Nov. 22, 2010
#16/19 TEXAS (3-0) vs. Idaho State (2-2)
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 4 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 Wednesday's game between Texas and Idaho State. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the action.
TICKET INFO: Dollar Day - $1 general admission tickets must be purchased at the doors.
SERIES: First meeting.
FUSSELL EARNS LEAGUE HONOR ... Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell was tabbed the Big 12 Freshman of the Week for games contested Nov. 15-21. Fussell averaged 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in Texas' wins over Northwestern State (Nov. 16) and Boston University (Nov. 21). Additionally, she became the first true freshman to begin her Longhorn career with three consecutive double-digit scoring efforts since Heather Schreiber in 2001, after putting up 20 points against Boston.
PILING UP THE POINTS ... With Sunday's victory over BU, UT recorded its third-straight game with 90+ points, marking the first time the Horns have reached the 90+ mark in three straight contests since Dec. 30-Jan. 5 in 1993. Texas is averaging 98.7 ppg.
REBOUND RUNDOWN ... Senior Kathleen Nash's pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds against Boston University, becoming the first Longhorn to record 20+ boards since Stacy Stephens pulled down 22 in 2004. Nash leads UT through three games with 12.7 rpg.
NUMBER 600 ... Wednesday's game against Idaho State marks Gail Goestenkors' 600th game as a head coach. Coach G sports a 464-135 (.775) career record in her 19th year.
SERIES VS. IDAHO STATE
Wednesday's contest marks the first meeting between Texas and Idaho State. The Longhorns hold a 5-1 record over Big Sky Conference opponents, including wins in previous contests against Montana, Northern Arizona, Portland State and Cal State-Sacramento. UT last hosted a Big Sky opponent on Jan. 22, 1996, when it claimed an 90-73 victory over Cal State-Sacramento.
GOESTENKORS VS. IDAHO STATE
Wednesday's contest marks the first meeting between head coach Gail Goestenkors and the Bengals.
LAST TIME OUT: BOSTON UNIVERSITY (NOV. 21)
Chassidy Fussell scored 20 points and Kathleen Nash added 12 points and 20 rebounds to lead No. 17 Texas to a 92-46 victory over Boston University on Sunday. Four other players scored in double-figures for the Longhorns (3-0) against the Terriers (1-2). Yvonne Anderson had 17 points, Anne Marie Hartung had 14, and Ashley Gayle and Chelsea Bass each added 10 for Texas. All but one Longhorn scored in a game defined by Texas' rebounding dominance. Gayle also had a career-high 16 rebounds as Texas outboarded Boston University 59-43. Texas used a staunch defense to grab 20 steals in the game, led by Ashleigh Fontenette's six. The Terriers led midway through the first half before Texas entered halftime on a 33-13 run and outscored them 49-22 in the second.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
UT moved up one spot to No. 16 in The Associated Press poll and remains at No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, released on Nov. 22 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 420-78 (.844) 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 889-298 (.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.
EDGE OF 17
Three Longhorns are averaging 17.0 ppg or more through three games. Freshman guard Chassidy Fussell leads UT with 17.7 ppg. Senior guard Kathleen Nash is averaging 17.3 ppg, while junior guard Ashleigh Fontenette is putting up 17.0 ppg.
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 22-0 at home in non-conference games and 38-11 overall in the friendly confines of the Frank Erwin Center.