Nov. 16, 2008
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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
RADIO: KVET (1300 AM Sportsradio The Zone) will broadcast Monday's game between Texas and Old Dominion, and fans can also tune into XM Satellite Radio Ch. 231 for all of the action. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the game.
INTERNET AUDIO: Listen to Texas Basketball games on subscription-based Yahoo! Sports College Broadcast.
INTERNET VIDEO: Watch Texas basketball home games on free TexasSports.TV. (Note: Due to Big 12 Conference television contracts, home games are available for viewing 72 hours after completion of the game.)
SERIES: Old Dominion leads, 7-3. Last meeting: Old Dominion 98-61 (Jan. 5, 1996; Norfolk, Va.)
· Three games in three days ... Texas will test itself right out of the gate as it hosts Dayton (W, 66-40), Saint Mary's (W, 110-76) and No. 25/20 Old Dominion in back-to-back-to-back contests as part of the three-day World Vision Classic this weekend.
· First ranked opponent ... Sunday's World Vision Classic finale will pit No. 13/13 Texas against No. 25/20 Old Dominion for the Longhorns' first top-25 contest of the season. UT is 2-0 in the Erwin Center against ranked opponents under second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors.
· Crossing the century mark ... In its 110-76 win over Saint Mary's, Texas scored 100+ points for the first time since Dec. 15, 2002, when it defeated SE Louisiana, 106-42, at the Erwin Center.
· Free admission to the World Vision Classic ... UT Athletics will collect basketballs to donate to underprivileged youth, and with the donation of a new or slightly-used regulation-size basketball, fans will receive a voucher good for one free general admission ticket.
The 35th season
Texas opened its 35th season with a 66-40 victory over Dayton on the first day of the World Vision Classic. With the win, the Longhorns improved to 26-9 in all-time season openers and 32-3 in home openers. UT holds an all-time record of 845-275 (.754), and are now 24-13 under second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors.
Last time outErika Arriaran
scored 21 points to lead No. 13 Texas to a 110-76 win over Saint Mary's in the second round of the World Vision Classic on Sunday. Kathleen Nash
and Brittainey Raven
each had 20 points and Ashley Lindsay added 15 for the Longhorns. Carla Cortijo
also had 12 assists. The Longhorns used a 20-4 run in the first half to open up a 22-point lead and never looked back. They led 52-36 at halftime and Saint Mary's was unable to pull any closer in the second half.
Doubling the opponent
Through the first two games of the 2008-09 season, the Longhorns have doubled their opponents in both steals and assists. Texas has tallied 23 steals to its opponents' 11, with Kathleen Nash (six steals) and Aubry Cook (five) leading the charge. UT has also notched 42 assists, with 16 being dished out by Carla Cortijo. UT opponents have totalled 21 assists.
Horns display depth early on
Texas displayed its depth in the opening game of the 2008-09 season, as its bench outscored Dayton 37-8. All 11 Longhorns saw action, and 10 players contributed on the scoreboard in the 66-40 victory.
Home court advantage
Texas' season-opening five-game homestand marks the longest stretch of contests at the Frank Erwin Center since the 1981-82 season. In February 1982, the Longhorns served host to six opponents in a 15-day span from the 3rd-18th, and went 6-0 in that stretch. Prior to 2008, the longest season-opening homestand mark was three consecutive games in 1978 and 2006.
Texas numbers under Goestenkors
In Gail Goestenkors' first year at the helm, Texas went 22-13, winning its most games since the 2004-05 season when UT finished 22-9 and also advanced to the NCAA Second Round. The Longhorns held the opposition to 37.7% field goal shooting, the third lowest FG percentage defense in Texas history, while also setting the single-season free throw percentage mark (.740). The Longhorns also finished Big 12 regular season play first in league steals for the first time in school history with 156 steals for a 9.75 pg average.
Horns at home
Now in its 32nd year of play in the Frank Erwin Center, Texas has posted an all-time record of 395-68 (.853) in the building. Texas has an all-time 72-46 (.610) mark against AP Top 25 teams at home, and a perfect 2-0 record under second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors. The Horns have won 26 of their last 34 home contests, including their last four games in Austin.
No sophomore slump here
Guard Kathleen Nash is far from suffering a sophomore slump through her first two games of the 2008-09 season. Nash netted a career-high 20 points in Texas' 110-76 win over Saint Mary's. She has also continued her stellar performance from the charity stripe, going 7-for-8 (.875) from the line this year and 67-of-79 (.848) in her Longhorn career.
Lindsey closing in on blocks records
Senior post Ashley Lindsey has amassed 182 blocks in 91 games, placing her third all-time in the UT annals. Lindsey surpassed Tiffany Jackson (2003-07, 181 blocks) on Nov. 16, 2008, with four blocks in Texas' 110-76 victory over Saint Mary's. In addition, Lindsey's 94 single-season rejections during her junior year rank No. 2 in the UT season record books.
Arriaran returns to action
Junior guard Erika Arriaran is back in action for the Longhorns after a nearly two-year absence from the court. Through two games, Arriaran leads the Longhorns in scoring with 31 points (15.5 ppg) and is 5-for-11 from beyond the arc. Arriaran suffered a left knee ACL tear with 31 second left in UT's Jan. 7, 2007 upset win over then-No. 10 Purdue, only to re-injure the same knee before the 2007-08 season began. Arriaran underwent arthroscopic surgeries in Feburary and November of 2007.