before facing Oklahoma and Baylor in Big 12 Conference action. Last year, the Longhorns compiled a 3-2 record against the Final Four field (2-0 vs. Baylor, 1-1 vs. Oklahoma, 0-1 vs. Connecticut).
This season marks the 25th anniversary of Texas’ historic 1986 national championship that included the first perfect record in NCAA history (34-0). The Longhorns captured the national title on March 30, 1986, with a 97-81 win over Southern California in Lexington, Ky.