Nov. 21, 2008
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#14/14 TEXAS (4-0) vs. Furman (2-0)
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008 · 2:05 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,755) · Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
RADIO: KVET (98.1 FM) will broadcast Sunday's game between Texas and Furman. Fans can also tune into XM Satellite Radio Ch. 231 for all of the action. Jon Madani (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: Sunday's game will mark the first contest between Texas and Furman.
Series vs. Furman
Sunday's game between Texas and Furman will mark the first contest between the two schools.
Last time out
A check of the polls
Kathleen Nash had 11 points and 12 rebounds, leading No. 14 Texas (4-0) to a 87-36 rout of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 20. Brittainey Raven scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half for the Longhorns, who took command with a 33-9 run in the first 15 minutes of the game. Ashley Lindsey sparked Texas early, scoring eight points in the first 5 minutes. She finished with nine points and five rebounds. The Longhorns went on another long run to open the second half, outscoring the Islanders 26-9 in the opening 10 minutes.
UT was ranked No. 14 in The Associated Press (Nov. 17) and ESPN/USA Today (Nov. 17) polls. Despite a 2-0 record, the Longhorns fell one spot from their preseason ranking of No. 13 in both polls. After handing No. 25/25 Old Dominion a 78-44 loss on Monday, Texas will face three more teams that are currently ranked in both polls throughout the pre-conference season: Tennessee (Dec. 14), Arizona State (Dec. 18) and Purdue (Jan. 5).
Doubling the opponent
Through the first four games of the 2008-09 season, the Longhorns have more than doubled their opponents in assists. Texas has recorded 81 assists to its opponents' 32, with senior guard Carla Cortijo dishing out 28. In UT's 110-76 win over Saint Mary's, Cortijo collected 12 assists, just one shy of her career-high 13 assists.
Texas-Texas A&M-Corpus Christi game notes
· Texas improved to 15-3 (.833) at home under Gail Goestenkors.
· Texas improved to 4-0 on the season for the 14th time in school history and the first time since the 2003-04 season.
· Texas led 39-21 at the half, marking its largest halftime lead of the season (18 points).
· Texas held its opponent to less than 30 percent from the field for the second time this season (Dayton - 28.0%, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - 25.4%).
· Texas' 51-point margin of victory was its largest since last defeating Sam Houston State, 91-41, on Dec. 2, 2007 in Austin.
· The Longhorns have won 29 of their last 37 home contests, including their last five games.
· Texas improved to a perfect 5-0 all-time against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
· The Longhorns recorded 11 blocks after entering the game with 10 total blocks over their first three contests.
· Texas scored the first eight points of the game in a span that lasted the first 2:33 of the opening half.
· All 11 Longhorns saw action for the third time this season.
· Texas has outscored its opponents 341-196 in its first four contests of the season.
· Four Longhorns scored in double-digits (Brittainey Raven - 19; Yvonne Anderson - 12; Kat Nash - 12; Earnesia Williams - 10) marking the second-straight game that at least three players have reached double-figure scoring.
Raven leading the Longhorns
Junior guard Brittainey Raven is living up to her Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention billing, as she has put together three-straight double-digit performances and led the Longhorns in scoring in their last two games. Raven leads Texas with an average of 16.5 ppg and ranks second on the team with 11 assists (2.75 apg). Additionally, Raven scored Texas' first 12 points in its victory over No. 25/20 Old Dominion.
4-0 out of the gate
Texas has now started off the season a perfect 4-0 14 times in its 35-year history. The Longhorns first accomplished the feat in its opening season, 1974-75, and last went 4-0 out of the gate in the 2003-04 season. Additionally, head coach Gail Goestenkors has started the season 4-0 nine times in her 17-year head coaching career (eight times while head coach of Duke).
The Ashleys dominate
At 6-4, freshman Ashley Gayle shares the title of Tallest Longhorn with senior Ashley Lindsey. The duo will share duties in Texas' backcourt defense and have the potential to be serious threats to offensive attacks, as Lindsey is closing in on Texas' all-time blocks record and Gayle plays above the rim with a flat-footed, non-step vertical reach of 10-2. Lindsey's vertical jump reaches an even 10 feet. Through four games, the Ashleys have combined for 15 of Texas' 21 blocks, nine of which came in Texas' 87-36 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Horns display depth early on
Texas has displayed its depth early in the 2008-09 season, as its' bench outscored Dayton 37-8 in its first game and then outscored Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's bench 34-9 in the fourth game of the year. Through four games, the Horns have outscored their opponents' bench 150-77.