Nov. 19, 2010
Complete game notes (.pdf)
#17/19 TEXAS (2-0) vs. Boston University (1-1)
Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 • 1 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 Sunday’s game between Texas and Boston University. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the action.
TICKET INFO: Show your volleyball ticket stub from the Nov. 19 Texas vs. Kansas match and receive a $3 general admission ticket to the game.
SERIES: First meeting.
• SHOOTERS’ TOUCH ... Ashleigh Fontenette, Chassidy Fussell and Kathleen Nash have accounted for 70 of Texas’ 126 attempted field goals in two games. Of those 70 attempts, the same trio has made 37 baskets (.529). Additionally, junior guard Yvonne Anderson leads the Longhorns with a 66.7 percent mark (10-of-15) from the field.
• QUICKLY APPROACHING 600 ... Sunday’s game against Boston University marks Gail Goestenkors’ 599th game as a head coach. Coach G sports a 463-135 (.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 21-0 at home in non-conference games and 37-11 overall in the friendly confines of the Frank Erwin Center.
SERIES VS. BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Sunday’s contest marks the first meeting between Texas and Boston University. The Longhorns hold a 2-0 record over America East Conference opponents, including wins in previous contests against Maine and Vermont. UT last hosted an AEC opponent on Dec. 21, 1994, when it claimed an 81-57 victory over Vermont.
GOESTENKORS VS. BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Sunday’s contest marks the second meeting between head coach Gail Goestenkors and the Terriers. Goestenkors led Duke to 72-42 win over Boston University in the Blue Sky Classic tournament in Hanover, N.H., on Dec. 30, 2006. BU is the only American East Conference opponent that Coach G has faced.
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: NORTHWESTERN STATE (NOV. 16)
Ashleigh Fontenette scored 23 points to lead No. 17 Texas to a 112-53 victory over Northwestern State on Tuesday night. Chassidy Fussell and Kathleen Nash each had 21 points, and reserve Chelsea Bass added 18 for Texas (2-0) in the lopsided effort. The Longhorns jumped out to an insurmountable 16-2 lead. Northwestern State (2-1) struggled to score against Texas’ defense that had 18 steals, 12 blocks and forced 29 turnovers. Texas continued its sharp-shooting, making 36 of 67 shots from the floor, including 11 of 22 from 3-point range.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
UT was ranked No. 17 in The Associated Press poll and No. 19 ESPN/USA Today poll, released on Nov. 15 and 16, respectively. UT will face eight opponents in the regular season who are currently ranked in the preseason polls: No. 2/2 Baylor (Jan. 12 in Austin, Feb. 12 in Waco), No. 3/3 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. 11/9 Oklahoma (Jan. 16 in Austin, Feb. 19 in Norman), No. 19/17 Iowa State (Feb. 21 in Ames), No. 25/22 Michigan State (Dec. 5 in East Lansing) and No. rv/21 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 419-78 (.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 888-298 (.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.
Freshman Chassidy Fussell’s start in Texas’ season opener marked the first by a true freshman since 2005. Her debut of 12 points marked the most by a true freshman in an opener since Erika Arriaran recorded 17 points against New Mexico on Nov. 15, 2005.
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).
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.
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.
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. Through 67 games, Gayle has totaled 173 career blocks (ranks fifth in program history).
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
In addition to facing five conference opponents currently ranked in The AP and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls, UT will take on three additional opponents in nonconference contests that are also ranked: No. 3/3 Stanford (Nov. 28 in Palo Alto), No. 4/4 Tennessee (Dec. 12 in Austin) and No. 25/22 Michigan State (Dec. 5 in East Lansing).